Friday, April 20, 2012

Crockpot Freezer Meals

After getting such a bountiful bountiful basket I wanted to try something I had seen on Pinterest- Crockpot freezer meals!  Let me tell you these were super easy and lots of fun to make!  First I came up with a list of meal ideas.  I made quite a few of them and intend to make some more in the upcoming weeks.  I made Gallon size bags for my family, and quart size bags to give to my parents.  Here's the recipes and pictures of the ones I did make.

Apple, Pear & Pork Deliciousness-

3 apples- sliced
2 pears- sliced
3# pork- cubed
1 onion- sliced
Sauce:
1 ½ c. brown sugar
1 ½ c. apple juice
½ c. vinegar
3 T. mustard
Cut up meat, fruit & onions, divide into bags.  Mix sauce together then divide it among the bags.
Makes 1 large family size (gallon bag) and 2 small family size (quart bag)- or however you choose to divide it J
Instructions to write on the bag:
Add 2 ½ c. water (for gallon bag, 1 c. for quart bag)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Chinese Chicken:
1 ½ lbs chicken- I used individually frozen tenders
1 head bok choy
1 can sliced water chestnuts
3 cloves garlic
1 t. fresh ginger
2 yellow squash- sliced
2 zucchini- sliced
Sauce:
2 T oyster sauce
½ c. soy sauce
2 t. white wine vinegar
Cut up all veggies.  Divide veggies & chicken into desired bag sizes. (I did one gallon size for our large family and one quart size for my parents)  Mix sauce together, then divide it among the bags.
Instructions to write on the bags:
Add 2 c. water (for gallon size, for quart size I did 1 c.)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Sweet & sour Chicken
2# chicken (I used individually frozen tenders)
3 large cans of pineapple chunks (with juice)
3 green peppers-chopped
1 bag of baby carrots
2 onions-sliced
Sauce:
½ c cornstarch
3 ½ c water
1 ½ c sugar
1 c vinegar
Orange food coloring
Chop veggies then divide into bags with chicken. (I made 2 gallon family sizes and 2 quart sizes) Add all the juice with the pineapple into the bags.  Mix up sauce, then divide it between the bags.
Instructions to write on the bag:
Add 2 c. water (1 c for quart size bags)
Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours

Beef Stew
1# stew meat- cubed
7 potatoes- chopped
1 bag baby carrots
1 onion- sliced
4 celery stalks- chopped
Sauce:
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 T garlic-minced
1 t. seasoned salt
1 t. garlic & herb seasoning
1 T beef bullion
Chop veggies then divide veggies and meat into bags. (I made 1 gallon size and 1 quart size)
Mix sauce together then divide among the bags.
Instructions to write on the bag:
Add 2 c. water (1 c for quart bags)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Bacon Meatballs
2# ground beef
Bacon ( aprox 10 slices cut in half- will vary depending on the size of meatballs you make)
Sauce:
4 cans tomato sauce
1 T garlic
Mold ground beef into small meatballs, wrap with bacon and place into bags.  Mix sauce then divide among bags.
Instructions to write on bags:
Add 1 c water (1/2 c for quart size)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Chicken Teriyaki
2# chicken (I used individually frozen tenders)
1 ½ large cans pineapple tidbits (with juice)
½ bag of baby carrots
Sauce:
1 c. teriyaki sauce
¼ c. soy sauce
Divide ingredients into bags, then mix together sauce and divide it among the bags.
Instructions for bags:
Add 2 c. water (1 c for quart)
Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours
 Some of the other crockpot freezer meal ideas I have but have yet to make are:

Chicken Curry
Stroganoff (sp?)
Lemon Chicken
Italian Chicken
Zucchini & Squash hash
Breakfast Casserole (I'm not sure how scrambled eggs will freeze uncooked- I'll let you know!)

UPDATE: I also recently tried these containers for freezer meals and even for freezing leftovers and LOVE them!

Let me know if you try these or any other recipes! atozformomslikeme@gmail.com

31 comments:

  1. Thank you for posting these! I am going to try them at a Pintrest party coming up in a couple weeks. I'm hoping to impress my husband because I do not know anything about cooking.

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  2. Awesome! Hope they turn out great!

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  3. Love this idea! I usually prep crock pot meals the night before but this would be so much easier and the possibilities are endless.

