From Freezer to Slow Cooker

Making freezer meals is nothing new. Filling the slow cooker up in the morning for a long day of simmering is not new. But have you tried making freezer meals in a bag that end up in the slow cooker? Really, this is not new either but it is so worth sharing.

Over the years, my mom would come visit after each of my four daughters were born. One of her gifts to me was to fill my freezer with ready to cook meals.  Once I learned how convenient this was, I continued filling the freezer with meals for many years as the girls grew.

Wanting a meal to come home to ready to eat without heating up the oven and waiting for a thawed meal to cook was sometimes replaced with a slow cooker meal. I will admit that for many years the only thing my slow cooker ever had in it was chili and stew. It took me many years to finally start cooking chicken and pork in the slow cooker.

Then came along the freezer bag meal that is thawed the night before then dumped into the slow cooker for dinner that night. The biggest attraction for me was the ability to store the meal flat in a gallon freezer bag and stacking them up after they are thoroughly frozen. It saves so much room in the freezer and the cost of a freezer bag is much less than aluminum baking pans or using my good cookware.

Another great attraction to making freezer to slow cooker meals is that most times the meat has not already been cooked which means less dried out, chewy proteins.

There are so many websites of freezer bag meals for the slow cooker. Here are some links to just a few.

20 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals to Fill Your Freezer

Who Needs A Cape (40 Meals in 4 Hours Crock Pot Slow Cooker Freezer Cooking)

New Leaf Wellness (10 Healthy Crock Pot Freezer Meals in 1 Hour)

Helpful hints to make your prep time easier and your storage safer are a must. I did not realize that over stacking the filled bags on top of one another could keep them from freezing safely.

You will notice that a lot of the meals are assembled into the gallon bag in a certain order or some ingredients are kept separate. This makes it possible to dump the bag into the slow cooker in somewhat of a layer for proper cooking.

Last is to remember to take the bagged meal out of the freezer the night before so it has a chance to thaw.

Three meals that I shared at the Oregon State Fair  for freezer to slow cooker were adapted from the following websites with a few changes.

Honey Dijon Pork Chops with Red Potatoes   My changes were to reduce the olive oil to 1/4 cup, reduce the Dijon mustard to 3/4 cup, increase the honey to 5 tablespoons and the onion powder to 1 teaspoon. I also left out the green beans to be served fresh cooked on the side.

Crock Pot Beef Fajitas  The only changes I made were to add more colored bell peppers. I love lots of peppers in my fajitas. This is a tasty and easy meal.

Sweet and Sour Chicken   The big change I made in this freezer meal is using skinless trimmed bone-in chicken thighs. I also like to add colorful bell peppers and fresh sliced carrots.

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2 Responses to “From Freezer to Slow Cooker”

  1. August 28, 2017 at 7:58 am #

    Freezer prepped meals make my life so much easier, I can’t wait to check out all these recipes!

    • August 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

      I love your recipe. It is simple and it was so easy to demo at the fair with just a few of my own tips. I hope others will love it as well.

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