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 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.
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.
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.
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!