Warning: You’re Losing Money by Not Making These 10 Blackberry Recipes


When blackberries are on sale… it’s time to stock up and go crazy!  Be that crazy person who buys 20 lbs of blackberries because stocking up can save you money.  There are so many things you can make with blackberries and freeze ahead of time.  This way you get to enjoy all of your favorites all year long without paying higher prices when blackberries are out of season.

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Uncrustable Maker – DIY Freezer Uncrustables

uncrustable maker

Uncrustable Maker

 

I came across these and fell in love.  I’ve been wanting my own Uncrustable Maker and found one that is cheap and simple.

Plus it’ll be fun for the kids to make their own uncrustables.

This will be great for lunches, but what’s even better is how you can use this to make your own freezer uncrustables.

To make your own freezer uncrustables just follow these steps.

1.)  Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

2.) Follow the directions of your  Uncrustable Maker

3.)  Lay on Cookie sheet and place in freezer for about an hour (aka. Flash Freeze)

4.) Place in Freezer Bag and Seal

 

To Defrost – Just take it out of the freezer and place in child’s lunch bag.  Needs about 2 hours to defrost.  If lunch is prior to 2 hours, place in fridge night before to defrost.  Pretty simple huh!!

 

Do you have an Uncrustable Maker?  Do you use it to make other things beside PB&J?  I’d love to hear your tips!

 

 

Freezer Cooking ~ Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Freezer Cooking 

This week’s Freezer Recipes are centered around Tortillas!  Tortillas are one of my favorite things to freeze

If you’re just joining in on this week, be sure to check out the first recipe and shopping list to make all of these ingredients:

Freezer Cooking:  Freezer Breakfast Burritos and Shopping List

The recipes are really simple this week.  Hope you agree!

Today’s recipe I’d like to share with you is:

Freezer Cooking Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

Chicken Quesadilla Freezer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 18 Tortillas
  • 1 pound of Chicken
  • Shredded Cheese (Any Variety)
  • Diced Chiles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil Chicken until cook, let cool then shred chicken
  2. Heat Tortillas in microwave from about 30-45 seconds
  3. Lay One Tortilla flat, then add chicken, cheese and chiles on one side of tortilla.
  4. Fold empty side of Tortilla over top of chicken and cheese, then wrap with plastic wrap and store in freezer ziploc bag.
  5. When reheating - heat in microwave for about 30-40 sec, then flip and heat for another 30 seconds.
  6. You can also reheat in oven at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 mins
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Join me tomorrow for our next recipe Freezer Recipe Soft Tacos

 

 

 

Freezer Cooking – Shopping List and Breakfast Burrito Recipe

This week’s Freezer Recipes will be centered around Tortillas!  Yup!  It’s all about Tortillas.

I made 5 different freezer meals and here is the shopping list of all the items I needed:

  • 108 Tortillas
  • 5 lbs Cheese (I used the Mexican Blend)
  • 1 can diced chilies
  • 4 lbs ground beef
  • 4 Taco Seasoning Packets
  • 3 Cups of Rice (Brown or White)
  • 1 pound Chicken Breast
  • 1 8oz, Cream cheese
  • 1 32 oz package sliced Ham or Turkey
  • 18 Eggs

As you can see from the list, my recipes weren’t hard, in fact they were pretty simple.

The first recipe I’d like to share with you is:

Freezer Breakfast Burrito

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients

  • 18 Tortillas
  • 18 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • Shredded Cheese (Any Flavor)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Crack eggs into a bowl and beat them until they are a pale yellow.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of milk continue to beat until mixed together, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly grease pan with (cooking spray, 1 tsp oil or 2 tsp butter) Heat over medium heat until pan is hot.
  4. Add eggs and with a spatula gently push one edge of the egg into the center. Continue to do this until all eggs are firm.
  5. Heat Tortillas in microwave for 30-45 sec
  6. Then add eggs and cheese on top of tortilla and roll into a burrito.
  7. To roll burrito, fold in sides first then roll.
  8. Wrap each burrito in plastic wrap then store in freezer bag and freeze.
  9. To Reheat Burrito, place in microwave for about 30-45 secs and continue to do this until center of the burrito is warm.
  10. To reheat in oven heat oven at 400 degrees and heat for 15-20 minutes.

