Then I cut up the breasts into large chunks and stuffed them into six quart size zip lock bags.
|Cut up chicken in bags|
My husband made two potpies on Sunday night when I wasn't feeling well. It was much easier for him to make dinner on short notice since the chicken was already cooked. On Tuesday, I made a huge pot of chicken noodle soup with chicken, all the broth, a box of shell noodles, a little cream of chicken soup, frozen peas, and diced red peppers. We had a lot left over, so on Thursday night, I added more cream of chicken soup, topped it with shredded cheddar cheese and bread crumbs, and made a pan of casserole. Not everyone was home last night, so there are still leftovers for lunch.
And here is the amazing thing: there are still four bags of chicken in the freezer! So far, I have used about 10 chicken breasts far for three meals serving several people each, plus we used some of that for a few sandwiches. And I didn't even feel like we were skimping on the chicken. This was so much more economical than serving each person a large chicken breast. Nutritionists are telling us that meat should be used sparingly anyway.
Cooking a large batch of meat ahead of time saves cooking energy, time, and money!
So if you feel like you can't go "whole hog" into batch cooking, at least try making a double batch or cooking a lot of meat ahead of time and bagging it up.
Do you have any favorite ways to save time and money in the kitchen? Please share!