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Old 02-04-2008, 12:05 PM   #1
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Where can I find recipes for meals to make ahead and freeze?

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Old 03-09-2008, 06:18 PM   #2
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I heard about savingdinner.com from another forum ... "five for the freezer." I ordered a set of 5 for $3 and haven't received them yet. :-(
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google freezer cooking or oamc and there are tons of recipes online. I also liked the book "Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer". I got it from Amazon.

I also get ideas from freezer cooking stores like Let's Dish and just modifying the recipes I currently make, doubling or tripling them when I cook -- one for dinner that night and 2 in the freezer. If I do that every night for 2 weeks and my freezer is well-stocked!
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Hi gals! Check out these web sites - they are free. I also have a bunch of recipes from doing freezer meals at my church. I'll try to post, but my DS has been awake the majority of the past few nights, so I'm, exhausted and sleep deprived and don't know if it'll happen. (I have to scan recipe cards, etc) LOL

http://www.30daygourmet.com/

http://http://allrecipes.com/Cooks-P...px?ListId=4160

http://http://www.momsbudget.com/fre...pes/index.html

http://http://www.frugalmom.net/once...th_cooking.htm

I know there are more, I just have to get kids going to school this am. Words to search on the internet are:

freezer meals
once a month cooking
OAMC
OMC

good luck! I love doing freezer meals - it saves $$ and reduces my stress!
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good to know ive been wondering this too, i will have to check out the sites. thanks
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If you go to recipezaar.com and type in "OAMC" you will find a ton of good stuff!
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The best source I have ever found is a book I checked out from the library--The Best Make Ahead Cookbook (by the editors of Cook's Illustrated Magazine, and America's Test Kitchen) It has plenty of cook and freeze recipes, with really clear instructions for reheating. It's also HUGE! The pictures are really nice too.
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What's in your current recipe book? You don't have to do all new recipes.

I've gleaned a few random recipes from here and there - mostly just testing recipes that we like on a semi-regular basis and seeing whether they freeze well or not. Sometimes not - it's a learning curve.

Here's some of what I've been up to lately... I've since hit a sale on pork (so now have 8 meals of applesauce pork tenderloin in the freezer), chicken breasts (so, about 25 lbs of chicken breasts), 4 meals of chicken frozen in the rosemary marinade, 3-4 meals of peanutty pork kabobs frozen in marinade, and a bunch of salmon steaks and fillets for easy foil-packet-on-the-grill nights post-baby during gardening madness. There's also other regular stand-bys of soups, chili, homemade spaghetti sauce, etc. I've yet to find a really awesome casserole that stands up well to freezing - our family's favorite casserole recipes have either sour cream/mayo as a binder or flour as a thickener so it's not quite as good frozen as fresh.

And. Since they're mostly tried and true recipes for us? I just triple (or octuple as the case may be) things when I'm already making something for dinner. Or when I come home with 68 pounds of meat from a killer sale at the store and need to get it all put away. That was a long two days, but well worth it to have more than enough meat on hand for 2-4 months (depending on how many visitors I need to sporadically feed).
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