Notes

Other things you can include in your burritos are: Meat, Bell Peppers, Onions, Jalapenos and more.

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Join me tomorrow for our next recipe Freezer Recipe Chicken Quesadillas

 

 

 

Freezer Cooking: Part 4 – Stuff Every Freezer Cook Should Know

Freezer Cooking

Welcome back to Part 4 – Stuff Every Freezer cook should know.  If you are just now joining in on this series, be sure to check out Part 1 – The Benefits of Freezer Cooking , Part 2 – Different Methods of Freezer Cooking  and Part 3 –Seven Necessary Freezer Cooking Steps

Stuff every freezer cook should know.

Freezer Cooking

Lingo

Flash Freeze – You’ll hear me say this.. This method use to freeze food items individually.  Here’s an example of Flash Freeze.  Lets say we are making meatballs, you’ll roll each meatball, place them on a baking sheet that has been lined with wax paper and place the baking sheet in the freezer until all the meatballs are frozen.

Get the Air Out – You’ll hear me say this… This method is used to remove all of the air in your storage container.  Air is the enemy when you’re freezing foods.

Foods that should not be frozen

  • raw potatoes
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • mayonaise
  • eggs in their shell, whole hard cooked eggs

 Freezer Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

Do make sure you have all of your supplies on hand.

Do take breaks

Do prep foods the day before hand

Do wear an apron

Don’ts 

Don’t go overboard, especially if this is your first time freezer cooking

Don’t shop and cook on the same day

Don’t refreeze a frozen meal

Don’t forget to label each item along with the date

 

This concludes the Freezer Cooking series… Join me on throughout the week where each Friday, I’ll be using the multiple meal cooking method.  Then throughout the following week I’ll share with you my shopping list, recipes as well as my tips and tricks on how to shop, save and reduce your time in the kitchen.

Can’t wait to get started?  Grab these books for:

Freezer Cooking

 

Freezer Cooking: Part 3 ~ Seven Necessary Freezer Cooking Steps

Freezer Cooking

Welcome back to Part 3 –Seven Necessary Freezer Cooking Steps. If you are just now joining in on this series, be sure to check out Part 1 – The Benefits of Freezer Cooking and Part 2 – Different Methods of Freezer Cooking.

In order to get started with Freezer Cooking there are a few necessities you will want to do before you get started.

Step One:  Organize your pantry.  This is important because you need to know what you have on hand and how much you’ll need to purchase to get started.

Step Two:  Stock up on Freezer Storage Supplies which include:

  • Freezer Bags, Gallon and Pint size
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Wax Paper
  • Drinking Straw
  • Sharpie
  • Optional:  Freezer Containers, Aluminum Trays.  – These tend to take up more space in your freezer.  I would only recommend using them if you have the space.

If you have a foodsaver and the bags, those work wonderful, however can be pricey.  I’ll be showing you the cheaper way around that, but still an effective method.

Step Three:  Think of all of the appliances you have and can use.  Examples are items, such as Crockpot, Rice Cooker, Grill, etc.  This can help you cook more items at once and get done quicker.  When planning your menu, be sure to include those recipes.

Step Four:  Choose a Freezer Cooking Day

Step Five:  Make a list of the recipes you want to freeze.  If you are trying a new recipe, make sure to cook one ahead of time to ensure your family likes it.  This way you aren’t making a weeks worth of food your family will not eat.

Step Six:  Make your shopping list and shop ahead of time.  You don’t want to shop and cook on the same day.  You’ll be exhausted before you even get started

Step Seven:  Have Fun!!

Join me tomorrow where I’ll conclude this series with Part 4 – Stuff Every Freezer Cook should know.

 

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