Sunday, December 11, 2011

Freezer cooking - December

I've been wanting to purchase better quality ground beef but my cheapskate side kept winning.  

I finally found a compromise.  I got 93% lean hormone and antibiotic-free ground beef in a 40 lb box from Zaycon Foods.  I've heard a lot of good things about the company, which only recently started doing truckload sales in my area.  Now granted, it's not from a local farmer and it's not grass-fed, so I'm sure I could still be making a better choice, but it's a start.


This is what a 10 lb roll of meat looks like.
Then we realized I was wearing an I love Chick-Fil-A shirt while holding beef....we repositioned the beef.  :-)


Naturally this much meat meant it was time for a big freezer cooking session!  I got a jump on the hamburgers on Thursday night but the rest was done on Saturday.


This quiche has a hamburger crust.  Several months ago I saw a recipe for something like cheeseburger pie that used the burger as the crust rather than the filling.  I couldn't find the recipe again so I combined several ideas into this.  I took my meatball mixture before adding seasoning (so just meat, eggs, cornflakes), and pressed it into a pan, lining the bottom and edges.  I baked the meat and let it cool.  The filling very loosely follows this recipe.  I baked the quiche until almost done, so when I re-heat it, the eggs won't be overdone.


Final results:

Meatballs - 9 dozen made it to the freezer (so tasty I almost scrapped all my other plans and only made meatballs)

Meatloaf - 2 pans

Hamburgers - 3 stacks (maybe 20 burgers?) (BBQ, teriyaki, Italian)

Hamburger spinach quiche - 2 medium pans

Beef enchiladas - 2 large pans


Cooked ground beef - lots

Taco stuffed potatoes - 21

Gosh, it doesn't look like much when I list it like that.  It sounds more impressive when you also learn that I did our laundry and another family's laundry, made 5 pies and 4 mini pies from scratch, washed all the dishes I dirtied in cooking, and did Christmas and grocery shopping on this same day.  It was the most productive day I've had in ages, with some help from Nathan!

4 comments:

Rebecca H. Jamison said...

Wow, Cherish. You're amazing. That was nice of you to do laundry for our neighbors too. Eric's mom bought us part of a cow for Christmas, so our freezer is full of beef. I never thought I'd say this, but it's really nice.

Amy Snell said...

Sounds super impressive to me thats for sure!!!! I need to start stocking our freezer with meals and whatnot, Bryan is not a cook and I really dont want to do take out every night when the baby comes :) You so so so inspire me more then you know :) xoxoxoxo

Jaime said...

Holy mother of pearl. It DOES sound impressive!! And delicious! :)

Amy said...

I need details - I'm always on the lookout for cheap beef that is at least 90% lean. What was your per pound price? If it's cheap enough, would you consider letting me know when you buy it again and sharing some of it with me? I don't think I have the energy to do 40 lbs like you - but 10-15 I could probably do.

Hope you slept good that night!