Stock the Crock and Fill the Freezer!
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When I was invited to check out a new cookbook called Stock the Crock, I was curious as to what they could possibly teach me. I perused the pages, tabbed several recipes that I liked and had the family go through and pull tabs off if they didn’t like the recipe. With the incredible color photos, it was easy to get a great idea what the finished item should look like.
Here comes the rub: I simply don’t have time to prep a new meal each day. I chose to pick out nine different recipes and make a “fill the freezer” day.
- TURKEY WHITE BEAN CHILI
- PEPPERY TURKEY TENDERLOIN W/APPLES
- CREOLE STYLE RED BEANS
- BRUNSWICK STEW
- SPLIT PEA AND HAM SOUP
- PEANUT GINGER CHICKEN
- SAUERKRAUT W/SMOKED CHOPS
- FRENCH DIP
- CHICKEN FROM HEAVEN
Don’t those sound yummy?
Now, it is easier to fill the freezer when you make a master grocery list, prep (cut/slice/dice) the ingredients, fill them with the ingredients for each recipe and then label the freezer bags.
I like to make lists like this, then double the recipes to make two of each recipe. That fills my freezer and makes it easy for those “what do we cook” times. It also comes in handy when you hear of a friend being sick – you can quickly take a meal to their family!
Now, this collection of nine recipes is going to become eighteen meals in my freezer – because I am going to double the entire thing. I have a quick printable grocery list for you to make the nine different recipes HERE–>crock meal plan . It also tells you how much of each item goes to each recipe. Sorry — you will need the cookbook to see what special steps you might need to take before actually popping anything in the bag or slow cooker.
I took my master crock pot meal plan shopping list and hit the pantry cupboard first. I had all the spices and a few of the other items like chicken broth, noodles and dried beans! After crossing those items off the list, it’s time to hit the store. I paid $136 for the balance of the items on my list. That is $136 out of pocket for eighteen meals.
$7.56 a meal – or $1.89 per serving.
Not bad and I have a full freezer of easy meals that we are looking forward to trying.
disclaimer: while I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and the fill the freezer idea are totally my own.