I have to be the first to say that plans change. Our plan of cooking with my mom on Friday has gone by the wayside. She has too much going on. So I started assembling the meals yesterday and put hers in smaller freezer storage bags since most of her meals are single or double serving size. I also added to our meals as the servings were for a family of 4 and we are a family of 6. Originally I was going to just have the meals for the times the kids were working! As if they weren’t going to come home hungry anyway.
I have roughly 12 meals of it finished and will finish up the rest today. Â Just some pork and turkey meals today. I got a little distracted and didn’t follow the recipes precisely, I am hoping that this is not going to be a problem. I will take a few pictures when I am completely finished with all of the meals.
The cost of the food came in about $305 for 20+ meals or about $15 per meal about $2Â per person.I am the first to admit that I am not a very good coupon or bargain shopper. Â The other part to this is that one of us is allergic to cod and I had to buy a more expensive fish for a couple of the meals. Â I believe that my savings will kick in when I am not running to the store for anything more than produce and milk, which will save gas, time and money. I bought more chicken and fish than needed for the menu plan and also had some pinto beans and ham cooked that needed to be bagged up and put in the freezer. Â If this system works out, it will reduce our overall grocery costs and we will be less tempted to eat out or use frozen dinners.
This feels a bit like a huge gamble as the recipes are not our family favorites adapted for freezer cooking. On the good side the kids were very interested in the meals and thought that they looked good. They are teens, everything that looks like food Â looks good, except maybe leftovers! We will see what happens when meal times arrive.
I spent a large portion of yesterday chopping vegetables and prepping the ingredients for the meals. The recipes are arranged according to meat; beef meals, chicken meals, fish meals, pork meals, turkey meals and vegetable soup. Â I have the beef, chicken and fish meals completed and in the freezer. Â Today is busy but I need to get these completed so that the meat doesn’t spoil and I loose all of the savings.