A nice warm filling frugal meal for a cold winters night. Mmmmm… This is one recipe I love because its a throw-together-in-the-crockpot in the morning type meal..one I don’t have to think about. Plus it turns out perfectly every time. Enjoy!
This recipe also works well for a quick freezer meal. Typically I add all the cold ingredients (except carrots and water – these need to be added day of) into a ziploc freezer bag. Freeze. Then night before I take this bag to thaw in fridge. In the morning I add it to the crockpot with carrots and water. Saves me a lot of measuring time.
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Stew
- 1 lb Beef Stew Meat *diced small*
- 1 1/4 cups sliced or chopped carrot
- 1 1/4 cups chopped onion
- 3/4 cup chopped celery
- 5 cups Water
- 1 tsp parsley flakes
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp Beef Bouillon powder
- 1/2 cup pearl barley
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
—> See ALL of my Freezer Meals recipes here.
Make sure to follow along with @HappyMoneySaver on Instagram, connect with me on Facebook and pin along with me on Pinterest!.
Want all the latest straight to your inbox? get the Happy Money Saver Newsletter straight to your inbox!
Kat Wozniak says
THANK YOU for these wonderful freezer meal ideas–I’m totally inspired! For the beef and barley stew, do I need to sear or cook the beef stew cubes first before adding them to the slow cooker? I imagine it’s fine to add raw cubes to the ziplock bag and freeze, but does the meat cook through properly & tender if added raw from the get-go?
No, you don’t need to sear those cubes first, just simply add them to the bag. They cook up wonderfully! Super tender and oh so gooood.
Mary C Rehder says
So delicious tender. Defenerly a meal that you’re belly will be saying more and get in my belly.
Thanks Mary, so happy you liked it!!
Katie McGrath says
I have a smaller slow cooker 2.5-3 ( for 1-3 persons ) Any suggestion for the recipe alterations. Find most slow cooker recipes are for the big crock-pots ?
I would mix all the ingredients well, then split this meal in half. Freeze one half and use the slow cooker for the other half. Same time to cook.
Hello from NC. I read all the comment’s and had a thought… a few people commented that the stew was a little watery for them. Have you thought about flouring the raw beef when preparing the stew as a freezer meal? Wouldn’t that in theory help to thicken the stew once dumped in to crock pot to cook? Just an idea, it’s all new to me >