Is there really anything better than pulling a ready-to-go Freezer Meal Beef Stew out of the freezer on a cold winter night and having dinner ready in just over an hour? I THINK NOT.
Oh, wait, yes there is – it’s that same situation + a piece of crusty bread for dunking into the stew, and a good TV show to catch up on, and a pair of really comfy sweatpants. There it is. That’s the dream right there.
I am not a huge beef eater, but I really, really, really love this recipe. It couldn’t be easier and it freezes perfectly, not to mention cooks up in a flash if you’re using the Instant Pot.
It’s saucy, savory, and texturally somewhere between a soup and a thick gravy, like a good stew should be.
How To Make Freezer Meal Beef Stew
Okay, first, I recommend using fresh veggies for this recipe. You want your veggies to have that nice diagonal cut to them, so slice them up and toss them into a freezer container with your beef, salt, sugar, and tomato juice.
When you’re ready to make this beauty, just take it out of the freezer and transfer it to your Instant Pot. After it’s done cooking (which happens remarkably fast), add a little cornstarch slurry to get it thickened up a bit.
And there it is. The easy, ridiculously delicious, Freezer Meal Beef Stew of your dreams!
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Freezer Meal Beef Stew! Served with crusty bread and a green salad? YES. just 6 ingredients, 45 minutes, and done.
2 lbs. beef chuck, fat trimmed, cut in small-ish pieces
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
6 stalks celery, sliced diagonally
6carrots, sliced diagonally
2 cans tomato juice(about 1 cup)
ADD AFTER COOKING:
2 tablespoonscornstarch in 2 tablespoons water
INSTANT POT: From frozen, 30 minutes on high pressure + 10 minutes natural release.
SLOW COOKER: From thawed, 5-6 hours on high.
FINAL STEP: After cooking in Instant Pot, turn on saute function. Add cornstarch slurry. Cook for a few minutes until slightly thickened. (If using a slow cooker, add cornstarch when it’s done and let thicken for 30 minutes.)
You can freeze the tomato juice with the rest of the ingredients or add it right before cooking. Both ways work great!
This recipe takes up quite a bit of space, so it works best when divided between two 7-cup glass containers, or stored in a plastic bag.