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Women in Ag: Meal Prep for Winter
I don’t know about you, but I get nervous when our freezer isn’t full. We have one freezer for meat that usually holds a quarter or two of beef and another freezer for other frozen foods. Stocking the freezer is a top priority during the summer and fall months when we have an abundance of garden vegatables, and a trip to the grocery store doesn’t include scraping ice off the windshield or trying to navigate snowy roads.
This year, stocking the freezer is especially important because we are expecting a baby at the end of December. Now, I’ve never had a kid before, but I think it’s safe to assume that cooking won’t be high on my list of “things I’d like to do with my spare time.” So, I prep.
I have a quarter beef coming in the next few weeks to fill our meat freezer, and I have prepped 25 slow cooker meals that are all ready to go. Did you even know that was possible? You can put literally every ingredient into a gallon-size freezer bag for your favorite slow cooker recipes and just toss it in the freezer. Into the slow cooker it goes when you’re ready to eat it. Amazing. It was a lot of work to prep those meals, but I’m sure I’ll be thanking myself this winter when I have a crying baby inside the house and a blizzard outside the house. No last-minute trips to the grocery store for that one ingredient you don’t have.
How do you prep for winter in your house?