A Well-Stocked Freezer, Part 2

Our air conditioner broke on Saturday just as the hot, muggy Kansas temperatures were making a comeback. Once the indoor temp surpassed 85 degrees today, I lost all desire to think about baking and stocking my freezer, but press on I must! And… the forecast for Wednesday says a HIGH of 72! Woo-hoo! Now that’s baking weather!

Last week I shared why I like to keep my freezers fully stocked. Here’s what I like to keep in them. Well, mainly what I keep in the chest freezer and my extra refrigerator/freezer downstairs. Upstairs is my “daily” freezer.

Some basics.

  • Milk. I bought 7 gallons of milk at the store today. They are all in my freezer.
  • Beef. We purchase 1/2 a cow at a time. (Would anyone be interested in seeing our beef? I could share the different cuts we get and what we do with it if you’d like.)
  • Corn. We’ve got 40 bags of sweetcorn in there now.
  • Fruit. Currently a bag of peaches from my neighbor’s tree and several bags of apple pie filling and apple juice (ready to be made into jelly) from this surprise gift.
  • Tomorrow I’ll add a few bags of shredded zucchini.

Meals for our crazy days or to share with families in need. My favorites are:

  • cavatini (My all-time very favorite casserole! A single recipe serves 16+ adults.)
  • lasagna
  • meatballs and cheesy potatoes
  • chili
  • other casseroles
  • other soups

Quick breads and sweet treats. These are perfect for last minute gifts or last minute guests! They’re also nice to have on hand for a quick treat after supper without indulging in a big dessert.

  • banana bread (I use this recipe just for special occasions or gifts. I have another healthier recipe for breakfast and such.)
  • banana crumb muffins (I alter this recipe, using 1/2 whole wheat flour.)
  • zucchini pineapple bread (the only way to have zucchini bread — so moist!)
  • poppy seed bread – yum!
  • cookie dough balls

Ready for the oven - no mess!

Heat and eat lunches. (Or grab and go suppers if we’re headed to a ballgame!) I’m home everyday with two of my kids and often a couple of extra children. I like to have no-fuss options available other than leftovers or a sandwich.

Two “must haves” in my freezer for lunches:

  • homemade Brown Bag Burritos (we dress these up for supper by topping them with lettuce, tomato, cheese and salsa)
  • pigs in a blanket (Keep reading for the recipe! These are so handy!)

Two lunch items that I plan to try out very soon:

  • Pizza Pockets (I just know these will be a hit at our house!)
  • Bierocks (I love these… when my mom makes them… but I’ve never made them myself.)

** Here’s my Pigs in a Blanket recipe. The last time I made these I substituted some whole wheat flour to make them a bit healthier. 😉 I also like them best with bun-length hot dogs. ** OH, if you skip the hotdogs and cheese, you’ll have some very nice homemade rolls! I make them for big family dinners.

Pigs in a Blanket

2 packages dry yeast (2 ¼ t. per pack – ALWAYS purchase your yeast in bulk!)

2 c. very warm water

2 t. salt

½ c. sugar

¼ c. melted shortening

1 beaten egg

6 ½ – 7 c. flour

  • combine first two items
  • add sugar, salt, and ½ c. flour; beat 2 minutes
  • add egg and melted shortening; beat until smooth
  • add flour 1 c. at a time… usually 5-6 c.; knead until smooth (I don’t knead very long, but I do knead some of the flour in)
  • set aside in greased bowl, cover with towel, let rise until double

  • punch dough; divide in half
  • roll out ½ dough into large circle; spread with softened butter
  • cut with pizza cutter into 16 pieces

  • sprinkle outside edge of circle with cheddar cheese

  • place ½ hot dog on edge of each triangle; roll

  • place on greased cookie sheet

  • let rise
  • bake at 400 for about 12 minutes

  • remove to wire rack to cool, then bag and freeze!

** The “1/2 hot dog” size is perfect for young children. Enjoy!

Check out more kitchen tips at Tammy’s Recipes.

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14 Responses

  1. I’ll have to try some of your recipes. My dd1 makes a strawberry bread. It is really good.

  2. Awesome Blog! I can’t wait to get busy in my kitchen again and get my freezer a little more full!

  3. I would love to see your beef and the diffrent cuts, we have been thinking about getting 1\4 cow but have no idea how to order it. Also I would love your cavatini recipie.

  4. I second the request for the cavatini recipe! : ) Those are some great, clever ideas for things to keep stocked in the freezer. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions.

  5. I’ve been wondering what to do with my free hotdogs from Wal-Mart, I might have to try this (I like the homemade wrap for them much better than going store-bought:)

  6. THose piggies look yummy!! 😀

  7. It’s lunch time, and your post is making me hungry! Thanks for the recipes, I am going to bookmark this post~Donna

  8. I’d like to see your beef too. 🙂 This is a good list for the freezer. I try to keep mine stocked too, but right now it’s looking a little bare. I make homemade biscuits and freeze them unbaked. I just pull out however many I need and bake them with no mess!

  9. The cookie dough balls are a great idea! 🙂 I have a bunch of shredded zucchini, zucchini bread, berries, and green beans (along with some Alaska salmon form my mom) in my freezer right now.

    Great post!
    Blessings,
    Michele

  10. I love keeping a well-stocked freezer. Do you do anything to the zucchini before you freeze it?

  11. I am just getting back into the swing of things from being on vacation! Thanks for posting the pigs in the blanket recipe!

    Also your post has inspired me to work at getting my freezer back to being well stocked! The temps around here are going to be in the high 60s to mid 70s the rest of the week soooo it is definitely time to get some baking done! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thank you so much for commenting on my freezer meal situation and I feel like a dork for not having thought of lining my pans and freezing the items then removing and storing in bags, etc…… So, thank you very much for that tip!!!

    Also your pigs in blankets look so yummy, I might try them!

  13. Yummy! I’m gonna start doing double batches of cookie dough and freezing half! I hadn’t thought of that yet…and after getting TON of chocolate chips during the Nestle sale a few weeks back…perfect! I made some zucchini pineapple bread for the first time this week and it is MUCH more moist than just zucchini bread! And sweeter too! I too have the “fall/winter food” itch! I’m getting excited for all the yummy winter squash and soups!

  14. Hi, again! 🙂 Just wondering what you do to the piggies when ready to eat? Just pop em in the microwave? do they need to thaw?? Thanks!

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