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Old 10-05-2017, 06:47 PM   #21
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I hardly ever freeze meals because I already make extra for leftovers. *sigh* But here's what I freeze (besides ice!):

-meat that I get on sale (if it's a bulk package I'll divide it up into smaller containers)
-fruit (cherries/berries from the store, cranberries that I stock up on during the fall, sometimes apple pie apples, sliced bananas for smoothies)
-veggies (from the store and from our garden - I don't bother blanching)
-loaves of bread/English muffins/pizza (when we were eating wheat) including the heels of bread for making bread crumbs
-extra loaves of homemade banana bread or whatever
-chicken broth that I've made in the crock pot
-tomato sauce that I've made in the crock pot
-extra carton of butter
-jar of yeast
-cornmeal
-extra bags of shredded cheese
-frozen cranberries when I stock up during the Fall
-we usually have a couple jugs of frozen water to put in the fridge if the power goes out

I think that about covers it!

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Old 10-05-2017, 10:38 PM   #22
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I hardly ever freeze meals because I already make extra for leftovers. *sigh* But here's what I freeze (besides ice!):

-meat that I get on sale (if it's a bulk package I'll divide it up into smaller containers)
-fruit (cherries/berries from the store, cranberries that I stock up on during the fall, sometimes apple pie apples, sliced bananas for smoothies)
-veggies (from the store and from our garden - I don't bother blanching)
-loaves of bread/English muffins/pizza (when we were eating wheat) including the heels of bread for making bread crumbs
-extra loaves of homemade banana bread or whatever
-chicken broth that I've made in the crock pot
-tomato sauce that I've made in the crock pot
-extra carton of butter
-jar of yeast
-cornmeal
-extra bags of shredded cheese
-frozen cranberries when I stock up during the Fall
-we usually have a couple jugs of frozen water to put in the fridge if the power goes out

I think that about covers it!
My friend does the ice jugs. She's a prepper so I think she has so much frozen she'd laugh at my little cooler.

My did is going to have to adjust his shopping style a bit and jump on the frozen deals when he sees them and I'm going to have start thinking of tripling what I bake. I already double.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:18 AM   #23
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Re: What do you freeze?

I used to freeze meals, but kinda like Jen, we eat so much now at a meal, it's tough to make that much extra. I tend to cook enough dinner for seven + leftovers for at least three, that dh and I eat for breakfast/lunch the next day.

That said, we have a chest freezer and just ordered a second. Meat takes the bulk of the space. We buy a while pig or half a cow or butcher a dozen chickens at a time. I buy frozen fruit, veggies, butter and cheese once a month from Azure Standard. I also freeze bread and tortillas.

My two go to freezer meals are tacos and meat balls.

Tacos:
3# beef
1 big can diced tomatoes
1.5 cup red lentils
1 large chopped onion
1/3 cup taco seasoning

I cook on med all day in the slow cooker and then freeze.

Meat balls:
2# beef, 1 # pork
1/2 cup quinoa
Diced onion and garlic
S&P
Dry parsley
3 eggs

Mix, bake until done and freeze.

These are super easy to pull out a few at a time and add to veggies, to make a quick meal, for a lunch or if leftover night is a little thin.

I freeze cooked shredded chicken and all kinds of stock. It makes for an easy soup or chicken tacos or chicken salad.

I freeze muffins, banana or cran zucchini or pumpkin. I will usually make a batch of 4 dozen and then freeze half. Because we will eat 2 dozen in 1-3 days.
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Girls, How do you freeze pasta sauce?
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I make it and freeze it flat in zip lock bags. Sort of like breast milk - they stack flat, store nicely, and thaw quickly that way.
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How do y'all freeze chili? I plan to make some this week but I usually make 2 crockpots full because DH likes it spicey enough to make him cry so I have to make a seperate pot for us normal humans. But it usually leaves me with a ridiculous amount of chili and this time Id like to freeze some of the leftovers instead of forcing everyone to eat chili for a week lol
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Re: What do you freeze?

Same thing! I freeze it in a gallon bag. I lay it flat until it's frozen and then stand them up like a filing cabinet, but I've also heard of placing the bag in your Crock-Pot insert (bowl) and freezing it. Then you can take it out of the bowl for storage, but when you get it out, you don't have to thaw it - just peel off the bag and the frozen food should fit perfectly into your Crock-Pot, ready to go.
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Same thing! I freeze it in a gallon bag. I lay it flat until it's frozen and then stand them up like a filing cabinet, but I've also heard of placing the bag in your Crock-Pot insert (bowl) and freezing it. Then you can take it out of the bowl for storage, but when you get it out, you don't have to thaw it - just peel off the bag and the frozen food should fit perfectly into your Crock-Pot, ready to go.
Thanks! I figured Ziploc would be the easiest. The crockpot idea is pretty genius but thatd take a lot of room in your freeze while it was freezing.
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Thanks! I figured Ziploc would be the easiest. The crockpot idea is pretty genius but thatd take a lot of room in your freeze while it was freezing.
Right. That's why I've never done it plus, you'd have to freeze one bag at a time, unless you have multiple Crock-Pot bowls. But I can definitely attest to leaving the house in a hurry and swearing at the brick of food that won't fit in the Crock-Pot. Just perch the lid on a corner and hope it settles in the right place as it thaws.
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Veggie soup!
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