2/7/12

Master Mix: Dump Recipes

Master Mix: Dump Recipes
Freezer to Crockpot


These recipes are referred to as dump recipes because you dump all the ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag and store as a freezer meal, then you thaw the bag and dump the ingredients into a crockpot (or on a pan for baking or grilling) to cook.

These are quick go to recipes.  At my neighborhood store I will often find big bags of chicken drumsticks marked down because they are approaching their expiration date. They are still good if I can get them into the freezer asap, so these dump recipes are perfect for that.  Also worth picking up a  extra bag of boneless skinless chicken breasts each time you shop and make one freezer dump chicken to slowly build up your freezer inventory.

Here are a few of my favorites.  I will start with 2 that are not for chicken and then go to the chicken ones. (although all the recipes would be great with any of meat really.)  


Dump Pineapple Kielbasa
2 lb.s Kielbasa
1 can chunk pineapple, save 3/4 cup juice and blend 2 tsp. cornstarch into the juice and set aside. 
1 can mandarin orange segments, drained

Directions: Cut the kielbasa into 1 inch slices and set aside in a large saucepan.  Pour the pineapple chunks and the mandarin orange segments over the kielbasa.

In another saucepan:
combine:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tsp. salt
4tsp. ketchup
Bring to a simmer add the pineapple juice/cornstarch mixture.  Bring to a full boil.  Pour the sauce over the kielbasa and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Can either serve immediately over rice or cool and pour into a gallon size freezer bag. seal and label. Store laying flat in freezer.  

To Make Dinner from the freezer meal: Thaw bag in fridge overnight. Pour contents of bag into crockpot and heat on warm for 6-8 hours or on low for 3-4 hours. Serve over rice.

Dump Chinese Ribs

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1 clove garlic, crushed
3-4 lbs. country style spare ribs

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except ribs in a sauce pan and heat on medium heat stirring constantly until marmalade has melted and all ingredients are well blended.  Let sauce cool.  Place ribs in gallon sized freezer bag. Pour sauce over ribs in the freezer bag.  Seal and label bag.  Freeze bag flat.

To Make Dinner from the freezer meal:  Thaw the bag in the refridgerator overnight.  Place contents of bag in crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 4 hours, or you can bake in oven in a baking dish,  375 degrees until done.  Serve with rice.


Dump Lemon (or Lime) Pepper Chicken
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon (or lime) peel
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup lemon (or lime) juice
1 teaspoon pepper
1 Tblspn vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
1 1/2 pounds (or 5-6 boneless chicken pieces) chicken

Directions:
Place chicken into gallon sized freezer bag.  Place all ingredients into bag, seal and shake bag gently to blend together.  Label and freeze bag laying flat.  

To Make Dinner from the freezer meal:  Thaw the bag in the refrigerator overnight.  Chicken maybe baked in oven or grilled.  350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until done. 


Teriyaki Dump Chicken:

1 clove garlic crushed
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tblspns cider vinegar
2 Tblspns brown sugar
1/2 Tblspn minced ginger 
1 1/2 lb's chicken pieces (5-6 boneless skinless breasts)

Directions:
Place all ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag.  seal and gently shake to blend.  Label and lay flat in freezer.

To Make Dinner from the freezer meal:  Thaw in refrigerator overnight.  To cook in crockpot, pour contents of freezer bag into crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours or until done. 
To bake in oven: bake at 350 degree's in baking dish 30-45 minutes or until done.  (these would be great on the grill!)

Caribbean Dump Chicken
8 oz. can pineapple chunks with juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
Optional: 1/2 cup golden raisins
1 1/2 pounds chicken pieces (5-6 boneless skinless breasts)

Directions: Place all ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag. Seal and gently shake to blend. Freeze laying flat. 

To Make Dinner from the freezer meal:  Thaw in refrigerator overnight.  Place all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours or until done.

To bake: Bake in oven in baking dish 350 degrees 30-45 minutes or until done.



37 comments:

  1. What an AWESOME idea thank you for whoever came up with this I will be putting dinners together this weekend for the next 3 weeks.

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    1. Vicki, Thank you for your kind comments! Although these recipes are not my creations, I've had them in my files for years. Hope you like them!
      Jan

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  2. Love the idea for these recipes! I use my crockpot all the time and with just a little prep time I can now try some new, easy recipes. Thanks so much for posting!

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    1. You are welcome! I hope you have fun playing around with the recipes!

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  3. These are great! I love dump recipes! It's the only way I cook! Great recipes!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com
    PS Come link up at my place today if you can!
    http://chattychics.com/2012/02/07/need-inspiration-wild-wednesday-2/

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  4. I am definitely pinning this. I already have my menu planned through March so I will be adding these to list as well! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Erika! You are ahead of me on the menu planning!

