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Freezer Cooking

Our Cookbook: From Freezer to Table

From Freezer to Table is the ultimate guidebook for transforming the way your family cooks, eats, and freezes. The chapters are packed with freezer cooking basics, practical tips for Freezer Cooking Parties and Freezer Clubs, and plenty of motivation and tools to make freezer cooking second nature. With more than 75 simple, family-friendly recipes―all made from whole food ingredients―this book shows how you can stock your freezer with favorites

Freezer Meal Containers

We have both used these Anchor Hocking dishes for YEARS. We love the clear lid and the quality, safe glass that is used. 

Big Stainless Steel Bowl

When you're making food in mass quantity, you need a big ol' bowl sometimes. You'll be amazed by the ways you'd use a bowl like this in your home. 

Baggy Rack

While not entirely necessary, you will love the way this tool makes storage easier! Dumping a freezer meal into a freezer bag can be messy business if you don’t have an extra pair of hands to help hold the bag.

Stock Pot

A big pot is a necessity for when you are doubling or even tripling a soup recipe. 

Large Saute Pan

You will need a large saute pan for browning large quantities of meat or vegetables during your prep time. Since meals are usually doubled for the freezer, you will need more space than your usual pans. Otherwise you will end up spending extra time cooking each batch separately. 

Quality Knife

Since meal prep can involved a lot of chopping, you don't want to mess around with a dull knife. 

Freezer Meal Labels  

Download and print these freezer meal labels to keep meals organized. These are also great to attach to a meal that you are taking someone. 

Small Appliances

Slow Cooker: KitchenAid 6 Qt. Stainless Steel

Not all slow cookers are created equal. Some cook hot and some cook low. This model is the slow cooker we trust and use for all of our cookbook recipes. 

Electric Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot DUO60

This model is the Instant Pot we use and recommend to anyone who asks. It has all the functions you probably need. It’s not too big (although you can snag an 8 quart if you’re feeling crazy). Swing by our Instant Pot 101 Guide for more Instant Pot information. 

Immersion Blender: Cuisinart CSB-79 Smart Stick 2 Speed Hand Blender

This is one of my go-to kitchen tools, because it saves me from having to transfer hot foods to the regular blender. I use it to make Tomato Bisque, Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup, and Creamy Autumn Soup from our cookbook.

Food Processor: Cuisenart 9 Cup

I've had this model for years and use it ALL of the time. Mainly to make my own breadcrumbs and shred my own cheese

Blender: Vitamix 5200

A quality blender is well worth the money. Rachel uses this 

Bread Machine: Panasonic SD YD250

I have been using this model for years. You can see my review of it here

Waffle Maker: Chef'sChoice WafflePro Express

Love the multiple doneness settings, audible alert, and heat resistant handles. 

Electric Griddle: Broil King PCG10

This griddle has a large cooking area, nonstick surface for easy clean up, and attached grease trap (so it won't tip over). 

Hand-Held Mixer: KitchenAid 5 Speed

Love using this lightweight hand mixer for a quick mixing job. 


Bakeware

Glass Baking Dishes: Anchor Hocking

We both use Anchor Hocking glass baking dishes. We'd recommend getting both a 9x13 (3 qt) dish and 8x8 dish.

Baking Pans: USA Pan Bakeware

I love the ridges in these nonstick pans. Two half sheets are a necessity! 

Muffin Tin: Wilton Avanti Everglide

This 12 cup muffin pan has oversize handles for easy gripping. No more smashed muffins!

Silicone Muffin Liners

Never scrape a muffin pan again! I use these ALL of the time for muffins, baked goods, casserole muffins, and even as a snack cup for my kids. 

Cooling Rack: CIA Bakeware 

You for sure want a grid style rack, that is dishwasher safe. These do the trick!

Cookware

Traditional Skillet: All Clad 12-inch Stainless Steel 

All around, high quality skillet that you'll use daily. Worth every pretty penny. 

Cast Iron Skillet: Lodge Classic 12 inch

The right tool to sear, sauté, bake, broil, braise, fry or grill. Use on stove, in the oven, or even over a camp fire. Make sure to buy a heat resistant handle with it. 

Dutch Oven: Lodge 6 Qt 

This Dutch oven is made of cast iron with chip-resistant porcelain-enamel finish. Broil, braise, bake or roast food in the oven up to 500° F. 

Sauce Pans: Stainless Steel 4 Quart AND Nonstick 2.5 Quart

Having a larger and smaller sauce pan has proven to come in handy when making a big meal. 

Stock Pot: Cuisentart Chef's Classic 12 Quart

Classic look, professional performance. The Stainless steel cooking surface does not discolor, react with food or alter flavors. Great for classic cooking techniques like slow simmers, rolling boils and reduction of liquids. 

