I took a look in the freezer and just about fainted. We had just almost no meat in the there. I checked the prices and sales and headed to our new Wegman’s. They have the meats we use for $1.99 a pound. So now the freezer is stocked with meats packaged up for our family’s meals, all for under $150.00.
I purchased 4 whole pork loins at $1.99/lb and had the butcher cut them for me. When I came home I packaged them into roasts and boneless pork chops. Most of the chicken packages will give us two meals since the breasts are so large, a half breast counts as a serving. I will use the remaining breasts the next day in a recipe that calls for cooked chicken.
I am feeling much more comfortable about feeding the family now with a well stocked freezer. Here is what I have now have in my freezer. Clearly enough for at least two months worth of dinner entrees and a month’s worth of frozen vegetables.
10 packages of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
10 packages of 80/20 ground beef
10 packages of chicken legs
2 packages boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 packages of mild Italian sausages
5 packages of pork chops
4 pork roasts
These have been added to the meats and veggies already in the freezer:
2 packages of flash frozen salmon
1 large bag of meatballs
6 rolls Bob Evans Sausage (takes 2 for a meal here)
1 large box of breaded chicken breast patties
1 large bag of tortellini
1 large bag of ravioli
1 large bag of pirogi
1 large bag of fish fillets
1 large bag of fish sticks
1 box of pepperoni pizza rolls
1 box of cheese pizza rolls
5 large bags of broccoli
5 large bags of yellow corn
5 large bags of white corn
3 bags of green beans
2 bags of carrots
2 bags of zucchini
2 bags of yellow squash
Since the freezer is very full, I need to give some serious consideration to aquiring a second freezer. This would allow me to stock even more frozen foods for the family. My goal is to get down to a once a month shopping trip for restocking the “dry supplies” with a weekly trip for fresh produce and milk. Plus I could consider doing more of the once a month cooking since I would have a place to store the finished items.
You should consider stocking your freezer and using it an extension of your pantry. What do you have in your freezer right now, and would you be able to feed your family from it for an extended period of time? I am off to check Craigslist for freezers. 🙂