Have you tried Crockpot Freezer Meals???

So now that fall has arrived - I'm all about the crock pot. I use it at least once a week - and I'm always looking for ways I can have dinner ready when I get home. Cooking after work is just too much for my schedule at times. 

Thanks to Pinterest - you can find tons of crock pot recipes - then I started to see the Crockpot FREEZER recipes! This is my new obsession. I bookmarked a bunch of recipes and tried to find ones I thought we'd like best and that I could handle. I decided to start small and found a blog called This Lady's House that had the recipes, shopping list and instructions - it made it really easy for a first-timer. 

It's a little daunting - there's shopping, chopping, packaging, labeling and some cooking. I got my lists in order and then I set aside everything that would be added on the day of cooking and put those items into bags first. 

Then I just started going one recipe at a time and getting through the recipes. Some of them suggest doing all the meat - then all the veggies, etc... but being on my own - I decided to just do a recipe at a time so I could pace myself. 

Some of the recipes I could clearly tell would be more than enough for just the two of us - so I split a few into 2 bags. But all in all - it was pretty fun - especially when I filled the freezer with 10 meals!

Here's a pic of some of the final meals all bagged up and ready for the freezer - this isn't the easiest thing to take pics of. But really I just wanted to share this awesome idea with all of you!

This was the tomato beef stew - it was okay. I'm not a huge fan of beef stew - but if you like it a lot - good stuff. The stew meat was interesting - Meijer was out and then it was a back and forth with the meat counter guy trying to figure out why to buy. I never realized it was really just end pieces - so sometimes stew meat could be expensive cuts - other times eye of round. Who knew?!

Rather than using labels - I just used a sharpie on the bags themselves - worked just fine.

This is the bag for the Golden Chicken - if the chicken doesn't have enough sauce with it - it gets dry - something to watch when you're cooking.

Some of them had a bag for the freezer and a bag for the canned goods. I found I needed to package up the canned goods at the same time to make sure I had them when the whim hit me for the recipe. 

This was my favorite so far - the Sausage and Bean Supper. Larry's not a big fan of sausage - but even he liked it. It was so warm and hearty - I threw in some canned mushrooms as well since I'm a big fan. I think the honey really added a lot - you could just taste this extra little bit of sweetness - man I wish I had this in the crockpot right now! 

Pork and veggies - looks tasty!

I think this is the slow cooker pizza that I haven't tried yet - but it looks good too! 

And here's what it looks like to have a freezer full of recipes! 10 bags of dinners! Woohoo! 

I just found another set from Six Sisters that I'm really excited to try - these don't have any canned things you have to save back - even simpler! 

Have you tried these crockpot freezer meals? What are some of your favorite crock pot recipes? 




2 comments

  1. What a great idea! I've done the 'bag up all the ingredients for the slow cooker dish, write on the bag the cooking directions' thing before, but it never occurred to me to bag up the pantry staples at the same time. Thanks!

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  2. I've seen them on Pinterest, but haven't tried it yet. I do cook part of my weekday meals on Sunday. This past week I made Chili and Beef Stroganoff and then when I get home after work I just have to heat it up and serve. If I had to make decent meals from scratch after work, it wouldn't happen very often.

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