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Old 09-19-2018, 07:15 PM   #31
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I did an experiment once. Even in my super old slow cooker, my frozen chicken was at a safe temp within 2 hours
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That's a good point, I have a meat thermometer, I could just check
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I did an experiment once. Even in my super old slow cooker, my frozen chicken was at a safe temp within 2 hours
I was going to say that I think even the lowest temp crockpot would heat faster than any thawing method except the microwave

Glad someone experienced chimed in Yay bananacake
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Italian beef is in the crockpot for supper tonight! It smells soooo good. And how easy was that just to dump it in!
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Italian beef is in the crockpot for supper tonight! It smells soooo good. And how easy was that just to dump it in!
Did you mix your own seasonings? I can't remember what the recipe calls for I make my own Italian Dressing Mix and use that.
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We loved sesame chicken.

We couldn’t tolerate Italian beef (tummies). Not sure if peppers the cut I bought of what) loved the taste but everyone’s tummies were upset! I joke we have delicate stomachs
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I just use beef and spices for Italian beef. All the peppers contain corn.

---------- Post added at 12:20 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:14 PM ----------

So for future reference, you can just skip the peppers if you normally tolerate a roast. I also don't use pre-mixed spice packs. I just mix the following and keep it in a jar, using 2-3 T for a roast.

Italian Dressing Mix
1 tablespoon garlic
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
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I used this recipe for the Italian seasoning and just put all of it on the roast. I hope it won't be too much spice.

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Oh and on Tuesday when I made crockpot bolognese sauce, I ended up making enough for supper that night plus two freezer bags for two more meals.
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Oh my goodness, that Italian beef is so very yummy. I made one change to the recipe besides using my own Italian dressing seasoning mix. I added one cup of beef broth instead of water since I had beef broth already opened. I can't wait to make up some more for the freezer!
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I want to try making the Italian Beef. I'm hoping to find the pepperoncini peppers at the Italian market today. The picture for the recipes shows the peppers whole. Do you remove them to shred the meat?
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It was pretty easy to shred around them. I felt like the stems on the peppers were kind of a pain so thinking about taking them off before I freeze next time.
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So this week I'm planning on serving these two freezer meals this week: Chicken Teriyaki and Balsamic Roast and Carrots. Both recipes are a pdf so I can't link, but if anyone is interested I could type the recipes out in my own words.

Up today after grocery shopping I hope to make the following meals for my freezer:

Cranberry Orange Pork Loin Roast
Slow Cooker BBQ Boston Butt
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops
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If you think those two recipes are good enough to share I am interested. I don't want you to go through the effort of typing them out if you wouldn't make them again, though.

I had a bit of a crockpot fail this week. I bought a bean mix with seasoning and followed the directions but the beans took way longer to cook than the packaging stated. Like twice as long. It made me think of this thread and the suggestion to pre-soak beans. I need to try a taco soup mix that is frozen and not shelf stable. It should be easy enough to figure out, but if anyone already has a good recipe please share.
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I need to try a taco soup mix that is frozen and not shelf stable. It should be easy enough to figure out, but if anyone already has a good recipe please share.
You're looking for a recipe for taco soup?

Taco Soup

Instructions & Additions to Write on Bag
Add to crockpot:
4 ½ cups water
1 bag diced tomatoes (I freeze a quart of diced tomatoes separately so the freezer bag isn't too heavy)
6-8 hours on low

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Beans
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Onions, 1 cup

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