Chicken ready for flash freezing
Recently, Frances (from The Lefthanded Housewife) talked about ways she was tweaking her daily routines and how that might be the trick to getting on top of things like her infamous attic. Although I will miss the odd post here and there about her attic woes (they make me feel better about little spots in my house, like the dining room), it made me wonder if there were things I do that could be changed to help me be more efficient?
One possibility came to me as I was preparing dinner tonight. It's such a long time since we've had oven-baked orange chicken**, because anything with "stations" to get meat prepared is low on our list of weeknight dinners. However! This week marks the beginning of my four-day work week, with Wednesday's being my day off. I decided I would go to the effort of making this chicken recipe because it's really yummy, but also because I can prepare the chicken and then flash freeze it, and then bag the prepared, frozen drumsticks in single-meal quantities.
And this is my routine game-changer. I hope! My Wednesday's can be my prepare-ahead night. If I choose meals that take just a few extra minutes to get a little extra prepared (freezing meat in marinade, making two lasagnas etc) and into the freezer for another night I may just find we manage better with conquering Idon'twannacookdinneritis.
This has certainly been my most productive half hour in the day. The first 8 hours involved filling out forms for Miss Mischief's Youth Allowance application, getting documents from the accountant, and sitting at Centrelink for over an hour to submit said forms before the deadline for her application. I had hoped to get some rhubarb relish made. Well, the day's not over so it's still a possibility I guess.
** Recipe adjustments:
- Used chicken drumsticks instead of breasts
- Juiced two oranges for about 3kg of chicken
- Skipped brushing chicken with butter - dipping in the orange/honey liquid is plenty
- Preheated an oven tray with a little olive oil before putting chicken in the oven