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My First Freezer Cooking Day Adventure

I’m so excited to tell you about my recent one-day freezer cooking adventure! I’ve experimented with freezer cooking before – while pregnant in preparation for our little one being the most memorable. But I’ve never planned an entire day around it, nor have I made it a social event until now.
This post will include the recipes, grocery list & cost breakdown of everything we made. I hope it inspires you to try your own freezer cooking day with your friends and family – its a great way to save money, save time & enjoy great friends while you’re at it.
Here’s what we made & how much it cost:
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
  • Recipe: We used this super easy recipe from Happy Clippings (but we doubled it)
  • Ingredient & Cost Breakdown (All ingredients we didn’t have on hand were purchased at Aldi):
    • 2 cup diced onion (2 medium onion) = Free – already had on hand
    • 6 cups beef broth = Free – we used beef bullion cubes & hot water which we already had
    • 4 cups diced carrot = $1.19
    • 4 Tb Brown Sugar = Free – already had on hand
    • 2 cups cubed potato = $1.34  (we actually quadrupled the potatoes)
    • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce = Free – already had on hand
    • 3 lbs. Beef Stew Meat = $15.49
    • 1/4 tsp pepper = Free – already had on hand
    • 6 Tb Flour = Free – already had on hand
    • 2 tsp Chopped Garlic = Free – already had on hand
    • 4 tsp Tomato Paste = Free – already had on hand
  • Final Cost: $18.02 for 2 meals
  • Time Involved: Chopping potatoes, onion & carrot was the only ‘time consuming part’ – basically you just throw everything into a gallon freezer bag. Overall, I’d say we spent maybe 15 minutes on this recipe.
Homemade Re-fried Beans
This was my first time ever making homemade refried beans. I’ve been wanting to experiment with homemade beans as a healthier and more frugal protein option. Although these beans were a success, I must admit there was a lot of time and effort involved. I’m a little disappointed but still willing to continue my experimenting with dried beans.
  • Recipe: Pennies & Pancakes has an easy to follow recipe, but we ended up tweaking it just a bit by using E-How along the way.
  • Ingredient & Cost Breakdown (All ingredients we didn’t have on hand were purchased at Aldi)
    • 2 lbs dry pinto beans = $1.79
    • 1 large onion = Free – already had on hand
    • 4 Tb Minced Garlic = Free – already had on hand
    • 1/2 – 2 1/2 Tb Salt = Free – already had on hand
    • 1 tsp black pepper = Free – already had on hand
    • 2 tsp cumin = Free – already had on hand
    • 10 cups hot water = Free 🙂
  • Final Cost: $1.79
  • Time Involved: ALL DAY!
Bean & Cheese Frozen Burritos (We doubled this recipe, so the numbers below represent twice the recipe on the link.)
  • Recipe: Money Saving Mom does it again in addition to great books, she also has great recipes
  • Ingredient & Cost Breakdown (All ingredients we didn’t have on hand were purchased at Aldi with the exception of the first 40 tortilla shells, which were purchased at Sams Club):
    • Homemade Crockpot Refried Beans (above)
    • 1 jar salsa = $1.49
    • 2 packages of taco seasoning = $1.40
    • 2 lbs Shredded Cheese = $6.58
    • 50 flour tortillas = $7.15
  • Final Cost: $18.41 ($0.36 per burrito)
  • Time Involved: 30 minutes to wrap, but if you include the bean making process it felt like decades 🙂

 

Cinnamon Rolls
  • Recipe: Amy’s Finer Things has a super easy recipe to follow
  • Ingredient & Cost Breakdown (All ingredients we didn’t have on hand were purchased at Aldi):
    • 3 cups water = Free! 🙂
    • 9 cups flour = Free – already had on hand
    • 3/4 cup oil = Free – already had on hand
    • 1 tsp salt = Free – already hand on hand
    • 3 eggs = Free – already had on hand
    • Brown & White Sugar = Free – already had on hand
    • Cinnamon = Free – already had on hand
    • Conclusion = I should make these more often – I already had everything on hand
  • Final Cost: FREE
  • Time Involved: 1 hour & 30 minutes including rise/wait time
While waiting for the beans to cook, I also made banana bread & oatmeal blueberry cookies to freeze. Mmmm…. delicious!
Do you use freezer cooking to save your family time and money? I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!

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