Weekly Freezer Cooking Menu Plan 1/28-2/3

 Asian Honey Chicken

Nearly every meal I prepare consists of foods I have cooked or baked in bulk and frozen. I thaw items in a plastic shoe box to prevent condensation dripping onto my shelves (I’ve learned from experience). Then I shop my freezer from my freezer inventory,  to see what goodies I can thaw and serve to my family and others. I write these items down on a seven-day menu plan and post it on my refrigerator as a reminder to thaw my food 24 hours ahead of time. Typically right after the dishes are done, I check my menu plan and put new items into my thawing box and slash them off my freezer inventory.

We rotate the same breakfast items each week:

We rotate leftovers, sandwiches, salads and wraps for lunch.

Dinner this week:

It’s been a trying week with many lost items in our home. We’ve lost our camera. We think it might have been stolen. My daughter broke my favorite Southern Living platters and of course, my beloved crock pot. It ranks right up there with my camera, used daily. I’m determined not to let it get me down because life goes on and God is faithful. All things are replaceable. We were almost in a head on collision Wednesday night, witnessing a flipped car with a driver who was bleeding. I know my life and my children’s are not replaceable and I have much to be thankful for. God is Good all the time.

I’m on the fence between the Crock pot Brand and the Hamilton Beach brand. I’ve read the reviews about the HB cutting off by itself after two hours. Anyone having that problem? Should I avoid this brand and go for the crock pot brand? I’d love to hear your suggestions on a new crock pot/slow cooker.

I hope you have a blessed week.

 

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  1. I have two different Hamilton Beach crockpots and 1 Rival that I have had for years and use without fail every week(sometimes twice a week) and all work great. Although my fav is the bigger Hamilton Beach. It is more oblong shape and seems to work better or bigger things(which is mostly what I do these days with a family of 5 eaters now! Still love your website! Thanks!

  2. Trish Yount says:

    I have both the HB and a CrockPot. I like that the Crockpots come in very pretty designs (I use it a lot so I like that is looks pretty on the counter) If you order from amazon then you can see a lot of options (I have the limited fall edition). I LOVE my HB too. I can lock the lid in place and it has a spot where the spoon “fits” in and stays put. It has a high-low-and warm settings. ON the HB you do have to move the temp dial yourself, where the Crockpot has a high-low-warm BUT it is automatic in that after the low setting is complete it will move itself to warm (same with the high). If I want something of low for 8 hrs or more I use the HB, if I need something low for 4hrs I use the Crock. I hope this helps some. BTW I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site, it has been so helpful to our family and others! Thank you!!

  3. Brandette Winblad says:

    Jackie,
    I had originally commented on your lost crock pot a few days ago. I have had Crockpot brand for a long time, each and everyone the crock cracked. I bought a new Cuisinart last year. No problems, cooks pretty well and is smaller at a 3.5 qt if I need it. The only thing I don’t love about it is that it doesn’t cook quite as HOT as what I am used to. It takes longer for things to get done in it, like carrots in soups, baked potatoes, pinto beans etc.

    But, my husband bought me the Hamilton Beach for Christmas. It immediately became the “use all the time” crockpot and sits on my countertop as it is used at least a couple times every week. I have not had any problems with it, never shutting off before the time I program into it and it cooks nice and hot. I never doubt whether our soup, beans, etc will be done after 5 hours on Low. I LOVE IT!

  4. I have a HB, a Rival, and a CP brand – the CrockPot one is brand new as I had an older Rival that broke around Halloween. None are programmable…which is not a big deal to me, although I know most people prefer them. I hate, hate, hate my HB. It just cooks way too hot. I use that one only for homemade stocks or soups as those aren’t going to burn as easily as other items might. I specifically chose the CrockPot one as a replacement for the broken Rival because the research I did said it shouldn’t cook as hot as the HB does. Personal preference, I guess…in reading some of the other comments it sounds like the hotter cooking is what some people like about their Hamilton Beach models.

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