Ok readers, I made it through my freezer meal party Saturday alive. It was touch and go for a while, but I made it. This was the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and the lessons I learned from it were awesome. We ended up with 14 meals for 4 families all done and already sitting in the freezer! There were three of us women cooking and let me tell you our husbands couldn’t be more excited about this. They are guaranteed a homemade meal most nights for the next two weeks. How awesome is that!
And although we spent more than we wanted, it was still a really great price for what we did. Our total bill was almost $500 making our meals $9.64 per meal. For a family of 4, we thought that was awesome!
We definitely needed a lot of coffee, pizza and Oreos.
Like I said, I definitely learned some lessons.
1. Make a list and check it twice! We held a meeting the Wednesday before the party to make our menu and list and we were very thorough. I think next time we would check it again and again. We ended up going back to the store four times and it was quite annoying when you are right in the middle of cooking. Make sure you know what you need an organize it well.
2. Refrigerate what you need to refrigerate. We had so much stuff out on the table, and ALL over the kitchen that I totally overlooked all the sour cream and cream cheese and left them out overnight. It was a waste to throw it all away, but what could you do?
3. Give yourself A LOT of time. I estimated our meals would take around 8 hours, but from start to finish it was about 11. Don’t plan anything other than your freezer meal party. It will take all day and your feet will hurt so plan on a massage from someone later on (true story).
4. Don’t over do it. Although we got most of our meals done, we bit off more than we could chew. We really wanted to do 2 weeks worth of meals and we did, but it was not without a lot of hard work and sheer determination. 🙂 I think our threshold hit around 10 meals. I think if I do this again, I would stop at 10. Or even that I would triple a already tripled recipe to make even more servings and into two meals.
5. Don’t make REALLY complicated meals. We ended up nixing our last meal because it was SUPER involved and by that time we didn’t even have enough pots clean to make it. I bet it was going to be super tasty, but it didn’t get done. Stick to the basics.
6. Use your crock pot, but make those things FIRST. This way this food can cook all day and be ready toward the end of the party.
7. Get lots of sleep the night before. This is hard work and all three of us girls went to the late showing of The Vow. We were exhausted!
8. Have a good team. Think about the people you are doing the party with and really know each others strengths and weaknesses. We all knew what we were good at and worked within our strengths.
9. Prep what you can the night before. There are even some foods you can put in the crock pot and then it’s done the next morning. But you can cut vegetables and meats to be ready too.
Did you do a freezer meal party this weekend? We want to hear ALL about it! And maybe you can win a copy of Fabulous Freezer Meals by Jenny Stanger.
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