Freezer To Crockpot Cooking | Beef Recipes and Instructions

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Welcome back to Freezer To Crockpot Cooking – Beef Week!

Don’t forget to check out the other weeks in this series:

You had a few days to get all the ingredients for these recipes together and now it is time to prep your ingredients.

As a reminder, I suggest thawing these bags in your refrigerator overnight before dumping them in your crockpot the day you want to eat them. The chicken crockpot recipes that we made 2 weeks ago can be put in the crockpot frozen solid, but beef recipes tend to cook better in the crockpot when the meat is not frozen! Additionally, since these recipes take a bit more prep work, I would strongly suggest doubling the ingredients list and make 8 meals (instead of 4).

Let’s begin by prepping our ingredients:

  1. If you did not purchase pre-sliced beef strips slice your steak into ¼” wide by 1” long strips.
  2. Dice 1 onion into small pieces
  3. Slice 1 ½ onion into strips
  4. Slice 3 bell peppers into strips
  5. Cube 2 white potatoes
  6. Cube 1 sweet potato
  7. Cut 2 parsnips into coins
  8. Slice carrots into coins or use pre bagged small carrots

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Now for the next step in prepping you will need a frying pan, a large bowl, 2 small bowls and a pot.

  1. In 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil brown stew meat, set aside to cool.
  2. In 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil brown your beef strips, set aside to cool.
  3. Boil a pot of water, blanch all your potatoes, carrots, and parsnips for 2-3 minutes, drain and set aside to cool.
  4. Beef and Broccoli Sauce- In a small bowl whisk ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup soy sauce, 1 cup beef broth, and 3 cloves minced garlic
  5. Pepper Steak Sauce- In another bowl whisk ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup soy sauce, 1 cup beef broth, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1- 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  6. Meatloaf: 2 lbs. ground beef, ½ diced onion, ½ cup bacon pieces, 2 eggs, 1 cup breadcrumbs, ¾ cup ketchup, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 3 cloves minced garlic, and 1 Tbsp. worchteshire sauce. Mix Well, form into “football” shape.

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Next Step – Get the Instructions on the Bags

The next step is to write your cooking directions on each of your freezer bags before filling, grab a sharpie and you will need 4- 1 gallon freezer bags.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

  • Defrost in refrigerator overnight
  • Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 hours
  • Top with ketchup or a can of condensed canned tomato soup in the last hour of cooking.

Pepper Steak

  • Defrost in refrigerator overnight
  • Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4
  • Remove ½ cup of sauce from crockpot whisk with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • Return mixture to crockpot, turn to high and cook an additional 3o minutes to thicken
  • Additional Ingredients: Rice for serving

Beef and Broccoli

  • Defrost in refrigerator overnight
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3 to 4
  • Remove ½ cup sauce from crockpot whisk with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • Return mixture to crockpot, turn to high and cook an additional 30 minutes to thicken.
  • Additional Ingredients: Rice for serving

Beef Stew and Root Vegetables

  • Defrost in refrigerator overnight
  • Cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 4 to 6 hours

Finally we are going to bag our freezer meals – here are the lists of what to put in each bag:

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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

  • Your ready to go meatloaf

Pepper Steak

  • Pepper Steak Sauce
  • 3 sliced bell peppers
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 lb. browned beef strips
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced

Beef and Broccoli

  • Beef and Broccoli Sauce
  • 4 cups frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 lb. browned beef strips
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

Beef Stew and Root Vegetables

  • 1-1 ½ lbs. browned stew beef
  • cubed white potato
  • cubed sweet potato
  • ½ onion cut into strips
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

And that’s it! You now have 4 homemade and healthy healthy meals, ready to go in your crockpot on those busy days1

Need more slow cooker recipes that are great for freezer cooking? See all of the other weeks in this series:

Comments

  1. Savannah says

    I love these crockpot recipes!! Thank you for taking the time to share!! I love the way you have written up the directions. Makes it so easy to understand.

  2. says

    The amazing thing about these recipes is that they are normal enough that my kids might actually eat them. Thanks! (Also, I noticed that you called for parsnips to be cut into coins, but they are not on the ingredients list.)

    • Mindi Cherry says

      I am not sure what you are asking? They are recipes. If you read the entire post, you should understand!

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