Meals to Move from the Freezer to the Slow Cooker
Your slow cooker can be an instrumental tool to use when you're looking to save both time and money on your meals. One way to make this dinnertime process much easier is by preparing dishes, freezing the ingredients, then transferring them directly to your slow cooker.
Want to see how it's done? Follow this adjusted recipe to ensure your ingredients retain their original quality as you prepare them for your family and friends.
Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli
For best results with this recipe, you'll want to freeze your broccoli, carrots and steak tips, but add the other ingredients when you place everything in the slow cooker.
- 1 1/2 pound flank steak
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup cooking sherry
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger
- 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
- 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 cups chopped broccoli
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cut the steak into five even pieces, then place in a sealable plastic bag. Use your vacuum sealer to remove the air from the bag, then place the steak in the freezer. Next, you'll need to vacuum seal your broccoli. This process can be tricky, so pay careful attention to the steps. Before you can properly freeze broccoli, you need to blanche it. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then place vegetables in the water for three minutes. Remove and immediately place in cold water - this will inhibit the enzymes in the vegetables from emitting gas that will hamper the freezing process. Dry the florets completely before placing in a bag and freezing.
When you're ready to make your meal, start by setting your frozen steak in the bottom of the slow cooker. Top with all other ingredients, except broccoli, then cover and cook for seven hours on low. After six hours, stir in broccoli and ensure all ingredients have been mixed well.