Acceptable Cooking Methods

  • Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

  • Insta Pot Slow Cooker & Pressure Cooker

  • Ninja Foodie Slow Cooker & Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer

  • Stove Top

  • Oven / Broiler

  • BB

All of the above cooking methods are compatible with our meals. You can use one of or a combination to achieve your desired results. For example chicken thighs with bone and skin if not cooked correctly on the BBQ will end up burnt outside and raw at the bone. But if you slow cook the chicken in the sauce and then remove and BBQ the chicken thighs you get a perfect combination of throughly cooked chicken inside and perfectly cooked and crispy skin on the outside. Cooking pro's use a combination. But don't worry if you only want to use one methods you will still get great results from our generously portioned perfectly prepared seasoned artisan meals. 

Crock-Pot Sizes for Servings

1 Serving  1-2qt crock-pot is best, 4qt crock-pot is ok, 5-8qt crock-pots not recommended

2 Servings 1-2qt crock-pot is best, 4qt crock-pot is ok, 5-8qt crock-pots not recommended 

3 Servings 1-2qt crock-pot is not recommended, 4qt crock-pot is best, 5-8qt crock-pots ok

4 Servings 1-2qt crock-pot is not recommended, 4qt crock-pot is best, 5-8qt crock-pots ok

5 Servings 1-2qt crock-pot is not recommended, 4qt crock-pot is best, 5-8qt crock-pots ok

6 Servings 1-2qt crock-pot is not recommended, 4qt crock-pot is ok, 5-8qt crock-pots best

7 Servings 1-2qt crock-pot is not recommended, 4qt crock-pot is ok, 5-8qt crock-pots best

8 Servings -2qt crock-pot is not recommended, 4qt crock-pot is ok, 5-8qt crock-pots best

The best way to know is once you have added your meal and add the recommended water/liquid your crockpot should be 1/2 to 3/4 full. Never more than 3/4 full and it will cook fast if less than 1/2 full and so cook times should be adjusted.  

COOKING TIPS and TIMES

 

The cook times below are estimated and you will need to adjust according your liking. For example if you like meats, chicken and pasta "Al Dente" or firm vs you prefer the meats/chicken to shred or fall apart. You will also need to adjust to the strength of your particular crockpot/insta pot/ninja foodie and or if you are cooking at higher altitudes.

 

The first quoted number is for stronger crockpots and for meals in which you prefer the meat and vegetables to be more firm and maybe not completely broken down. The second longer quoted times are for meals in weaker crockpots and/or if cooking at higher altitude and/or if you prefer to have your meats and veggies broken down and easy to shred or pull apart.

 

We highly recommend that you thaw out your meals prior to placing them in the crock pot. This can be done overnight in the fridge or in the morning by placing the frozen bag in room temperature water.

 

All of our meals require that you add water (or evaporated milk) as they ship with either dehydrated beef, chicken, vegetable, curry stock cubes. Once you add the contents of the frozen bag to the crockpot or pressure cooker, simply add the appropriate number of cups of water based on number of servings. For example, ​​​​​​​you will find in the cooking instructions a statement that says: For 1-2 servings add 1 cup of water, for 3-4 servings add 2 cups of water for 5-6 servings add 3 cups of water and for 7-8 servings add 4 cups of water. 

Here is the general cross reference table:

Per 1 Serving    Cups of Water

  Minimum/Dry.        1/4

  Chilis/Stews.       1/2   

  Soups/Wet.           1 

TYPE OF RECIPES

 

All times quoted are if the crockpot is 3/4's full with the food and water. If 1/2 or less full then reduce cook times by 1 hour. 

 

Most importanly always watch and double check your food and how you want the tenderness to be. 
 

Vegetarian/Vegan recipes

Small Slow Cooker.  3 - 4 hours on low or 2 hours on hi 

Large Slow Cooker.  2 - 3 hours on low or 1.5 hours on hi

Pressure Cooker.    3 mins 

Boneless chicken breast recipes

Small Slow Cooker.  4 - 6 hours on low or 3 - 4 hours on hi 

Large Slow Cooker.  3 - 6 hours on low or 2 -3 hours on hi

Pressure Cooker.    4 - 6 mins (To be able to Shred)
 

Soup/stew/chili with raw meat
Small Slow Cooker.  8 - 10 hours on low or 4 - 5 hours on hi 

Large Slow Cooker.  5 - 8 hours on low or 3 - 4 hours on hi

Pressure Cooker.    15 - 20 mins (To be able to Shred)

 

Whole Pork or beef roast

Small Slow Cooker.  8 - 10 hours on low or 4 - 5 hours on hi 

Large Slow Cooker.  5 - 8 hours on low or 3 - 4 hours on hi

Pressure Cooker.    15 - 20 mins (To be able to Shred)

TIPS FOR COOKING FROZEN PRESSURE COOKER MEALS

 

Liquid is a must!

