Call me Jenny Dean!

Can I get a wooo hoooo!!!???  I just saved $47.04 on frozen sausage-egg-bacon-cheese-hash brown breakfast bowls! Since we had an extra day last weekend thanks to Labor Day yesterday, I took the opportunity to do a little freezer food prep.

This is the second time I’ve done it: on my first try I saved $29.59. I learned that mass-producing food for the freezer is much, much easier–and cheaper–the second time around. I’m aiming to save even more next time on my third try.

Egg bowls open

“Jenny Dean” breakfast bowls — yum!

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 3 dozen eggs @ $2.19 ea.
  • 3 packages of Ore-Ide has browns @ $1.99 ea.
  • 2 pounds of Odum’s Tennesses Pride mild sausage @ $3.39 ea.
  • 2 packages of Kroger brand bacon crumbles @ $2.49 ea.
  • 1 8oz package of Kraft triple-cheddar shredded cheese @ $1.99 ea.

All of this makes 21 frozen breakfast bowls that are approximately 10-12 oz each. The comparable Jimmy Dean Sausage Egg Breakfast Bowl is only 8 oz and usually costs $3.49 at our local Kroger. My homemade bowls cost $1.25 each.

The first time I made these, I also had to purchase disposable BPA-free entree-sized food storage containers. But this time I washed and reused the same ones I bought last time, so that saved a total of $17.45 (I bought 25 of them at $3.49 per 5-pack of containers). Woohoo!

Breakfast bowls finished and ready to pop into the freezer

Breakfast bowls finished and ready to pop into the freezer

I know I could save even more if I made the portion sizes a little smaller and used less expensive brands, but my kids and I really, really (really) like the taste of the ones I make and I’m hesitant to mess with the formula.

I have occasionally doubled a casserole recipe and frozen half for later, but I’ve never gone whole hog and prepared a week’s worth (let alone a month’s worth – kudos to those who are organized to pull that off!) to freeze. Maybe next summer I’ll venture into major cooking and freezing projects. But until then, I’m happy with my good ‘ole breakfast bowls. Just pop them into the microwave for 2:30 – 3:00 depending on how powerful your microwave is and they come out great! My kids love these and they’re a great breakfast (or even lunch or dinner on a busy day).

Anyone out there have any simple and quick(ish) recipes that can be mass-produced and frozen? I’d love to get more ideas because I can see some real money- and time-saving potential doing this type of thing more often. Share the wealth!

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