Double & Freeze: Corn Chowder

This is our next installment in our series called Double and Freeze. The concept is that you get more bang for your buck in meal preparation by doubling your recipe, serving half and freezing half for another time. I always do this near the end of my pregnancies in preparation for the postpartum phase. When I’m cooking dinner for my family – and if it’s freezer/leftover friendly – I double the recipe and freeze the extra half to be consumed during the postpartum phase when I absolutely will NOT be cooking dinner. I do declare! At the end of this process, we have a freezer full of meals and even if we have a Meal Train (see here), our freezer meals fill in the gaps nicely or extend the time meal preparation is unnecessary. Win!

Our last double and freeze was my go-to: Bean & Cheese Enchiladas (see here). But today I’m going to share another meal I love: Corn Chowder! This is a family recipe from my mother-in-law, and we make it all winter. It’s creamy and nourishing and mostly definitely has its roots in the Midwest. In other words: ignore this post if you’re dairy sensitive!

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 cups water
  • 7-8 medium potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cream-style corn
  • 1.5 cups shredded parmesan cheese, and more for garnish, if desired
These items are for a single batch. Double these to officially double and freeze!
  1. Peel your potatoes and carrots. Dice them up and slice your celery. Chop your onion. Add all these vegetables to a large saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 12-15 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Do not drain!
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper and whisk until smooth. Slowly stir in the milk. Cook 10-15 minutes until thickened. Do not boil. Add the parmesan cheese and stir to melt.
  3. Add cream-style corn to the vegetable saucepan, then stir the sauce in as well. Cook 10 minutes longer or until heated throughout. Serve with biscuits or muffins. 
And there you have it! Easy, right? Serve this for dinner in your last weeks of pregnancy and store the remainder in the freezer as a nice, hearty, and nourishing postpartum meal. 

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