August 1, 2013

Freezer Cooking: Banana Muffins and Meatloaf

I had six brown bananas sitting on the counter in the fruit bowl. That is not a normal occurrence in our home but last week was busy. We had a weekend marriage conference at church and my parents had the kids. Hubby and I enjoyed some date time and so no one was here to eat the bananas.

I try to never let bananas go to waste.  I usually make banana bread with them.

bananas muffins

This weekend I saw Christy’s banana bread recipe on her website, Southern Plate. I have no trouble trying something new so I decided to do so.

I used the six bananas to make a double batch of muffins. I ended up freezing 28 muffins for later use.  These will come in handy for breakfasts or snacks.

meatloaf

Please overlook this horrible picture. I was in a hurry to put these into the freezer and did not realize how bad the picture looked until later. And why does the meatloaf look yellow? I have no idea.

My family enjoys eating meatloaf but there is a part of it that I do not like — I do not like touching the raw meat. It is so cold and when you mix all of those ingredients together it feels slimy.  Yuck!

A few years ago when ground beef went on sale, I decided that I would premix some meatloaf and put it into freezer containers.  If I remember correctly, I premixed five meatloaves.  A few days before I needed one I simply placed the container in the refrigerator to thaw. Then I slid the meatloaf from the freezer container into my meatloaf pan.  It made such a huge difference in meal time preparation.

Unfortunately, my summer is almost over.  Soon I will be busy working late, grading papers, working on lesson plans, etc and taking care of my family.

Recently, I remembered how easy it was to have the meatloaf premixed and so I have been looking for a good deal on ground beef.  Food Lion had their ground chuck on sale this week for $2.49/lb so I picked up about 8 pounds.

Due to an unexpected eye doctor’s appointment today (there was a cancellation and we got a call to fill in) I wasn’t able to patty up all of the meatloaves but I did two of them.  I have a usual meatloaf recipe that I use but decided I would search the internet for a different once.  I decided to try Paula Deen’s barbeque meatloaf recipe.  I ended up using a little over 2 lbs of meat so I just kind of guesstimated how much of each ingredient to use.  Most of the recipes I make are just to use as a guide anyway.

I have some more ground beef in the refrigerator that needs to be used this evening so I will probably patty up a few more tonight.

It is nice knowing that I have banana muffins and meatloaf prepared in the freezer. I hope to prepare a few more freezer meals before school starts back.

What is your favorite freezer meal to prepare?


Karen

Comments

3 Responses to “Freezer Cooking: Banana Muffins and Meatloaf”
  1. 1

    I think I’m going to try those banana muffins; they look really good! I miss my old freezer that I used for freezer cooking and stock ups. Now I just have the tiny one on my refrigerator and N-O-T-H-I-N-G fits in that thing!

  2. 2
    The Thrifty Mommy
    Twitter: thriftymommy
    says:

    I have a big upright freezer that my mom gave my brother and then my brother gave to me. 🙂 It is slam packed full! It is an old freezer and I’ve been a little paranoid about it lately. Every day I check it to make sure it’s still working. I would hate to lose all that food!

  3. 3
    The Thrifty Mommy
    Twitter: thriftymommy
    says:

    I liked this recipe, but to be to honest, I liked my recipe better. We all have our preferences. The kids and I enjoyed some of these banana muffins this week. It was a nice break from cereal, granola bars, etc.

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