Crock Pot SCR250-POLKA 2-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker, Polka Dot PatternEasy Crockpot Meals For The Elderly
During the last year of my father’s life, I flew out to Arizona once every 2 months to not only visit but also to cook and freeze meals for my parents.
I became a pro at using a vacuum sealer and became quite creative at cooking up and freezing delicious meals like shrimp scampi or beef brisket with potatoes. My brother in Tucson supplemented my meals by cooking extra for his family and freezing it for our parents.
All our folks had to do was toss the bags in the microwave and, in about 4 minutes, a delicious dinner was on their plates. In this way, we knew that they were eating nutritious meals – homemade with love.
So, when I ran across this article, 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals, I thought it contained a brilliant idea. Basically, all you do is load freezer bags with all the ingredients for a crockpot meal and freeze them! Deliver to your elderly loved ones and place in the freezer with instructions about how to prepare in the crockpot. A side benefit is that using crockpots is a very much safer way for the elderly to cook instead of a stove.
Not only will your elderly friend have a wonderful dinner in the evening, but the crockpot cleanup is non-existent, especially is you make the freezer meals in a crockpot liner before putting into the ziplock freezer bag. Once the meal is eaten, the liner is tossed right into the trash. How much easier (and tastier) can you get?
Below are some highly rated items that you might need to prepare some of these great crockpot freezer meals – note there’s a lot of cookbooks for crockpots (most of them healthy recipes) at the end of this article.
Good Crockpots For The Elderly
These crockpots are on the smaller side to match the family size and appetites of the elderly. I’ve also selected only those crockpots with knob controls instead of programmable controls – those with programmable controls just add a level of complexity (and possibly frustration) to an elderly loved one (and to me….).
1.5 Quart Crockpots
Proctor Silex 33015Y 1-1/2-Quart Round Slow CookerProctor Silex 33116Y Portable Oval Slow Cooker, 1.5-QuartProctor Silex 33111Y Portable Oval Slow Cooker, 1.5-QuartNesco SC-150R Oval Slow Cooker, 1.5-Quart, RedKitchen Selectives Slow Cooker, 1.5-Quart, Turquoise
3 Quart and Larger Crockpots
Crock-Pot SCR300SS 3-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker, Stainless SteelHamilton Beach 33234 Oval Slow Cooker, 3-Quart / ChevronCrock-Pot SCV401TR 4-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker, RedHamilton Beach 33182A Slow Cooker, 8-QuartElite Platinum MST-900D Maxi-Matic 8.5 Quart Digital Slow Cooker, Stainless SteelCrock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel, SCCPVL610-SDisney Pixar Oval Slow Cooker, 7 quart, BlackHamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe, 6-Quart (33969A)
I love these multicookers! Not only do they function as crock pots, but they also will roast a chicken, brown and saute, and steam. Some, like the first link below, are even pressure cookers!
I usually prefer kitchen appliances that have more than one function. Suffice it to say one of these slow cooker multi-functional pots is on its way to my home….
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000WCuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow Cooker, Brown/Saute, SteamerPhilips HD3095/87 Electric Multi-Cooker, Stainless Steel/WhiteCrock-Pot 6-Quart 5-in-1 Multi-Cooker with Non-Stick Inner Pot, Stainless Steel, SCCPMC600-SFagor 670040230 Stainless-Steel 3-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker
Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners Value Pack 8 CountRegency Wraps RW1020-12 12-Pack Slow Cooker Savers for Lining Slow CookersPanSaver EZ Clean Multi-Use Cooking Bags Slow Cooker Liners, 25 CountCrockpot Slow Cooker Liner – 4 liners 13In x 20.30InPanSaver Set of 4 Slow Cooker LinersCrock Pot 41426 90001 4 Count Slow Cooker Liners, 6-Pack
Any of the recipes in these books can be adapted to be made into frozen meals for the elderly.
The Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook: 150 Fix-and-Forget Recipes Using Delicious, Whole Food IngredientsThe Everything Healthy Slow Cooker CookbookSlow Cooking for Two: A Slow Cooker Cookbook with 101 Slow Cooker RecipesCrock-Pot® The Original Slow Cooker Recipe CollectionFix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook: 1400 Best Slow Cooker Recipes!Taste of Home Slow Cooker: 431 Hot & Hearty Classics5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook: Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Crock Pot RecipesAmerican Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Low-Fuss, Good-for-You RecipesOne Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More