How To Cook In Pain – Crock Pot and Freezer Cooking
How To Cook In Pain ~ Crock Pot and Freezer Cooking – Living with a chronic pain condition makes even the simple things difficult. I didn’t realize how much I took for granted until I became sick. With three active children I always made it a point to have a nice sit down dinner each night. It was our time to catch up on our busy days. When I became ill I struggled to do any cooking due to the fatigue and pain. I found myself just calling my husband to grab some fast food on his way home from work. This impacted our budget greatly… feeding five people (two teenagers) is expensive. I found some crock pot recipes and began experimenting of how to cook in pain.
I found by making crock pot meals ahead of time and freezing my crock pot meals worked out even better for my family. Once a month on a Sunday afternoon we can now do 25 meals in a little over two hours including clean up. It has been a life saver for me and the kids seem to have fun helping with it. I love that we can still sit down for our family dinners without all the hassle. I think the hardest part for me was making the master list of ingredients, but with practice you can easily become a pro. If you search the web some of the recipes will have an ingredients list for you.
Tips to make this easier
- Set up stations to make the process go easier. Have all your canned good together, set up your spices next to each, etc. By creating an assembly line you’ll be jamming these meals out in no time. Most recipes are no cooking ahead of time, which means all you need to do is dump all the ingredients in the bag and freeze them.
- Buy good freezer bags, not the cheap kind (this will prevent spilling and freezer burn). I always use Ziploc Freezer Bags and when I purchase this 54 pack it gets me two months worth of meals.
Ziploc Quart Freezer Bags - 54-Count
- You will be chopping lots of veggies, I found this chop and slice gadget works the best, it is under $30 and cuts your prep time in half and is super easy to clean. I can do this one-handed!
Vidalia Chop Wizard
- Freezing your bags flat will allow more room in your freezer. I also purchased freezer baskets because I have an older chest freezer. The baskets are easily stack able and my bags fit in perfect.
InterDesign Large Storage Basket, Frost
Write on your freezer bag with a permanent marker before you put in your ingredients (or it won’t write) or you can get fancy and use these printable labels. *I usually write right on the bag of what’s in it, how long to cook it, if it needs to be thawed prior, and if I need to add anything.
- Get a good crock pot. I love this one from Hamilton because it latches, it is easy to clean and mine even came with a carrying case so I could take it to my kids banquets or family gatherings.
Hamilton Beach 33461 Stay or Go 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker
Now that we have what we need, we can get to the fun part. I’ll start you off with a few of my family’s favorite crock pot recipes. Just click on the picture to get the recipe.
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