Freezer Meal Recipes using Market Produce & Meats!

by Jerome Farmers Market, September 30, 2015
We've been talking a lot about stopping by the Market before the season's over, grabbing what is left of our fresh produce and meats and storing and/or freezing them for the coming Winter months.  Well, we think it's only fair we give you a few examples of how to do this.  Below are a number of Freezer recipes as well links to dozens more!  Enjoy!

Spiced Beef Kabobs with Herbed Cucumber and Tomato Salad


(10-inch) flat wooden skewers 
firm white bread slices, torn into small pieces 
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion 
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves 
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper 
Vegetable cooking spray 
pita rounds, warmed 
Yogurt-Tahini Sauce
Herbed Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad


1. Soak skewers in water 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place bread and water to cover in a small bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Using hands, squeeze excess liquid from bread; transfer bread to a large bowl. Stir in beef and next 9 ingredients.

2. Coat cold grill grate with cooking spray. Preheat grill to 400° (medium-high) heat. Divide ground beef mixture into 8 portions, and chill 10 minutes. Press and flatten each portion around a skewer, forming a 4- to 5-inch oval.

3. Grill, covered with grill lid, 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Serve warm with pita rounds, Yogurt-Tahini Sauce, and Herbed Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad.

MAKE IT AHEAD Prepare these kabobs up to two days in advance, and store in the fridge. Pop them on the grill just before you're ready to serve.

Crockpot Pot Roast with Green Beans

Yields: 6 servings


  • 2-pound boneless beef chuck shoulder roast, fat trimmed
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen green beans
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on “low” setting for 8 hours or until beef shreds easily with a fork.  Shred and serve.

To Freeze

  • Add all ingredients (except water) to a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag.  Remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze flat in your freezer for up to three months.  When ready to cook, thaw and add to crockpot with one cup of water.  Cook for 8 hours on “low” setting until beef shreds easily with a fork.  Shred and serve.
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1/4 cup unsalted butter 
thyme sprigs 
bay leaf 
5 pounds large sweet onions, vertically sliced (about 16 cups) 
1 tablespoon sugar 
6 cups unsalted beef stock (such as Swanson) 
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 
1 teaspoon black pepper 
24 (1/2-ounce) slices whole-grain French bread baguette 
5 ounces Gruy√®re cheese, shredded (about 1 1/4 cups) 


1. Place butter, thyme, and bay leaf in the bottom of a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Add onions; sprinkle with sugar. Cover and cook on HIGH for 8 hours.

2. Remove thyme and bay leaf; discard. Add stock, vinegar, salt, and pepper; cook, covered, on HIGH for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat broiler to high.

4. Arrange bread in a single layer on 2 baking sheets; broil 30 seconds on each side or until toasted. Place 1 cup soup in each of 12 (8-ounce) ramekins or ovenproof bowls, or follow freezing instructions. Top each serving with 2 bread slices and about 2 tablespoons cheese. Place 6 ramekins on a jelly-roll pan; broil 2 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Repeat procedure with remaining 6 ramekins, bread slices, and cheese.

BON APPETITE! ~ The Jerome Farmers Market!

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