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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558327566
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: NYM Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 209,791
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Fisher

Jessica Fisher is a busy mom of six children, ranging from kindergarten to high school. Homeschool mom by day, freelance writer and blogger by night, she writes two popular blogs, LifeasMom.com and GoodCheapEats.com. Jessica has written online for The Kitchn, Life Your Way, Money Saving Mom, $5 Dinners, and Simple Mom and in print for more than 85 regional parenting publications in the U.S. and Canada. She lives with her husband and children in San Diego, California and is an avid home cook. She is also the author of Not Your Mother's Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook.

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Introduction: This is Not Your Mothers Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook

Dinner time. The phrase can evoke memories of lively voices, cozy suppers, and candlelight; images of forks chasing the last morsels of this or that on the plate; flavors blending in a happy symphony; satisfied hearts and tummies. Contentment.

But the notion of dinner time can also bring to mind that frantic feeling when you come home tired, the dog is barking, the phone is ringing, and the entire household is clamoring, "Whats for dinner?" Stress.

You grope for an answer. Fast food? TV dinners? Canned soup? These are all quick fixes, but at what cost? All have excess sodium and additives, dubiously sourced ingredients, and questionable taste. What can you do to make mealtimes more enjoyable without resorting to less-than-best menu options? How can you make contentment, not stress, the norm at dinner time?

Turn to your freezer—what Alton Brown calls "the most potent food-preservation device ever devised. That precious appliance can save your bacon when it comes to putting healthy, wholesome meals on the table in record time. Ive been preparing make-ahead and freeze meals for 15 years now, since I was a young high-school teacher with no one to feed but my husband and myself. Today I cook for a small army of eight: me, my husband, and our six children, aged tot to teen. And while I have my fair share of "Calgon, take me away" moments, mealtimes are usually pleasurable at our house.

Good eating has always been part of our family culture, from enjoying upscale Santa Barbara restaurants during our dating years to laughing as our first-born, at 10 months, devoured peach salsa from a spoon to grilling pizzas today on the backyard barbecue for a pack of famished children. For us, mealtimes are an event.

And while I love to cook, as a work-at-home mom, I also like to enjoy time with my family. Making many meals ahead of time allows me to have the best of both worlds. I regularly spend focused time in the kitchen, cooking up a storm and stashing the results away in the freezer for later use. The outcome? Perfect homemade convenience foods that serve us well, without undue stress.

In as little as an hour a week, you, too, can stock your freezer with make-ahead meals and meal components that are tasty, filling, healthy, and budget-friendly.

But don’t worry: These are not your mother’s—or your grandmother’s—frozen casseroles. Drawing on modern technology and a global food market full of diverse ingredients, the recipes that follow feature a wide variety of flavor profiles and cooking methods. They appeal to modern taste buds, and they can all be prepared in bulk to help you save time in the kitchen. These meals will put the lively voices and cozy suppers back into your dinner times.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

This Is Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook

Quick-Start Guide

Instructions for Big-Batch Cooking

The Basics of Freezer Cooking

Cooking Plans to Fit Your Needs

Creating Your Own Cooking Plan

Bountiful Beef

Crowd-Pleasing Poultry and Seafood

Sure-Fire Pork and Sausage

Meatless Marvels

Soup’s On

Perfect Pizzas

Back for Breakfast

Breads, Muffins, Scones, Rolls, and Then Some

Desserts When You Crave Them

Measurement Equivalents

Index

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

    EXCELLENT book! Absolutely my favorite cookbook, ever--and I hav

    EXCELLENT book! Absolutely my favorite cookbook, ever--and I have many! My family has never eaten so well, despite my busy schedule as a working mom--and, our grocery bills are getting lower. Yay!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Eh.

    The emphasis is on the Make-Ahead and Freeze lifestyle rather than actual recipes. You'll be walked through a number of make-ahead cooking sessions and menu plans. It holds your hand as spend several hours assembling a month's worth of meals. That's cool if that's what you need. I don't need to learn how to plan my meals; I just wanted a book full o' recipes. You'll get recipes, but not nearly as many as you might expect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Great cookbook-a must read

    I LOVE this cookbook. The recipes are easy and tasty. The spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce are our new family favorites. Very family friendly.

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