1. Meet together ahead of time to pick the menu, come up with the grocery list, split the list, and choose your date/time frame. Customize the menus to your diet needs. We didn't like mushrooms, so we omitted them from one recipe. Another recipe called for Orzo, but we decided to use a low carb spaghetti instead. The stuffed zucchini recipe called for no meat, we added some.
2. Split up the grocery list by stores/friends. One of us went to Costco and bought the bulk items, one went to the grocery store, and the third has a young baby and got to sit out the shopping :) Plan on having ziploc bags and aluminum pans.
3. Chop everything FIRST! This will save you time and help keep things clean and organized.
|48 cups of chopped tomatoes were needed for our day.|
|Your food processor is your friend, use it!|
|All of our ingredients chopped|
5. Label every dish with not only the name, but cooking directions too.
6. Pick simple recipes that have a limited number of ingredients.
7. Have each person bring a cooler to store their food in until they head home. We were lucking enough that the house we cooked at had an extra freezer and we were able to put our dinners in the freezer and then take them home.
8. Use some convenience items. We used prechopped garlic because we needed such a HUGE amount. If you aren't a fan of prechopped then buy the cloves already peeled and chop them in the food processor.
This one day will be tough. Your back will hurt and you will exhausted. However, the laughter and memories made are totally worth it. Not to mention knowing that after a tough day all you have to do is come home and put something in the oven is totally worth all of the effort.
MenuCheesy Artichoke Chicken
Shrimp and Feta Bake
Peachy BBQ Pork
Citrus grilled chicken
Click on each of these recipes to see the complete ingredients/directions.
If you decided to do a freezer cooking with friends day, please come back and let me know how it went!