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  5. Well this is a great idea for working moms - clever idea!

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  6. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Tricia, cute blog, I just went over and took a sneak peek!

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  7. These all sound great! I have found quite a few crockpot dump recipes, but none of them ever sound good. These do! :] THanks!

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    1. Thank you Amy for taking time to comment! I do hope you like them!
      Jan

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  8. What wonderful crockpot ideas for my freezer-thank you! I'm so glad you dropped by and I really welcomed this contribution last week to the Seasonal Celebration Linky- a great collection of seasonal recipes, homemaking, crafts, homeschooling and motherhood thank you so much!
    Seasonal Celebration is live once more, so feel free to pop over and join this wonderful celebration of creative talent! http://naturalmothersnetwork.com Rebecca x

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  9. Nice idea. Need more freezer space so I can do some of these.

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    1. Thanks Haley! I know what you mean about making space!

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  10. Thanks for sharing these. I am always looking for new crockpot recipes. Saw you on CRAFT.

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    1. You are so sweet to take a minute to send me your comment! Thanks!

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  11. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!

    http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/2012/02/valentines-day-tuesday-time-out.html#.Tzp_eJjlyGc

    Smiles,
    Melanie

    Reasons To Skip The Housework {The Blog}
    Tinker B Boutique {The Shop}

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    1. I'd love to link up to your party! Thanks for the invite Melanie!

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  12. Great recipes! I'll be putting these in the freezer this weekend I think. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Anonymous5/12/2012

    Can't you just dump them in the crock-pot without defrosting? It will take longer but I have done recipes with frozen meat that turn out just the same as defrosted.

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    1. Yep, you can dump them in frozen! You are right, it'll just take longer. I've done it several times when I have to leave home at the crack of dawn and won't be home till right before dinner. It turns out great with a 10-12 hours for my crockpot from frozen. Thanks for reminding me, I'll try to insert your tip into the post!

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  14. Anonymous5/12/2012

    I love this idea, have been doing it with all but the sauces and meat for ages, but did not know what to call them! I like master mix. I get my veggies all together and put together generic mixes for different things. My spaghetti sauce, chili, roast, stew, and when I make too much, I freeze the extra in little to go dishes to thaw for my hubby to take to work! I loved your Caribbean Chicken recipe, will be using it! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to send my some feedback! I love the idea of freezing the leftovers for hubby to take to work. Great idea!
      Thanks!
      Jan

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  15. To make these into freezer meals are you totally cooking everything then freezing them? Then putting them in the crockpot pot after defrost? I wasn't sure if I was reading it right!

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    1. Wendy, thanks for the question! I hadn't re-read over the post in a while so it was good to go back and look at it! Most of the meats go in raw, and some of the sauces, need some precooking so that the ingredients can meld together into one sauce before being put with the raw meats. Then they get frozen with the raw meats and the sauces together in the bag. I'll try to go back on the post and clarify better for everyone. Hope that helps.
      Jan

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  16. Fabulous idea! I just pinned it! :)

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  17. I've researched several sites for freezer meal ideas, and these are fantastic! Thank you for putting such a great resource out there on the web for everyone to enjoy.

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    1. Liz, you made my day! I"ve come down with a migraine and you made me smile through the pain!
      Thanks for taking the time to let me know that!
      Hugs,
      Jan

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  18. Great recipes, I was wondering though how you stop the meat from going mushy with the acidic recipes, citrus, vinegar etc?

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    1. Great question! Actually I have never had trouble with too much acidity in the marinades, and have never had a mushy result. The solution though would be to either reduce the acidic ingredients or to increase the proportions of the non acidic ingredients. Marinades are super fun to play around with and anyone who wants to learn a little more about the science behind how to do a great marinade can go to these links to learn more, and play around with the ones above if they want to:
      http://amazingribs.com/recipes/rubs_pastes_marinades_and_brines/zen_of_marinades.html
      http://allrecipes.com/howto/marinating-meats/

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  19. I just made the Kielbasa, the Caribbean Chicken, and the Lemon Pepper chicken for my brother's family. Does the Caribbean Dump Chicken need any additional liquid added for the crockpot cooking? Does it turn out better (more moist) being baked or in the crockpot? Since the Kielbasa is already cooked, can it just be heated instead of cooked in the crockpot? I want to make sure that I leave good directions for his family!

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    1. Sorry It took me so long to respond! I have been working overtime lately and haven't gotten to the computer at home till now. The Kielbasa can just be put on warm all day, it will still cook through great, but every crockpot's temperatures vary a little so warm is fine too. The Carribean dump chicken should not need any additional liquid, the crockpot does not let any liquid evaporate so it should stay plenty moist. It actually turns out great baked or in the crockpot, just more of an oven roasted flavor from the oven, but either method should be fine. I am sure they will love it and your efforts!

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