Not your Mother's Make-ahead and Freeze Cookbook

Not your Mother's Make-ahead and Freeze Cookbook

eBook - 2012
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In today's fast-paced society, TV dinners and fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking. But with the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people's kitchen -- the freezer -- anyone can make and preserve about two weeks' worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours. Jessica Fisher' s Not Your Mother provides the key to doing so. Fisher outlines 200 recipes for delectable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners through the method of batch cooking that saves both time and money.

This cookbook puts a modern spin on the age-old idea of freezing meals for later, and appeals to today's diverse tastes, providing recipes for not only chicken, beef, and pork, but also fish, shellfish, and vegetarian main courses. Fisher also details how to go about using the freezer to its full potential, giving information on the best freezer bags and, most importantly, how to thaw food safely after it has been frozen.


Houghton

Take advantage of one of the most useful appliances in the kitchen -- the freezer -- with 200 recipes for delectable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Fisher shows how anyone can easily make and freeze up to two week's worth of meals using the method of batch cooking that saves both time and money.


200 easy-to-follow, delicious, and budget-conscious ideas to bring home cooked food straight from the freezer to the dinner table for families with diverse needs and tastes.

In today's fast-paced society, TV dinners and fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking. But with the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people's kitchen -- the freezer -- anyone can make and preserve about two weeks' worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours. Jessica Fisher' s Not Your Mother provides the key to doing so. Fisher outlines 200 recipes for delectable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners through the method of batch cooking that saves both time and money.

This cookbook puts a modern spin on the age-old idea of freezing meals for later, and appeals to today's diverse tastes, providing recipes for not only chicken, beef, and pork, but also fish, shellfish, and vegetarian main courses. Fisher also details how to go about using the freezer to its full potential, giving information on the best freezer bags and, most importantly, how to thaw food safely after it has been frozen.

Our mothers—and grandmothers—put up food in the freezer to economize on time and money. In a recessionary environment and in a world of dual-job families, there’s even more reason to do so today. But we don’t have the same tastes as our moms. We eat a wider range of foods, drawing on a variety of ethnic and global cuisines, we include more produce and grains in our diets, and we use fewer processed and fatty foods. Jessica Fisher’s Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook is the perfect guide for economical home cooks with any or all of these new tastes in foods that take well to freezing. Competing books on freezing sell strongly and steadily. Typically, they are based on a very specific plan—cooking for a family of four for a month ahead in an afternoon of work in the kitchen, for example. They offer orderly plans with decent, if largely unimaginative, food. Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook offers two advantages over these books. First, Fisher lays out lots of easy-to-follow guidelines for diverse families with varying needs and desires, taking into account how long you want to spend in the kitchen—there are 2-hour, 4-hour, and daylong plans—as well as how far out ahead you want to cook for, the size of your household, the size of your freezer, your budget, and even your taste for one-dish meals versus multi-course meals. The emphasis is on facilitating flexibility without sacrificing clarity and ease-of-use. Second, Fisher’s 200 recipes deliver flavorful and healthy food in abundance. She takes readers beyond mom’s beef-pork-chicken triumvirate, with lots of ideas for lamb, fish, shellfish, and vegetarian main courses. There are homey and family-friendly dishes, like Cheddar Cheese Soup with Zucchini, Broccoli, and Carrots, or Crumb-Topped Cod Fillets, fancy dishes for company, like Seasoned Steak with Gorgonzola Herb Butter, and lots of globally inspired creations like Salsa Verde Beef, Red Lentil Dahl, and Hoisin-Glazed Salmon. While the emphasis is on dinner, there are breakfast and brunch recipes, too, and plenty of ideas for breads, quick breads, and desserts that freeze well. Ample sidebars address such matters as finding good freezer bags and containers, labeling frozen food, whether to invest in a new freezer, and how to thaw safely. The author’s story—cooking for a family of eight, including six home-schooled children under ten, and serving as the creator and writer of the popular blogs Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats—fits the topic and the book perfectly. Fisher is a woman who knows all about budgeting time and money efficiently, at the same time serving up delicious food with warmth, love, and an appreciation for the pleasures of the table.

Baker & Taylor
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. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Common Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781558328105
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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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