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Five Freezer Slow Cooker Meals in 1 Hour

Over the weekend, I prepped and froze five slow cooker meals in less than an hour (including clean-up!).  Here’s my grocery list, recipes, and best freezer meal tips!

Five Freezer Slow Cooker Meals in an Hour
Before my third baby was born, I was a freezing machine.  In a previous blog post, I shared how I stocked our freezer with 27 homemade meals (mostly because of a big freezer meal day with my mom).

We loved having those freezer meals on-hand, but now that I’m balancing life with three little ones my freezer is empty again.  Most days I’m more worried about getting dinner on the table than stocking my freezer with meals.

Over the weekend I put on my big girl pants and devoted an hour to prepping some freezer meals that can be frozen raw.  I was able to assemble five slow cooker freezer meals in an hour – including clean-up! 

Here’s what I made…

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Here’s my freezer meal prep method…

  • Label all bags with what’s inside and the “use-by” date.
  • Peel and chop all veggies and add to bags.
  • Add sauces, spices, and everything else to bags in any order, except the meat.
  • Cut all chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add meat to all the bags (You want it to be on the top so it’s poured into your slow cooker first).
  • Remove as much air as possible and freeze!

Since all of these meals were frozen raw, they were super quick to prep and won’t taste like leftovers at all.  Yay!

Have you ever tried freezing meals for your slow cooker?  Please share in a comment below! 

30 Comments

  • Suzanne H says:

    Where did you get your labels? I love them!

  • L.L. says:

    Is the curry spicy? We can’t do spicy. The hottest we can do is mild salsa lol.
    Also we can’t use products that contain alcohol. What can I use instead of the red wine vinegar?

    • Kelly says:

      It’s a little bit spicy, but nothing too crazy. You could decrease the amount of red pepper flakes or omit them altogether if you want.

  • Mamie Brisker says:

    How do you determine the “use by” date?
    Thanks!

  • Iris says:

    Hi, I can’t help but noticed that you are storing your freezer meals in plastic ziploc bags. Hope these plastic bags don’t contain BPA and other harmful chemicals that leech out over time over your freezed meals that you and family members plan to eat. Maybe years or decades from now, these chemical over-exposure will show up as cancer and other health problems.

  • Heidi says:

    Yum! I hadn’t before heard of the concept of freezing uncooked meals for the crock pot. It sounds great! As soon as I get a new crock pot, I’m going to do this! (My crock pot of 20 years finally gave up while faithfully cooking up some chicken broth several weeks ago.)

  • V says:

    Just a heads up….it is not necessary to thaw before you put in crockpot. You do however have to give it extra cooking time. Being able to eliminate that step has been a life saver for me at times!

  • Beth says:

    How many servings does each batch contain? I have a family of 6. All of them are good eaters 🙂 Just curious if I would need to double them. Thank you in advance!

    • Kelly says:

      I think they will at least feed four. (We eat a lot too, and we always have leftovers for lunch.) Doubling could be challenging because you’re limited by the size of a freezer bag and the size of your slow cooker. I’d probably do 1.5x of each recipe, which would work if you make two of each one because you can multiply by three and split between the two bags. No waste! 🙂

  • Amy says:

    Hi, I have your e-cookbooks, and didn’t realize there were printable labels in one of them–yeah! How do you attach the labels? Packing tape? Or is there an Avery printable label that matches your PDF label size?
    Thanks!

  • Marci says:

    Another great meal for the crock pot is picante roast-place any kind of beef roast (we usually use a brisket-buy one, cut it & get 2-3 meals out of it) and a jar of picante sauce or salsa in crock pot and let cook on low 8-10 hrs (one jar is plenty-the roast will juice also and you dont want it soupy). Take roast out and shred-return to crock pot with salsa and serve with flour tortillas, sometimes we have sour cream, onions & cheese with it-depends on your time and preferences. I don’t see why you couldn’t freeze it raw like your other meals-I think I would thaw in fridge overnight first tho. Left overs are great to add bbq sauce too and serve on buns (draining some of the juices off if need be before adding bbq) . I love throwing potatoes in with it also like a roast, I just love the spicy/tomatoey potatoes as a side with it. Hope you enjoy (if u try it).

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  • Mira says:

    I do this a lot! I made 30 meals last winter and went through them all through the busy holidays. Back to school, working late, new baby, freezer meals cure the eating out or having hot dogs and mac and cheese for dinner on a busy night. I just try to make a recipe once before I prep multiple meals, so I can adapt it for our tastes and see if it’s a hit or not. The only trouble I have is finding enough room in the freezer!

  • Val says:

    Love the idea of prepping one day and freezing for when you need them. I am just starting to explore new ways to utilize my slow cooker. I love your recipe labels for the bags. Quick question, it might be obvious and I just don’t see it, on some of your ingredient labels you put EVDO. What is that? Plus, just checking, does your ebook include # of servings and nutrition facts for each recipe?

    • Kelly says:

      EVOO = extra virgin olive oil. Yes, the cookbooks include nutritional info for every recipe, including number of servings and serving size. 🙂

  • Vicki says:

    Hi
    I have been reading lately about the need to blanch many vegetables prior to freezing. Is this process not required with your meals?

    • Kelly says:

      The only fresh veggie that I have a problem with is broccoli. None of the others seemed to need to be blanched. At least not in the meals that I’m making.

  • Clare says:

    Thanks so much for these wonderful recipes! I can’t wait to have the beef stew tonight! Just a quick question….there is no liquid in the beef stew bag, correct? I just want to be sure I am following this right, as usually my stews have a liquid of some sort as their base.

    Second, I noticed in your beautiful pictures, that it says on your labels to cook for 6-10 or 6-8 hours depending on the recipe, but the printout recipe says longer? 8-12 hours?

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Clare! I wait to add the broth the day of cooking because it won’t all fit in the bag. The cooking time will depend on the size/strength of your slow cooker. I cook most meals for 4-6 hours in my 6-quart slow cooker or 8-10 in my 4-quart.

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