April Freezer Cooking Results and Recipes Part 1

I got everything on my list for today done! I am just happy that I was able to accomplish everything I had planned plus I made brownies, brats and mashed potatoes for dinner.

As I said in my planning post, I did a few things over the weekend. I doubled this sourdough english muffin recipe. Homemade english muffins are SO much better than the store bought ones. There are recipes out there that don’t require a sourdough starter as well,  if you want to try them. With the english muffins I made sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches for Dallas. I had all 5 burners on my stove going to cook them all! I then sliced up some sausage and cooked that. I scrambled some eggs together and cooked them in some metal biscuit cutters to get a round shape for freezing. Mixing the egg yolk and white together is better for freezing so the eggs don’t get a funny texture. We just wrapped them in plastic wrap and put them in a ziplock to freeze. They take about 30-45 seconds to heat in the microwave.

English muffins "baking"

Look at those yummy nooks and crannies!

Our assembly line!

I also made some crockpot black beans over the weekend.

This morning I started with my main freezer cooking list before I took Lance to school. First, I rinsed some pinto beans and threw them in the crockpot with some hot water on high. Then, I mixed up 5 batches of my no knead pizza dough (3 cups bread flour, 1 1/2 cups warm water, 1/4 tsp yeast, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon sugar….stir it all up and put in a baggie or covered bowl and into the fridge.). There is a full tutorial on homemade pizza HERE. I will let it ferment in the fridge for 24 hours then freeze. I will also be using one of them tomorrow for my BBQ Cheeseburger Muffin Bites. To thaw…put in the fridge the night before pizza or on the counter for the afternoon works too 😉 All of that took maybe 15 minutes.

Mmmm. Pizza dough.

When we got home from school around noon Lance wanted to make a cake, but we settled on brownies instead, so we whipped those up quick together. I did cut them and freeze them so I won’t eat the whole pan sitting on the counter! I didn’t know Lance took this picture until I looked at them while writing this post!

Lance taking a picture of himself after licking the brownie spoon!

I put some brown rice on to boil using my homemade chicken stock instead of water and some parsley from my moms garden. My husband won’t eat most brown rice, but we really like “sweet brown rice” that I buy in bulk at the health food store. It has a much better flavor than other brown rice. I cooked up 2 cups of dry rice which made enough for 4 dinners for us. I just thaw and heat with a tablespoon or 2 of water covered in the microwave. It saves a ton of time at dinner since brown rice takes so much longer to cook than white rice and I never remember to put it on the stove in time!

4 dinners of cooked brown rice.

4 dinners of cooked brown rice.

While the rice was bubbling away, I mixed up some Honey Wheat Buns out of my grandma’s cookbook. These are so soft and yummy. It makes a huge batch though, so I can’t use my mixer and I have to knead it by hand. It’s a good arm workout! Today I made 28 dinner rolls, 6 hotdog buns and 2 loaves of bread from one batch of this. You can make any combination you like. It makes 4 loaves of bread of you just do that. I have no idea how many rolls it makes of you only make rolls. A lot I would imagine! I always make a combination of things, so I don’t know. As for the loaves, I like preslice before I put them in the freezer so that I can pull out 1 or 2 for toast or a sandwich. I also wrap my loaves in plastic wrap and then foil to keep them fresh. Make sure you freeze as soon as it’s cool to keep maximum freshness.

Honey Wheat Buns

Blend in blender: 1 cup cottage cheese and 1/2 cup warm water

Mix: 3 cups warm water, 2 packages of yeast (4 1/2 tsp), 2 Tbsp sugar, let sit 5 min.

Add:

cottage cheese mixture

3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

2 1/2 tsp salt

3 cups whole wheat flour

6 1/2 cups white flour (this may vary a bit depending on your climate)

Knead well, about 5-6 min. Rise until double in bulk, about 1 hour. Form into buns, rolls, loaves or whatever you want. I like to weigh my rolls so they are even in size. I like 1 1/2 oz for dinner rolls and 2 1/2 oz for hotdog buns. Rise until double in bulk again. Bake rolls at 375° for 15-20 min (depends on size, 15 for dinner rolls, 20 for hotdog buns). Bake loaves at 350° for 35-40 min. I actually bake mine at 325, but my oven runs a bit hot for bread. Butter tops while hot.

Dough after first rise taking up the entire bowl!

Hot buns out of the oven.

Still working on the best way to shape hotdog buns....

2 loaves too!!

While the bread was baking I started on my double batch of nacho dip. This is for Dallas to take on the boys camping trip later this month. They all like it a ton….well I do too. It is mighty tasty. I forgot to take a picture, so you will just have to imagine some yummy cheesyness.

Hamburger Cheese Dip

1 lb hamburger browned (I only used 1 1/2 lb for my double batch)

1 lb velveeta cheese cut up

1 can rotel tomatoes and green chilis

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 Tbsp chili powder

Mix all together and put in crockpot to melt and cook on low. Serve with tortilla chips.

At last, my beans were done. They seemed to take forever today and I am not sure why. I cooked them on high for 8 hours! I pulverized, and I mean demolished, some onions and garlic in my food processor. Dallas does not like chunky onions, so I have to make them into juice! I put that, along with the beans, a little bean juice and some santa maria seasoning (our favorite seasoning around here) in a pan and smashed them all together with my potato masher. Once they were smooshed to my liking and thickened a bit, I put them in baggies to freeze. The beans take a bit of salt, but santa maria’s has quite a lot in it, so I don’t add extra. I am not sure how much of the dry beans I cooked since I just dumped out of my big bag, but I ended up with 5 dinners worth in the end.

Finally, the beans are done.

Smashing, smashing , smashing...

Ready for bagging...

Whew, all done….time to veg on the couch now…until tomorrow.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: April Freezer Cooking Results Part 2 « Coby's Corner
  2. Connie
    Apr 05, 2010 @ 06:46:52

    These looks delish! I’m going to have to give a few of these a try soon. English muffiins? Wow!

    Thanks!

    Reply

  3. Trackback: Meal Planning: May’s Monthly Menu « Coby's Corner

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