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Old 03-29-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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I'm A Crock Pot Failure!

So I have tried to start making about a month's worth of meals ahead of time. By recipe, I get ingredients, chop, bag, and freeze them. Then, I just have to pull out a bag and put it in the crock pot!
So far, all the ones I have tried came out TERRIBLE.
Yes, these are recipes designed to be pre-bagged, frozen, and then put in crock pot. I follow the directions. They've all come out yuck (except the pea soup was good, but the kids wouldn't eat it.)

Do you do this? What are your favorite recipes?
I tend to not cook well anyway haha, partly why I thought this was a great idea. Please help! We're hungry!

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Old 03-29-2014, 10:42 AM   #2
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I'd love to hear ideas, too. I recently used two freezer crock pot meals and I didn't like either of them. They were chili and the other was Brunswick stew. Dh liked them, but I thought they weren't very good. And I'd made double batches! Sigh. I guess my lesson is to not make a double batch until I've tried it regular once.
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Nearly everything I've made in the crock pot has come out terrible. I've come to the conclusion that we are food snobs but subbing bc I'm always hopeful that I just haven't been using the right recipes.

I did do a coq au vin once that was good (recipe from whole foods website). But there was prep work it wasn't just throw everything in the pot--so in some ways defeats the purpose?
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:54 AM   #4
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Re: I'm A Crock Pot Failure!

Keep trying.

I don't care for a lot of those prepped-and-frozen crock pot meals, either. To find GOOD recipes, go to a site like allrecipes.com and browse for crock pot recipes. Pick ones that sound good, have 4-5 stars and then read some of the reviews to see what folks say about it.
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:57 AM   #5
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Re: I'm A Crock Pot Failure!

My husband and 2 older kids love this one for Lemon Garlic chicken:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-co...ii/detail.aspx

This is an easy one for BBQ chicken sandwich filling:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/zesty-s...ue/detail.aspx
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Re: I'm A Crock Pot Failure!

This is our go-to Chili recipe; it makes a huge batch and has a lot of ingredients (mostly spices), so you'll probably need to adjust the servings by 1/2 or more!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/boilerm...li/detail.aspx
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This is our go-to Chili recipe; it makes a huge batch and has a lot of ingredients (mostly spices), so you'll probably need to adjust the servings by 1/2 or more!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/boilerm...li/detail.aspx
Immediately adding yours to my "next shopping list" since you can vouch for them

I have tried most, or all of, recipes from these pages:
http://mrscutjack.blogspot.com/2012/...t-recipes.html
http://kojo-designs.com/2012/04/gett...eezer-cooking/


This I have not tried any of yet, but thought others would like:
http://www.stacymakescents.com/100-d...rock-pot-style
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Immediately adding yours to my "next shopping list" since you can vouch for them I have tried most, or all of, recipes from these pages: http://mrscutjack.blogspot.com/2012/...t-recipes.html http://kojo-designs.com/2012/04/gett...eezer-cooking/ This I have not tried any of yet, but thought others would like: http://www.stacymakescents.com/100-d...rock-pot-style

I saved that no processed link. That had a bunch of great ideas. Thanks!

Lately I have found many crock pot recipes to have short cooking times. Which are great since I'm home most days. But there are many people who want to put it on in the morning before work. I think if something cooks to long in a crock pot it gets kind of blah. Then it all starts tasting the same.

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Re: I'm A Crock Pot Failure!

I cook in my crockpot quite often. I've found Pinterest to be a valuable source for crockpot recipes. I have a small freezer that is quite filled with breastmilk so I don't do the freezer meals. I tend to pick crockpot meals that don't require a lot of prework or too many ingredients. If anything they require a side of rice or noodles. I did intend to make freezer meals before I was due with #2 but I got as far as the grocery shopping and went into labor the next day! This is the site I had planned on going with. She has a printable shopping list also. I'm still new here and haven't hit the post 10 count to be able to post links. If you google hearth & holm 40 freezer meals you will find it.
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Is it a flavor issue or is it consistency?

Crockpot food does tend to get mushy.
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