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once a month cooking. Has anyone mixed that with Paleo foods?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Typically Once A Month Cooking is not PALEO, however has anyone put together a good month of paleo meals in the freezer? Not only that, was there anything that you tried that didnt reheat well? Thanks, Theresa

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on November 23, 2012
at 05:52 AM

I freeze onions and peppers all the time, but I use them specifically in cooking. You will not get the same texture as raw, but I consider that a small price to pay for cheap out of season items.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on January 19, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Hrm, I'll have to give it a try and see how it works.

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on January 19, 2012
at 04:40 AM

I really want to try something. Was thinking about looking through Nourishing Traditions to get some ideas.

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on January 19, 2012
at 03:42 AM

It is essentially cooked half-way, and has a nice al dente texture when I reheat it to being fully cooked. But no, it'll never be like raw broccoli if you just defrost it, but I don't believe in eating raw broccoli anyway, so no biggy.

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on January 19, 2012
at 03:04 AM

That would be good!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 19, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Better with butter!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on January 19, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Yep... Just plain... they are very tasty...

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:46 AM

What do you do with your soft boil eggs? just eat them like they are?

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:45 AM

** not paleo means the recipes are usually NOT paleo friendly

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Hrm, I thought blanching was to stop the enzymes from deteriorating it. Freezing will actually damage the cells by bursting them with ice. Does your blanched/frozen broccoli still have the same crunchiness as before once it is defrosted? Or is it like limp spaghetti?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Blanching is magic. I haven't tried it with peppers or onions, but broccoli dropped in boiling salted water for minute or two and then frozen reheats gorgeously.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Gotcha! I didn't know that was an actual category of cooking with recipes and all that. Yup, those would not be paleo. Regardless of paleoness, other than straight up bread, I've found that grain-based/pasta things (except maybe lasagna) were kinda disappointing when I've reheated them in the past.

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:27 PM

the recipes that are generally provided for once a month cooking are what she is referring to as being "not paleo" they tend to include a lot of grains and a good bit of sugar and processed foods.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 18, 2012
at 10:58 PM

How is food preservation "not paleo"? Hunter gatherers have a history of preserving foods be it through fermentation, drying, burying in the snow or ground, covering in a protective layer of fat, etc.

For the freezer I've made over a months worth of both chili and meatloaf, both of which reheat beautifully. Stew is a good way to get all your veggies, meat, fat, and bone broth all in one dish, and it reheats well too. Heck you could even make 3 months worth at once and just live on that.

Breakfast sausage patties I usually cook and freeze once or twice a month, and they reheat well.

My experiments with freezing a reheating eggy things has been disappointing, fritatta, quiche, etc. Blech!

And don't forget dehydrated foods that keep well at room temperature for months like jerky, nuts, dehydrated fruits and veggies, plantain chips, nori, etc. Our pantry is stocked full of those. Canned kippers, oysters, cod livers and sardines are really convenient too.

A pot of herbs can be grown easily to provide you with grazing opportunities for some fresh green stuff if you are trying to only go to the store once a month too.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on January 18, 2012
at 11:27 PM

the recipes that are generally provided for once a month cooking are what she is referring to as being "not paleo" they tend to include a lot of grains and a good bit of sugar and processed foods.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on January 18, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Gotcha! I didn't know that was an actual category of cooking with recipes and all that. Yup, those would not be paleo. Regardless of paleoness, other than straight up bread, I've found that grain-based/pasta things (except maybe lasagna) were kinda disappointing when I've reheated them in the past.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I've not been targetting once a month type of cooking myself. However, I haven't had good luck with fresh vegetables in the freezer. Peppers, onions, etc. They turn a bit mushy due to the freezing cell damage. Less of an issue if you don't need the crunch though.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on January 18, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Blanching is magic. I haven't tried it with peppers or onions, but broccoli dropped in boiling salted water for minute or two and then frozen reheats gorgeously.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on January 19, 2012
at 03:42 AM

It is essentially cooked half-way, and has a nice al dente texture when I reheat it to being fully cooked. But no, it'll never be like raw broccoli if you just defrost it, but I don't believe in eating raw broccoli anyway, so no biggy.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on January 19, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Hrm, I'll have to give it a try and see how it works.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on January 19, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Hrm, I thought blanching was to stop the enzymes from deteriorating it. Freezing will actually damage the cells by bursting them with ice. Does your blanched/frozen broccoli still have the same crunchiness as before once it is defrosted? Or is it like limp spaghetti?

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

(3043)

on November 23, 2012
at 05:52 AM

I freeze onions and peppers all the time, but I use them specifically in cooking. You will not get the same texture as raw, but I consider that a small price to pay for cheap out of season items.

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:42 AM

OAMC generally is implemented with lots o casseroles, which are problematic for Paleo and also crappy-tasting. However, braised meats of all kinds freeze and reheat beautifully, so I try to always have pulled pork, chili, and stewed chicken in the freezer along with meatballs ready to join the frozen veggies at a moment's notice for those nights. I will also cop to some grass fed hotdogs or sausages hiding in there, too.

Things I find don't work well after frozen: egg dishes, cooked leafy greens, boiled/stew potatoes. I don't like the texture on large hunks of roasted meat after it's frozen, although they're edible sliced thin for sandwiches.

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on November 22, 2012
at 09:02 PM

I've tried this one once http://blog.stuffimakemyhusband.com/2012/10/a-month-of-whole30-make-ahead-freezer.html

The curry filled courgettes are too watery when reheated, perhpas I didn't pre-nuke them for long enough. The layered dishes make a nice change, but again on reheating there is extra water!

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:33 PM

I cook meat twice a week for the most part. I also cooked eggs twice a week however I am moving from hard boiled eggs to soft boil which I now cook each morning.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on January 19, 2012
at 03:04 AM

That would be good!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 19, 2012
at 01:33 AM

Yep... Just plain... they are very tasty...

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:46 AM

What do you do with your soft boil eggs? just eat them like they are?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 19, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Better with butter!

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