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!


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!