Giveaway: 30 Day Gourmet’s Big Book of Freezer Cooking

July 21, 2010

Imagine getting an email from a cooking author that helped change the way you cook and being asked if you’d like to preview their latest edition. Yes, I was indeed honored, and almost speechless when I received that email from Nanci Slagle of 30 Day Gourmet.

You see, about four years ago when I found out I was pregnant with my son, I decided I needed to prepare for this life-changing event by finding as many shortcuts to life’s daily tasks as I could. I wanted to learn more about freezer cooking so I could have meals easily ready to go at suppertime. So I immediately went searching the web and discovered 30 Day Gourmet’s last book. It was exactly what I was looking for. It wasn’t just recipes, but it was step-by-step on how to freezer cook–the do’s and don’ts and planning worksheets. I loved it so much that it changed the way I cook now. I freeze meals all the time for quick dinners.

My only negative I could have said about the book was that I couldn’t lay it flat to keep it open while I was working on the recipes. They have completely fixed that with the latest book called 30 Day Gourmet’s BIG Book of Freezer Cooking. It’s a ring-bound book (that lays flat!) that has a lot of their past recipes, new recipes and just like with the last copy, you get a user/password so you can have access to all their online recipes, too. Some of my favorites that I’ve cooked have come from their website, too.

Overall, there are 150 recipes in the book–each of them comes with nutritional analysis, color photos, step-by-step instructions and freezing info.

And if you ever do check this one out, I highly recommend the Taco Chili! I’ve cooked this many a time for family and friends and they barely believe me when I tell them it was frozen just a few hours before. It’s a seasonal tradition for us to have on Sundays when the Bears games are on now.

Nanci was so very kind to offer me a copy to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. I’m hoping if this sounds like something you’d like to read and learn how to do, that you’ll enter and try to win it.


NOTE: Beneath this posting is the word “Comments.” This is where you’ll put your entries. Only entries on this posting will be counted. Be sure to fill out a separate comment for each one you do as that’s the only way they can be counted.

1) To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment letting me know what is something that you’ve had success freezing or would like to learn how to freeze?

After that, here are other ways to enter:

2) Subscribe to my email newsletter or RSS Feed .

3) Follow me on Twitter or Facebook.

4) Blog/Tweet about the giveaway.

There’s a total of 4 entries per person! (Please be sure to leave separate entries for each one, as that’s the only way they can be counted.)

Entry is open to US residents only through 11:59PM CST on Monday, July 26, 2010. Winner will be chosen using and contacted by email. If you’re the winner, you’ll have only 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.

Good luck to all of you who enter!

A very special thank you to Nanci Slagle of 30 Day Gourmet not only for the giveaway opportunity for my readers but also for the 30 Day Gourmet Big Book of Freezer Cooking for myself, as well. Please note that these gifts did not affect my review in any way. I always provide honest reviews for my readers and notify all sponsors of this before accepting their offers.

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201 Christina July 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

I freeze eggplant parm every summer from eggplant we grow in the garden!

202 Christina July 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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203 Sarah F July 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Would love to figure out how to freeze things from our garden.

204 Jami Lynn July 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I just completed my very first freezer cooking session about a week ago. I LOVED it, and I just know this book would be extremely helpful next month!

205 Jami Lynn July 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I’m a “fan” on facebook :)

206 Janet F July 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm

There is so much I could learn about freezer cooking. I did just freeze some blueberries!

207 Janet F July 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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208 Janet F July 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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209 Heather T. July 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I love to freeze leftover soups then when I go to work I can just grab them and go, but I would love to learn more on the freezing meals for the month. With 3 young boys it would help out a lot.

210 Andrea July 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I freeze baked cookies as an easy addition to a lunch or as an easy snack for my husband who prefers them frozen

211 Andrea July 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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212 Andrea July 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I’m an emAil subscriber!

213 Patty July 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I have been involved in a meal exchange with 5 other families, making 5 batches of food to freeze for future meals. Was interested in learning how to freeze breakfast items and noodle type dishes. Thanks and enjoy your website!

214 Melissa H July 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I freeze stuffed shells and pulled pork after they are cooked. Both make a tasty last minute meal in a pinch.

215 Melissa H July 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm

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216 Alicia July 22, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I have been dying to try freezer cooking but I’m scared and this book seems like it’s just what I need!

