Friday, June 29, 2012

Freezer Cooking FAQ



I wanted to answer a bunch of questions in one place, and show you something I did with the leftovers from the Salsa Chicken in Freezer Cooking 101.  Yummy nachos!!!  It was delicious!  We just took the Salsa Chicken leftovers and put it on chips, topped with cheese and put in the oven for a couple minutes on broil.


Okay, on to the questions:

  • Do you have to defrost the bags?  I don't defrost mine.  I run them under hot water for about 30 seconds to losen the bag and in the crockpot it goes.  However, some people say that you run a higher risk for food poisoning because the food might stay at a dangerous temparature too long.  I haven't had this issue, but you decide what's best for your family!
  • How many does a bag serve?  One bag serves my family of 2 adults and a two-year-old easily.  We frequently have some leftovers.  If you have a larger family, put all the contents into one bag and it will serve 4 or 5 people.
  • Do I need to pre-cook any meats?  Most the time, the answer is no.  However, anytime you are using any ground meat you will want to brown that first.
  • What size crockpot do you use?  I use just your everyday crockpot.  Mine does have the auto-warm feauture, where the crockpot turns itself down to warm after the cooking time is up.  That does come in handy.
  • Can I get a printer-friendly version?  Sorry, no, not at this time.  However, my goal is to have an e-cookbook for sale by Thanksgiving!  It would make an excellent gift I think.
Some helpful tips:
  • Chop your veggies ahead of time.  It really breaks up the work so you can get this done in two naptimes.
  • Get everything out on the counter so you aren't hunting for things when you are ready to fill bags.
  • Get a system.  I've filled bags one recipe at a time, just throwing in what I need in order.  I've also done it by ingredients.  I posted all the recipes on the cabinets above me with the bags underneath and I just went down the line with my ingredient.  This works well when several recipes call for the same things, which many of the recipes do.
  • Always pre-cook ground meats.
  • Feel free to deviate from the recipe.  Throw in some spices here and there.  I never cook something the same way!
  • Make sure you meals freeze so that they will fit into the crockpot in their frozen form.  Hmm...wonder how I discovered that one?!?!  ;)
  • I also recommend getting Mama and Baby Love's e-cookbook. It has 20 great recipes and includes printable labels for your bags! Love her stuff!! Click here to get it.
I hope this has been helpful to you!  Tell me, what's your favorite non-crockpot meal?  I'd love to try to make a crockpot freezer meal version.  I love a challenge just as much as I love saving time!


 



7 comments:

  1. This is sooo helpfull! I startd to write down evey succesfull mealmin my notebook for crockpot melas.mtoday i made my favorite thai fish curry...
    1 onion or spring onion 3
    3 galick gloves 1 tsp lemon 1/2 tsp Sambal 500 grams panga filet 1 chinese cabbage 1 small paprika red, 3 tbsp oil 1 can cocosmilk 1 tbsp worceatershire saus 2 tbsp Perail 2 cup water 1/2 a sack santen

    Oil on the bottum of cp put all veggies in and add frozen pangafilets. Cover with cocos milk and spices cook on low for 5-6 hours!
    I eat with 5 huge eaters from this.mserve with rice and cucumber salade

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  2. Ihave seen this question posted and now I am wondering too. Do you put the plastic bag in the crockpot or just the contents?

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    1. No, I rinse the bag under hot water to loosen the contents. Then I dump it into the crockpot with a liner in it. They sell those in the aisle with the baggies and oven roast bags.

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  3. I stumbled on your site via pinterest. I am so intregued. My recent ploblem with crockpot receipes is I am gone between 7am and 4pm almost every day. That is way too long to have food in a crockpot. Any suggestions???? I'd love to try your receipes if I can get a solution to my problem.

    (Im not a blogger but love reading them. You can check out my website though www.heelaway.com)

    I look forward to your reply.

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    1. Get a crock pot with a timer but most of the time that's not too long. I work 8-5 (leave at 730, home at 515) and everything turns out fine. (even chicken)

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  4. Hi! In your Chicken Teriyaki receipe, can you use frozen chicken breast or do they have to be fresh.

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  5. Do you find that you can take any crock pot recipe and freeze it then slow cook it?

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