Monday, August 23, 2010
Okay, so yesterday I posted about my big ground turkey freezer cooking day. Tricia from Once a Month Mom has a reporter friend in the Twin Cities who was looking to do a local segment on Money Saving Tips. She contacted me about doing a bit on freezer cooking!
What?! Me!? ON TV! Are you kidding!? I was scared to death. I am also NOT a good speaker. I freeze and it just doesn't work very well.
Nevertheless, I agreed. After all, it isn't like it's national TV, it's just a local station!
So Shannon came out and filmed me cooking my ground turkey freezer day and did a quick interview.
Now, I asked her previously, how she would be doing it so I could be prepared. She told me that she would interview me for about 15 minutes and then film me cooking and mixing things together. She asked that I have a lot of it prepped sorta like a cooking show. Then she gave me some typical questions she might ask. I'm thinking, okay, no problem.
Here's the problem. When she got here she said she was going to interview me WHILE I was cooking.
I had like 7 or so recipes going on all at once! How was I supposed to put all that together while trying to put an intelligent sentence together about freezer cooking! Remember I mentioned that I am NOT a natural speaker! Well, believe me, this was confirmed.
So here I am making meatloaf, Shannon's asking me a simple question like
"What IS freezer cooking"
And I'm like "Uhhhh, you know, like putting stuff in your freezer, uh, how much ketchup goes in here?"
I totally couldn't put together a sentence while trying to figure out what ingredients to put in what bowl.
Now, I did have a lot prepped. BOY, am I glad I had a lot prepped but I was still looking at recipes and measuring stuff while she was talking to me. It got to the point that I just needed to start chucking things into bowls and just make it up as I went along and try to completely FAKE my way through it. I had MOST everything premeasured and ready to go but again, without consulting the recipe, things didn't go perfect!
I was putting together my sicilian meatloaf recipe from Once a Month Mom and it was a layered meatloaf and I was making 2 of them. I mixed the turkey ingredients together, put one layer down, then ham, then cheese and then the other layer on. All while answering questions! I ended up not saving enough for the top layer and I forgot to add the tomato sauce!! But I had to keep going!! So I covered it and put it away like it was done but as soon as they left, I took them back out and re made them. Luckily the middle layer of ham and cheese came off good so I just put the meat back in the bowl, added the tomato sauce and did them again. Whew! Recipe saved.
When you see the video, you'll see all these wrapped pans and a white measuring cup with tomato juice in it in the background!
All in all, it was a lot of fun and the best part of course was that my freezer was stocked full of ground turkey meals!! I haven't made them all yet but the ones that I have are quite good!
Here is the link for the TV clip. Yes, my butt is beyond huge and I have stopped eating for an entire month.
I love freezer cooking but I usually only do it with meat. I also love to buy a bunch of chicken when it is on sale and portion it out. I also will make a whole turkey and put the leftovers shredded into baggies, weighed and measured for salads or casseroles.
Check out my Freezer Cooking Day post to see all the awesome recipes that I made. I still have a few to post on the blog yet!
This is linked with Dinner at Christina's Friday Firsts! It is my first time on TV!