Batch Cooking Plan – The Whirlwind is A-Comin’ Edition

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 30, 2010

Boy, does it feel great to be getting ahead of myself in the kitchen!

I love being able to grab ingredients, pre-made sides and main dishes from the freezer for a quick throw together meal!  And as I look at the coming month, I see whirlwind…my head is already spinning!  At the end of September, I have the opportunity to go to New York for a few days on business, and I want to have some easy grabs for Steve in the freezer.

Like these mashed potatoes!  And the meatloaves I made two weeks ago!  What an easy meal for him…take out the night before to thaw in the fridge, and then throw in (or gently place) the microwave or oven to reheat/cook.

Easy peasy!

This week’s plan…

  • Mashed Potato Sides – Done!
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies – Freeze the dough (While I used to freeze it like this, I now flash freeze individual cookie doughs…much easier than slicing off cookies from a frozen log of dough. IMO.)
  • Muffins – variety to be determined
  • Pancakes – variety to be determined

I think that’s about all I can get in this week before we head south for the wedding.

How about you?!  Are you ahead of yourself in the kitchen yet?!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! August 30, 2010 at 11:01 am

We’re doing some baking tomorrow. I’m planning some Banana and Blueberry Muffins, Apple Cinnamon Pancakes and Blueberry Scones. For the scones, I pat them out and cut them into the classic triangle shape, then flash freeze them unbaked. When you’re to bake them, just add an extra 5 minutes to baking time. They’re so yummy!

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Loretta August 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

Haven’t had success freezing mashed potatoes—are always watery–any secret tips?

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Jennifer August 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm

My oldest daughter begins kindergarten next week so I am trying to pack the pantry and freezer with lunch and snack goodies. I am planning to make homemade LARAbars (we call them Hannahbars or Benjamin bars – depends which child is eating it), homemade granola bars, homemade graham crackers, almond flour pancakes, and maybe some peach puree to go with plain yogurt. Definitely will be a busy week :-)

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Megan August 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Do you do anything special for the mashed potatoes? Or just make them like usual and freeze them? What is the texture like after thawing?

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Glenda August 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm

@Candi–would you be willing to share your blueberry scone recipe?

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Amy August 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

How do you make the mashed potato sides to freeze good?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 31, 2010 at 4:02 pm

@Amy,

Make them on the dry side…then add milk when you reheat. That’s what I have found works best!

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Rita @ Creatively Domestic August 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I am also wondering about the mashed potatoes…I’ve never frozen any, but have a huge freezer meal plan brewing (preparing for a baby!) and I want to try mashed potatoes, but heard it can turn out iffy.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 31, 2010 at 4:02 pm

@Rita @ Creatively Domestic,

Make them on the dry side…then add milk when you reheat. That’s what I have found works best!

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