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Old 01-30-2019, 04:25 PM   #1
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What's Your Go-to For Large Batch Cooking?


Finally knocked off a project I've been meaning to get to. I got my coffin freezer up and running today. Had to put in a new outlet in the basement which has been on the back burner since the summer. Got snowed in today and it was time. Didn't even shock myself. Where's the fun in that?

Anyway, now that I've got this bigass freezer sitting here empty, it's time to fill it with stew.

Over the weekend I plan on making big pots of split pea, chicken cacciatore(red sauce Italian chicken stew), ciambotta(red sauce Italian vegetable stew), and some good old fagioli(FAH-zool).

Looking for other things to stuff the freezer with.
What big batch meals are y'all into? Hit me with some recipes!
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Old 01-30-2019, 04:53 PM   #2
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I don't know the recipe right off hand but good old fashioned potato soup!!! But most of the time the potato soup normally don't make it to the freezer we eat it all!!! Lol

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I keep mine full with fish and venison

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I keep mine full with fish and venison

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I froze some green beans from the garden this year. Have to say they were a disappointment compared to fresh. Will stick with meat in the future.
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Beef stew, pea soup, Sheppard's pie, chili, chicken pot pie.

Anything that reheats well.

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Bigos, like this:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13...-hunters-stew/
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My wife makes up big batches of lasagna and freezes them
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Corn beef from a can, potatoes onion and beef stock.
We called it corn beef hash, in England its a soup
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we gave up on the frozen meals thing years ago...

way too many dead soldiers in the freezer that just got not used. not interested in eating something frozen for a year....

when the wife knows she will be gone a lasagna or dish of enchiladas may end up in the freezer & there is no problem with them disappearing...

we fill the freezer with grass fed beef we get from a family we know, same with a pig. the rest is venison, elk & fish....

also got a few pheasants last year...
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we gave up on the frozen meals thing years ago...



way too many dead soldiers in the freezer that just got not used. not interested in eating something frozen for a year....



when the wife knows she will be gone a lasagna or dish of enchiladas may end up in the freezer & there is no problem with them disappearing...



we fill the freezer with grass fed beef we get from a family we know, same with a pig. the rest is venison, elk & fish....



also got a few pheasants last year...
Yup.... If I put it in the freezer it's like saying "well I'll throw this out in about a year"

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Glad I made this thread. I have literally no idea why I didn't think of potato soup or chili, but those are both going on the list.

5 quarts of ciambotta are done. I gotta get a bigger pot. That one was at the meniscus.
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Apple pie filling. Cut up the apples, add the sugar and cinnamon, put in a freezer bag. Makes one good sized pie.

Mac and cheese with ham chunks. Real cheese. I'm heating one up now.
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I'll also second shepherd's pie. Periodically I get a family pack of ground beef which gets turned into patties and frozen and some gets cooked for shepherd's pie, meatballs, you name it.
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Spaghetti sauce.
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Just seems like cooking and storing left overs on purpose to justify a freezer.

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You spend 2 hours at the stove every night?

I sure don't. I'm lucky to get 30 minutes to heat up a quart of frozen stew.
It's the same amount of work to make a dinner portion as it is to make 20 dinners worth. Why not stock my free freezer?
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You spend 2 hours at the stove every night?

I sure don't. I'm lucky to get 30 minutes to heat up a quart of frozen stew.
It's the same amount of work to make a dinner portion as it is to make 20 dinners worth. Why not stock my free freezer?
Whatever works for you. Wife and I share the cooking duties, although I probably cook more often than she does

I enjoy it as a way to unwind. But my kids are grown and gone and no need to have to eat on any schedule.

Plus I really don't like leftovers for the most part. Some things like soup and chili we will cook one day to have the next.

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We buy meat from a local butcher to stock the freezer.
Pull something out in the morning and throw it on the counter and turn it into dinner in the evening.

We do large batch stuff a couple times a year. Its all purpose made for shin-digs so, it gets eaten up, not stored.

Anyways, my go-to's for large batch.
1. Chili
2. Beef stew
3. Homemade mac n cheese
4. Pulled pork
5. Hot sausage
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Easy, since you're coming from a restaurant background, the advantage of what you're doing is using fresh stuff to make it, as opposed to just buying the frozen version and avoiding all the chemicals/preservatives/sodium they pack into it...

We used to do it when the kids were younger and had a freezer dedicated to it, which we purchased from one of those food company services (lasted decades before we sold it)... we learned that some of the best things for freezer is...

Stew
Chimichanga's, Quesadilla's
Breakfast sandwiches,
Chili
Lasagna
Chicken Pot Pie
Pre-Marinated Chicken, Pork
Home-made cookie dough balls
Home-made ice cream (made with the kids)
Apple Fritters/turn-overs
Meatballs/burgers
Quiche

There's websites dedicated to stuff like this... but the list is endless...

But an important thing to get if you don't have one is a vacuum food sealer... you can do individual portions (lunches, when wife's away, kids, etc.), family portions, as well as avoid crystallization and freezer burn...

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