 

Fresh meat and vegetables release a lot of liquid when cooking, so don’t add a lot of liquid to the crockpot freezer meals. HOWEVER, pressure cookers require liquid to achieve pressure and cook the food. (Typically, at least a cup of liquid is needed.) If a recipe doesn’t contain one cup of liquid, add 1/2-1 cup of water or broth the day of cooking.

Some ingredients need to be added *after* pressure cooking.

There are some liquids that may be too thick to help a pressure cooker reach the necessary pressure for cooking (for example, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and canned coconut milk). You can wait until after cooking to mix these ingredients into your meal. Thickening agents like flour and cornstarch should also be added after cooking.

The “Burn” error

If you ever have an pressure pot flop that burns and doesn’t reach pressure, just open the lid, press the “sauté” button and finish cooking the meal that way. It’s the same thing as boiling a meal in a pan on the stovetop.

 

Ninja Foodie Tips:

 

Once a meal is completed or 30 mins prior to staed completion time, you can remove slow cooker lid, close air fryer lid and air fry or broil for 5-10 mins or until meal slightly browned.

 

Disclaimer: All meals are produced in a kitchen that contains allergens including but not limited to wheat, soy, dairy, and shellfish.

 

 

Organic Sides Stove Top Cooking Tips:

Rice Cooking: 1/4 cup per serving

 

  • Rice to water is 1 to 1.5 (1/4 cup rice is 3/8 cup water)

  • Add water, rice and ACU flavoring to pot, cover and bring to the boil

  • Turn down to low and simmer for 14 mins for Al Dente, 15 mins for normal, 16 mins for soft

  • Let stand for 5 mins and fluff with fork

Quinoa Cooking: 1/4 cup per serving

  • Quinoa to water is 1 to 1 (1/4 cup rice is 1/4 cup water)

  • Add water, quinoa and ACU flavoring to pot, cover and bring to the boil

  • Turn down to low and simmer for 14 mins for Al Dente, 15 mins for normal, 16 mins for soft

  • Let stand for 5 mins and fluff with fork

Couscous Cooking: 1/4 cup per serving

  • Couscous to water is 1 to 1 (1/4 cup rice is 1/4 cup water)

  • Add water to pot, cover and bring to the boil

  • Quickly stir in Couscous and ACU flavoring

  • Remove from heat, leave covered and let stand for 5 mins, fluff with fork

Macaroni Elbow Noodles: 1/2 cup (2oz) per serving

  • Add contents (macaroni noodles and flavoring) to pot

  • Add appropriate amount of water - 2 cups per serving / 1/2 cup (2 oz) of macaroni noodles

  • Bring to the boil

  • Boil uncovered for 8 mins to Al Dente, 9 mins to normal, 10 mins to soft

  • Drain and salt to taste

Spaghetti Noodles: 1/2 cup (2oz) per serving

  • Add contents (spaghetti and flavoring) to pot

  • Add appropriate amount of water - 4 cups per serving / 1/2 cup (2 oz) of spaghetti noodles

  • Bring to the boil

  • Cook uncovered for 9 mins to Al Dente, 10 mins to normal, 11 mins to soft

  • Drain and salt to taste

Quinoa Macaroni Noodles: 1/2 cup (2oz) per serving

  • Add contents (Quinoa macaroni noodles and flavoring) to pot

  • Add appropriate amount of water - 2 cups per serving / 1/2 cup (2 oz) of quinoa macaroni noodles

  • Bring to the boil

  • Boil for 4 mins to Al Dente, 5 mins to normal, 6 mins to soft

  • Drain and salt to taste

Quinoa Spaghetti Noodles: 1/2 cup (2oz) per serving

  • Add contents (Quinoa spaghetti noodles and flavoring) to pot

  • Add appropriate amount of water - 4 cups per serving / 1/2 cup (2 oz) of quinoa spaghetti noodles

  • Bring to the boil

  • Boil for 4 mins to Al Dente, 5 mins to normal, 6 mins to soft

  • Drain and salt to taste

 

ACU Rice Noodle: 1/4 cup is serving (2 oz)

 

  • Boil Water (Stove Top or Kettle). Turn off.

  • Add rice noodles to boiled water.

  • Let stand and soak for 10 mins or until tender

  • Rinse with cold water and drain.

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