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Last time I did this I froze it all right away but that didn't seem to make much sense. So far I cooked a bunch of chicken tenders to use for quick dinners and for snack.<br><br>
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On Saturday I bought 13 pounds skinless chicken breast with the bone for $1 per pound. I took it home and simmered it in a big pot with some salt, pepper, carrots, celery, onion, parsley, and basil for 1.5 hours. Took the chicken out of the pot to cool, took the meat off the bones, chunked it up and froze it in 2 cup increments for casseroles and such.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">On Saturday I bought 13 pounds skinless chicken breast with the bone for $1 per pound. I took it home and simmered it in a big pot with some salt, pepper, carrots, celery, onion, parsley, and basil for 1.5 hours. Took the chicken out of the pot to cool, took the meat off the bones, chunked it up and froze it in 2 cup increments for casseroles and such.</div>
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Thats a great idea! I think I'll try that out soon. Sometimes we buy a little chicken but never enough to freeze. That would keep me from going to the store quite so often!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thats a great idea! I think I'll try that out soon. Sometimes we buy a little chicken but never enough to freeze. That would keep me from going to the store quite so often!</div>
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I try not to put anything in my freezer that hasn't been prepped in some way:<br><br>
Raw hamburger made into patties<br>
Raw hamburger seasoned and shapped into meatloaves or meatballs<br>
Lightly seasoned ground beef for tacos, sloppy joes, shepherd's pie, etc.<br>
Chicken frozen in a marinade<br>
Lightly seasoned cooked chicken for casseroles<br>
Cookie dough flash frozen into individual cookies<br>
Muffins and quick breads<br>
Pizza dough - I cheat and buy the premade dough blobs from TJ's.<br><br>
You get the idea. Check your smaller chain grocery stores early in the AM or just before closing for reduced meat. I've never paid more the $1.39 per pound for meat. I have to cook it right away, but that's ok b/c it fits my freezer plan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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And after you cook/chunk the meat off that whole chicken - throw that carcass in a slow cooker and make stock - I freeze that in two cup increments!
 

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I spent all day Monday cooking enchiladas and chimichangas to put in the freezer. If I had more chicken, I'd make soup, chili, and maybe a casserole. I'm a big fan of freezing this time of year because life tends to get hectic.
 

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I do this with turkey-- I buy them on sale at Thanksgiving (have 4 now) and will cook them over the year. We will have a big feast, then frozen in dinner portions and make soup/stock out of the carcass.<br>
I make everything I need chicken for with this-- enchiladas, Peanut Butter Rice, Stir fry, lots of rice dishes, etc.-- just add it right before the dish is done if it's something that needs stirring, that way it won't fall apart too much.
 
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