I have been asked more than once “what do you do with 40 pounds of Chicken, Beef, Bacon etc.?” I’ll tell you what…Create Freezer Meals the EASY way! My technique is a little different than those I see on Pinterest and on a lot of freezer sites. I don’t really have the time or energy to do a whole day of Freezer Meals, so I don’t make complete meals. This actually creates more flexibility in my meal planning too!
Every four to 6 months or so I buy in bulk to save HUGE amounts of money on my grocery bill. I used to go through a company called Zaycon Foods, unfortunately as of this week they have closed their doors..super sad.
These principles and recipes for chicken or beef or bacon still apply!
Here is step by step of what I do the day I get the Chicken. This is the exact way I process 40 lbs of chicken in less than 2 hours!
The Chicken comes in a big box already skinned and boneless! They are packaged fresh in super tough plastic with many breasts per package and they are HUGE!
I usually rinse the Chicken off before I put them into freezer bags or cook.
Cook whole breasts on foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheets…spray with cooking oil and lightly season with your fave Chicken seasoning (I use Johnny Seasoning).
Once cooked I chop these up into strips and bite size pieces. I then put them on a CLEAN lined cookie sheet and flash freeze. (put in freezer for about 20 min. ~ keeps all the chicken from sticking together.)
I then package up into portions either plain or I add Taco Seasoning or my Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce. Then they are already ready for quick easy meals!
While the Chicken for the above portion is cooking, I cut up some of the raw chicken and put into freezer bags uncooked with Teriyaki Sauce, Italian Salad Dressing etc. I will also leave some cut chicken plain.
Then I leave the rest unprocessed and whole for grilling, baking and other recipes. I cook chicken in so many meals and in so many ways that I need Chicken that is not seasoned in any way.
That’s it! It takes me about an hour and half to 2 hours to process 40 lbs of Chicken.
Now I could cut the veggies and all of that, and I actually used to do that, but since it’s so easy for me to just do that when I’m ready to make a meal, I don’t take time when I’m packaging the chicken. It’s just too much for me to do all at once. It also eliminates the feeling of being overwhelmed at such a simple task.
Here are just a few recipes I make with my 40 lbs. of Chicken (scroll all the way down this post to get more recipes and ways to fix chicken and freezer cook!):
If 40 lbs is just waaay too much for your family then go in halves with another family!
Here are some great Beef recipes if you buy it in bulk:
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