Save Time and Money With Freezer Meals!

002Every homesteader values a home cooked meal. However, not every homesteader wants to spend every evening slaving away in their kitchen. Thank goodness for the convenience of freezer meals! No, not the freezer meals you buy from the store. Those don’t make the cut around here. They are high in price and low in nutrition. Around here we prefer to make our own freezer meals! If I can do it, you can do it too! Grab a friend or two and make it a social event!
My sister in law Tabby is my go to gal for making freezer meals with. We both enjoy these times together as they gives us a chance to socialize and be productive, it’s a win win! As we chop, dice, measure and stir, our kids have fun playing with one another. Sometimes they like to help out as well, which is a great learning opportunity for them! They get to learn how to safely use knives, they learn math, including fractions as they help us measure ingredients, and their little arms get quite the work out as they help stir!
Tabby and I are planning another freezer making meal event soon. Last time we got together we made enchiladas, rice stir fry, chicken wild rice soup, and crepes. I like to make use of whatever food we have around the house as much as possible, rather than buy everything from the store. This encourages creativity in the kitchen and makes use of whatever garden produce that needs to be used up!
Our next get together we will be making use of apples, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, raspberries, turnip and venison. These are the ingredients that I have an abundance of! I am thinking we’ll likely make applesauce and apple crisp with our apples. As for the tomatoes, I think homemade spaghetti sauce with ground venison will be great! Some of the squash will naturally find it’s way into the spaghetti sauce, and I think butternut squash muffins will be attempted! The raspberries will be made into raspberry filling for crepes. The turnip is begging to be included in soup, and I have the best recipe for a good beef veggie, noodle soup. Of course we’ll simply replace the beef with venison!
We make large batches and I send half of everything home with her. We utilize gallon size and quart sized freezer bags for storing our creations. We lay them flat in the freezer as they are easier to store this way. We also make use of empty yogurt and sour cream containers! We label them so we don’t forget what we made! It sure is nice having home cooked meals that simply need to be taken out of the freezer and heated up! They come in especially handy on busy days, sick days, or just days when I don’t feel like cooking! Now time to share some of the recipes!
Venison Enchiladas and Homemade Tortillas
2lbs ground venison
1 lb diced mushrooms
2 cups milk
2 cups salsa
4 tbls butter
4 Tbls flour
2 tsp salt
1 Tbls
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp cumin
1 Tbls paprika
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic diced
2 lbs shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla ingredients: 6 cups flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp salt, 6 Tbls lard, 2 cups hot water
Tortilla Instructions: Mix all ingredients and form into a dough ball. Then pull small handfuls off and roll out into tortillas. Heat in cast iron skillet on medium until bubbles form, then flip and cook 30 seconds more. Transfer to freezer paper. When all are made, transfer to freezer bags.
Instructions for filling: Brown ground venison and set aside. In Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron 6.5 Qt Covered Round Dutch Oven or large skillet, melt butter, add mushrooms, garlic and onions. Stir in flour, after a couple minutes whisk in milk, and seasonings, simmer until thickened slightly. Add in salsa and cheese. Lastly, stir in burger. Turn off heat and once cool transfer to freezer bags. When ready to use simply thaw and fill tortillas with sauce reserving a cup or two to pour on top of rolled tortillas. Heat in oven at 350 for 20 min, or until heated through. Garnish with salsa and sour cream. Makes enough filling for about 30 enchiladas.

Venison Veggie Soup
2 lbs of venison (any cut works)
4 Tbls butter
10 carrots sliced
2 onions diced
1 large turnip diced
2 cups diced tomatoes
4 cloves garlic diced
Salt and pepper to tastet
1 gallon of water
32 oz of egg noodles
1 cup cream
Season and brown meat in butter. Add all other ingredients except noodles. Bring to boil, then turn to medium low and simmer for 2.5 hrs. Remove meat and cut into bite size pieces. Add back into soup. Add noodles and cook another 30 min. Stir in cream and turn off heat. Let cool, then transfer to freezer bags. Makes around 30 servings of soup.
Crepes with Raspberry Filling
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ unbleached white flour
2 Tablespoons real maple syrup
½ tsp baking soda
4 cups milk
4 Tbls coconut oil melted
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
Coconut oil
Raspberry filling: 4 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, 4 Tbls sugar
Mix dry ingredients then whisk in wet ingredients. Add a little coconut oil or butter to 6-8 inch skillet. Cook until bubbles form on top, then flip and cook additional minute. Remove and place on freezer paper. Continue cooking and layer crepes onto freezer paper. Once cool, transfer crepes to freezer bags. Crepes can be taken out as needed and simply heated to serve. Raspberry filling can be prepared by heating raspberries and sugar in a pan. Mash with a potato masher, simmer until slightly thickened, then cool. Once cool, transfer to ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer cubes to freezer bag. Cubes can be popped into microwave or heated in pan then served with crepes! A sprinkle of powder sugar on top of the finished crepes makes my kids happy!
If you’ve never made freezer meals before I encourage you to give it a try! It feels great knowing exactly what is in your food and you’ll feel good feeding it to your family! If dedicating an entire day in the kitchen doesn’t sound fun or realistic to you, try simply doubling your next recipe, then freezing half. Believe me, it will come in handy on those days when cooking is on the bottom of your to do list, but you don’ want to order pizza!062

About Melissa Hartner

I am a mother of 4 little girls. A wife. A lover of nature. A farm girl at heart. I love anything food or health related. I strive to contribute more to this world than I consume. I enjoy learning and teaching!
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One Response to Save Time and Money With Freezer Meals!

  1. Michelle Pick says:

    YOUR RECIPES SOUND DELICIOUS! MAKING YOUR OWN FREEZER MEALS SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD IDEA!

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