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Freezer Cooking Potpourri November 13, 2009

Filed under: Recipes — Leah @ 5:38 pm
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(disclaimer: this is NOT my freezer...but it is an inspiration, isn't it?! How organized and tidy!)

I admit I’m not a freezer cooker.  I love to cook, therefore freezing entire entrees/dinners doesn’t really appeal to me….that’s the honest truth!  I know it saves time (and sometimes money!) but I just like to cook it – then eat it!  :-)

BUT, there are some things that I DO prepare ahead of time and store in the freezer to make dinner prep easier.  Here is a potpourri of items you might find in my freezer:
  • Breads/Muffins (Banana, Zucchini, Zucchini-Pineapple)
  • Breakfast Items (Buttermilk Pancakes -recipe below, Waffles)
  • Meats (Cooked and shredded Chicken, Cooked Ground Beef, Turkey Burgers Mixture, Meatball Burgers Mixture)
  • Meatballs (Italian Sausage Meatballs -recipe below, Ham Balls)
  • Fruit (Rhubarb, Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Bananas, Peaches -ready for Waffle toppings, Smoothies, Coffee Cakes, Freezer Jam, or a Dessert)
  • Shredded Zucchini (portioned out in 2 cups bags for quick breads)
  • Potatoes (cooked and diced to be tossed with Lipton Onion Soup Mix and baked)

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups flour

2 t. baking powder

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

3 T. sugar

2 eggs

3 cups buttermilk

1/2 t. vanilla

Combine, let sit 5 minutes and cook on greased skillet!  Super fluffy and YUMMY! (I’m not a pancake girl and I LOVE these!!!)

 

Italian Sausage Meatballs

2 lbs ground beef

1 T. course ground fennel seeds (I don’t grind mine…too lazy….)

2 bay leaves, crushed

1 T. dried parsley

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 t. salt

1/4 t. pepper

4 T. water

1/8 t. red pepper flakes, optional

Mix, then let stand in fridge for 1 hour.  Mix again and form into balls.  Place on foiled and greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees approximately 20 minutes, or until done.  Meatballs may be frozen pre-cooked or raw.  If you choose to freeze them raw be sure to freeze them completely on the cookie sheet first, THEN put them into a freezer bag for storage.  (Otherwise you will just have a big frozen lump of meat rather than individual balls….).

Enjoy with Spaghetti, in a crock pot with sauce as an appetizer, or with marinara and mozzarella on a stadium/hoagie roll for a Meatball Sandwich.

 

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