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Breakdown of My Freezer Cooking

As you might remember….I did a MASSIVE grocery shopping trip.  I did this in hopes I would be able to freezer cook all of our meals and save me time and save money

Our goal was to not go to the grocery all the time, except for things we do need, weekly (ie fruit, milk, special milk, bread).  The sad part of this grandiose plan, was not what I spent…not the cooking part….but the freezer space.  We, literally, ran out of space in a HUGE deep freeze, another deep freeze, a freezer in our outside fridge and our freezer in our inside freeze *cue tears*.

With that being said, I have not touched the stuff that I have frozen, yet, because I’m still cooking what is leftover in our fridge that I bought.  Does that make sense?

My grand total cost of all that is listed below was $597.  That is for breakfast, lunch, suppers, and side dishes.  This is also for a family of 8 on a good day….9 when the oldest comes…11 when the male friends of the oldest two girls come…13 when my bonus daughters are here…..you get the point.  One thing that we do, every year, is buy our meat (beef and pork) in bulk.  This year has been no different.  We were able to raise a pig and get her slaughtered, so she is in one freezer.  We also buy a full cow (you can buy a 1/2 or a 1/4 of a cow), from my granny’s cattle.  The pig was about $125 for processing and packaging.  The cow was about $800…maybe??? Little unsure of that cost.  We pull out the cost of both of those animals when we get our tax return back, so there was no extra “out of pocket expense.”  We used to raise meat hens, but we do not do that anymore.  We also have some laying hens…so we *always* have eggs.

With all that I did, and have to do…..I have 50 suppers/sides, breakfast and lunches for 50 days, as well….I spent $597 at the store.  Dividing this number by 50 yields $11.92…rounding to $12 cause I suck at math.  That $12 is for one whole day and all that I feed for all three meals.  If all 9 of us ate, here…the cost per person per day would be $1.33.  So…not bad.

BREAKFAST

Pancakes (made from scratch, not from bisquick….we are all about saving money)

French Bread

Zucchini Muffins

Banana Muffins (good gravy these were good……1/2 c. butter, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1 c. sugar, 4 REALLY ripe bananas, 2 eggs, 1.5 c. self rising flour.  Bake at 350 for about 50-55 minutes)

Carrot Muffins

Granola Bars

Granola

Fruit bars

McMuffins

Omelet Cups

Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast burritos (taking this off because I used my flour tortillas for enchiladas when I had leftover meat)

Lunch

Meat and Cheese sandwiches (turkey, ham, roast beef, bologna, fried bologna….provolone, American, swiss, cheddar)

Leftovers

 

Supper

Homemade Pizza x 7

Spinach, Ricotta and beef Enchiladas on a bed of rice

Chicken & Broccoli, Scalloped Potatoes, Green bean casserole

Beef Stroganoff

Mexican Casserole

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican, Ricotta, and Spinach Lasagna

Baked Pasta, Garlic Bread, Salad

Burgers/Hotdogs/Fries x 5

Tacos, Refried Beans, Rice x 3

Chicken stuffed cheese/spinach wrapped in bacon, Roasted Potatoes Sweet peas

Pork Chops, Hashbrown Casserole, Corn, Lima Beans

Chicken Cordon Bleu, Cream Corn, Baked Potato

Cheeseburger Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet peas

Chicken Alfredo, salad, bread

Round Steak with Mushroom Sauce, Broccoli and Bacon, Mashed Potatoes

Philly Cheesesteaks, Homemade fries

Greek Marinated Chicken, Fried Zucchini, Rice (I am not adding the Greek Marinated Chicken to my recipes because I did not like it.  We ate it, but we had a lot of chicken (on the bone) leftover.  I just pulled off the skin and I pulled the meat off the bone and froze it, so now I have chicken for another meal.)

Pork Roast with Feta and Mushrooms, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet peas

Baked Chicken, Cream Corn, Cauliflower and Broccoli Au Gratin

Beef and Broccoli, Fried Cauliflower rice

Garlic Cheddar Chicken, Mac and cheese, Roasted potatoes, sweet peas

Tater Tot Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Corn

Pork Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans, Asparagus/Feta

Ethiopian

Spaghetti, French Bread, Salad

Lasagna, Garlic Knots, Salad x 2

Breakfast (Sausage and egg casserole, bacon, biscuits, pancakes)

Soups x 7:

  • Stuffed Pepper Soup and Chili
  • Vegetable Beef and Cheeseburger
  • Chicken Noodle and Tomato
  • Tortellini and Zuppa Toscana
  • Broccoli and Potato
  • Enchilada and Beef Stew
  • Chili and Chicken Noodle
  • xtra chili

Roast/Potatoes, Asparagus and feta, Green Beans, Mac and cheese x 2

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