Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Time Saving Cooking Tips

Buy a Extra Bag
When I am at Costco I like to buy an extra bag of chicken. Whne I get home I throw its entire contents in a large stock pot and boil the chicken. When it is cooked I remove it from the water, trim it, shred it and season it, then place it in Ziploc baggies to be placed in the freezer in 3-4 breast increments. I can not tell you how many times I have wanted to give myself a big hug for doing this. On days where I do not have very much time (most days), or an just tired (most days) I can whip something together. This is what I did today and was grateful I made the effort to do that in advance.

When onions are a good deal at the grocery store or if I just need a good cry, I will buy a big bag of sweet onions and come home and shred them all in my Cuisinart (food processor). I then bag them in 1/2 C to 1 C increments and freeze them. I LOVE THIS! I can kill two birds with one stone, kids love the flavor that onions bring and they cannot see them when they are shredded AND some days... I am not very motivated or have the time to finely chop an onion. It is ready when I want to throw it in to soups, sauces, or casseroles... This is a no brainer

1 comment:

Robyn said...

Jen, I would HUG myself, too, if I did that. When my job ends in 2 weeks, I plan to embark on a cooking journey and making your recipes in one thing on the top of my list! And then prepping chicken is next (I do chop peppers and onions to freeze, as well as many other purees--and yes, I love it). Thanks for sharing all these! Maddie loves this blog, too!