Not your Mother's Make-ahead and Freeze Cookbook

Not your Mother's Make-ahead and Freeze Cookbook

Book - 2012 | First edition
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Featuring 200 delicious recipes for breakfasts, lunches and dinner through the method of batch cooking, this must-have cookbook puts a modern spin on the age-old idea of freezing meals for later.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts :, Harvard Common Press,, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2012
ISBN: 9781558327566
Branch Call Number: 641.555 FIS NVD
Characteristics: xi, 372 pages ; 23 cm

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mcphysics
Sep 10, 2020

I have never tried freezer cooking before, but it's obviously a great thing to learn for working moms. Interesting how the author organized meal plans - Breakfast plan, 2 hrs, makes __ # of meals for # people. The hard thing is to do one of the big plans (take a day to cook and prep for a few weeks worth of meals), you need to learn all the recipes (which is a lot to learn at one time). They aren't hard, but I usually only tackle one recipe at a time, not like ten. Well-organized with a shopping list. The concept is great- I adapted it for recipes that I know and like, but am still perusing to learn more and customize to my eating style.

One thing is some of the plans require special kitchen items. Like making mini egg casseroles called for eight 16 oz covered ramekins, which is not easy to find and I wasn't sure if I would even like the recipe. Some of the meals are more like a main dish (shredded meat thing) and you would have to make a separate side for a starch/veggie. I tend to like one-pot meals with everything all together (less dishes, less work).

The author is really organized in meal -planning, but if you want more variety and customization, you'll have to do some of that work on your own to make your own plans.

I haven't actually tried the recipes yet - I was more interested in the process. I mainly use an instant pot, so it'd be nice to see some recipes for that.

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DazzlingMoonlight
Jun 10, 2020

Disappointing. This cookbook has some good recipes but there are no pictures to gauge what the finished product should look like.

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Jun 09, 2020

This is an amazing cookbook! I have to admit that I didn't get around to actually making any of the recipes but the layout and information in the book is fantastic! I wish all cookbooks were this thoughtfully put together.

EuSei Jan 30, 2016

This is one of my favorite cookbooks. Everything I tried from this book came out excellent. Jessica Fisher has THE BEST lasagna I've eaten in years--and I am extremely picky when it comes to lasagna. Highly recommend it.

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pdarakji
Aug 07, 2014

Best book on making ahead and freezing I've read. It helps you to organize yourself in order to save time and it gives you a good idea of how to customize the process to include your own favorite recipes.

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Blue_Jay_6
Jul 21, 2014

Great hints for freezer cooking. Recipes were not that interesting. Only a couple of good ones for our family.

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RED_FROG_100
Jun 02, 2014

One of the best cookbooks I own and I have LOTS of them. I use this book most every week and it is my favorite. I also follow Jessica's blogs and she has lot of great ideas and new cookbooks frequently. She just had a juicing book come out and two more cookbooks on the way.

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ashleysears
Apr 11, 2014

I thought I would like this book, I am the casserole queen. But a flip through this book and a look at the recipes and the ingredients, I didn't even sign it out of the library. Too many odd ingredients that I would have to specially buy for these recipes. Casserole are supposed to be easy and made with things you have on hand. Not special items that are just going to end up looking like a sloppy mess. I took a pass on this book.

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