If you saw my post about Turkey Vegetable Soup, then you know that I’m currently stocking my freezer with convenient meals. Yesterday I wanted to freeze 16 burritos so that we could have them as easy to grab dinners on lazy nights. Whole chicken hit a low price at my local grocery store ($1.65/lb.), so I began by roasting a chicken. My secret (it’s not really much of a secret) to getting a perfectly browned bird is BUTTER. I rub the whole bird down with butter once before putting it in the oven, and once in the middle of cooking. I cleaned the chicken after it cooled, using half of the meat for dinner, and half for the burritos. I decided to make some vegetarian freezer burritos as well, for variety.
I used large flour tortillas, and added in canned refried pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, freshly chopped jalapenos, and frozen corn. Then, I wrapped each burrito in parchment paper and then put about four burritos into each gallon sized freezer bag. I wrote a “V” on the vegetarian burritos, and an “S” on the extra spicy burritos.
After I picked the chicken for most of the meat, I decided to make homemade bouillon, or soup starter, out of the bones. I threw in about 15 cloves of garlic, poured in lots of water, and let it simmer for about 5 hours until it reduced and thickened. Once thickened, I pour it into mason jars and refrigerate it.
Now I have nutritious homemade chicken starter in my fridge, as well as lots of premade (homemade) meals!
Nothing better than a stocked freezer and pantry!