217 Melissa July 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I freeze baked ziti and chicken casserole and quesadillas

218 Yvonne July 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I don’t really know how to freeze much other than meats, poultry, etc. Tried milk once my family didn’t care for it. I would LOVE to learn how to do this. I work full time and our budget falls to the wayside from eating out.

219 Stephanie G July 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I’m had success with freezing marinated chicken so it’s ready to throw straight on the grill when it’s thawed out and it’s super tasty that way

220 Stephanie G July 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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221 Stephanie G July 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm

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222 Julie B July 23, 2010 at 6:25 am

Before my youngest son was born a few months ago I froze lots of chicken breasts in marinade. I put 2 in a small ziplock bag with marinade. Let them sit in the fridge for 12 hours and then tossed in the freezer. They were so handy because I could thaw the bags quickly in the sink.

223 Julie B July 23, 2010 at 6:25 am

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224 Julie B July 23, 2010 at 6:29 am

I follow on facebook now too!

225 Dory July 23, 2010 at 6:59 am

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226 Dory July 23, 2010 at 7:01 am

I receive your email daily too :)

227 Dory July 23, 2010 at 7:06 am

I’ve never tried true freezer cooking, however I do freeze the leftover broth (from roasting chicken and hams in the crock pot) for use in soups and such. Can’t wait to try!

228 Leah July 23, 2010 at 7:10 am

Whenever I make soup, I make a double batch and freeze the rest for a quick and easy dinner later.

229 Rachel July 23, 2010 at 9:15 am

Whenever I see bell peppers on the reduced price rack I buy them, at home I slice them into strips and freeze them (I do the same thing with onions). I cannot believe what a difference it made in preparing meals, it is such a time saver, not to mention money saver.
I would really like to learn how to freeze individual meals though. I try to make meals for my grandfather and for a friends family because their mother died and I really want to make sure they are eating the best they can.

230 Amber July 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

I chop several onions at one time, then freeze them. It saves prep time later!

231 Jennifer K July 23, 2010 at 9:18 am

We just froze some sweet corn we blanched. It will be good this winter. I have done little lasagna rolls in the past that were good but would love to have some great recipes.

232 Teresa July 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

One of my favorite things to freeze is cake mix cookies. You can make them in SOOOO many flavors and only cook a few at a time!!


233 Teresa July 23, 2010 at 9:49 am

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234 Teresa July 23, 2010 at 9:49 am

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235 Candace July 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

I freeze everything I can buy in bulk: cheeses, egg whites (my mother taught me to use an ice cube tray, one white per cube section until frozen, then put into bags or foil), cooked rice that I re-steam to heat up, cooked sauces, etc. But I haven’t done much with cooked, prepared meals that I freeze, except when I make gumbo. I always make extra and freeze it.

236 Carrie Halford July 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

I absolutely would love to win this book!!! I have had alot of success with freezing the following meals or items:

breakfast burritos ( a huge hit at my work)
chicken pot pie
mashed potatoes!!

237 Amanda Y. July 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

We just freeze meat mostly now, but when we make some room in our freezer, we’re planning to try making meals 2 weeks at a time to freeze them.

238 Amanda Y. July 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

I’m a subscriber

239 Amanda Y. July 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

I’m a facebook fan

240 vanessa Delgado July 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I would love to learn how to freezer cook, I do freeze our ripen bananas to make banana nut bread and it comes delicious.

241 vanessa Delgado July 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

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242 Amy July 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

We freeze pot pie w/o the crust and just add the crust from the fridge before baking. It turns out great!

243 Amy July 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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244 Hollie July 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I always make a large batch of spaghetti sauce & freeze several containers.

245 Hollie July 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

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246 Hollie July 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I follow you on FB as well

247 Becky Weber July 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I am trying to get into freezer cooking and just froze my meatloaf, Frontier Chowder (soup) and Bourbon Flank Steak. I know the meatloaf and soup will turn out alright, I’m crossing my fingers with the Bourbon Flank Steak. I think it should come out alright.

I’d like to know if my Chicken Bolo Gai will freeze OK. It is excellent fresh, but because you fry it in butter before baking it, I’m not sure if that will turn out OK.

248 Becky Weber July 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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249 Becky Weber July 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

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250 Jennifer July 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I have heard great things about this book! I freeze cooked and spiced pinto beans for quick enchiladas/tostadas.

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