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Freezer Labeling Tips January 13, 2013

Filed under: Freezer/ Bulk Cooking — janelmartin @ 10:26 pm

Here are a few things that I have learned over the years about labeling my food before it goes in the freezer.

-Mark it with the kind of food and amount. (ex. 7 cups chicken)

-Make sure to label it with the meal that the ingredient is for. (Chicken enchiladas)

-Add where the recipe can be found. ( Betty Crocker cookbook, pg 86)



I know that this list seems amazingly simplistic but I have put many containers in our freezer without labeling them.  For some reason I always think I can remember what is in the container.  But I don’t…


40 lb of Chicken January 12, 2013

Filed under: Freezer/ Bulk Cooking — janelmartin @ 4:24 pm

On Thursday I had 40 lb of Chicken delivered.  Several of my friends asked me to share what I made with all that chicken.  Trust me- if you ever decide to get 40 lb of chicken- it is A LOT of chicken! I posted links whenever possible. Here is what is in my freezer or already in our bellies:

1. Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Green Chili Sauce

2.Chicken Enchilada Casserole

3. Chicken Rice Soup- to can

4. Chicken Pot Pie

5. Chicken Squares

6. Creamed Chicken and Biscuits

7. Seven Layer Casserole

8. White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

9. Old Fashioned Chicken Soup

10. Chicken Nuggets

11. Chili Chicken and Pasta

12. Chicken and Lemon Broccoli Alfredo

13. Chicken and Dumplings

14. Chicken Corn Soup

15. Parmesan Seasoning Blends- I get these packets super cheap at Surplus Outlet.  It’s $2 for   a variety of about 20 packets.

16. Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Ok- I need to clarify.  These meals are not actually in my freezer, just the chicken is prepped.  The first two meals will be made and we will eat part of the recipe and freeze the rest.  The same is true with soup.  I always make soup in large batches because we love soup and it freezes well.

Maybe next time I need to order meat some friends could come over and we could prep for meals together- or even make a few freezer meals.  Let me know if you are interested!


Canning in 2012 January 11, 2013

Filed under: canning — janelmartin @ 9:46 pm

Since 2012 is over I thought I would post everything that I got around to canning this past year.  Most of the soups are canned during the winter and the vegetables and fruit are canned when they are in season.  Here’s my list:

Green Beans- 10 quarts

Beet Pickles- 4 pints

Peaches- 12 quarts

Peach Honey- 3 jelly jars

Diced Tomatoes- 15 pints

Pepper Jelly- 5 jelly jars

Salsa #1- 10 pints

Salsa #2- 7 pints

Peach Butter- 3 pints

Peach Pie Filling- 6 quarts, 1 pint

Green Beans- 8 quarts

Spaghetti Sauce- 6 pints

Corn Slaw- 11 pints

Ketchup- 4 pints, 12 jelly jars

Pears- 4 quarts, 19 pints

Yellow Salsa- 6 pints

Ro-Tel- 2 pints

Grape Juice- 6 quarts

Whole Tomatoes- 1 quart, 4 pints

Applesauce- 50 quarts

Cheeseburger Soup-  4 quarts

Vegetable Beef Soup- 13 quarts

Strawberry Pie Filling- 3 quarts, 1 pint

Raspberry Pie Filling- 4 quarts

Sloppy Joes- 5 pints

Blueberry Pie Filling- 5 quarts

Blueberry Syrup- 4 pints

Pickle Sticks- 6 pints

I’m sorry they are not in any logical order.  This is the order they were written onto my Canning Inventory.  I used this Pantry Inventory  to keep track of everything.  I was amazed that I got this much done this summer, especially with a newborn.  I’ve already canned some in 2013, so my list may be longer for this year!  Dean will have to rearrange his tools in the basement so I have more room for jars.