Freezer Cooking:How To Shred and Freeze Chicken

My Philosophy on Freezing Cooking

There are very few times I don’t freeze. Some foods won’t keep as long as others, but most will freeze quite nicely for a reasonable period of time if packaged properly. To save space in your freezer, buy containers that will stack easily; freeze food in them and put one on top of another. Who says spaghetti sauce has to be frozen in a stand up container? It will freeze just as well and actually thaw faster if it is lying flat on a try inside a sealed zip-loc bag.

Make-Ahead Cooking Session

This morning’s cooking session started with a main ingredient that will be used for 3 different meals this week-Chicken. That may sound like a lot of chicken for the week, but when it’s on sale, I stock up and freeze. Three meals on the menu for the week are Chicken Pasties, BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and  Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas.

Freezer Shredded Chicken

I slipped two large bar pans of seasoned chicken breasts in the oven this morning while I continued prepping and cooking vegetables for my pasties. I seasoned it simply with salt, pepper and steak seasoning with garlic powder and then baked at 375° for about 45 minutes to an hour. The chicken was done by the time I finished with the vegetables and my homemade mushroom soup (recipe featured in this month’s newsletter.) It cooled while I cleaned up the kitchen, and then I shredded it, bagged it and stowed it in 2 cup portionsin the freezer. I reserved enough for my homemade chicken pasties. ( This recipe also to post later.)

Next Up: Weekly Meal Plan (Breakfast~Lunch~Dinner April 3-9, 2011)

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Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family mealtimes back to the table and stay healthy.

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