Well, only because Jessie asked me for some tips--trust me, I'm NO pro here! I know there are a few things you shouldn't freeze--egg dishes for one...ok, so I can only think of that one.
I think most casseroles are freezable. I have a friend who lines her pans with aluminum foil and makes the casserole, usually you pre-bake or par-bake, and then cool it, put the pan in the freezer and then pull out the aluminum foiled dish and bag in a big ziplock. That's what she does, but she has a huge freezer-- I don't. So, right now I have in case of emergency, a pot pie and a dish of lasagna. I used the taco meat I had for the dish I brought to church last Sunday.
I've heard of freezing rice so that you always have it on hand. Some people take all their leftover vegetables and dump them in a community bag in the freezer, then when full, make vegetable soup.
just make sure to always label, date and use freezer bags...
I also went to Sam's club and bought a huge thing of spaghetti sauce for $3.88, browned some meat and mushrooms, added to the sauce in those plastic ziplock tubs (I love those things!) and froze up spaghetti sauce- enough for 3 large containers!
Ooooh, my meatball recipe is spectacular! And I have a bunch of recipes to go with it...The idea of typing all this is rather intimidating right now!
1 cup unseasoned bread crums
3/4 cup Romano or Parmesan
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup beef broth (you'll actually need more broth because the pan gets coated with it too)
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 eggs, beaten
2 T. dried oregano
1 T. minced garlic
1 T kosher salt
1 T ground pepper
2 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (I skip these...my delicate stomach can't handle them)
Stir together everything but the meat
Then add 2 lbs ground chuck
Mix up with a fork...
Make into balls, I make little ones, medium ones and MEGA ones
Put them on the pan, cover bottom of pan with more broth...
Bake at 450 degrees about 25 min. for medium size ones
You can save the broth and use it in your own spaghetti sauce--which I have a recipe for too! I got this recipe from a free book a magazine sent to me years ago...and I've used it ever since!
Meatball subs are easy...
Take some hoagie rolls and gut them, put mozz. cheese in them, some meatballs, cover with spaghetti sauce and bake 450 until heated through.
Easy Roast beef in the Slow Cooker---Take some bbq sauce, dump half the bottle in, put in a roast, pour in the rest of the sauce and cook on low 6-8 hours, depending on the size of the roast...
Or a different roast---put in some baby carrots, potatoes, a whole onion--but peel it--some garlic (I put in 8 cloves, but I LOVE garlic!) cook for 8-10 hours on low or I prefer to add a 1/2 cup of water and cook it on high for 7-8 hours--never fails to fall apart that way!)
Easy meatballs in the slowcooker--
2 can Cream of mushroom
2 pkgs cream cheese
can of mushrooms 4oz sliced
1 cup milk
2-3 lbs meatballs
mix sauce well, add meatballs and sauce, cover and cook for 4-5 hours on low, serve over noodles
My dad always made pork roast (I prefer dark meat) where he put the roast in the slowcooker with a couple cans of saurkraut and cooked it on low for 8 hours--again, I like high for 6 hours--it comes out almost sweet...well, at least sweeter! We eat it with a good bread and a salad.
Ok, that's enough for now! I love to talk homeschool and cooking! LOVE to cook! Oh, Jessie, I could go on and on...I would suppose I talk about cooking as much as I talk about God!
Speaking of that, I offered a woman a tract today and I thought she was going to bite me or something! And the other day on the freeway, an immature person was showing me their limited knowledge of sign language through the window. People don't like me bumper sticker that say "Real Christians know that homosexuality and abortion are sin". Yep, that's the one they don't like. I'm just stating a fact, not picking on anyone personally. I'm a sinner too, ya know, I just don't do that one...geesh...
Alright, gotta go.. My timers been going off for the whole last paragraph!
The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Subsequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some other symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental Component
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.
The number to call for repair in all areas is:
Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
9. Self control
Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Believers' Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.
WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.
DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.
Thank you for your attention!
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