Freezer Sessions 2019...

Discussion in 'Holiday Cooking' started by AuntJamelle, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    My favourite Winter soup. I always have some in the freezer for Winter, that and crunchy bread....yum
     
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  2. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    It's one of my favorites too and I still have another ham bone in the freezer to use for another batch of soup :)
     
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  3. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Have added some more items to the freezer:

    2 more batches of Chunky Choc Gobs
    1 more batch of Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies
    2 batches of Browned Butter Mocha Caramel cookies

    Working on a couple cheesecakes next! Crusts are made and chilling in the fridge!
     
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  4. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    One Reese PB Cup Cheesecake and one White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake tucked away in the freezer now!

    Also cooked, shredded and frozen 6 lbs of chicken breast for holiday meals...
     
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  5. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    Added to the freezer over the weekend:
    2 casseroles of cabbage rolls
    1 bell-pepper casserole
    3 tupperwares of spaghetti sauce
    1 tupperware of cooked ground beef
    18 pizzas on English muffins
     
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  6. FrostyShimmer

    FrostyShimmer Well-Known Member

    I feel like I must be doing something wrong when I freeze cookies....they always come out with an odd taste to them when I thaw them. I seem to be able to freeze cookie dough okay, but once I bake them and freeze them they just have an odd aftertaste I can't quite put my finger on.

    I have to make 6 or 7 batches of muffins to freeze this afternoon. The girls go through about 8 muffins/ day so I bake them in big quantities and freeze them as assortments so they get some variety. I try to find the healthiest recipes I can given the quantity they go through.

    Aunt Jamelle - both cheesecakes sound amazing!
     
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  7. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Our next bulk cooking day is this Saturday so I am just writing my shopping list and to do list.

    FS, not sure why the cookies would have an aftertaste. Baking muffins will certainly help keep the girls happy and fed.
     
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  8. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    FS - Do you flash freeze them first? Not sure if that makes a difference, but that is what I always do then I transfer them to a Ziploc brand freezer bag. I let them thaw at room temp and they always taste great! Are there other odors in your freezer going on maybe - strong food smells from other things? Maybe try putting an open box of baking soda in? That's all I can think of!!!

    Cooked and froze 3 lbs of ground beef.

    Have a test batch of Drop Style Sugar Cookies (with Christmas sprinkles in the dough!) chilling in fridge - will bake tonight and then freeze!
     
  9. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Have a small batch of the Drop Style Sugar Cookies flash freezing - wasn't super impressed with them and don't think I will make more.

    I keep searching for a cookie that will add color to my cookie trays - that can be baked ahead and frozen - that doesn't need icing/frosting after thawing and that tastes amazing.

    I'm not asking for much am I? :)
     
  10. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    We love these, I have left some plain without dipping into melted chocolate and they were just as good. Never froze them though.
    https://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/white-chocolate-cherry-shortbread/
     
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  11. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Minta! That looks really promising! And if I have time I am not opposed to dipping in chocolate after thawing - I just want to be able to skip if I run out of the time - which happens often :)
     
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  12. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

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  13. Myron's Mom

    Myron's Mom Well-Known Member

    Frosty, could it be the bags you are using? That’s the only other thing I can think of.
    Minta, those sound good!
    AJ, do you have a good sugar cookie that you could make pinwheels out of? I’ve used paste food coloring and the colors came out beautiful. We aren’t sugar cookie fans here so no one was in love with them except that they were pretty. I think there is a recipe for “whoville” cookies on Pinterest. You can use the paste colors in Crinkle cookies too for some color.
    I have my pie crusts made for thanksgiving. Husband has been wanting chili so I made a giant soup pot of that and froze.
    Plan to get the fixings for stuff shells next shopping trip.
    Have pretty much everything to make my special fudge. Wasn’t going to make any but my husbands buddy would enjoy it again and my cousin who can’t do too much would like some too. I need to put a day on my planner closer to Christmas to make some.
     
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  14. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

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  15. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Cooking session is finished, took us about 4 hours.
    Got 3 large containers of chicken with salsa, 3 of seasoned chicken that I can add to pizzas or as a base to a meal. 4 large containers of taco beef,
    6 packages of 2 different hamburgers. 1 container of diced chorizo and 1 of sausage nibbles that I will use for pizza or on top of salads.
    Mum did the same except she did not make hamburgers.
    I am pleased that I have some ready meals for easy dinners for over the Summer. I need to buy some pizza bases and shredded mozzarella cheese and I willbe set for a while.
     
  16. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    They are easy to make and are really good too.
     
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  17. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    I've added a few more things to the freezer:

    - 2.5 lb roast - made in crockpot overnight, shredded in the AM and froze meat for Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie!) later this season

    - PW Cheddar Puffs

    - 1 full batch of Kieflees (Meant 57 of them after we "sampled")

    Hoping to get PW Holiday Bacon Crackers and some of my Cheesy Garlic Bread in the freezer over the next few days - we'll see how it goes!
     
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  18. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    You do have to sample.....quality control.
     
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  19. Myron's Mom

    Myron's Mom Well-Known Member

    Lol! I’m all about quality control!
    I made a big pot of chicken soup today. I happen to find parsley root (grandma always used it) at the store. It was pretty sorry looking but I bought it anyways because I haven’t seen any in months. They had some big fat chickens on sale too. Perfect for this cold snowy day. Now I have to find room in my freezer.
     
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  20. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    QA!!! Gotta love it!

    Got the Cheesy Garlic Bread and a double batch of PW Holiday Bacon Crackers in the freezer! Woot! Woot!

    Have 3 more batches of cookie dough chilling in the fridge - will work on getting it baked up and frozen over the next couple of days!
     
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