Reader question: Do the recipes in your cookbook freeze well after cooking? I’d like to prepare double or triple recipes since I have a 6 quart dutch oven, but there are only 3 in our family. ~Molly S., Florida
Hi Molly! Thanks for checking out Glorious One-Pot Meals! There are a couple answers to your question, so permit me to ramble a little bit.
1. Any food that freezes well after being cooked should freeze well in the same fashion from a Glorious One-Pot Meal. For example, if you freeze cooked chicken breasts and you are happy with the outcome when you thaw them, then this will work for you.
2. Some GOPM recipes are more stew-like, with more liquid. Like any stew, these should freeze and thaw again without a problem.
3. Some ingredients don’t like to freeze after being cooked. Personally, I’m not a fan of the texture of frozen-and-then-thawed cooked squash. But if it floats your boat, then by all means, freeze away.
4. You don’t have to cook such large quantities. You can cook meals for three in a larger Dutch oven as long as you follow your nose to know when the meal is ready, rather than the time listed on the recipe. In other words, you don’t have to double or triple the recipe each time.
Fundamentally, GOPMs are not like soups, stews, casseroles, lasagnas, or other types of dishes that are great for making in large quantities and then freezing for later. Not only is there not enough liquid, but the layers are not congealed together into a solid mass, either.
However, because GOPMs are so much quicker and easier to assemble, you might find that you can put one together in the time it takes the oven to preheat to 450 F, making it almost as convenient as pulling a premade stew out of the freezer and thawing it.
One way I do use my freezer, though, is to keep it stocked with raw, frozen ingredients, because you can use any combination of fresh, frozen, raw, or canned ingredients in a GOPM without thawing! Check out the entire chapter in the cookbook about stocking your freezer and pantry for convenient cooking any time.