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Old 08-20-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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ISO FoodSaver menu ideas for college student

Recently bought a foodsaver in order to freeze meals for my son who is going away to college, ~100 miles from home. I should be able to make food runs to him every now and then.

Have been searching the internet for ideas and have come across a few, but looking for more ideas.

Was wondering what I might be able to cook and freeze using a foodsaver that could be microwaved for a quick meal?

Here is my list so far:
  • Pastas
  • Breads
  • Meatloaf
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soups and stews(freeze first and then seal)
  • I grill quite a bit, grilled meat should work.

All ideas are appreciated. Don't know if I can throw a full meal in a bag and seal (protein + veggies).
Thank you.

-Dad

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Old 08-20-2015, 02:48 PM   #2
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Recently bought a foodsaver in order to freeze meals for my son who is going away to college, ~100 miles from home. I should be able to make food runs to him every now and then.

Have been searching the internet for ideas and have come across a few, but looking for more ideas.

Was wondering what I might be able to cook and freeze using a foodsaver that could be microwaved for a quick meal?

Here is my list so far:
  • Pastas
  • Breads
  • Meatloaf
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soups and stews(freeze first and then seal)
  • I grill quite a bit, grilled meat should work.

All ideas are appreciated. Don't know if I can throw a full meal in a bag and seal (protein + veggies).
Thank you.

-Dad
Welcome to DC Elgato

What kind of refrigerator will your son have?
Will he be in a dorm or an apartment?
He has a microwave and a nice Dad that's a good start.

I wouldn't worry too much about mashed potatoes,veggies,pastas.
Those can be bought boxed,canned,frozen.

Beef Jerky, granola bars,trail mixes can be easily flavor sealed.
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:27 PM   #3
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He's in an apartment with a full size refrigerator and a microwave. Last year he was a freshmen in a dorm with a cafeteria, didn't have to worry about food. A little different this year. Mostly dinner that I'm worried about. Prefer he didn't eat Taco Bell 7 night a week.

I've read the preferred way of heating these foodsaver bags is to simmer them in boiling water for ~10-15 minutes. Don't know if my son has that kind of patience. I believe they can also be opened up a little bit and microwaved.

Thank you.

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Old 08-20-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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Welcome to DC!

Sliced baked ham, cooked pork chop, roast beef vac pack well. BBQ ribs would be good. Fresh produce like green beans, blanched, also freeze nicely. Apple sauce and apple butter work too. Freezer pickles with sliced cukes are a nice treat.

I agree with Munky, things like mashed potatoes in a pouch along with canned veggies are pretty easy.
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:50 PM   #5
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Knowing he has a fridge this year,boy does he have it made now!

I've made ahead a few meals and flavor sealed them.They worked out great.

Rotisserie Chicken

You Q, Tri-tips with grilled veggies, bell peppers and such were a hit here.Hassle free my sons ate well when I wasn't home.All they had to do is thaw in the fridge. Poke a hole in the bag and nuke a few minutes.

Toasted garlic bread.Is pretty good.I've learned to be careful on how I sealed it.The first time it was more of a flat bread. :( LOL!

Spaghetti and noodles.Yes he's going to have to wait for the pot to boil.Sorry...

Beef stew is good

Pulled pork is easy.Same with Brisket.He'd have a variety of bbq goodies

Burritos


Now that he has a kitchen.If you can go to good will and buy him a crock pot, cooking utensils.It's cheaper.
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #6
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I would portion and freeze the things that you are preparing for your own dinner and when things start falling out of your freezer fill a cooler and ship them to your son.

American chop suey or goulash would be good if you slightly undercook the elbow macaroni and add some additional sauce to the packages.

Individual packets of sloppy joes or meatballs in sauce would be good for a hot sandwich.

Good luck!
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I need to fill a cooler with things that are falling out of my freezer and send them to your son!
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I need to fill a cooler with things that are falling out of my freezer and send them to your son!
We could all send the kid a couple of mystery meals from our freezers!
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We could all send the kid a couple of mystery meals from our freezers!

I think we're on to something here, AB! Win-win!
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ISO FoodSaver menu ideas for college student

ElGato, anything that can be frozen and can stand up to suctioning will work great with the food saver. Aunt Bea's idea of saving some of your own meals and vac packing and freezing is a good one.

I have good success cutting a slit in the bag and nuking it.
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