Cookware Set: Tramontina 18/10 Stainless Steel 8 piece (or All-Clad Stainless Steel 10 piece)

Mixing Bowls: Vollrath Economy Stainless Steel Or Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set.

Colander: RSVP International Endurance Precision Pierced 5-Quart

We recommend getting a metal colander since there is often hot food coming into contact with it. 

Carving Board: J.K Adams 20x14

I love having a quality wooden cutting board with trenches that catch any liquids. 


Utensils

Kitchen Shears: Kershaw TaskMaster Shears 

Stainless-steel blades offer good edge retention, corrosion resistance and are easily separated for cleaning and sharpening. Partially serrated shears equipped with a nutcracker, jar opener, lid lifter, bone notch along one blade, plastic over-mold handles and two screwdriver tips.

Spatulas: OXO 3 Piece

Set includes a small spatula, medium spatula, and a spoon spatula. Silicone is the safest material when working with hot foods. 

Pastry Brush: OXO Good Grips Silicone 

The silicone is easy to clean and more durable than the typical brush. 

Wooden Cooking Utinsils: 5 Piece Bamboo Set

Bamboo cooking utensils are the bomb. They are cheap, durable, safe, and won't harm nonstick surfaces. 

Spatulas: OXO Good Grips Fish Turner or Stainless Steel

We recommend using a metal spatula since it comes into contact with hot temperatures so frequently. Just be careful not to use them on nonstick surfaces. 

Knives:


All Purpose Wisk: OXO Good Grips 11 inch Balloon

Since this is something you'll likely use frequently, it's worth getting a quality one. 

Measuring Cups: Amco Stainless Steel 

I've been through my share of measuring cups and finally landed on getting some solid, stainless steel ones. 

Measuring Spoons: Cuisipro Stainless Steel

If you go with cheap spoons, they'll bend, warp, and eventually wear down. Go with stainless steel!


Gadgets

Garlic press: Trudeau Garlic Press

Fresh garlic in an instant. Love the self cleaning feature on this one. 

Scraper: Multipurpose Stainless Steel Scraper and Chopper

I use this ALL THE TIME to clean food remnants off the counter. 

Food Chopper: Pampered Chef

A great, time saving gadget. Chops up produce, nuts, or anything else you want sliced and diced quickly. 

Salad Spinner: OXO Good Grips

A must if you want to eat fresh lettuce that doesn't come in a bag. 

Zester

I love this microzester. I primarily use it for citrus zests but know many who also use it for nutmeg, garlic, and ginger.  

Can Opener: Fissler Magic Smooth Edge

Never underestimate the beauty of a quality can opener. 

Intant Read Thermometer: CDN Instant-Read

Great for quickly checking to make sure meat is safely cooked. 

Services

Butcher Box

100% Grass fed beef, free range organic chicken, & heritage breed pork delivered for FREE to your door. Use our link above and get $10 off + FREE bacon!!

Cocktail Courier 

This cocktail subscription service was a big hit with my husband. We were blown away by the detail in the packaging, the instructions, and all the liquor, condiments, and even fresh fruit that was included for each drink. You can pick and choose what drinks you want to try or be surprised. 

Printables

Table Talk Cards

Each edition of the Table Talk Discussion Cards includes 40 printable cards with questions that are designed to stir up conversation in your family. Some questions are silly and will have everyone at your table belly laughing. Other questions are a bit more intentional and intend to bring out much needed deeper thoughts and conversations.  

We've designed three different sets so you can be sure to target your kids right where they are at: Preschool Edition, Elementry Edition, or Teens & Tweens Edition.

Freezer Meal Labels

Keep meals organized and labeled with our 6 meal labels that you can download and print as many times as you want. Perfect for freezer meals or when taking a meal to a friend. 

Weekly Menu Planner (FREE)

Download and print off our free weekly menu planner. 


Cookbooks

From Freezer to Table:

Our cookbook!

From Freezer to Table is the ultimate guidebook for transforming the way your family cooks, eats, and freezes. The chapters are packed with freezer cooking basics, practical tips for Freezer Cooking Parties and Freezer Clubs, and plenty of motivation and tools to make freezer cooking second nature. With more than 75 simple, family-friendly recipes―all made from whole food ingredients―this book shows how you can stock your freezer with favorites, like Mixed Berry Oat Scones, Parmesan and Herb Chicken Tenders, and slow-cooker Killer Carnitas.

The New Best Recipe by Cook’s Illustrated 

This is our #1, go-to cookbook! The recipes are incredibly well-tested and explained in detail. We trust their recommendations for everything from ingredient brands to cooking methods and have learned so much from this bible of cooking. You can snag this large, hardback book used for only $5.33 on Amazon. A must have.