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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Freezer Cooking: My thoughts

In the last month or so I have been contemplating on trying out freezer cooking. I first tried it with burritos and eggrolls. I think the hardest part of the first try was preparing and slow cooking pinto beans. But it turned out good. So I wanted to take it up a notch. I tried freeze cooking Scooters spaghetti this time. It wasn't a total failure, however, the kids didn't really like it. And I think I know why. I used whole wheat pasta and put as much veggies in there as possible. But it wasn't the best either, like how some people rave about it. I think it was dry when I reheated it.

Here's the thing. I am not a fan of canned veggies and thawed out cooked food. I don't mind leftover food though, just not frozen then thawed out. In my 10th year here in the canned-vegetable country, I have slowly embraced what I grew up not liking. You see, back home, my mother would think about a meal, a day or a few hours ahead. Then most of the ingredients were bought from a fresh market the day of or we head to our backyard and gather a few more fresh ingredients. And talking about fresh food, I miss both my grandmothers. Lola (Filipino for grandma) Eyay (nickname for Maria) loves to cook any soup with fresh green leaves straight from our garden. Lola Azon (short for Corazon) never failed to drop off our share of freshly harvested soft-shelled prawns, Bangus (milkfish), Tilapia, fresh crabs from our fish farm to name a few.  Peanuts were harvested from our family farm and we use to make our own peanut butter. And yes, fresh markets were open 365 days a year. Most produce sold were harvested the day of. So there goes my love for fresh food. Heck, I even eat kinilaw (raw tuna fish). 

Fast forward, a few days back. And yes, I use to hate slow cooking too. Absolutely hated it. 

Moving on, so yes, I tried freezer cooking, and yes I have tried slow cooking more than twice and I am still doing it. 

This week, I wanted to give freezer cooking another try so I can use up some items in my pantry.

1st day: 3 pans of lasagna, taco meat, Korean beef & beef pasta sauce

2nd day: taco meat was used for all these cheesy beef bean dip

I still have hesitations on giving freezer cooking another try. But I might. I don't know. The thing is, Joers travels a lot.... A. Lot. So his ETA every weeknight is always a guessing game. Most dinner means, it's just mommy and Twinkies. So meal portions = +/- 2 to 3 servings only. But the best part about all these is, I am getting better at meal planning and because I have all these food in my freezers, I don't have to worry about dinner for a while. 


Melissa said...

I'm with you in your disdain of canned veggies. I grew up with a dichotomy of amazing, fresh fruits and veggies alongside some of the grossest creamed corn and gray canned peas known to man. When I was in college I embraced the freezer. I was cooking for one or two and a lot of things got wasted. We never used a whole jar of pasta sauce. Enter freezer. I love frozen veggies - 2nd best to fresh and easy to use a few then freezing the rest.

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