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#601 of 699 Old 06-02-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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Amanda- great blog and great job stocking up!

Any chance you can point out the info for the Chana Masala recipe? Does any kind work? For some reason it sounded so tempting (although I'm not sure if I can get anyone but me to eat it).

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Any chance you can point out the info for the Chana Masala recipe? Does any kind work? For some reason it sounded so tempting (although I'm not sure if I can get anyone but me to eat it).
Sure - the recipe is here: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/re...ipe_id=1634725

This was the first time I froze it, so I can't relay how well it froze/reheated. I did undercook the chickpeas a bit because I figured they would soften after being frozen. We serve it over brown rice. It's delicious!

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Thanks!! You just may end up tasting it before I even manage to get all the ingredient together and make something(= I'm dreaming a bit, but dreaming about Indian Food is all good(-:
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I made these today : http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008...-crockpot.html

I went exactly by the recipe and I was able to feed Dh, me, toddler, 7 and 10 year olds and still make 15 extra chimichangas to freeze!: I could reheat them in the microwave for like 2-3 minutes or bake in the oven at 350 and 15-20 minutes. These were really yummy with shredded cheese and avocado on top. Just thought I'd share.

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Hi there,

Take heart! Many favorite recipes adapt well to freezer cooking - and it's not all casserole and lasagne. These family recipes are especially designed for freezer cooking. They include a number ENTREES, side dishes and desserts.If you need to stock your freezer with extra meals try it i'm getting ready to compile my list of things to feed the freezer.

Freezer Carrot Cake
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Freezer Coleslaw
chicken recipes
Chicken Pot-au-Feu
Sticky Chicken
Tarragon Chicken
Chicken Biscuit Casserole
Ginger Chicken
Mim's Mexican Chicken
Freezer Pizza
Cannelloni with Cheese Sauce:
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Can anyone explain to me like a 5 year old how to do the plastic wrap and foil method? I can't visualize how it's supposed to look. I'm not sure what they mean by plastic wrap... Are they talking about Saran wrap? For example how do you do it with lasagna when the sauce needs to go at the bottom of the pan?

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i would like to know of a good whole wheat pizza crust recipe to freeze, please. do i just freeze it in a ball? do i let it rise before i freeze? or freeze/thaw/rise?

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Oh, good question about the pizza. I remember selling frozen pizza kits in 4-H for a fundraiser. It was the frozen pizza crusts- in ready to go pizza shape (it stacked up nicely), grated cheese, and sauce all packaged separately and then you could order other toppings as you wanted. I seem to remember that you just took what you wanted out of the freezer put the toppings on and then baked it, so I'd guess you would let them rise and then roll them out to do it that way.

I just got 2 make ahead/freezing books from the library. I think I'm going to add them to my 'wish list' they look good.
I hope to find time to cook!

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Yum.

We recently bought a freezer and I'm gearing up for my first big freezer feeding session!

Anyone know of other blogs about Freezer Cooking?
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I'm getting ready to move to an area where I can't run to the grocery store every time I need something. I can't wait to try this feeding the freezer thing. I used to go to dinnersready and make the dishes there. Life was so much easier when I just pulled something out of the freezer ready to cook. I'm thinking about starting with

Breasfast Burriotos
Waffles
Breakfast Sandwiches
Cookie Dough
Dinner Stuff

Now I can only imagine how expensive its going to get buying zip lock bags all the time. So can you reuse zip lock bags? If so do I just wash them really good?

Also we LOVE twice bake potatoes. Can I just make them, freeze them, and then reheat them?

Also we do not like microwaving food. Any of those frozen dinner type things we always put in the oven. Can I pretty much reheat everything in the oven...you know the breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, waffles ect?

Lastly the area we are moving to is prone to having power outages during the winter. How do I avoid all my hard work going to waste should the power go out?
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Lastly the area we are moving to is prone to having power outages during the winter. How do I avoid all my hard work going to waste should the power go out?
For a freezer, a more full freezer stays frozen better in an outage than an empty one or less full than not. When I have gaps like an empty shelf, I fill up empty milk cartons with water and stick them in the freezer. Also keeping it shut tight during outages helps.

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This thread is great So far today I have made chicken pot pie soup, Lasagna rollups, and chili and am working on enchiladas, apple pie filling and maybe shepherds pie.

I have a baby coming next month and this will be great.. Thanks for the motivation ladies

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Wow! Thanks for the freezer recipes, Amanda! :
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I don't make a full on whole wheat recipe, I take a traditional recipe and sub whole wheat either 3/4 or 1/2 of the needed flour and it always tastes yummy.


Do the garlic mashed taters come out watery or do you make up roasted taters and roast later?

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eggs? is there a way to store them in the freezer? same question goes for cheese you dont want to grade.

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Lastly the area we are moving to is prone to having power outages during the winter. How do I avoid all my hard work going to waste should the power go out?
My freezer came with a stipulation in its warranty that if food is ever ruined they would replace $250 of it (just one time, but still). Even if my dp pulled the plug in out of the wall accidently.
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ooo I just found this thread and I'm already trying to figure out how to convince DH we should get another freezer! This would be an incredibly useful way to prepare for our baby due in Nov. I've only read the last few pages, but I intend to read it all when I have time.
Amanda- thanks for posting your recipes; they look incredible. I have a few small questions that I thought of as I was copying your recipes. How much salt is in your recipe for granola bars? And how much garlic do you put in the cheesy chilada bake? Also, my mom used to make chicken cordon bleu and she would hold the rolls in pace with toothpicks instead of plastic wrap. Would this work in the freezer? I'm pretty sure she just baked them with the toothpicks in. Also how long does it take for these meals to completely thaw in the fridge? I'm seriously so excited about this whole freezing meals ahead of time concept!

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eggs? is there a way to store them in the freezer? same question goes for cheese you dont want to grade.
From what I read, if it's whole eggs you mix it up and add a little salt or sugar. Same for yolks. Whites freeze fine by themselves, iirc.

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Subbing. Awesome thread!

Im so needing some inspiration for easy meals. I have a very tiny fridge and freezer so its not so much a case of premaking meals as it is just needing ideas on what to make. Im just bored with what we usually make for dinner.
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Subbing. Awesome thread!

Im so needing some inspiration for easy meals. I have a very tiny fridge and freezer so its not so much a case of premaking meals as it is just needing ideas on what to make. Im just bored with what we usually make for dinner.
Burritos! Mom and I are probably going to do a large quantity of burritos next month!

Dp and I rolled lumpia this month, and froze them, and here's the thing.. I can take them out one at a time (although I can NEVER eat just one!) and cook it and eat it, or I can do a whole family's worth... the same is true for burritos. I lined mine up and vacuum sealed them in the small size bags.. I could pull out just one and reseal them if I really wanted to.
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we can get ground lamb from our butcher.

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i've subscribed to this thread for some time (years) and we finally put together a oamc club and 6-8 women have been getting together at a church and pulling together about 10 meals to take home each family and put in the freezer for future meals. looooooooots of hard work, but sooooooo rewarding.
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I'm only at page 14 or so of this thread, but I had a question about freezing mashed potatoes... Does that change the taste or consistancy at all? We're all big potato fans, but it seems strange to me to freeze mashed potatoes... Twice baked potatoes seem fine to freeze, though. That would definitely be nice to have on hand.

So far my freezer has a pizza crust, and will have balls of cookie dough by the end of tonight. I also found a couple of potatoes that need to be used up ASAP, so I guess I'm making some of the twice baked variety tonight.

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