Freezer Recipe: White Beans & Pork

white beans and pork

 

White beans and pork takes a long time to cook, so it's best to cook it in advance and freeze it. That way, all you have to do on the day you want to eat it is toss it in a pot and reheat it. This recipe calls for use of a Dutch oven, but could also be cooked in a slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to High heat and cook it for 4 to 6 hours, or until the beans have softened to your liking.

White Beans & Pork Recipe

Servings: 6 to 8 servings   Prep Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes   Cook Time: 3 to 4 hours

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Foods that Freeze Well

Foods you can freeze

 

Any food can be frozen, but there are some foods that freeze well and some that don't. It's going to take some experimentation on your part to determine the foods you're willing to freeze because taste and quality is highly subjective and you may be willing to accept changes to the food that other people find unacceptable. 

If there's a certain type of food you're wondering about, the best way to find out whether it works as a freezer meal is to try it yourself. Making extra and putting it in the freezer for a week or two before eating it is the only way to find out for sure whether you're going to like something or not. I've found some of my favorite freezer meals this way and I've been surprised more than once when ingredients other sources said shouldn't be frozen turned out just fine when I tried freezing them. 

Now, having said that, I can definitively say there are some foods that lend themselves well to being frozen and others that don't do so well in the freezer. Let's take a closer look at some of the foods that freeze well:

Eggs

Eggs are a strange item, in that cooked eggs don't do well when frozen and tend to turn rubbery, but uncooked egg can be cracked into a container and whisked together and they freeze just fine. Fill an ice cube tray with whisked eggs and you'll have little cubes of whisked egg that can easily be added to recipes. Each cube is approximately 1 egg.

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Freezer Recipe: Homemade Sausage Patties

freezer meal sausage patties

If you're buying pre-packaged sausage patties from your local grocery store, there's a pretty good chance you're getting a lot more than you bargained for. MSG, BHT, nitrates and high fructose corn syrup are common ingredients and who knows what's actually being sold as meat these days. If you truly want to know what's in your sausage patties, you're much better off making them yourself. 

These homemade sausage patties are easy to make and can be stored in the freezer. Make a huge batch and freeze them and you'll have a healthier alternative to the junk sold by most stores. 

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Freezer Recipe: Slow-Cooked Beef Stroganoff

freezer meal beef stroganoff

 

Beef stroganoff has always been a comfort food to me. It takes me back to the days when I'd wake up at my grandma's house and the smell of stroganoff in the slow cooker would already be permeating the house. This recipe is a quick and easy take on beef stroganoff and you can whip up a bunch of freezer meals in a hurry.

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Freezer meals save you time and money. Cook once and have multiple meals ready when you need them.