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Next time, I will be using recipes from Stephanie’s new eCookbook!
1) make a list of recipes. I used crock pot recipes I already had and love. 2) make an ingredient list and go shopping (don’t forget your freezer bags). 3) gather all of the ingredients 4) Then, chop all of the veggies first. Dice all of your onions, carrots, peppers, and mince your garlic. 5) Label your bags with the directions and 6) THEN add your veggies 7) Add your meat 8) Add your other ingredients. 9) Let out air, seal bag, and lay flat! 10) Freeze and Rejoice! I kept the freezer bags in the directions, but one reader had a great idea of using a reusable container to save on freezer bag costs and help keep them out of landfills. The storage containers I bought are still frozen with food, so I thought I’d use the bags for now so I could give you more recipes!
Every recipe makes 2 separate meals (at least for my family of 3, if you have a large family, they will only make one). I divide all of the ingredients in between TWO bags or two freezer safe containers. The night before I want to cook it, I put it in the fridge to thaw overnight. There should be no worry about contaminated meat. Everything is frozen, thawed, and cooked at the same time and temperature. A lot of restaurants and grocery stores do this for their food prep. If you’re still concerned, make 4 bags per meal: 2 for the meat and 2 for the other ingredients. All of my cans (unless specified other wise) are your average 15oz cans. I do recommend using fresh, frozen, or cartened products over canned because of bpa, led, and other contaminates. Using frozen chicken breasts should be okay. I would keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to add them to the bag (at the end). Then just refreeze. They say you can refreeze meat that isn’t 100% thawed, but I never do. But as long as you just add it to your container and pop it back in the freezer you should be good! I personally, try to use mostly organic, natural, and/or gluten free products for our family. I encourage you to do the same, but realize not everyone does. Just be cautious of chemicals like high fructose corn syrup and msg in your chemicals (I could and probably will write a whole post about how this has changed our family’s health). Okay, now the fun part: