We are excited to share with you our 15 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 90 minutes meal plan. This plan will allow you to have dinner planned for almost three weeks or more depending on your family size, and if they like to eat leftovers. This saves lot of time in the kitchen so I can enjoy more moments with my boys. Being prepared is important to me! I know what I am serving for dinner and I am not spending money dining out or running to the store.
15 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 90 minutes:
This was my eighth time prepping freezer meals for my family. I will say that the first time took a long time but I am now getting a rhythm down and get through it quickly. If you think 1 and 1/2 hours is a lot of time you have to consider that you are going to have 15 meals ready at the end! If you are new to preparing freezer meals or don't have the time to prep, shop and make them to invest you may want to start with this plan --->How to make 8 Freezer Meals in 2 Hours. We love it too!
First of all, invest in a good quality slow cooker. Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker. To start you will want to go through your kitchen and pantry and make a list of what ingredients you will need to purchase at the store and what you already have on hand. I had all of the spices in my stockpile.
I spent the majority of money on buying fresh produce and fresh meat/poultry, which I only spent $58.00 at my local Kroger store on the meat (all of it was on sale of Buy One Get One Free) and $21.00 at my local Aldi store on canned goods, produce and spices. When you are ready to prepare the meals you will want to set everything out on the counter that you will need.
Label with Directions and Prepare Meats
Next, you will want to label all your ziploc bags with cooking times and if you need to add anything to the recipe when you place it in or out of the slow cooker. The next step was to cook any meat that needed to be cooked for a recipe (ground beef for several meals) or you can do like I did and I cooked the beef the night before and covered and placed in the fridge over night. I did this first so that the meat could cool before putting in the bag.
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Next it is time to chop, slice and dice the veggies. I put them in bowls to keep together to make it easier when I needed to measure them out into bags.
At this point I started with my meals that contained whole chicken breasts. I filled the bags with the chicken and added ingredients. Placed the bags in the freezer.
Next, I worked on my beef chuck roast meals. After completing these I finished with my pork loin freezer meals. Once all the meals were in the freezer I put dishes in the dishwasher and hand washed the rest. I put all the spices away and took a big deep breath, I was super excited to know that my family had meals for the next two weeks and I would not have to stress about it.
One of the best parts is when I went to the store I spent less than $80 dollars on what I needed, however I did not buy most spices, broths or canned items because it was in my stockpile. You may also want to consider investing in a food saver if you decide to freezer cook on a long term basis. It extends the life of your frozen food by up to two years according to the manufacturer.
Check out this slow cooker conversion chart as it helps to figure out if you are adjusting the time.
15 Slowcooker Freezer Meals in 90 Minutes:
Click here for the shopping list --->15 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Shopping List
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Shelley is a boy mom, marine wife, and is blessed with an amazing family. She loves sharing recipes, travel reviews and tips that focus on helping busy families make memories.