to ask what you keep in your freezer?

(130 Posts)
CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 17:57:24

Watched a Gordon Ramsey programme where he said he kept sliced frozen bagels in his freezer, so he's always got a quick brunch.

This had never occurred to me so I wondered what other freezer tricks I am missing out on.

To kick things off these are normally to be found lurking in my freezer:

Frozen veg (fast food for the dc when I can't be bothered to cook)

Fishfingers (See above)

Pizza base - Made in batch. And frozen for a quick pizza when I can't be bothered to cook (I see a theme emerging ...)

Banana bread, flapjacks etc - made in batch for after school snack.

Ice - For alcohol.

Frozen onions - For when I can be bothered to cook but not cry.

What do you keep in yours?

Size6feet Sat 03-Nov-12 09:56:48

My little back garden produces - strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, few gooseberries, apples and plums, few herbs. Picked in their prime and added to the freezer

Also freeze wholemeal bread and peel off two slices when needed. I put them straight into the toaster or under the grill with no problems.
Open freeze bacon slices then bag, same with sausages for portion control.

I freeze the fresh supermarket spinach leaves, still in the bag, then crush them down once frozen
I have a double chest freezer with large carrier bags to separate the meat, bread, vegs, fish, fruits.

jctoday Fri 02-Nov-12 22:49:50

Our mint patch grows wild and free in the summer, so I buy a large bottle of balsamic vinegar, pick a load of fresh mint leaves and put the two ingredients together in my food processor. I have a few ice cube trays with push up bottoms which I fill with the mixture. Into the freezer to freeze and then pushed out into plastic bags. Add 2 or 3 cubes to gravies or stews for a really great taste.

knowsbestmum Wed 24-Oct-12 10:12:43

We make up ham,cheese,chicken sandwiches on a sunday wrap them individualy and put them in the freezer this way when we are short of time or just can't be bothred in the mornings we can grab a sandwich and it's defrosted by lunch time in work.

CakePops Sat 13-Oct-12 22:34:14

That is a freezer to be proud of Raspberry.

How long does it take to defrost a pack of butter?

RaspberryLemonPavlova Sat 13-Oct-12 22:23:42

Lots of fresh apple sauce and apple slices from tree
Bag of breadcrumbs
Veg, onions, herbs, ginger
Batch-cooked meals (meat and veggy)
Butter icing
Biscuit dough
Pizza dough
Damsons
Crumpets and teacackes
Reduced/special offer sausages and beef
Lemon slices
Rice
Tub of mashed potato
chicken stock
Shredded cooked chicken and pork to make into meals.
Grated cheese
Packs of butter
Left over cheese like Stilton to stop me eating it

An very proud of my freezer at present!

CakePops Sat 13-Oct-12 17:24:53

I do what japple says and just freeze in portions.

Japple Sat 13-Oct-12 17:22:52

Herbs that Freeze well are:Basil,Borage,Chives,Dill,Oregano,Lemon grass,Mint,Sage,Savory,Sorrel,Tarragon and Thyme.
You wash them,slice if needed,Pat them dry..lay them in a Large,flat tray in the freezer.Now, put them into plastic bags which are labeled and dated. Jill.

nipersvest Sat 13-Oct-12 16:41:50

is there a knack to freezing fresh herbs?, i've tried and never succeeded.

ShutTheFrontDoor Sat 13-Oct-12 11:19:55

Cheers Olivia

VeganBody Sat 13-Oct-12 11:11:28

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justbogoffnow Sat 13-Oct-12 01:00:46

Whole chicken, half leg of lamb, gammon joint, mince, chicken thighs, chicken fillets, salmon, haddock, pizzas, chips, sweetcorn, vanilla ice cream, choc ices, pitta bread, batches of bolognese sauce, batches of shepherds pie filling, puff pastry, braising steak, peas, top tier of wedding cake (over 10 yrs old so won't be edible, stays there for sentimental reasons), frozen blackcurrants, an apple crumble.

OliviaLMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 13-Oct-12 00:48:46

Bluestocking

And, my piece de resistance of inherited weirdness, butter wrappers, neatly folded in a freezer bag, then I always have something to butter a cake tin/cover a chicken breast with. My mum does this!

ShutTheFrontDoor Fri 12-Oct-12 21:00:19

what is the genius butter wrapper idea? scrolled back and can't find it.

CakePops Fri 12-Oct-12 17:13:05

Very envy Amazing grin

Sorry Cakepops ive only just got back to this thread.
To answer your question waaaay up thread, I work in a chocolate shop. grin

Scholes34 Fri 12-Oct-12 11:51:16

Well our coffee tastes just fine.

FredFredGeorge Fri 12-Oct-12 11:20:48

Coffee Beans shoud not be kept in the freezer, as soon as you take them out and then put them back in (to take a few out to grind say) then the warm wet air will condense in the freezer and your beans are now moist. Moisture is the worst thing for beans.

You can maybe freeze them once, particularly if they are vacuum packed in a small quantity but that's not very practical.

Room temperature air tight container, and buy often.

Scholes34 Fri 12-Oct-12 10:40:25

Coffee beans certainly need to be kept in the freezer. They're the only thing in the freezer at work.

CakePops Thu 11-Oct-12 18:33:26

I think I should pop my parmasan in the freezer.

Bulk buying and freezing from Chinese/thai supermarkets is a great tip.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Thu 11-Oct-12 17:59:45

I am thrilled (easily pleased) to here the ginger suggestion.

I try to have a bag of frozen lime leaves in the freezer - they are way cheaper that way - you can get them from Thai shops for about £1.50 for a few dozen million leaves.

I find lemongrass easier to deal with if it's been frozen, too.

AlohaMama Thu 11-Oct-12 17:18:05

raw meat, fish
lots of frozen leftovers in toddler-size portions
home made ice lollies
parmesan
ginger
frozen veg
breads (pitta, naan, bagels)
egg whites (on the off chance that one day i might think of a way to use up these leftovers)
frozen blueberries, raspberries, bought when on offer
haagen dazs dulce leche icecream smile

CakePops Thu 11-Oct-12 13:53:04

I missed the minge thread - oh that did make me laugh!

I keep lots of offer packs of minge in mine. Minge is so very versatile.

Also have:
Cooked meat leftovers
Fresh meat and fish
Ice block coolers for the picnic basket because I haven't taken them out this year yet
Soup
Ice cream
Pasta sauce that I froze in ice cube trays and bagged, so that when DS is whining for pasta I only need one portion out rather than opening a whole jar slattern mummy
Milk but frozen in pints. Love OliviaMN's suggestion on ice cube trays though, will use that next time.
Chopped up onion in bags so I don't have to cry every time I make something with minge.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 11-Oct-12 13:24:32

Actually Cakepops pigeon breasts are lovely sliced and fried in a bit of seasoned flour with strips of bacon. Gorgeous on a salad.

And yes the pie is homemade. smile

MummyPig24 Thu 11-Oct-12 12:49:55

Right now theres lamb mince, fishcakes, chips, ice blocks, a solitary bread roll, smiley faces, peas, ice cream. We have pretty much depleted our frozen meat stash so need to stock up again.

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