This morning I made a whole bunch of stretched taco meat. I’m saving some in the fridge for us to eat now and putting the rest in 3 separate bags in the freezer. I did keep the potatoes out of the meat going in the freezer. One time I froze some roast that had potatoes and when we defrosted it to eat, the potatoes were a really weird consistency, so I decided to play it safe and not freeze any potatoes. But I’m so excited about having this in the freezer for days that are busy and I don’t want to cook. Plus it’ll help us resist the pricey and unhealthy temptation of going out to eat. The meat can be used in burritos, taco salad, quesadillas or on nachos.
I also cooked a bunch of black beans in my crock pot yesterday and I’m freezing them too. It’s cheaper than buying canned beans (check out this post to see how to cook and freeze dried beans). I can use the beans for burritos, black beans and rice, quesadillas, stuffed peppers, soup or to add to more taco meat (although I don’t think I’ll be needing to make any more of that for a while).
If you have a small freezer, like me, freeze in bags. Let the food freeze flat, then once frozen stack them side by side like books. I got this idea from Jonni McCoy’s book Miserly Moms, and it really helps with the space and just looks more organized in the freezer.
I haven’t done a lot of freezer cooking, but I’m wanting to do more. What are some of your favorite things to freeze?