First off I looked for the recipes I wanted to make. I love having meals in the freezer that can go straight into the crockpot so I started there and then moved on to freezer meals that would be easy to thaw and make. I finally settled on these:
Creamy Chicken (Turkey) Taquitos (I made two bags of this)
Ham and Noodle Casserole ( I made two casseroles of this)
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Homestyle Chicken (Turkey) and Rice Soup
I started by getting bags and casserole dishes ready. I labeled each bag with the recipe title and also with any cooking directions that needed to be noted. I did this because I know it is very likely I will eventually lose the recipe print outs and this way I'll still know what I need to do to finish the meal.
Then it was on to prepping the veggies I'd need and cutting the shredded turkey into smaller pieces. I purposely chose recipes that didn't require a lot of prep to put together so that this part would be easy. After all the prepping was done for the turkey recipes I just took one bag at a time and put everything together in it.
I carefully sealed up the bags so that they could lay flat in the freezer and so that there was a minimal amount of air in the bags.
Once I had the turkey meals done, I followed the same process for the ham meals. I put the casserole meals into aluminum, disposable pans simply because it was easiest. After about an hour of work, I had 6 meals ready to go in the freezer, plus an extra bag of ham to be used in beans and a bag of turkey bones to make broth out of.
I'm just going to be honest here- this sight makes me SO proud. I love knowing that I have meals ready for a long day or to bless another momma with a moment's notice. I'm also incredibly grateful for being blessed with all this meat to make meals from. Our family is going to eat well!