I got it in my head that I wanted to start a new blog series about prepping 10 crockpot freezer meals per hour. I started by making 10 meals in 1 hour last week and I’ll try to make 20 meals in 2 hours next, etc. (You can see me make 30 meals in 3 hours here.)
Since I’ve made hundreds of freezer meals I know exactly what takes the most time when prepping meals – PEELING AND CHOPPING FRESH VEGGIES. I thought about how to decrease that time while still making healthy meals and decided to buy fresh vegetables that can be added to the bags as-is (like baby carrots and spinach) and frozen vegetables. I also bought pre-packed spice mixes to cut down on measuring time.
Here are the 10 meals that I made:
- Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pork Chops with stir fry veggies
- Crockpot Tomato Basil Chicken with baby spinach
- Crockpot Southwestern Chicken Chili with peppers and corn
- Crockpot Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken with green beans
- Crockpot Honey Lime Chicken with butternut squash
- Crockpot Ground Turkey Tacos with bell peppers
- Crockpot Beef Stew with veggies
- Crockpot Pot Roast with carrots and potatoes
- Crockpot Hamburger Vegetable Soup with peas and carrots
- Crockpot Beef Teriyaki with sugar snap peas
When I got home from the grocery store, my baby passed out on my lap so I even had time to create some cute freezer labels for my bags. I really like labeling my meals with the name of the recipe,”use-by” date (which is three months from the prep date), and cooking instructions. That way I know what to do when we’re ready to eat the meal.
I got out all of the necessary ingredients, set my microwave timer for 60 minutes, and got to work. I usually fill my freezer bags in an assembly line but since I didn’t have to prep any fresh veggies I focused on filling one bag at a time.
I layered my freezer bags like this:
- Veggies at the bottom.
- Sauces and spices in the middle. (This is better than putting them at the top or bottom because they’re less likely to stick to the bag later.)
- Meat at the top. (That way it will be the first ingredient dumped into the crockpot and cook closest to the heating source.)
I knew I wanted to share my crockpot freezer recipes in a blog post so I bought all of the ingredients at a small local grocery store. I hope that means you’ll be able to find the same ingredients and make them too. Overall, I spent just under $100 or $10 per meal. Yay!
When we’re ready to eat our meals all I need to do is thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or in the morning in water. Then I’ll cook them for 4 hours in my 6-quart crockpot or 8 hours in my 4-quart crockpot. Add a side of rice or fresh bread and dinner is done. (I included serving suggestions with my recipes above.)