I was just in the kitchen, after the kids went to bed, finishing up some meals to throw in the freezer. I was a little frantic earlier in the day thinking "OH NO! When did I buy that meat???" I checked the use-by date and I was okay, but I didn't want to risk forgetting again and completely wasting $35 worth of meat, so I stayed in the kitchen a little longer than I prefer in order to get that stuff taken care of.
While I was mixing up some teriyaki marinade, using one of my two most favorite freezer cookbooks, I couldn't remember if I have ever told our readers about these two books!! If I haven't then now is the time! If I have then it still bears repeating.
Two Freezer Cookbooks I Love, Love, Love
1. Fix, Freeze, Feast, by Kati Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik - I have made almost every recipe in this book and there are only a handful that I wouldn't choose to make again. The idea behind this book is using warehouse packs of meat (so, like 6 pounds of ground beef) in each recipe, making 3-4 family size servings of each dish at a time. If you're going to make one, you might as well make four, right? This is the perfect book to use for meal-swapping with a friend.
2. Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook, by Jessica Fisher - This useful cookbook is written by the blogger behind Life As Mom and Good Cheap Eats. I have followed Jessica for a long time. I don't know if it's because she is a fellow California girl or what, but I love so many of her recipes. This is her first cookbook and she recently published her third book, which is very near the top of my Christmas wishlist, called Good Cheap Eats.
NYMMAFC is full of recipes for things that you could buy in a box or a can, but are so much tastier from scratch. Beefy Mushroom Gravy?? Yes, please! Sweet and Spicy Joes? AMAZING. Almond Ginger Baked French Toast is a huge hit. And my most favorite is Cranberry Orange Granola, which my girls made by the bucketful and sold in order to raise money for summer camp earlier this year. Every single recipe was tested extensively with Jessica's own family of 8 and I have tried over half of them and been incredibly satisfied with each and every one.
My family relies a lot on meals from the freezer. Now that we are much, much closer to adding a couple extra little people to our family I am already thinking about what needs to get into the freezer before they arrive. You can bet that these two cookbooks will be close at hand as I plan!