On my quest for staying within an actual grocery budget, I have started to buy things in bulk. With the non-perishables, it’s no big deal. The perishables are a whole different story.
I have thrown away my fair share of rotten fruits or vegetables, and meat that has gone bad. Maybe I should start throwing cash away too, because it’s pretty much the same thing.
Now when we shop for groceries, I try to have a (tentative) plan in place for everything.
I buy berries. We enjoy fresh berries for a few days, then I either freeze them, or make freezer jam (so easy and amazing!!).
The other day, I bought a bunch of chicken.
I decided to freeze all of it in really easy, minimal effort freezer meals.
Here they are, easiest to “hardest.”
First, I took two breasts and put them in a food saver bag, vacuum sealed them, then froze them. Two breasts are perfect for my family for one meal, and a few leftovers. Freezing them like this is awesome because when I decide to use them, I can do what ever I want.
Second, I cut one breast up and put it in a freezer bag. I added teriyaki sauce and froze it. Crazy easy. When we have teriyaki, one breast is enough because we have a ton of veggies on the side, not to mention rice. Side note-when you decide to use it, thaw it out and get rid of the excess sauce. I didn’t do that the first time I made this and the sugar in the sauce burned. Not a great flavor, and not a good smell-that happens to linger… Besides, you can always add more sauce once everything is cooked.
Third, I added two breasts to my crockpot, some chicken broth and about half of a fajita seasoning packet. You can use whatever seasoning you want, the end result (after about 6 hours of cooking), is perfectly shredded chicken. Great for tacos, fajitas, enchilada’s… I packed it into a freezer bag, labeled it, and stuck it in the freezer for a lazy cooking day.
There you have it. My three simplest chicken freezer meals.
What types of plans do you have when you buy in bulk?