Freezer Meal Group
“Six” Member Cooking Group
As a group:
and plan a menu of 12 different recipes. Discuss your family’s likes and
dislikes, food allergies etc. Exchange phone numbers.
2- Each member of the group chooses two recipes. You will end up cooking one of each recipe for the six members of the group. You may choose a recipe from the group cook book, or one of your own. If you use your own recipe please bring a copy for each person in the group.
Member: One Two Three Four Five Six
Recipes: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
For smaller families or families that do not like leftovers, you can divide the twelve recipes in half. This gives you 24 smaller meals instead of 12 large meals.
3- Choose a date, time and location to meet again and swap the frozen prepared recipes.
4- NOTE: Each member is responsible for their own staples like rice, noodles, buns etc. For example if the recipe is “Sloppy Joes” you do not need to buy a package of buns for each member of the group. They will buy the buns for their own family meal.
On your own:
1- Prepare a shopping list for what
you will need to complete the group recipes, including disposable pans or
freezer bags. Purchase the group meal food separate from your family’s
food. Always look for the best price. The more you save, the more the
group saves. Keep your receipts; bring them to the recipe swap night.
Depending on ingredients, some recipes are more expensive then others. Not
everyone in the group will spend the same amount of money. But everything
will be evened out on swap night.
2- Everyone ends up using a small amount of this and that from their spice rack or pantry. Don’t try and figure out how much 3 teaspoons of salt is going to cost the group. Remember that others are using small amounts of things from their personal food storage as well.
3- Prepare and freeze your meals.
Label each meal with the recipe name and cooking instructions (temperature,
time, bake covered or un-covered). Also if the recipe is designed to be
served over rice or noodles, note this along with the baking directions.
4- Depending on your recipe it takes around 3 hours to make one recipe for the six members of the group. I’ve found it is easiest to set aside 3 hours one day to prepare the first recipe, and then 3 hours on another day to prepare the second.
Be sure that each meal is
For less confusion during the swap, prepare a meal exchange bag for each person in the group. Using a grocery sack put one of each meal in the sack. Leave your own meals at home. You will have 5 sacks of the same thing to take to the swap night. You will bring home 5 bags of a variety of different meals.
the frozen meals in shopping bags for each member. Bring your receipts and
any copies of recipes you need to distribute to the other members of the
group. Bring your check book.
2- Designate a “Banker” for the evening. The banker totals up everyone’s receipts and divides that figure by 6 to determine the average amount spent. If you spent less then the average you pay the banker. If you spent more then the average, the banker pays you.
Tips and Tricks
To cook a lot of ground beef: Crumble ground beef onto a cookie sheet or baking pan. Bake, using a spatula to stir often, at 350 degrees until browned through. I can do about 10 pounds at a time, 5 pounds per cookie sheet.
Do these steps however you want, taking a day for each, or combining, but do them in order!
Preparation: This is your day/time to prepare master recipes, chop vegetables, shred cheeses, etc. Combine all like steps in recipes and do them at once. For example, if several recipes contain chopped onions, chop all the onions for all the recipes at one time. (You can go even further and chop all of the onions you have and freeze them, for present and future use). You can also prepare dough's, sauces, marinades, etc.
Cooking: This day/time is the nitty-gritty. Finish cooking your master recipes, then prepare them for use in the other recipes you are making them into. For example, cook the turkey or honey baked ham, then divide into the parts for the other recipes (such as turkey or ham slices, potpies, etc) that they will be used for. Boil, bake simmer, fry, do all of your cooking steps today. Check out the cooking steps worksheet for more ideas.
Easy Pizza Pasta Casserole
Makes 1 large (9x13) casserole. Serves 6-8 people.
Ingredients For 6 Recipes
1 lbs ground beef 6 lbs ground beef
½ large onion, chopped 3 onions
½ clove garlic, minced 3 cloves garlic
½ teas. Crushed Italian Seasoning 3 teas. Crushed Italian Seasoning
1 TBSP. Olive Oil 6 TBSP Olive Oil
1 (26 oz.) jar Spaghetti Sauce 6 Jars Spaghetti Sauce (156 oz)
8 ounces rigatoni pasta, cooked and drained 48 ounces rigatoni
2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese 15 cups shredded mozzarella
4 ounces sliced pepperoni 24 ounces sliced pepperoni
Ingredients for 6 recipes
¾ c. Prepared Italian Salad Dressing 4 ½ c. prepared Italian Salad Dressing
¼ c. Lemon Juice 1-½ c. lemon juice
2 teas. Instant Chicken Bullion 12 teaspoons Instant Chicken Bullion
¼ teas. Pepper 1 ½ teaspoons pepper
1 teas. Italian Seasoning 6 teaspoons Italian seasoning
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts 24-36 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
Place chicken in a 9 x 13 pan. Stir all ingredients together. Pour over chicken. Cover and bake 350 for 35-45 minutes
Beefy Chicken Loaf - Serves 6
Loaf Ingredients Ingredients for 6 recipes -Loaf-
1 egg 6 eggs
¼ cup milk 1 ½ cup milk
½ teas. seasoning salt 3 teaspoons seasoning salt
½ teas. pepper 3 teaspoons pepper
1 TBLS Worcestershire sauce 6 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, finely chopped 6 onions, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef 6 pounds ground beef
½ pound ground chicken or ground turkey 3 pounds ground chicken or ground turkey
¾ cup rolled oats, not instant (may be ground 4 ½ cups rolled oats, not instant
into crumbs by running through blender)
Sauce Ingredients Ingredients for 6 recipes –Sauce-
¼ cup ketchup 1 ½ cup ketchup
1 TBLS mustard 6 TBLS mustard
1 TBLS brown sugar 6 TBLS brown sugar
1 teas. Worcestershire sauce 6 teas. Worcestershire
½ teas. chili powder 3 teas. chili powder