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After seeing all that is going on in the media I thought that it would not be such a bad idea to start making up some freezer meals and stocking up on good homemade meals that go from the freezer to the crock pot...As I was picking out and going threw my recipes I though you would like them as well...
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
12 new potatoes and cut into ¼ inch round slices or a large bag of frozen potatoes
2 cans of cream of your choice—I used potato
2 cans of water
2 ham steaks, cubed--we used turkey ham
8 oz cheddar cheese
4 cups of broccoli
salt and pepper
Directions: Divide everything evenly into two containers. Cook on low for 8 hours in your crock pot
Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
42 oz frozen chopped broccoli florets (I bought 3 14 oz size bags)3 10.75 oz cans of cheddar cheese soup3 cans evaporated milk 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder1.5 teaspoons of black pepper1.5 cups of Chopped OnionsCheddar Cheese (to top with)
Place all ingredients except cheddar cheese into slow cooker. Cook on low 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Top with cheddar cheese.
Freezer to Slow Cooker Direction
Chop 1.5 cups of onion (about 2 medium)
Place all ingredients except cheddar cheese and frozen broccoli into gallon size freezer safe bag.
Get bag out of freezer the night before you plan to cook it.
The next morning, add contents of bag and the frozen broccoli to the slow cooker.
Stir. Follow cooking directions above.
2 pounds of cubed beef stew meat or 4 cups of cooked ground beef
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 cup chopped onion
2 T Worcestershire sauce
½ c water
1 c. sour cream
2T minced garlic
packet of onion soup mix
chopped mushrooms (optional)
egg noodles (to serve over the day you cook)
Cook meat & let it cool. Add all ingredients to a gallon size freezer bag except egg noodles. Seal and place in freezer. When ready to use thaw in fridge overnight. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve over egg noodles.
Coat flank steak pieces in cornstarch. Add remainder of ingredients to crockpot and stir well to combine. Place flank steak into the crockpot and cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours. Serve over rice or noodles, if desired.
Coat flank steak in cornstarch. Combine remaining ingredients and place in freezer bag. Add steak to bag. Label and freeze, To serve: Thaw. Cook in crockpot on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours.
Creamy Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs pork chops, boneless (about 4-6 chops, thick sliced) 6-8 medium potatoes, chopped into large pieces 2 (10.75 oz each) cans cream of chicken soup 2 (1 oz each) packages dry Ranch dressing mix 1 cup milk Dried parsley to sprinkle on top (optional)
Directions: In a bowl, mix together the soups, milk, and ranch dressing mixes and pour into a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Combine all other ingredients together and zip closed. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-7 hours. Use the extra sauce in the slow cooker as a gravy for the potatoes and the pork chops. Sprinkle with dried parsley if you want.
Crock Pot Beef and Mushrooms Ingredients: 3 lbs stew meat, cubed 1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup 2 (4 oz each) cans mushrooms, with liquid 1/2 cup apple juice 1 (1 oz) packet dry onion soup mix
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Zip closed. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 10 hours. Serve over rice.
the sunshade out with the notched side toward you, as above.
the Velcro into three pieces, each about 1 ½ inches long.
sew one half of each piece, evenly spaced, onto the edge to the left
of the notch; sew the matching half of each piece onto the
underneath size to the right of the notch, so that they fit together
when the two sides are brought together to form a funnel. (see
below) Note: I first tried sewing these on a sewing
machine, but found it cut through the reflective material.
the Velcro pieces together, and set the funnel on top of a bucket or
a round or rectangular plastic wastebasket.
a black pot on top of a square cake rack, placed inside a plastic
baking bag. A standard size rack (10
in.). This is placed inside the funnel, so that the rack rests
on the top edges of the bucket or wastebasket. Since the
sunshade material is soft and flexible, the rack is necessary to
support the pot. It also allows the suns rays to shine down
under the pot and reflect on all sides. If such a rack is not
available, a wire frame could be made to work as well. Note:
the flexible material will squash down around the sides of the rack.
funnel can be tilted in the direction of the sun. A
stick placed across from one side of the funnel to the other helps to
stabilize it in windy weather. After
cooking, simply fold up your “oven” and slip the elastic bands in
place for easy travel or storage. I
have found this totally simple solar oven extremely practical, as it
is so lightweight and easy to carry along anywhere. But in
addition, it has reached a higher temperature in a shorter time than
all the other models I have experimented with so far. I was able to buy all of the things needed at the Dollar Tree keeping the cost for this solar funnel oven under six dollars.
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