I am new to doing frozen meals. I am due this month and will have basically no help so decided to gave frozen meals a try. I have research about dealing with chicken and from what I learn it seems like the chicken should be frozen first then defrosted cooked and frozen again.
So that leaves me to think I should eighter to it two ways
1. Buy the fresh chicken, season it, freeze it, when I am ready defrost it and cook or
2. Buy the fresh chicken, season it, cook and freeze, defrost, heat up
Is this ok. I think I also heard the cook one can last 3 months but the uncook 6 months. I just have freezer ontop of the fridge (live in an apt.). Would that make my frozen foods last less time than the 3 months?
E, wife to D, mommy to G (born March 2010).
This is what I do with chicken every 2 weeks when I get paid:
I buy 2 whole chickens and bake them at the same time. Bake breast side down so the meat stays moist and do not over bake.
Eat some of the chicken for dinner that night.
Take all the remaining meat and shred it up. I separate the dark and white meat because I like them in different meals. And put a meals worth into freezer bags. Label and freeze flat so save space. You could also prep a casserole or soup and freeze that too.
I make stock in my crockpot from the bones and skin. Freeze that when its done.
I defrost the chicken in the microwave on very low heat. The meat is always very tender and not overcooked! I use the dark meat for soups and casseroles. The white for stir fries or warm on salads.