Anything is possible, right? I wanted to share with you the other side of The Family Freezer meals…when they are cooked and on the table! The meal I want to share is the last bag in a set of meals I made over a month ago. It’s a little different than some of Kelly’s recipes because it you actually make burgers in a crockpot. I was a little hesitant to try it, but I thought, why not!
With this particular recipe, I took the bag out the day before and put it in the fridge because it needed to thaw so I could mold the meat to bottom of the crockpot. Usually, I just bring the bag out of the freezer, stick it in some water for a few minutes to loosen up the contents and then plop it in the crock pot!
Here is what this bag looked like when I got it out my freezer. I feel funny posting these pictures because I promised an attractive blog and here I am showing you frozen and thawed raw meat. 🙂 Not exactly an Instagram worthy blog at this point! Oh well, we are realists here at Rittman Orchard. Apparently, I also misspelled Cheeseburgers on my label…so there’s that.
I was not able to link this exact recipe, as it comes from one of Kelly’s eCookbooks that I purchased (Keto Friendly Meals). But I have a feeling you can use just about any mix of burger meat you want and make this work.
If you ARE looking for an amazing collection of free recipes from Kelly, check out her Year’s Worth of Crockpot Freezer Meal Plans. It’s pretty amazing what she does for you in this blog! Again, I am getting no payment for sharing these links! I got a lot of comments that some of you want to try this method and this link is a great place to start!
Before I left for the orchard, I pressed the meat into the crockpot as the recipe instructed. Here is another impressive photo of raw meat for you to enjoy. Savor the simplicity of it…
When I got home, the house smelled great! 🙂 I added cheese and fed the cats while I left the crockpot on for 10 more minutes so it would melt.
After I took it out of the crockpot, Chris was home and impressed with the huge burger I was making him for dinner (it’s the size of a full dinner plate). 🙂 After letting it cool for a few minutes, I cut it up into sections. I cut it in half the long way so it was not too thick. Here is a lovely block of meat for you to gaze upon.
I used a few items you can find in our store, which are staples in my house. First is the Classic Cleveland Ketchup. I am a ketchup fiend. Ask Chris. Although I’m not someone who puts ketchup on everything, when I do use ketchup, I use A LOT. On our honeymoon I found a magnet that said, “I put ketchup on my ketchup” and I had to buy it. I brought it home a couple weeks ago and have already gone through one bottle…it’s delicious. They have three flavors and are working on creating a mustard! The other product I used in my salad was Amish Wedding’s Golden Italian Dressing, which is also one of my go-to dressings.
Here is the final meal.
You will notice, I made Abbie a version of the burger. Full confession, she took a bite and was not impressed…but she tried it. 🙂 Toddlers.
Final Thoughts: We enjoyed the flavor of the burger. Chris likes his burgers on the grill with that charbroiled flavor. I don’t know if I would do this again, as I like a more medium-rare burger and this was pretty well-done, having been in the crockpot most of the day. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted good, but I think as far as burgers go…we might just stick to the grill.
That’s it for now! Thanks for reading my blog. I really enjoy the connection with you guys and hearing your reflections/reactions. On Facebook, someone commented that they tried making the pasta dish from my first blog! I thought that was so cool. I look forward to sharing more and hearing from you guys!
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