Freezer Cooking w/ the FabFruGALS: Getting ready for the BIG Day!
Are you ready to get your FAB on in the kitchen? Tomorrow is the day all of us FabFruGALS gather to do our freezer cooking! Just wanted to give you a few pointers before the big day:
1. If you are hosting, it helps to have cleared enough space for food prep, as well as a copy of each printed recipe. Also remember to thaw out any necessary foods the night before!
2. It is also helpful if the host has the totals for each of the members of the group already figured out. We have occasionally forgotten until after we had cooked for hours, and scrambling to add receipts & divide when you are dog tired is not advised!
It was a bit tricky to calculate what each member of our group owed because we used a lot of items we had in our individual stockpiles. In order to make it fair, we had each person place a value on the items they contributed to the group (ie. I threw in a couple of Ronzoni pastas I just paid tax on & valued them at $.25/2 boxes). Then we added the total from the items we purchased at the grocery store to the total we valued our stockpile items and divided by 6 (or the number of members in your group). We then gave credit based on the stockpile items contributed.
Let’s use Monica as an example. Monica contributed stockpile items from her own pantry totaling $20, so she would be given a $20 credit.
Total from grocery store receipts: $504.14
Total from valuation of stockpile items: $75.20
Grand total: $579.34
Divided by 6 members: $96.56 each
Less Monica’s credit for stockpile items: $20
Monica’s grand total for 16 freezer meals and 2 sides: $76.56!!
That is about $4 per meal!
$1 or less per serving. (Meals feed 4-6) Beats the fast food $1 menu!
Now do you get why we do this!!
3. There are a number of items all group members need to bring to the host’s house on cooking day. In addition to all of your prep work, bring LARGE mixing bowls, measuring cups, spatulas, wooden spoons, can openers, Sharpie markers, at least 1 LARGE cooler and your checkbook.
4. Four hours of hard work might leave you famished! Provide a light dinner/snack for all group members (we bought the DiGiornio pizza & breadstick combos with coupons @ Winco for $3.95!!).
5. HAVE FUN!
And there you have our last minute pointers. We still have video from our shopping trip we will post soon as promised, but it is currently being held hostage on Cathy’s phone! We are planning on taking a ton of pictures when we gather tomorrow, so you can see the process step by step!