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Old 08-12-2005, 05:37 AM
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Question Help! "Stupid" Question About Freezing Meals

Help.. I have a "stupid" question.. What meals can be frozen, and still taste just as great a few weeks later? I always have trouble with some things ( pasta dishes for example) The texture just doesn't hold up to my 10y/o's palate.

I am renting a house in the mountains at the end of August, and I want to prepare some meals I can freeze and then take with us. I'll have two large coolers, so I think the 4 hr drive will be OK.

All I can think of making is my pasta sauce and meatballs. I know that freeezes well. Does mac-n-cheese freeze well? and if it does what's the best way to reheat it? How about fried chicken?

I am so obviously a novice.. I hope you freezer pros will be patient in spelling things out for me step-by-step.

Ahhh....I should probably mention I don't have a stand-alone freezer. Juat the side by side fridge/freezer.

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Old 08-12-2005, 10:33 AM
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Hi Val


Im not a pro like some of the ladies here but I have had luck freezing lasagna--I always add a little more sauce to it before freezing it.

If you are looking for other ideas, chili freezes well, brown ground meat for tacos too.

I was talking to Amanda not too long ago about this very subject. She told me that she make sandwiches ahead of time --without condiments--and freezes them. She makes both lunchmeat and cheese and PBandJ sands--be sure to spread a thin layer of p-nut butter on both sides of bread so that the jelly doesnt seep through. Thaw out for a few hours ahead of time.

Im looking forward to seeing more ideas too!


Have fun on your trip!!

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Old 08-12-2005, 01:38 PM
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Thanks so much, Tami! (( HUGGS ))

Of course.. Taco meat!! lol How could I forget that.. My family loves it.. (I wonder if that "Taco Twist" caserole would do well as well)

Ohh Sheppard's pie too?? Do mashed potatoes freeze?

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Old 08-12-2005, 02:08 PM
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Thanks so much, Tami! (( HUGGS ))

Of course.. Taco meat!! lol How could I forget that.. My family loves it.. (I wonder if that "Taco Twist" caserole would do well as well)

Ohh Sheppard's pie too?? Do mashed potatoes freeze?

Thanks for the reply!

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HHMMM... I dont know if mashed pototoes will freeze well or not.

Your taco twist caserole sounds good.....will you share the recipe, please?


Im going to post this in the WFD & OAMC threads too to hopefully get you some more ideas.
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:35 PM
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Lots of things freeze well, that you wouldn't even think.

You could fry up the chicken for chicken parmesan, at home. Bring that in freezer bag, a bag of cheese, and a container of sauce. Assemble when you get there.

Your Lemon-Mushroom-Herb chicken would probably freeze very nicely.

I have a recipe for Sesame Chicken Strips that freeze very well. When I FIND it, I'll post it

If you're going to cook something anyway (reheat) then I'd opt for making the pasta fresh that night.
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Old 08-12-2005, 02:41 PM
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Your taco twist caserole sounds good.....will you share the recipe, please?
I believe this is the recipe for Taco Twist Casserole Val is referring to:

http://www.familycorner.com/forums/s...0888#post80888
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Here's the Sesame Chicken Strips recipe.
I'll note in the recipe where I froze it. This is not a "Chinese" Sesame Chicken, it's more like regular chicken fingers. VERY good and moist. Grownup-friendly and kid-friendly.

6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 lemon, juiced
2 teaspoons celery salt
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup sesame seeds
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Lightly grease a 15 by 10-inch jelly roll pan. Cut chicken crosswise into 1/2-inch strips. In a large bowl, combine sour cream, lemon juice, celery salt, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix well. Add chicken to mixture, coat well, and cover. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. (THIS IS WHERE I FROZE THE BAG OF CHICKEN AND MARINADE).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In medium bowl, combine bread crumbs and sesame seeds. Remove chicken strips from sour cream mixture. Roll in crumb mixture, coating evenly. Arrange in single layer in prepared pan. Spoon butter evenly over chicken. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until chicken is tender and golden brown.

NOTE: The sour cream & lemon will get a little "icky" looking as you might imagine. Don't worry about it. It will taste fine and not make anyone sick.
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More "food for thought."

When freezing pasta, don't cook it all the way first! AL DENTE or even firmer pasta will do better.

Things like Taco Twist--I'd mix everything but the pasta, freeze it in a bag. Make the pasta fresh that day, then dump it into your casserole dish and bake.

I'm bringing my Nesco roaster on vacation with us! I don't know what kind of pots & pans the house will have & am taking no chances. I'll bring a variety of utensils inside the roaster (wrapped in dish towels) so I can have what I like to use.

Rice freezes really well. Just add a little water to the bowl before microwaving with the lid on.
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Take a walk on the wild side and check out the frozen food section of your local grocery. There are now a whole lot more foods that can be bought frozen i.e. mashed potatoes, sliced beef in broth, sausage gravy, biscuits, etc. if the manufacturers can freeze it so can we.

I freeze lasagne, chili, ham & bean soup, beef stew (chunked potatoes are mushy though), mashed potatoes which are then thaw, heat & eat meals.

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