Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cooking Up a Storm

Last Friday, I spent some time cooking, baking, prepping things for the freezer...Here are the results for that effort. I used a lot of produce from my CSA share, which is a good way to use up the fresh goodness before it starts to turn!  ***Picture Heavy Post Alert!***

P.S. Don't ask me why I chose to cook, bake et al that day, I had just decided to turn our thermostat up to reduce costs, and then I make the house hotter by using the time....I need to rethink this process! I was sweating by the time I was done! 

I made Easiest Bread Recipe EVER! from love food eat. It was DELICIOUS! I plan on making more, and freezing some, to see how it holds up. I also found some tips on how to store my bread, so I'm trying them out. Right now I'm putting it cut side down on a small cutting board, reserved for this purpose. 
Before it's tanning time in the oven...

Afterwards, doesn't it look yummy?

Nice, crunchy outside, soft and chewy yummy on the inside...

A full pat of butter, why not?! 

Cut side down on cutting board, to keep it fresh.

I then broke out the pots and knives to chop up some tomatoes, carrots, parsley, and onions to make a tomato base.  I ended up adding 3/4 cup of lentils to the tomato mix and blended it all up, and packaged the remaining sauce and lentils separately for the freezer. 
Just chop chop chop, toss toss toss...

Boil and simmer, boil and simmer...

Divide and conquer! 
All pureed and ready to go into the freezer! 

I didn't get a chance to photograph the blender process, because a certain rug-rat woke up and made that step a lot of fun! (i.e. I had to play ref between him and the cat!) 

There's my stash so far. :) How about you? Do you have any recipes or ideas for building quick foods for your freezer? Share them below!

P.S. I was busy over last weekend as well, cooking up rice, beans, etc. Those things take time, and since I've cooked them, and tossed them into the freezer, it's less time when it comes to eatin! 

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