Batch Cooking Plan – Summertime Pantry Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 11, 2011

I had good intentions of sharing this before it actually happened. Here we are and I’m mostly finished with this batch cooking list.  I had an overly productive weekend, both around the house and in the kitchen.  That tends to happen right before I leave town.

This week, I’ll spend most of the week and weekend in Colorado Springs at the Savvy Blogging Summit. I had to do quite a bit to get prepared for the week!

Also, I received 40 lbs of chicken from Zaycon Foods (you’ll be hearing more about this soon)…and I needed to get it all marinated, some grilled, and into the freezer.

It feels great to have accomplished so much in the kitchen over the weekend…squeezed in between washing clothes, packing, scouring the clearance racks at the Gap for a new outfit for the Summit (yeah for 50% off clearance sale!)…and now I’m going to sit down, plop my feet up and rest.

For 3 minutes.

Because there’s more on my “to do” list that needs my attention…

(Who else feels busier in the summer than in the school year?!?)

Now go see what the rest of the Summertime Pantry Challenge Gang is up to…

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Dana July 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

Um, where can I get the hookup on 40 pounds of chicken??? haha

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Melissa July 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

How do you freeze the pizza crust? Do you cook it first, or freeze the dough?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

Yes…that’s how I do it…cook then freeze.

Erin

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Allison July 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I LOVE Zaycon foods! We’ve had their chicken deal twice and just did the bacon deal. If it’s in your area, it is a MUST! Love, love, love.

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Renee July 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

Love the Zaycon products. We have bought chicken, bacon and ground beef. No complaints about any of their products. My freezer is packed full from Zaycon

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Ginny July 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Do you just peel the oranges and freeze them? I’ve never frozen apples either. What’s the consistency end up as? Love the tips! Thanks.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom July 12, 2011 at 8:38 am

I did peel the oranges and freeze them. I only use frozen oranges and apples for smoothies. I really like the flavor that they give!

Erin

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Missy_in_WV July 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Growing up we had several apple trees and every year my mom froze bags and bags of apples. They aren’t really a good consistency for eating like a fresh apple, but we used them for making homemade applesauce and apple pies all the time. We just peeled them, sliced them for pies and diced them for applesauce and froze 4 cups per freezer bag. (lay flat to freeze they take up less space). To make apple sauce, we just plopped the frozen apples in a saucepan with a tiny bit of water, cover with a lid and cooked on low until tender – stirring often, then add sweetener and spices.

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Marisa September 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Do you know anything about the company? All I’ve heard is how good and cheap the chicken is, but it makes me wonder where it is coming from– does anyone know? I am curious because I would love to order from them, but I am very suspicious when it comes to things like this.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

Hey Marisa,

You can read more about the company here: https://www.zayconfoods.com/faq

Erin

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