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I was thinking about OAMC but the idea of spending all day cooking all this stuff with 2 kids in the house seems pretty impossible. PLUS, I don't know if I'd want to waist an entire day cooking instead of spending time with the kids, since I WOH all week. So I was thinking, what if I just assembled and froze, for cooking later? Dream Dinners is the original company that started it all, letting people come in and assemble the meal (but not cook it), then they take it home, put in freezer, then pop in oven to cook it when they are ready. Sooo... does anybody do that at home, preassemble things but NOT precook them? Like can you assemble a chicken pot pie with only the meat pre-cooked, but the pie crust is raw, and freeze it like that? Do you think you could bake that without thawing it first? How long would it take to fully heat through AND cook? Or do you think that preassembly only, without pre-cooking, and no thawing, would only work for certain things like chicken parm, which wouldn't be as thick of a frozen block as a pot pie would be? I'm just brainstorming - even if you all haven't done this, do you have any opinions or insight as to how this would work? (There are cookbooks about this, but I don't feel like buying ANOTHER cookbook when I have so many already. I'm trying to figure it out with recipes I already have without having to spend any more $$$.) Any advice/imput would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I am interested in this too, and our playgroup was going to do something like this but we just never got it together enough. We had a few ideas like enchiladas and lasagna and things like that and each person bring ingredients but just never did it. Would love ideas on this!
 

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I cook stuff for the freezer frequently, and most often, I do it by doubling a meal I'm already making.<br><br>
For the most part, I freeze uncooked. I always do double recipes of enchiladas, macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, lasagna, spaghetti sauce (this I cook), soups (these I cook), and meatloaf. I do other recipes as well, but these are things that I always at least double.<br><br>
For spaghetti and soup, I have some large gladware that I freeze in, because they pop out easily and fit into a pot I have for warming. These are my true "no thinking" meals, because I do not thaw ahead, but simply let them sit out for a few minutes, pop them out of the gladware, then heat them up.<br><br>
For most of the others, I take them out of the freezer the night before (as I clean up from supper), then let them thaw in the fridge for 24 hours. I do find that things take longer to cook from frozen. Like a pot pie that normally takes, say, 45 minutes to cook, well, it might take 1 hour, 15 minutes. Stuff like that.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I cook stuff for the freezer frequently, and most often, I do it by doubling a meal I'm already making.<br><br>
For the most part, I freeze uncooked. I always do double recipes of enchiladas, macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, lasagna, spaghetti sauce (this I cook), soups (these I cook), and meatloaf. I do other recipes as well, but these are things that I always at least double.<br><br>
For spaghetti and soup, I have some large gladware that I freeze in, because they pop out easily and fit into a pot I have for warming. These are my true "no thinking" meals, because I do not thaw ahead, but simply let them sit out for a few minutes, pop them out of the gladware, then heat them up.<br><br>
For most of the others, I take them out of the freezer the night before (as I clean up from supper), then let them thaw in the fridge for 24 hours. I do find that things take longer to cook from frozen. Like a pot pie that normally takes, say, 45 minutes to cook, well, it might take 1 hour, 15 minutes. Stuff like that.</div>
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Oh that's great info, thanks!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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