Fix Freeze Feast

[ 1 ] November 6, 2008 |

Great Cookbooks for Families
Reviewed by Katy Killilea

Fix Freeze Feast StoreyHere’s a cookbook especially for the BJ’s shopper. Fix Freeze Feast is entirely dedicated to using the six-pound trays of skinless chicken breasts or industrial size vats of cottage cheese found at warehouse clubs. The premise is that you use a chunk of time preparing a huge amount of food to freeze and use at your convenience, ultimately saving you both time and money. Sort of like going to The Mixing Table, but doing the prep work and clean up yourself, in your very own home. (A blessing or a curse, depending on your feelings toward housework and the size of your kitchen.)

Chest Freezer, ElectroluxThe recipes range from standard (classics like chili, lasagna, and Chicken Cordon Bleu) to intriguing (Molasses-Rum Chicken and Feta-Spinach Lasagna Rolls) to kooky (Sticky Drunk Pig on a Stick.) But remember the twist? These are all made in giant batches, with instructions for divvying up and freezing, then thawing, cooking, and finishing off. Part cookbook and part organizational tool (with lots of info on how to successfully freeze and thaw food while maintaining its original yumminess,) Fix Freeze Feast will appeal to anyone with the squirrel-away-for-winter mentality and empty space in their freezer.

Moreover, this book is so cool looking and well-organized that it might make owning a chest freezer and steering a cart through Sam’s Club feel like a hip, happening scenario.

Margarita Pork Chops
Makes 3 entrees, 4 servings each.

1 Tray (6-8 pounds, or 12 chops) pork loin chops, boneless or bone-in
4 ½ Cups bottled margarita mix
6 Tablespoons minced garlic (about 54 cloves)
6 Teaspoons salt
3 Teaspoons black pepper
3 one-gallon freezer bags, labeled

1. Rinse and divide chops evenly among the freezer bags.
2. Into each bag, measure 1 ½ cups margarita mix, 2 tablespoons garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
3. Seal and freeze.

To cook one entrée:
Prepare an outdoor grill or indoor broiler.
Completely thaw one entrée in the refrigerator.

For outdoor cooking:
1. Prepare a medium fire in a gas or charcoal grill.
2. Cook chops, turning occasionally, until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a chop reads 160 degrees. Baste the chops as desired. Do not baste during the final 5 minutes of cooking. Discard remaining marinade.

For indoor cooking:
3. Arrange chops on a greased broiler pan. Broil chops under high heat 5 inches from the heat source, turning frequently, for 14-18 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a chop reads 160 degrees. Baste the chops as desired. Do not baste during the final 5 minutes of cooking. Discard remaining marinade.

Details:
Fix Freeze Feast
By Kati Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik
2008 Storey
$14.95

Category: books / stories, food + recipes


Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Kati Neville says:

    I’m so pleased you are enjoying the book. I cook from it all the time! My family enjoyed Lindsay’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes on Thanksgiving Day. Yum!

    Feel free to come by our blog at FixFreezeFeast.com. Or check out our new podcast: The Saver’s Kitchen. Each episode is just a few minutes long and offers money and time saving tips for the freezer, kitchen, and beyond.

    Happy Cooking! Kati

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