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It seems like overnight my blog has gone off the charts with visitors coming to check out my Freezer Cooking with Slow Cooker Recipe posts and everyone has lots of questions!
Also, please note, that I just updated the original recipes, I ended up adding more spices and sauce to make them a bit more flavorful. So be sure to try them again and let me know what you think! I loved them all before, but I know some people wanted them a bit more flavorful. I have to cook more on the bland side for my husband’s sensitive stomach.
I am so grateful for all the traffic, but I have not done a good job answering questions and keeping up with everyone. I am finally getting to the light at the end of the tunnel and have created a FAQ page of all your wonderful questions.
I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, keep them coming and I will do my best to update the FAQ page on a regular basis, but I really hope this covers most of the bases!
Does the meat need to be cooked before freezing?
There are differing opinions on the safety of mixing raw meat with other ingredients before freezing. A slow cooker will reach temperatures high enough to destroy bacteria. If you’re uncomfortable with mixing then you can simply freeze the meat portions separately. I have been doing this for over a year now and have never had a problem. I do not recommend precooking the meat. I talked more about it here.
How much liquid do you add to your recipes?
If the recipe does not include liquid, then no liquid is added. The meats and vegetables will release liquids as they cook, especially since they are frozen and the ice crystals give off even more liquid. Some of my recipes do call for liquid. I know I am prone to typo’s but if it doesn’t call for liquid, you don’t need it!
Do you add the sour cream to the freezer bag or as a garnish for the Goulash recipe?
The sour cream is meant as a garnish. Same with the noodles. You cook them separately and add them in once everything is finished.
Do you need to blanch the vegetables before freezing?
Blanching is only recommended if you’re intending to preserve vegetables for storage, such as over winter, but it still is not necessary.
My vegetables turned out mushy, did I do something wrong?
No! They are supposed to be mushy. I realize not everyone likes mushy vegetables, but my family and I love them that way. It is actually easier for your body to digest and absorb nutrients that way. All my recipes are stew-like, so veggies are going to be very, very soft. We do always serve the meals with cous-cous to add a bit of texture.
How many bouillon cubes do you use per bag?
1 bouillon cube is used per bag. The recipes listed are already doubled. So you split everything between two bags.
Are the recipes doubled?
Honestly I don’t know if I would say they are doubled, but the are extra large. 🙂 Each recipe as listed will fill two, one gallon bags. Split the ingredients between two bags. Depending on your size of family is how far they will go. For us, our perfect little family of three, we get dinner and lots of leftovers from each bag.
Does the BBQ chicken recipe divide the sauces or put one can in each bag?
I split the sauce up between the two bags. The recipes listed are already doubled. So you split everything between two bags.
Are the recipes split into two bags or one whole recipe in a single bag?
Each recipe is split between two, 1 gallon bags. Sorry for the redundancy here people, but I get this question a lot!
What capacity slow cooker will accommodate these recipes?
I use All Clad’s 6 quart slow cooker. A 4 or 6 quart cooker will work just fine. If you are cooking for one, you could split the ingredients into 4 smaller portions and cooker in a smaller slow cooker as well.
How many meals will these recipes produce?
3 recipes will give you six bags of food. Each bag gives us dinner and leftovers. So 6 bags, should give you 12 meals, for a small family, 6 meals for a large family.
How long would these recipes stay good in the freezer?
I would think about 6 months. I usually use mine up before then, but that sounds about right!
Couldn’t you just use the special slow cooker bags for these?
I don’t really know much about the slow cooker bags, but I am gonna stay away from them for now. Even if you can get BPA free bags, it still has chemicals in the plastic. And when you heat plastic to high temperatures, that is when the chemicals leach out. I have no problem using plastic bags for storage in the freezer, but I would not want plastic and my food coming into contact at high temperatures. But that is just me!
Will you be posting more recipes?
You bettcha! Its been a long 4 months with the holidays and being pregnant and then miscarrying, so I have not been productive at all. But spring is the air, things are looking up and I got lots of ideas up my sleeve, so stay tuned!
Update: I have put out a new version of my book with all updated recipes plus a ton of brand new ones!
Other random tips from me to make the process quicker:
Chop all your ingredients first. Then assemble spices and sauces. Then group everything by recipe and then start dumping. Make yourself a little assembly line on your counter and go to town!