On Saturday when I went grocery shopping I bought 10lbs of beef roast. It was a pretty good deal, a little less expensive than hamburger. On Monday I spent some time and cut the meat up into bite size pieces. It took a bit a time but if I had bought the meat already cut it would have doubled the cost. So I figured it was worth my time to cut it up myself.
This is what I started with..
And this is what I ended up with…
I used 4lbs of the meat to make 2 crockpot meals for the freezer. I used the rest of the meat to can beef stew. I will post about canning beef stew in my next blog post. This post is about the freezer meals I put together.
The first 2 freezer meals were BBQ Beef. I made the same bbq sauce mix that I used on the bbq chicken legs. You can find that recipe here: http://homesteadinghomemaker.blogspot.com/2012/02/bbq-chicken-legs.html
I put 2lbs of cut up beef in 2 gallon size zip lock bags (4lbs total.. 2lbs in each bag)..
I then added the bbq sauce…
And the zucchini pineapple (you can use jam or jelly instead as I mentioned in the blog post linked above):
Seal and squish together and freeze (pretty easy stuff :)…
On cooking day… dump the bag of bbq beef into the crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve over brown rice or mashed potatoes.
The second crockpot freezer meal was Italian Sausage & Peppers…
Italian Sausage and Peppers (Crockpot)
**This recipe will make 2 freezer meals.
3 lbs sausages (these are kielbasa type or they could be turkey, chicken, organic.. your choice), sliced
4 red peppers, sliced
2 large onion, sliced
6 medium sized mushrooms, sliced
2 jars spaghetti sauce
2T Italian spices
Divide ingredients into 2 gallon size zip type freezer bags. Seal the bag closed and squish it around to mix it all up.
On serving day dump contents of bag into crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours.
To serve: you can serve this over brown rice or add 8 to 10 ounces of cooked pasta of your choice.
Here it is pics..
Assemble all your ingredients. I used my home canned spaghetti sauce but you can use the store bought equivalent. I used chicken apple sausages that I bought from Costco. You can use any kielbasa type sausages for this…
Cut up the sausages and veggies..
Divide the sausage and veggies between 2 gallon size zip lock bags. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce to each bag and add spices to each bag…
Seal the bag and squish the ingredients together …
To serve dump bag into crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours. After it has finished cooking add 8 to 10oz cooked pasta to it or serve it over brown rice.