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  4. Thanks! I LOVE these freezer crock pot meals- they are so easy. And it's great when you can buy all the ingredients at once and section them out for multiple crock pot meals.

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  5. Good recipes, but what is the #1, ect, for the meat? I'd like to make some of these, but would like to know how much meat per recipe

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  6. #1= 1 lb (or 1 pound) of meat.

    Enjoy! :)

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  7. For the Apple, Pear, Pork recipe, is it prepared mustard or dry mustard?

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  8. I did prepared mustard, but I'm sure you could do either :)

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  9. For the beef stew, I was always told that potatoes could not be frozen. Does it taste the same?

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  10. of course you can freeze potatoes- you can buy frozen hash browns, cubed potatoes, fries etc. So you can freeze your own.
    They taste amazing!

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  11. What kind of vinegar? Thanks!

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  12. Just white vinegar- but I'm sure you could use any kind you like :)

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  13. Can you half the recipes or will that mess up the final result?

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  14. You can totally half them! My kind of cooking is usually a little of this and that anyway- I try to put measurements on for other people but generally it's not something you have to have exact.

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  15. Do you let them defrost before putting them into your slow cooker?

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  16. Not usually, unless they wont fit into my crock pot then I will let it defrost enough to fit. That's part of the convenience :)

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  17. How many people do each of these meals feed? We have a family of 6 so I'm just wondering if I need to adjust it a little. :)

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  18. We have a family of 7 so that's what most of these are geared for. Some I will serve with rice, pasta or mashed potatoes.

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  19. Does this recipe make 3 gallons? Just trying to see how much it really makes.

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    1. So I'm reading my previous answers and they didn't really answer.... I must have had a kid distraction (and pregnancy brain at the time)
      Each recipe makes what's shown in the picture. I used Gallon bags (for my family size) and Quart bags (to give to my parents)

      Hope that helps!

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  20. awesome ideas, thank you!
    Are the meatballs browned previously, or do you put them raw into the freezer?
    If raw, do you simply put those uncooked balls into the crockpot?

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    1. I just realized my answer didn't really answer your question- must have been a kid distraction (or at least that's what I'm blaming it on now)
      I don't brown them before and put them in the freezer raw.

      Then just put them in the crock pot raw. :)

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  21. Storey's- it depends on which recipe you are talking about. Most of them make what is shown or mentioned in the recipe. I put them in gallon size bags for my family and quart sized bags for my parents. The good thing about crock pot meals is you can stretch them if you need to by serving over rice, noodles, or potatoes.

    Sea- I used the store bought meatballs that are previously cooked. I'm sure you could do them raw, they may just need more time to cook.

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  22. Regarding the pork is that 1.5 cups of brown sugar and apple juice or a half cup? 1.5 seems high and I'm preparing for a freezer meal swap and want to be certain that I'm preparing it correctly.

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    1. It's 1 and a half cups of each- the recipe makes 2 large family portions :)
      A freezer meal swap sounds fun!! I wish I could get people here to do it.

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  23. Do you thaw the frozen chicken tenders before putting them into the bag with the other ingredients? And do you thaw the bags of food in the refrigerator before putting them in the crock pot?

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    1. I don't thaw them- since they'll all be frozen again soon I just put them all together as is.

      When it comes to using the freezer crock pot meals you can put them in the crock pot frozen or defrost them first. It really wont matter- but if you do put it in frozen you'll want to make sure you cook it on low and allow extra time. (you will also want to keep in mind how it freezes so it will fit in your crock pot frozen)
      If you defrost it first you can cook it on low or high and your times will be a little less.
      It's not hard- but does have some range in times because of how different crock pots cook, as well as how frozen your freezer gets them etc. A little trial and error maybe at first until you know what works for you. :)

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    2. Thank you so much for these answers and the great recipes!

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  24. Ok, so I have mom brain sorry. How do you divide it up in the bags? Like a certain amount of ingredients or does this recipe just go in one freezer bag? I'm sorry lol

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    1. Don't be sorry! :) Each recipe will make what it shows in the pic. I just try to divide it up as equally as possible. There's no hard fast rule to it- you can make as little or as much that works for your family. If they don't like one ingredient you can substitute it etc.

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