Food for a month! Freezer Meal Marathon! : EP 026

Food for a month! Freezer Meal Marathon! : EP 026

July 21, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Hi welcome to the Handyverse. We’re both really busy and in order to give ourselves some more time to
work on Handyverse projects we did a freezer meal marathon to help out at meal time, and we turned our freezer from this here
To this… stick with us
Okay, welcome back to our kitchen. Today we’re going to making a series of freezer meals for a whole month
And what are we making today?
We are going to make some
meatballs, chili
stuffed peppers, black bean burgers, lasagna, mini pizzas, pulled pork, chicken soup, frozen yogurt
breakfast burritos, breakfast cookies, and some banana bread, and it’s New Year’s Eve
so we’re going to try to finish all of this before the stroke of midnight when we turn into pumpkins
Yeah, and if you wanted to check out our website at handyverse.com we’re going to put the all the recipes,
Links to all the recipes and a compiled grocery list for everything that we needed for today’s
freezer meals. We only have a small freezer, so this isn’t something that you need a big deep freeze for
We have a small kitchen
Standard size fridge, but it’s just this small unit
freezer that we have. I don’t think you want to make so many meals that you need to use a deep freezer because the
idea is that you consume this food within a month because
Otherwise you’re gonna get freezer burns and the food does continue to rot, although slowly, in your freezers
so I think
limiting it to your
fridge freezer is perfect. One of the things we’re also doing is where we laid things out to try and make it as efficient as
possible today
Suzanne said we want to be done before midnight. I’m hoping we’re gonna be done a long time before that
So really the first thing for us is to get the slow cooker going because that’s gonna take the most amount of time
We have a few other things
We’re gonna put in the oven, but that’s only about an hour or so the slow cooker is going to be hours
So let’s do that first
Okay the pork is in the slow cooker for the next 8 hours
Now we’re going to move on next step is to get our chicken, roast our chicken in the oven so that
Eventually we can make our stock and our chicken soup
So now we’re just cooking the chicken we always like to do both by time based on the recipe, but also
using a
Probe to measure the internal temperature for safety reasons so it’s recommended to 180 for chicken. We have a ways to go. We’re at 36
Okay, so we’re feeling pretty good. It’s half an hour. We’ve got two meals on the go
See if we can keep the pace going the next we want to get the meatballs formed and ready so that they’re ready to go
Into the oven as soon as the chicken comes out
And Jason doesn’t like to touch raw meat, so it falls to me again. I guess
*Hey!*
Okay so our timer went off on the chicken an hour and 15 minutes
But you can see it’s still not up to temperature so
Hence the handiness of the internal temperature probe at the same time we’re trying to get our chili going
Because we only have the one pot so we chose a chili recipe that’s really fast
So this chili can be will be done in about 15 minutes or so
We’re waiting for the last degree on the chicken and then we’re going to turn up the temperature and pop in our meatballs
Okay, this is definitely not a tutorial about how to cut a chicken or carve it properly
We are just taking off as much meat as we can to make our chicken stock so that we can make our chicken noodle soup
So now we’re just going to turn down the
Chicken that’s boiling in the water to make our chicken stock and normally we probably would just buy chicken stock
But since we’re going to be in the kitchen for several hours. Anyways. We’re gonna make our own
And then at about three o’clock
We’ll add
Vegetables and simmer it for a little while longer
Before we make our soup so the soup might actually be end up being the last thing
And now the meatballs are cool, so that’s the first meal that’s actually complete
And we’re going to freeze that about four per serving so this made
Six meals and we’re just going to put them in like little freezer bags so that we can
Thaw them out and throw them in with some pasta of summer evening for supper
Ok so now we’re going to make
Lasagna you’re going to make choose since we’re going through the steps, and this is a really easy lasagna
And something we were discussing we regret a little bit of doing all the recipes with ground beef
It seems to be a little fattier than we had anticipated, but it is what it is
Suggestion would be to look for a ground chicken or turkey
if possible and that would be a little bit healthier, but
It is what it is.
Pinguino chili! Okay, so it’s the afternoon and what did we finish?
Oh yeah there we go
Meatballs are done in the freezer if we were to do this again. I would
Double the quantity for meatballs because it felt like a lot of work for not a lot of meatballs
chili was sufficient that was lots and
So we did that lasagna, two lasagnas are done
That was worth doubling and the pulled pork is still cooking and the chicken soup is, well we’re currently making the broth
Okay, so now we’re making frozen yogurt so we can use up these strawberries that were hand-picked by the expert
Which you also know as Jason’s father?
Who you can catch in a couple of our other videos
It’s actually really delicious
two tips
We’ve tried to make it using a double batch
I wouldn’t do that unless you have a really big food processor took a while that I was worried
It was gonna get too watery. So we’re going to do it again, but just with a single batch this time
And we’re putting these in these
fantastic little tubs that from Costco we buy the margarine and save the
tubs which are dishwasher freezable and microwavable
This has been simmering for two hours, and now we’re going to add the veggies and the spices and then simmer it for another two
Next up black bean burgers trying to balance out all of that beef with some veggies
And you don’t want to overdo it because it’ll get mushy
Breakfast burritos
It’s starting to get dark outside and we’re starting to get tired, but now we’re gonna make stuffed peppers
We’re going to take that off
Cool it, let it cool. Yes. Let it cool before we wrap our burritos, so we’ll come back to this
And our broth is coming along another 40 minutes, and we’ll make the chicken soup
Okay, now, we just want to wrap up the burritos
We’re gonna wrap them in parchment paper
so all we need to do is pull them out of the freezer throw them in the oven for
I forget what it is… 20 minutes?
Something like that. We’ll put it up on the screen. It’ll be right here
We ended up having a bit more than we needed, we didn’t buy enough peppers so
We’re just gonna put the extra in
The trays since we have these little trays and we’re gonna bake them like that. It’ll still be good. It just won’t look as pretty
But they’ll be delicious
Pinguino peppers!
The soup is done. We have it in the freezer we
Put it in mason jars with the lids off
And if you do this at home make sure that you leave the lids off when you freeze it
otherwise the bottle might explode, so we’re
We’re still playing through this. It’s it’s been a long day, but we’re still going
we have three things left to do we need to do our mini pizzas our breakfast cookies and the banana bread and
We realized that we only have one pan and we we planned to make two loaves of banana bread
That’s going to take another two hours
So what we’re going to do instead is do one loaf of banana bread, and then a dozen muffins to go with it
Next thing we’re going to do is
Drain the juice off the from the slow cooker for the pulled pork and get that back in and get that finished off
Whoa. Whoa! Those are huge!
Huge
Huge
Okay, we’re coming to the end next up are some scrumptious breakfast cookies
Okay sixteen minutes later, we have our breakfast cookies all ready to go and they turned out pretty well so happy with those
We’re just gonna throw in some Ziploc bags drop them in the freezer put our
Banana muffins in the freezer and fridge and our banana loaf the freezer and last thing
Finally is the pizza so we’re gonna work on that now
There you have it long day, but now we have a freezer full of food, that’s good for
Hopefully a month
Should be longer depending on how much else we cook as well. If you want to see how we did it check out our website
at handyverse.com, where we’ll have the recipes
grocery list and more, thanks for watching
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