Creating crock pot freezer meals not only saves you time in the kitchen on those busy weeknights, it also saves money by helping you avoid the temptation to order takeout. Here are 5 recipes that only take a couple of hours to assemble, and you’ll end up with 8 crock pot freezer meals!
Crock Pot Freezer Meals Menu:
- Ham with Pineapple (via Allergy Free Cooking)
- Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Barbecued Hamburgers
- Crockpot Tangy BBQ Chicken
- Mediterranean Pork Chops
First, I printed off the crock pot freezer recipes that I was going to make. Next, I took a gallon freezer bag and wrote the cooking instructions and what to serve it with directly on the bag with a black Sharpie.
To help me keep the bags upright while I was filling them with the ingredients, I used my handy Baggy Rack. You can find them on Amazon.com or at bricks-and-mortar stores like Menards. If you don’t have a Baggy Rack you can use a gallon water pitcher by placing the freezer bag inside it and folding the top of the bag over the edges of the pitcher.
Crock Pot Freezer Meals Recipes:
Crock Pot Freezer Meals Recipe #1: Ham with Pineapple
- 2.5 lbs. Ham (I used turkey ham that weighed 2.16 lbs.)
- 2 cans pineapple chunks (undrained)
- Rice (I used white)
- Optional: I also served this meal with fresh peas from my garden
Write on Bag: Cook in crock pot on low 6-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours. Serve with rice.
Directions: Slice ham into serving sized portions. I was able to get 16 slices out of my ham. Divide the ham slices between 2 freezer bags and put them in it. Next, add 1 can of pineapple chunks with juice to each bag. Freeze.
Crock Pot Freezer Meals Recipe #2: Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- 3 lb. Pork roast, boneless (I used a bit small sized pork roast that was roast flavored. I bought this because I was able to get it at a reduced price of just $3.98 for the whole roast)
- 1 tbsp. black pepper
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 c. cider vinegar
- 3/4 c. ketchup
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- Optional: You can serve this with cole slaw or another type of salad and beans.
Write on Bag: Cook on high 6-7 hours or on low 8-9 hours. When done remove the pork from crock pot and shred, add it back to the juices in the crock pot. Serve on buns with salad and beans.
Directions: Combine all of the ingredients into the freezer bag. Do not add the buns, beans or salad. Freeze.
Crock Pot Freezer Meals Recipe #3: Barbecued Hamburgers
- 3-4 lbs. ground beef, enough to serve your family (I bought the pre-made patties because it was cheaper)
- 2 (12 oz) jars of beef gravy
- 1 c. chili sauce
- 1 c. ketchup
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. mustard
- Optional: Serve with french fries
Write on Bag: Cook on low 5-6 hours. Serve with french fries.
Directions: Grill hamburger patties on grill or cook on your stovetop while getting the freezer bags ready. Divide all ingredients between 2 freezer bags, when hamburger patties are done, let cool a bit and then add to ingredients already in the bags. Do not add the buns or fries. Freeze.
Crock Pot Freezer Meals Recipe #4: Crockpot Tangy BBQ Chicken
- 4 Chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 1 bag baby carrots
- 1 chopped red onion. medium sized
- 1 (20 oz. can) pineapple chunks, undrained
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- 1 c. teriyaki sauce
Write on Bag: Cook on high 4 hours or on low 8 hours. When done shred chicken and serve on buns.
Directions: Put everything into a freezer bag. Do not add buns. Freeze.
Crock Pot Freezer Meals Recipe #5: Mediterranean Pork Chops
- 6-8 Pork chops, semi-thick cut
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 2 c. chicken broth
- 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp. paprika
- 1-1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- Optional: Serve with rice or noodles
Write on Bag: Cook on low for 8 hours. Serve with rice or noodles.
Directions: Divide all the ingredients between 2 freezer bags. Do not add rice or noodles. Freeze.
*With all of these recipes each meal will feed a family of 4.
*According to Crock-Pot.com you can cook frozen meat in a Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker, but suggested cook time may need to be increased. To ensure meat is cooked through, use a meat thermometer. Meat should be well above 165°F to be tender.
*I don’t defrost any of these bags prior to putting them into the crock pot. I do however run the bag under hot water until the frozen chunk is loose from the bag and then I put the frozen chunk into the crock pot and let it cook.
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