Well I'm off to a great start with my freezer challenge.
Today I've taken out a packet of mince to make pasta sauce, a packet of meatballs, a packet of chicken kiev balls, a packet of diced onion and a packet of grated zucchini (both added to the pasta sauce). This means I've also rearranged the meal plan. Its a good thing it is meant to be flexible.
I've also put some frozen bread crusts on trays to dry over the fire to make breadcrumbs. The way the fire is going tonight, they'll be ready to grate in the morning.
I haven't added a single thing - woo hoo! One day down, 30 to go.
Sensational, Simple Homemade Pasta SauceIngredients:
800g tin diced tomatoes (or whole tomatoes you have sliced through with a knife)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp crushed garlic
2 tsp crushed basil
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
Heat the oil in the bottom of the crock pot and saute the garlic until it is golden. Add the tomatoes, basil and oregano and stir. Put the lid on and cook on HIGH for 4 hours. Stir. If the sauce is thick and rich, it is done. If not cook for another 30 minutes and stir again. Let the sauce cool and then portion it into saved jars, freezer containers or zip lock bags and freeze.
This makes the equivalent of 1 jar of commercial pasta sauce. If your slow cooker is large enough, you can triple or quadruple the recipe, extending the cooking time by up to two hours. The cooking time will depend solely on your slow cooker. Newer slow cookers are actually very fast compared to the original models, so watch your sauce and when it reaches the consistency you like it's ready.
How are you going? Did you manage to use anything from your freezer or did you add to your stash of frozen food?