Extremely comprehensive family cookbook that includes both freezable meals and meals to be eaten immediately after preparation.
Fix Freeze Feast has a huge variety of recipes. It has 84 meat-based main dishes: 37 with chicken, 23 with beef and 24 with pork. There are 24 seafood and vegetable main and side dishes. 25 sauces and 16 breakfast, snacks and sweets finish up the book. Most of the recipes are family-sized but a few are for only two servings. It would be easy to scale up or down any of the recipes to fit any size of household. It was also easy to make most of recipes gluten-free by just using gluten-free flours, thickeners (like arrowroot), and breadcrumbs.
I tried the Chicken-Broccoli Bake, Vegetable Lasagna (small pan), Basic Red Sauce (small batch) and the Mama’s Pizza Sauce. I used the red sauce for the lasagna as suggested. The results for all of the recipes were outstanding. The best part of this book is the clear directions for how to package for the freezer and how to reheat the food. Packaging varies depending on the item being packaged. Most use either plastic freezer zipper bags or baking dishes. The author has a great idea to buy foil baking pans for no clean up after the meal is reheated. This works especially well when the item will be taken to a potluck or party.
About a tenth of the recipes are labeled with “Feast Tonight” and don’t contain a freezing step. While I was fine with those being included, I wish they were all located at the end of each section to make them easier to find. In addition, I would have liked nutritional information including calories to be provided.
Overall, this is a good book for people trying to cook weekday meals in advance. It would definitely be good for the family budget especially if shopping is done at Costco or Sam’s Club. 4 stars!
Thanks to the publisher, Storey Publishing LLC, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.