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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Easy Freezer Meals (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – April 5, 2011
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This is the latest in a very long list of sources I've used to try and expand the variety of tasteful and healthy make-ahead meals. The practical information this book includes regarding freezing foods (which freeze well, which don't, causes and prevention of freezer burn, etc.) are worth the purchase price alone. With 120 recipes, I've found it quite easy to find ones we both like and, with little tweaks, others that will work great as well. I've also had no problems halving recipes that are too large or doubling those few I've made already for large get-togethers. And best of all, after reading the incredibly helpful information in this book, I can now go back to other favorite recipes and easily figure out how to make them much more freeze-ahead friendly.
For those of us trying to lose or maintain weight, this book should be required reading. Portion sizes can easily be controlled. With a freezer full of pre-made dinners, those weekly take out orders to the local Chinese place or pizza parlor can drastically drop.Read more ›
I agree with much of what others have written. It's a helpful book, but in some of the recipes I have made, I find fault with the recommendations for reheating the dishes once frozen.
In several cases, the cooking directions tell you how to freeze the complete recipe, but the reheating directions are for a partial recipe.
Case in point: page 184 - Chicken/Turkey and Mushroom-Stuffed Crepes. The directions tell you to use a 10 x 7 baking dish and fill with all the crepes (12 in all). The reheating directions are as follows:
"Bake frozen in a 375 degree oven for about 50 minutes (for a pan of 4 stuffed crepes) or until lightly browned on top and filling is bubbly".
Yes, I can figure out that I probably need to reheat the larger pan for a longer time, or defrost it overnight in the refrigerator and then follow her directions. But, a novice cook with a dining room full of waiting guests might not know how to adapt these directions.
A very helpful solution would be a chart at the end of each recipe that divides the recipe into smaller portions, tells you how to freeze each (size of pan, amount of food per pan), and then directs you how to reheat each different size option.
Another puzzling recipe: page 159 - Beefy Baked Macaroni. This recipe, as you would expect, has you brown the ground beef, and remove it from the skillet, proceeding with the rest of the prep. She neglects to mention the beef again, and you have to already be a cook to surmise when to add it back into the dish. Then the recipe says: "Spray a 12 cup baking pan with cooking spray. Divide beef mixture among the prepared pans and sprinkle shredded mozzarella over top.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are so many recipes in this book that I could use, and being a fussy eater that's a surprise to me! I have only ONE complaint, and it's a formatting issue. Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Heather
I was so excited to get this book. I'm a beginner cook, and I follow recipes precisely. I'm cooking for two. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Ashley
Just not really excited about the contents. Was expecting more casseroles type dishes. More one dish type meals to freeze for a busy mom. This contained appetizers to frosting.Published on June 7, 2013 by Mary E.
This had a few recipes that I hadn't seen anywhere else. That's what I was looking for, so it was a good purchase.Published on February 3, 2013 by Charlie Kessler
It is hard to find this kind of recipes. I prepared some meals following all the instructions and tips and I got wonderful results.Published on January 16, 2013 by lovejewel
For a person that hates to cook and likes to work ahead of time to make things easier this was a good item.Published on November 23, 2012 by V. L. Johnstonfreese
This book has many easy recipes for preparing meals in advance for familes with easy to follow cooking and reheating directions.Published on November 9, 2012 by S. Caplan
Unlike other freezer/cook ahead cook books I have, this one takes the time to explain the how and why behind their recipes, thereby allowing me to modify techniques used in the... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
There are lots of good ideas in this book, and I like that it not only contains recipes, but give a good how-to, for people who don't know anything about blanching and what food... Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by J. Schultz