Tomorrow is our big shopping day for our upcoming Freezer Meal Cooking day this Saturday (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, go HERE). You now have the menu and the shopping list, so the next step is to divide up the prep work in preparation for distribution after you have shopped (pictures & info on our trip coming tomorrow!).
While having all of the freezer meals in your freezer will save you a ton of money AND time, getting them there requires a bit of preparation. The actual day your freezer meal group meets to assemble all of your meals, you should set aside at least 4 hours to meet. In order to stay within that time frame, it is best to get some of the prep work out of the way before hand. Expect about 2 hours of prep work in the 2 days before you meet. Learn more about Prep Work HERE.
Tomorrow we will shop. Plan on 3-4 hours if at least 2 members from your group are shopping together (we have the host & the next host shop together). When the shopping is done & you have returned to the host’s house, separate the necessary grocery items each group member will need for their individual prep work and include a note card with their prep work instructions. Then call all of the members in your group & have them stop by to pick up their items/list. Keep in mind a majority of the food stays at the host’s house, so clear some space for it! Learn more about shopping HERE.
Based on our menu & shopping list, here is the prep work I have assigned (we usually try to keep the host’s prep work light because they do all of the organizational work!).
Amber (me!): Shred 6 cups carrots. Chop 3 cups onions. Brown 6 lbs ground sausage. Add carrots & onions to sausage for last few minutes of cooking.
Monica: Make Meatloaf Minis. Seems like the easiest prep work, but it is EXTREMELY time consuming & will turn out to be the hardest (sorry Mon!)
Cathy: Cook & shred or chop 24 chicken breasts (I either slow cook my chicken in the crock-pot or boil it & then shred it using a hand mixer!). Brown 6 lbs hamburger meat with 3T minced garlic.
AJ: Cook & shred 24 chicken breasts. Brown 6 lbs hamburger meat with taco seasoning.
Kearna: Chop chicken, steak, peppers & onions into large chunks for shish-kabobs & bag separately. Julienne 6 green peppers. Chop 2 red onions. Slice 12 bunches of green onions.
And there you have your list of prep work. If you choose to buy block cheese, you will have to have a group member shred cheese as a prep item. Also, we buy Hormel bacon bits in bulk, but if you choose to cook the bacon & chop for bacon bits, that would be a prep item as well. Also keep in mind that you will need to send Ziploc bags with each member so they have something to bring their prepped items back in!
Now you are all ready to shop. Get your coupon binders ready & let’s hit the store!