Monday, June 13, 2011

Freezer Cooking: Marinades

In my post Looking & Cooking Ahead I shared my plans to prepare a number of meals for this week's menu, as well as several make-ahead freezer meals.  Step 1 is complete: 10 meat marinades (5 for the freezer) made.  I had intentions of also preparing a pork tenderloin marinade, but couldn't pass up a great sale that I stacked with coupons to buy two already marinaded.

Per my husband's repeated requests, I went ahead and whipped up Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips as well.
Take 10 Tortillas- Spray both sides lightly with cooking spray.

Slice into 8 triangles (you can fold or stack tortillas to save time).

Shake in bag with about 1/2 cup of cinnamon and sugar mixed.

Arrange in single layer on cookie sheet- bake at 350 degrees about 8 minutes.

Serve with fruit salsa and enjoy the sweet smell of your home!

I have linked each of the recipes I prepared below, in case anything sounds appealing.  Basically, I spent an hour and a half in the morning mixing double batches of marinades in my mixing bowl, one at a time.  I poured each marinade into a large measuring cup, so that I could easily split it between two storage bags equally.  One bag went into the refrigerator for this week's menu, and one went into the freezer for later.

These were nearly all of the ingredients needed for all 5 marinades.

Completed Marinades

Final product hot off of the grill- Jim's Perfect Steak Marinade- delicious!

Korean Marinade
Meat Marinade
Pork Tenderloin Marinade- bought already marinated
Asian Barbecue Chicken
Amish Baked Oatmeal
Jim's Perfect Steak Marinade
Amy's Barbecue Chicken Salad (not freezing this one)
Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad (not freezing this one)
Donut Muffins (also not freezing)
Breakfast Burritos
Crockpot Italian Chicken
Annie's Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips
Whole-Wheat Chocolate Pancakes
Whole-Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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