Freezer Cooking

While I have my mind on the freezer, let me share one secret to meals that I try to do as needed.  I have started a habit of making twice baked potatoes and freezing them.  Since you have already seen my freezer situation, you know that I can’t do a ton of freezer cooking.  But, it does help to have some things ready to go on a busy night.

I like to do a 5 lb. bag of russet potatoes at a time…here is the recipe.

Use 5 lbs. russet potatoes, scrubbed and baked at 350 degrees until tender.  Cool slightly and cut in half long ways.  Scoop out all of the potato into a bowl and add the following:

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 sticks of butter, sliced thin (I know…sorry)
  • 3 cups of cheddar cheese (more depending on your taste)
  • salt, pepper, seasoning salt, garlic salt, onion powder to taste (that goes on everything and is another post all together!)
  • 1 small bag of bacon bits
  • half and half (depending on how dry the potatoes are…need to eyeball that)

Stuff the potatoes and put the sheet pan in the freezer to quick freeze.

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After an hour or so you can take the pan out of the freezer and put the potatoes into freezer bags for storage.

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Just take out the number of potatoes that you need for the night and bake at 350 degrees until they are hot and a little brown on top.  I like to add more cheese at the end.  I find that any little bit of planning ahead helps…enjoy!

Freezer Organization

I came to the conclusion over the weekend that my freezer needed a major overhaul.  I have one freezer, and it’s a bottom drawer freezer.  That is basically a black hole!  So after some Pinterest and looking around the Container Store, I have come up with a freezer that I think I can live with!  The first thing I did was empty the whole thing out and throw away stuff that looked like it was covered in freezer burn.  Then I removed the boxes on the bulky stuff.  I wiped everything out and put in the containers that I bought.  They were just large multi-purpose containers.  I sorted, labeled (of course) and here is the finished product!

Here is the top drawer:

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Right side:

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Left side:IMG_2610

I hope this will interest at least one person…and I promise to write about more interesting things than organizing the freezer!  At least this is a glimpse into a day in the life of a housewife!