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Ready Made Crock Pot Meals
Aunt Bobo
Topic Started Monday, August 15, 2005

The last time I was in the grocery store, I noticed some pre-made crockpot meals that were in the freezer section. Since "crock pot season" is just around the corner, I would like to put some meals in the freezer that I can simply pop in the crock pot frozen when I need one. I would like to put them in the crock pot frozen because I ALWAYS forget to thaw my dinners out the night before, but I am also interested in thawed recipes too. Does anyone know of any recipes to try? Any tips?

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MizMolly
Monday, August 15, 2005
 
Most crockpot cookbooks and user manuals I've read say DO NOT put frozen foods into the crockpot...1) there's a danger the crock will crack and 2) the food may not reach a high enough temperature to be safe to eat, even if it was fully cooked before being frozen. I like to load my crockpot up the night before...put the crock in the fridge...then in the morning place the crock in the pot, plug it in, and off I go to work. I also have been using my crockpot this summer to cook chicken overnight for use in other recipes the next day that will be frozen...like chicken patties, Mom's chicken noodle casserole, chicken enchiladas, etc. I remove the skin and excess fat from split chicken breasts and season with some garlic salt and lemon pepper, then cook for 8-10 hours on low overnight. When I get up, I lift the breasts out of the broth they produce and debone them. The bones just fall right out. I strain the broth and save it for use in recipes, dice the chicken and begin to assemble the recipes I've plan to prepare that day. The house doesn't get all heated up cooking the chicken this way, and I'm not waiting around for the chicken to get cooked so I can assemble the recipes. A really good crockpot cookbook is "Fix It and Forget It" available at Barnes and Noble, Sam's Club, WalMart - lots of places. Happy crocking! Molly

arkienurse
Saturday, August 20, 2005
 
I usually cook my roast in the crockpot from frozen. I will put in at night before I go to bed. I put the roast and seasonings in and then turn it on. I will cook it on high all night and sometimes I turn it down to low in the morning before I leave for work. ( of course I should also add that I have never paid much attention to my user's manual) And I agree that the Fix It and Forget it cookbook for crockpots has some good recipes in it. Vicky

LesleyM2
Monday, August 22, 2005
 
Last winter I too noticed those same meals in the freezer departments & thought, Hmmmm! The ones that particularly looked good to me were the potroast/beef stew ones, so I tried experimenting with those. What worked well for me was to cut up some stew meat, add onions, celery, carrots & herbs as you would if making fresh. I made crock-sized packages of this with my foodsaver & froze. For cooking I could just dump the whole bags worth into the crock frozen, maybe add a few potatoes & a little beef broth & forget about it. Came out great (with more meat than those skimpy grocery store ones give you!) I think cutting the meat into cubes (1" or so) helped it cook evenly, quickly (& safely!) Hth Lesley

schoolgirl47
Monday, August 22, 2005
 
This subject was just what I was looking for. I have about 10 chicken breast that I bought on sale for 97c lb. I went ahead and put in the crockpot to start cooking when I go to bed. I wondered if I should put seasonings in it and also whether to pull the skin off. MizMolly you really answered my questions. I am going to make the chicken fettucine recipe that was in the newsletter tomorrow It sounded really good. Also the suggestion about the crockport meals was very good. I plan to use that idea soon. I love this message board. Thanks, Faye
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