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    Crockpot freezer meal HELP!!!

    Jolene Green
    Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:16 pm
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    HI there. I have a few questions about freezer meals, crock pot cooking and preperation. I have tons and tons and tons going on September-December. So I have menu planned and most of it is crock pot cooking..I have a very large family and thought this would be the best way to go..since Ill be very busy and its also something hubby can handle. LOL.

    So..while I already menu planned and planned out my grocery list for the next 4 months...I got to thinking. It would be even better if I took one day and made these all into freezer meals..that way if I really just didnt have time..to chop, prepare etc..I could just pour a bagful of stuff into the crock pot and that would be great. So I need some tips and pointers on what Cant be frozen or how I should freeze things.

    Here are the things that I planned on making in the crock pot but would like to switch them over to freezer meals..

    zucchini, sweet potatoe and black bean stew
    chicken and sweet potatoe in the crockpot
    slow cooker potatoe soup
    cheesy quinoa bowl
    crockpot beef stroganoff
    crockpot chicken and biscuits
    Chicken artichoke lasanga
    sweet potatoe, kale and chic pea stew
    Slow cooker Ham and white beans
    Kale and quinoa soup
    Fall veggies with Lentils
    Spinach chicken and artichoke casserole
    roasted pumpkin apple soup
    Squash and quinoa chili
    Slow cooker sloppy joe
    sausage with peppers and onions..which I plan on serving over pasta
    crock pot chicken pasta
    slow cooker pizza
    baked penne with roasted veggies
    hearty slow cooked been stew
    crockpot broccoli and cheese soup
    crockpot BBQ meatballs
    crockpot carmelized onion beef stew
    homemade beef and broccoli on rice
    chedder chicken bacon ranch pasta
    philly cheese steak sloppy joes
    slow cooker musheroom and onion pot roast
    crockpot italian meatballs
    crockpot stroganoff meatballs
    Baked cream cheese spighetti casserole
    cheeseburger soup
    lazy unstuffed peppers..freeze peppers uncooked?
    chicken and rice a roni casserole
    slow cooker chicken taco meat
    cranberry chicken in crockpot
    chicken stuffing bake
    crockpot sweet n tangy meatballs
    crockpot butter beef
    crockpot ravioli casserole
    slow cooker shredded beef tacos
    slow cooker honey parmasean pork roast
    lasanga soup
    slow cooker king ranch chicken
    crock pot hawian meatballs
    crockpot chicken taco chili
    crockpot chicken and stuffing
    honey bbq meatloaf
    slow cooker honey sesame chicken on rice
    best chicken noodle soup ever
    Red bean Jambalaya
    marsala chicken, musheroom and rice bake
    stuffed sweet potatoes (these are stuffed with fresh veggies..onion, zucchini and squash I believe )
    crock pot mac and cheese
    zucchini, corn and quinoa taco salad
    twice baked butternut squash (this wont be crockpot..but in oven)


    Id love to premake these into freezer emals...in ziplocks so I cna just thaw and pour into crockpot. If u need recipe please let me know and I casn post them but please help me with the obvious (LOL) Ive never done freezer meals before..Im really mainly not sure about any of the grains...cooked or uncooked..meats..cooked or uncooked before freezing? Just not sure. Thansk so much!!!!
    duonyte
    Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:30 pm
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    Crockpot manufacturers say you can use frozen meat in the crockpot as long as you include at least 1/2 cup of liquid with it. I have used frozen chicken parts, cubed meat, and meatballs but not whole frozen roasts- that makes me nervous, so large a piece of meat trying to cook/thaw at the same time.

    Just in general, potatoes don't freeze well in my opinion. If I am making soup that I intend to freeze, I add potatoes only to the part of the soup I am serving, and not to the rest.

    I am not sure whether you intended to thaw the meal in the fridge prior to cooking - at least partially thawing is likely to give you more consistent results and reduce the likelihood that the meal would stay at an unsafe temperature for too long a time.

    So I think quite a lot of the things you are interested in freezing would work well. A lot of the veggies if diced small would work well. For me the prep work is what takes longest - I would definitely do things like brown meat, cube it, whatever and freeze it that way.
    dianegrapegrower
    Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:05 pm
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    I don't use my crockpot a lot, but some of the meals you're proposing could be made ahead (with or without crockpot) and frozen, but don't need the crockpot for reheating. Things like taco meat, sloppy joes, and meatballs in sauce can also reheat easily on the stove or in the microwave. And casseroles could be baked in the oven. Just a thought.

    I know from experience that cooking rice a long time in the crock pot makes it too soft for my tast. I'm betting that pasta would be similar. It will be even softer if frozen first - something to consider.
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