My new recipes are finally here! It has been such a joy having an increase in readership these last couple of weeks and meeting all you wonderful new readers that found me because of my original post on slow cooker freezer meals. I love that you all have stuck around and started to read my posts on other topics.
Last week, I put together three new recipes and I think you will really like them. Before I give you the recipes I wanted to take a moment to address some of the questions that you had about the other recipes.
- Several people had concerns about mixing raw meat and the veggies in one bag. I am no expert, but I think because you are putting the ingredients in the bag and immediately putting it in the freezer and then the day you cook it, straight from freezer to slow cooker, that it is not a problem. I prep all my veggies the night before and make labels. Then the day of, I assemble all my dry ingredients into sections, then put all veggies, sauces, dry ingredients into the bags. The very last thing I do is put the meat in. So there is very little time that the meat is out, before I put it in the freezer.
- Texture. Several people said the texture was soupy. Pretty much all my recipes are a form of a stew. I always serve my recipes with rice or cous-cous, or make a sandwich with it (usually for lunch). I like it that way, but I realize that is not for everyone.
- Adding in last minute ingredients. If a recipe calls for broth, I add it the day of and do not put it in the bag with the other ingredients. I will do a better job of describing which items go in the bag to freeze and what items you toss in the day of cooking.
- Doubling. The recipes below have already been doubled, but if you have a large family, you might want to double them again. Each recipe below, yields me two bags of food. So if it says 2 cans of pitted cherries, that would be one can per bag. Each bag, usually yields us two dinners and a lunch. We are a small family of two adults and one toddler.
- I use gallon size bags. I hand write a label with name of recipe, date I freeze it and any thing I need to add the day of like, broth. Then I double bag it. I am working on getting some super cute labels made so you can print out your own labels (my gift to you!) to go along with each recipe, so stay tuned for those!
After I assemble the ingredients, I lay the bags flat and get all the air out. As I am getting the air out, I mix everything up in the bag, so all the veggies and meat are coated in the sauce/spice mix. Then I place them in my freezer flat, so they freeze like bricks, just like I do with breast milk storage bags.
So, without further adieu, the September Mama and Baby Love Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes!! And remember, if you sign up for my newsletter, you will get a sneak peak of recipes before anyone else does.
Chicken and Cherries
- 5 pounds of chicken breast
- 2 cans of pitted cherries
- Chili Sauce to taste
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Assemble all ingredients into freezer bags
- Place in freezer
- Day of cooking, place in slow cooker
- Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4
- You can shred chicken if you want, or leave in chunks
- Serve with rice or cous-cous or make sandwiches
So there you have it. I love all the feedback from the other recipes, so please tell me if you have any ideas and how you like the flavor when you make it.
If you are interested in more slow cooker freezer recipes check out my cookbook From Your Freezer To Your Family, Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes For Every Season.