Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in a Bag

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

Get a quick meal on a busy day by doing all the meal preparation ahead of time on a day when you have the time. 

Here are some general guidelines for choosing slow cooker freezer meals:
 
  • Choose recipes that do not require the meat to be cooked first. For example, ground meat must always be cooked before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Use fresh meat, purchased that day for assembly.
  • Vegetables such as celery, onions, bell peppers, and carrots should be finely chopped as they can get a poor texture when frozen. For better texture, sauté and cool vegetables before adding them to the bag
  • Use good quality freezer bags.
  • Label the bags with the following information:
        
    Recipe Name
    Date it was assembled
    Cooking Instructions
    List of ingredients to be added on the day of cooking*
 
  • Remove as much air from the bag as possible, so that your freezer bags can lay flat in the freezer.
  • Take out your meal in a bag from the freezer the day before cooking and thaw it in the refrigerator.
  • Use your slow cooker freezer meals within 3 months.
 
*There are certain ingredients that do not freeze well and should be added to the slow cooker on the day of cooking:
 
  • Any dairy products as they tend to separate and curdle once frozen and then thawed.
  • Pasta to be added near the end of the cooking time to avoid overcooking it.
  • Any vegetable that has a high water content, such as potatoes, zucchini and most squashes
 
Here are some of our recipes to get you started:
 
 
Last updated on January 23, 2018