Are you looking for a way to save time in the kitchen? Aren’t we all. Several years ago I developed a logical way to assemble a variety of chicken dishes at the same time, thus saving time and money. I have shared the chart with multiple friends and lady’s groups and a few times met with friends to assemble the meals together, a kind of productive Ladies Night Out. Below explains how I hosted the party and the chart to get you started. Be creative and develop some of your own recipes. Don’t forget, you can always alter, cut in half, or double the recipes to fit your needs. Host a Freezer Meal Party for your friends or co-workers and get that freezer stocked.
Here is how it’s done…
1. From the chart, and as a group, chose which recipes to make and a date for the meeting. At least a week out gives everyone time to prepare.
2. One member volunteers their home for the assembling of the recipes and shops for all the ingredients and ziptop freezer bags needed minus the chicken. The hostess must remember to multiply each recipe’s ingredients times the number of members.
3. The members bring their own chicken. This allows them to chose the cut, amount, and quality (ex. organic) that they desire. This also gives everyone the opportunity to shop the sales.
4. The hostess divides the ingredient grocery bill among all of the group members, the hostess does not pay. I think it cost us all about $5.00-$7.00 each. Members pay the hostess upon arrival.
5. The hostess prepares her home by setting out large ziptop freezer bags, measuring spoons and cups, cutting boards and knives, ingredients, a Sharpie to date the bags, and anything else needed for the assembly. He/She does not forget the cocktails!
6. The members bring their chicken in coolers on ice. They could also take home their bags of marinades and add the chicken later but it is best to complete the entire job that night and simply throw it in the freezer when they get home.
7. The members divide in small groups, each taking a recipe or two to assemble. Each group works like an assembly line starting with one ingredient and adding that amount to as many bags as there are members. Once the marinades are made, bagged, and divided, each member adds their own chicken. Sometimes, last minute, a group member may not make it so it is nice if the members assemble their marinades for them and deliver it or hold it in their freezer for the person to pick up later. At home they add their own chicken.
8. After assembly, the members all clean the hostess’ kitchen, place the chicken bags in their coolers, and share a delicious dessert over a pot of coffee, provided by the hostess.
Below is the chart you will need to host your own Freezer Meal Making Party. Download and give a copy to each member of your group.
May I suggest some desserts for your Freezer Meal Party…click here.
Not in the mood for a freezer meal party? No problem, I have made these all by my little lonesome and did just fine.
*The above photo was taken of Dryden in 2006 at my SIL Donna’s house, she keeps the cutest little chickens that lay the cutest little eggs.
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