Freezer Cooking: November Edition

Freezer Cooking, November Edition – AKA the month that things got a little crazy 🙂

The most sets of meals we’d assembled prior to this month was 8.

This month we had 14 people assembling 19 sets of meals.

See what I mean?

This meant my meat purchase was so huge that I thought it was a good idea to place a “meat order”. So I ventured in a few days before to Sams to tell the butcher just what I needed. In theory it was a great idea. If the guy hadn’t crumbled up the piece of paper (okay, I don’t actually know if that’s what happened) and lost it before I came back to get it Friday. This resulted in the what should be have a 30-45 min shopping trip lasting nearly two hours. Oy.

This is cart #1. I didn’t get a pic of cart #2 because I was so frazzled by the time I checked out with it that picture taking wasn’t on my radar. I purchased over 300 pounds of meat for this adventure!

This would be the “we all survived this trip so far” pizza slice. I didn’t even care he was covered in sauce from one cheek to another.

Fast forward to the next morning. Laying out all the meat on one of the kitchen prep areas. Oofta. Did I mention the silly butchers that took over an hour to butcher the meat I had placed an order for three days prior and they lost, didn’t even package the meat properly, so it oozed blood juice everywhere? Oy.

But once people started to arrive we got into a groove! Many hands make light work! Start time (officially) 10am. Unofficially, about 10:15am.

Photo credits to Carrie for the one below. This is a row of 19 laundry baskets, bags, coolers and boxes, filled with 10 meals each. WOW, did we rock!? Completion time: 12:15pm. Clean up done by 12:30-12:45.
A few things different/learned about this round. We added a new layer where people could “purchase” a set of the 10 meals for $120 flat cost. This did a couple of things. Some people like the convenience of freezer meals but can’t commit to shop/prep/assemble. So this allowed them to simply pick up some meals. Second, the flat fee of $120 is higher than our average set of meals, so selling sets of meals at a higher cost drives the price down for the rest of us who are doing the shopping/prepping/assembling. And honestly, what’s the difference between making 19 of one meal or 14 of one meal? We are going to keep this in future months to help out with the overall cost and keep blessing people who are unable to make it.
We may have finally hit our “cap”. 19 sets of meals is just too many to make all at one time. I felt truly overwhelmed this month for the first time. So for December we’re going to try capping it at 12 (which we’ve already hit the max on) and “selling” 4 additional sets of meals (2 of those are left as of now). It’s a whole new world in freezer cooking! We’re talking about doing two different times in the month of January. I see how the Prep Freeze Cook lady started a business doing this…. when it takes off, it really goes!
This month’s total was $68 per person for the 14 people who shopped/prepped/assembled. WOW! $68 for 10 huge meals! And we ended up with a few extra items due to errors when we made the lists, etc. So we have a lot of leftovers in the freezer to start next month with! WOW again! Thanks to everyone who has hopped on board to make this as awesome as it is, and for extending grace to me as I navigate how to best organize it!
Meal list for November (as usual, we doubled several of these to make sizable meals for us to take home!)
  1. Taco Chili: lb browned ground beef 1 taco packet, 1 c frozen corn, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, 1 can chili beans in sauce, 1 can pinto beans rinsed and drained.
  2. Meatballs with veggies
  3. No potato beef stew (2 batches)
  4. Crockpot chicken and dumplings
  5. Honey sesame chicken
  6. Slow cooker Asian lettuce wraps
  7. Black Bean Chicken – 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 can black beans drained, 1 c frozen corn, 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, 1 block cream cheese, 1 taco packet
  8. Mexican Chicken
  9. Homemade chicken nuggets

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