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28 slow cooker freezer meals in 3 hours (and my 7 best tips for a freezer prep day)

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day
My mom and I got together and made 28 slow cooker freezer meals.  Wahoo!  It took us almost three hours, and our legs were tired, but now we’re stocked with healthy meals for the summer.

Here’s what we made…

  1. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  2. BBQ Baby Back Ribs
  3. BBQ Chicken
  4. Chicken Cheesesteaks
  5. Chicken Taco Soup
  6. Chicken Tortilla Soup
  7. Chili-Spiced Beef and Carrots
  8. Classic Pot Roast
  9. Creamy Potato Soup
  10. Garden Vegetable Soup with Ground Turkey
  11. Grandma’s Beef stew
  12. Hamburger Potato Soup
  13. Honey Dijon Chicken
  14. Italian-Style Pot Roast
  15. Jalapeno Lime Shredded Pork Tacos
  16. Lemon Pepper Chicken
  17. Mediterranean Shredded Pork Pita Pockets
  18. Minestrone Soup
  19. “Monster” Cheeseburgers
  20. Orange-Ginger Shredded Beef with Soy Glaze
  21. Orange Ginger Chicken
  22. Pulled Pork
  23. Red Pepper Chicken
  24. Shredded Buffalo chicken
  25. Sloppy Joes
  26. Spicy Beef Curry Stew
  27. Super Simple Meatball Veggie Soup
  28. Taco Chili with Cornbread Topping


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The recipes are from my CROCK’D Slow Cooker Freezer Meals eBook and it was so fun to make them all at once.

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If you want to plan your own big freezer meal prep day, here are seven things that I learned from making all these meals:

1. Start with the recipes.

Pick recipes that will set you up for success.  I highly recommend using slow cooker freezer meals or other recipes that don’t require any cooking ahead of time.  Our freezer meal prep was so simple because all we had to do was combine the meat, vegetables, sauces, and spices and freeze.

2. Make a grocery list and shop ahead of time.

I used the grocery list from my eBook and shopped at Aldi, Costco, and a local grocery store.  I ended up spending a total of $241, which works out to $8.60 per meal or $1.05 per serving.  Such a great deal!

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

3. Make some room in your refrigerator and freezer.

I stored my freezer meals in the extra refrigerator in our basement.  If you don’t have an extra one, just clean out some space in your kitchen refrigerator’s freezer.

4. Print your recipes and fill out your freezer meal labels.

It’s best to do this the day ahead of time to save time on your prep day.  Label your meals with the following:

  • The name of the recipe
  • The “use-by” date (three months from the prep day)
  • The ingredients inside (optional, but nice if you’re going to give some of your freezer meals to someone else)
  • The cooking instructions, including if you need to thaw before cooking, if anything needs to be added the day of cooking (like chicken broth), and how long the meal needs to cook in the slow cooker

I printed the labels from my eBook on sticker labels and stuck them to the bags.  So easy!

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

5. Do some prep work ahead of time.

This is optional, but it can save you a lot of time.  I decided to peel and chop my carrots and onions the day ahead of time.  My food chopper made dicing the onions a breeze!

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

6. Set up your prep stations.

When my mom and I got together we organized the kitchen into four prep “stations”:

  1. Fresh veggies and fruits
  2. Spices
  3. Canned goods
  4. Space for both of us to work with cutting boards

We kept the meat in the refrigerator and grabbed it as we needed it.  We put our finished freezer meals in the refrigerator too.

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

7. Prep your meals!

There’s really no right or wrong way to fill your freezer bags.  My mom focused on one recipe at a time while I worked in an assembly line to fill 4-5 bags at a time.

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

We listened to music and talked as we worked.  It was a lot of fun and we decided we should start getting together once a month to prep meals like this.  It only took us three hours to prep all 28 slow cooker freezer meals and clean-up the kitchen!  Now we’re set with healthy meals for summer.

Tips and Tricks For a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

When we were done, we split up the meals and I took mine home to freeze.  I’ve already made four of the meals and they were DELICIOUS.  Having meals waiting in the freezer is seriously the best thing ever.

Sloppy Joes

Tips and Tricks for a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

Creamy Potato Soup

Tips and Tricks for a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

Jalapeno Lime Shredded Pork Tacos

Tips and Tricks for a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

Taco Chili with Cornbread Topping

Tips and Tricks for a Big Freezer Meal Prep Day

YUM.

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  I’d love to hear from you. 


P.S. If you’re new to freezer cooking, my crockpot freezer cookbooks have a lot of great recipes and tips.

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I ordered the bundle today but haven’t received my email yet. How long does it take to show up?

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Got it 😉

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Hi, I just tried to purchase your ebook bundle using my credit card and it refused it as I already have a Paypal account and will only let me purchase using that account. But I don’t want to use my paypal account to purchase. I haven’t used it in over 5 years and I don’t want to start it up again. Is there any way to get around this problem?

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Hi, I know you have answered this before. But I’m cooking for a family of five and would also like leftovers. Should I just double the recipes? I have a 6qt slow cooker can it fit two bags of food?

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I love these meals! My husband and I prep on Sundays for our family of 6! He cuts the veggies while I load the bags with the other stuff! I love that I can do a month worth of meals for cheap and easy cooking! I’m a military wife and also love that I can pre-make meals for when he leaves!

Donna
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Donna

Is it necessary for me to find out if my freezer goes down to 0 degrees? It just has the numbers 1 to 10. I have no idea what the temperature is. I want to make sure its cold enough to kill any microbes in the meat.

Heather
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Heather

I love this, and the dishes you have listed sound great! This is going to sound crazy, but it looks like they would be easily adaptable to be gluten free..is that the case?