Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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? 




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