What in the world possessed me to want to have a freezer meal party I just don’t know. I really don’t like freezer meals so why in the world would I make them? Simply, I wanted to have a reason to have some people over and do something I’ve never done at the same time. The concept of it is pretty basic, find a few people to get together to make some meals you put in your freezer that you can bake at a later date. Making it all happen is where it gets a little chaotic.
This first attempt was a learning experience, and it seems I had a lot to learn. We started around 3 o’clock and finished around 8pm. We made lasagna, chicken pot pie, butternut risotto, spring rolls and chocolate chip cookies. My initial instinct was to pretty much do it and have it done for when they got here, but then where’s the fun, right? So I only did a few things before they arrived…. which would have been fine if I had a better delineation of tasks. Next time I will have tasks thought out ahead of time, making sure each person had their little piece to the puzzle. Depending on how many people you have will determine that list. What makes sense to me is have jobs already assigned to individuals.
Before you begin any of the work I would highly suggest starting with a clean work space, seems like common sense, I know. I made sure my kitchen was clean as well as the dining room table cleared as well as the kitchen table. I wasn’t sure just how much room we would need but I wanted to be prepared in case we needed to spread out.
In an attempt to be somewhat ahead of the game, so to speak, before people arrived I got out most of the ingredients that would be needed as well as soaking the mushrooms for the spring rolls since that takes a little bit of time. A more thorough prep will be done next time.
First, the dishes I picked had a lot of chopping of vegetables, so I should have had everyone assigned to a few vegetables to cut.
Next, I would give each person (or persons, depending on how many you have participating) a recipe and have them be responsible for that dish. Since I only have one stove and only a certain amount of burners I would stagger the use of it. Using the dishes I made, I would have had someone starting the cookies, another doing the crusts for the chicken pot pies and the remaining two using the stove to make the lasagna sauce and the filling for the pot pies. The risotto could be done after one of those dishes were complete. Lastly, I had printed out the recipes to what we made but I would also print out a little card with instructions for cooking out of the freezer.
You also have to factor in the necessary drinking and snacking breaks…it is after all a party and people are supposed to be having fun. Along with beer and wine we also made lemon drops using fresh squeezed lemons.
It’s interesting to see different people cooking together, each person has their own level and ways, but it all comes together.
Finishing the evening with assembling the spring roles was really nice. We all sat around the table chatting, laughing, sharing funny stories and pretty much slowing down. That part I would not change.
Time to think about my next freezer meal party.