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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Make, Roll, Wrap: Freeze Your Own Burritos | Family Economics

By Sandy

money saving snack

I have three starving TEENAGERS in my house and they are always hungry! I try to save money by buying fewer frozen foods so making burritos and freezing them has become a MONEY SAVING snack in our home.

make a huge bowl of meat

1. Make a huge bowl of meat, add rice and beans to make it stretch.

2. Get the kids in the kitchen and give everyone a job. Make, roll, wrap in plastic wrap.

3. Freeze.

Our bottom freezer is full of about 60 burritos. The kids know at any time that they can pop one in the microwave for ONE MINUTE and they have a healthy snack.

60 burritos in the freezer

And their friends know, too!

Oh, and we also add cheese and sour cream!

add cheese and sour cream

What kind of money-saving snacks do you prepare and freeze in advance for your family?

(The meat mixture is just meat, beans, rice and seasoning! We don’t add salsa until after the burritos are reheated. If you add salsa before freezing, the burritos might become soggy. Reheat the burritos in the plastic wrap, or unwrap and rewrap in a paper towel in the microwave.)

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On Saturday, July 17, 2010, ButterYum wrote

Great idea - I bought a bag of frozen burritos at Costco once - Hubby and the kids loved them, but I've never seen them there again. Why didn't I think of this??

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Kim from Texas wrote

What a great idea. My hubby and I have 14 grandkids and we never know when they will show up. I have been making these liitle burritos for years and boy, do they go FAST! I buy pancake mix at a Big Box store and make them ahead of time and freeze them with wax paper between the layers for easy snacking for the kids. Another great idea for burritos is to use up your eggs, scramble them, add breakfast sausage, crumbled and cooked. mix the eggs , sausage, cheese and either chopped up, left over baked potatoes or store bought hash brown potatoes, cooked. mix it all and put into tortillas, wrap in wax paper and put into baggies. Great breakfast for all ages.

On Sunday, May 9, 2010, Carrie from Ann Arbor wrote

What a great idea! It's good to know you don't add the salsa until later. Have you tried rolling in cheese?

On Saturday, May 8, 2010, Lynne in NC wrote

Looks yummy! Found this post from your Reluctant Entertainer blog. Thanks for a wonderful idea for another healthy and quick snack for teens. Peace.

On Friday, May 7, 2010, Apron Thrift Girl wrote

These sound so delicious. Even though it's morning it makes me want some right now. We don't make and freeze usually but we do tend to buy our beef in bulk. Sometimes we buy as much as half a cow to put in our freezer.

On Friday, May 7, 2010, Tracey wrote

This is a wonderful idea! I am pregnant with our 3rd and not feeling well many days--this would make an easy lunch or dinner. I am going to make some this weekend to have on hand, thank you!

On Friday, May 7, 2010, Dawn from NW Arkansas wrote

I love this idea. Thanks for sharing it. I don't have teens yet, but I do have big snackers. These will be perfect.

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Mom of Six and Counting wrote

This will come in handy with our ever growing family! It is getting too expensive to buy the frozen ones all the time! And with 6 kids these would be fun and quick to make. I like how you stretched your meat by adding rice and beans! Thanks!

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Midwest Barb wrote

This is brilliant, and so easy!

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Richella from North Carolina wrote

What a great idea, Sandy! My oldest son loves burritos, but I've always hated buying the frozen ones from the store--they're full of things I'd just as soon he not put in his stomach. And my youngest son is a real fan of soft tacos, and we always have a bit of taco meat left over after a meal. . . I think I'll make him some freezer tacos next time out of the leftovers. Yes!! I never thought about freezing things in plastic wrap, but this would make things so much simpler--my boys could actually tell at a glance what was what. Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us!

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Kirstin wrote

i'm so glad you posted hubby informed me that I needed to make and freeze our own. I think I'll do that next payday!!

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Anni wrote

Sandy, you are making me hungry!What a great easy for the busy summer months too!Thanks :)

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Fiona B. wrote

Wonderful idea!! I'm definitely going to need to do this once my three boys are all a bit bigger and hungrier!!! For us our money saving snack in the freezer is pancakes! Whenever i make pancakes (from scratch!) I always make more than we need and freeze the leftovers in a ziploc. No need to separate them - just in a bag together and somehow they always come apart when I want to defrost them in the microwave individually. You're got me hungry for burritos now!!

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Adelle @ wrote

I LOVE this idea - my boys are still small, but they would get into the fun of making and wrapping their own, as well as feeling like "big kids" and heating one up for themselves! Definitely going to try this at my house...

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Kristi wrote

Such a great idea and I bet they are much healthier than the ones you buy at the store!

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, jenny from wrote

I love this tip! My kids will really dig the hot breakfast and snacks!

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Wendy wrote

I love this idea! My 12-year-old son has a hollow leg and is constantly looking for something to eat. We are going to give this a try.

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Kristin wrote

What a great idea! I'll have to make a batch of these. Sports practices have sabotaged the family dinner on some nights of the week and this would be a much healthier alternative to industrial prepared frozen foods. Can't wait to try it!

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, Kristin wrote

Great idea! I'll have to make up a batch of these. Sports practices have sabotaged our family dinners on some nights of the week, so these will be a much healthier alternative than industrial prepared frozen food. Can't wait to try it out!

On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, Cathe Holden wrote

Sandy, this is the best idea ever!! I have 3 teens that are constantly digging around the refrigerator for something to eat. I am absolutely making these. Thanks for the great tip about the salsa.


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