Fabulous Freezer Meals
Book Review

Fabulous Freezer Meals
by Jenny Ahlstrom Stanger
ISBN-10: 1935217380
ISBN-13: 978-1935217381

Part of Jenny Stangers inspiration for this recipe book comes from disliking once a month cooking. She tried OAMC and quit, but instead of giving up on freezer cooking she adapted it to fit her lifestyle.

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This book teaches you how stock your freezer with some basics made in bulk and with recipes that make enough to feed your family two or three times so you can cook once, have dinner ready tonight and get one or two more freezer meals stocked up for later. Every recipe has the yield at the top so you'll know exactly how much it makes before you start cooking.

The recipes have a good balance between from scratch and shortcut recipes with timesaving prepared ingredients. My favorite aspect of the book is the Emergency Substitutions in case you run out of something or you are the make-everything-from-scratch type.

There are some recipes that call for prepared ingredients, like cream of soups or cake mix, not listed in the emergency substitutions but, if you're so inspired, you can just google them and make them from scratch too.

These recipes also make use of your crock pot more than any other freezer recipe book I've seen so far. And using the crock pot means you can get other things done while dinner is cooking.

Included in the directions for preparing these fabulous freezer meals Jenny also tells you how to wrap and label the dish. I would suggest including the name of your freezer meal with her label suggestions so you don't have to guess which meal your pulling out.

There are also call out boxes with great tips that help make life in the kitchen tastier, like always marinating meat before cooking, and easier, like putting onions in the freezer for 15 minutes so they don't make you cry when cutting them.

The book starts with a chapter on Freezer Recipe Basics, with info on what freezes well and what doesn't, storage times, packaging, organizing your freezer, supplies and defrosting and refreezing safety.

After that there is a chapter of "bulk recipes" to stock your freezer with which Jenny also uses as building block for meals. Some of these are super simple like cubed ham and chicken, browned ground beef, and cooked rice designed to save time when cooking and others make great sides like Refried Beans, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Onion Rings and Sweet Shredded Pork.

The Muffins and Breads chapter has a Mix-and-Match Muffin Mix Recipe that you can flavor to your hearts desire with directions to freeze them raw and bake them fresh. Other recipes include the gourmet Cherry Cheesecake Muffins and Chocolate-Chunk Pumpkin Bread and staples such as Wheat Bread, White Bread and Pizza Dough.

Fabulous Freezer Meals also has chapters on Drinks and Popsicles and Ice Cream Cakes which leaves me wondering why this info isn't in every freezer cooking book. Jenny makes it easy to have homemade Fudge Pops and Jelly-Roll Ice Cream Cake instead of running off to the store. On top of that there's still another chapter devoted to desserts.

You'll also find recipes for breakfast, main dishes, school lunches, soups, salads and sides.

The index is sorted by both recipe names and ingredients and the book includes Emergency Substitutions and Alcohol Substitutions, both of which are great reference tools.

Don't clear any space on your bookshelf, this is the kind of cookbook you actually keep in the kitchen.

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