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?

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 17:58:35

Oh and frozen herbs.

<peers into freezer>

Fish fingers.

Oven chips.

Frozen veg.

Honeycomb ice cream.

Ice for martinis.

A pair of jeans.

picnicbasketcase Wed 10-Oct-12 18:01:26

Jeans? confused

Frozen veg, ice lollies, chips, ready meals for DH to take to work. That's about it.

Pascha Wed 10-Oct-12 18:01:28


Pizza, garlic bread, naan bread, bread, crumpets, part-baked rolls
Raw meat of various types
Frozen veg, chips
Various bags of Brown in single portion sizes
A few leftover breastmilk bags

GoSakuramachi Wed 10-Oct-12 18:02:15

Frozen food.

And the directions to the Food or Chat topics.

nokidshere Wed 10-Oct-12 18:02:49

Peas, Sweetcorn and ice lollies!

fortoday Wed 10-Oct-12 18:02:56

Vodka, Smiley Faces and Chicken Nuggets- Use them all at once usually too!

cheekydevil Wed 10-Oct-12 18:03:01

My ex

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 18:03:16

Did you have a few of those martinis before you put the washing away Bunny? grin

41notTrendy Wed 10-Oct-12 18:03:26

The end of the loaf for instant breadcrumbs.
At this time of year we have a 'bubble and squeak' bag where I put in left over mash and veg and keep topping it up so can cook it up when there's enough.
Leftover gravy.
Vodka grin
Leftover wine (now stay your sharp intake of breath-this doesn't happen unless someone has bought one we don't like, or have got cooking wine left over)
Cheese. I have some leftover Stilton in ours at the moment, waiting to be made into soup.

Scholes34 Wed 10-Oct-12 18:03:44

Too much.

Lots of black bananas - great chopped up in a blender with milk to make a lovely milkshake with a "melting icecream" consistency.

VerySmallSqueak Wed 10-Oct-12 18:03:57

I haven't got a freezer.

I miss frozen peas and ice cream the most.

Inneedofbrandy Wed 10-Oct-12 18:04:06

Ice cubes
Frozen cream and jam donouts

Frozen veg

Home made cookies

Oven chips
a single banana

chicken thighs
Left over chilli
Left over curry

cantspel Wed 10-Oct-12 18:04:19

anything i can get in the reduced cabinet that will freeze. At the moment i have about 5 packs of chicken, lamb chops, some lamb neck, fish, some cubed beef and a couple of packs of sausages and burgers. Plus rice, veg, and bread.

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 18:05:18

Brown??? Can you really store claas A drugs in the freezer Paascha?

flyoverthegoldenhill Wed 10-Oct-12 18:05:28

Cheeky cheeky

cantspel Wed 10-Oct-12 18:06:18

oh and a large leg of lamb which i am saving for new year.

41notTrendy Wed 10-Oct-12 18:07:03

Oh and of course the standard: meat, fishfingers, oven chips, peas, sweetcorn, waffles and various bag'o browns.

MardyBra Wed 10-Oct-12 18:07:53

And this is in AIBU because...?

bluecarrot Wed 10-Oct-12 18:08:05

-I half bagels too - and muffins (the bread kind, not bun kind)
-herbs, ginger, chilli, garlic (from freezer dept for supermarket)
-all our bread goes straight in freezer as we only use it for toast. currently full of reduced price gluten free bread and pancakes all reduced to 10p
-I grate cheese and freeze it on an open try for an hour then store in a ziplock bag
-berries - though usually cheaper to buy them pre-frozen in supermarket than to buy them fresh and freeze them (we grow some but not enough to last a year!)
-frozen veg inc sliced peppers and onions as well as mixed variety.
-milk in tubs that hold enough to last an average day.
-cake, cookie dough mix..
-oh, I cut fresh shop bought pizzas in quarters before freezing for better portion control (only dd eats them as I avoid gluten)

also full of pre-made meals in DD sized portions. Have about 8 lasagnas, 4 cottage pies, 4 shepherds pies etc as well as h/m fish fingers and chicken goujons.

nokidshere Wed 10-Oct-12 18:09:02

well at least this thread prompted me to put the chest freezer up for sale since it doesn't serve any real purpose grin

Bits of bread for breadcrumbs, fruit loaf, crumpets,.

Rum & Raisin Ice cream. Pots of pureed veg.

Chips, Peas, Sweetcorn.

Various raw meats.

Puff Pastry, Filo Pastry.

Slices of old banana for JO cheats ice cream. Frozen berries - same reason.

Pots of leftover chilli and bolognese to use in pasta bakes.

My social life. I'm hoping to bring it out of cryogenic deep freeze in about ten years time.

That and lots of sausages from friends who rear their own pigs, and the yummy soft cheese that was on offer the other day.

zukiecat Wed 10-Oct-12 18:11:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Wed 10-Oct-12 18:11:56

Dead mice.

MardyBra Wed 10-Oct-12 18:12:41

grin at Jenai

Oh and OP, try keeping the onions in the fridge, they seem to make me cry much much less that if they're kept out.

OliviaLMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Oct-12 18:13:13

Hi there
We have moved this thread to food
My top tip?
Freeze semiskimmed milk in ice cubes so that you've got enough for a cuppa (the hot water helps defrost it) if you've run out and can't be arsed get to the shop

FredFredGeorge Wed 10-Oct-12 18:14:00

YABU to have "Frozen Onions" and "Frozen Veg" in your freezer and not "Frozen Fish Fingers" "Frozen Ice" "Frozen Banana Bread" etc. The Frozen is already evident from the fact it's in the freezer.

(now I've found a reason...)

Ice Cream, Chocolate (to go with the ice cream), Peas and left overs is all that's in ours.

CelineMcBean Wed 10-Oct-12 18:15:05

The first Mr McBean.

And my cashmere.

Many weight watchers meals <despair>
gish fingers, frozen batch cooking fro children,
salmon fillets for cat

frozon blood worm and brineshrimp for the fish. Oh and ice cubes and chillis.

frozen meals (toad in the hole, curry, lasagne, macaroni cheese for when i cant be bothered to cook them properly)
lots of oven chips/potatoes/hash browns
frozen veg
fish fingers
frozen pizzas
ice cream
pretty much the whole of iceland grin but still struggle finding something for dinner for us all hmm

Inneedofbrandy Wed 10-Oct-12 18:17:03

Oh I have my random bag of leftover meatballs and hotdogs. I make a mean pasta bake when thats full up!

ShutTheFrontDoor Wed 10-Oct-12 18:17:40

i froze bananas and they went black so i threw them away. should i have saved them?
bluecarrot why do you freeze your grated cheese on an open tray first?

I always had this great idea to try reducing down spare wine and storing it in ice-cube trays so that I could just pop one in a bolognese or casserole if we didn't have any wine handy. Only somehow we never seem to have any spare wine to try it with.

CelineMcBean Wed 10-Oct-12 18:18:39

Spare wine is a myth. Fact.

MeFour Wed 10-Oct-12 18:20:02

I have more than one freezer
One has rabbits, chickens, pigeon breasts and half a pig at the moment
The other has all the other usual stuff, lots or prepared meals.

Frontpaw Wed 10-Oct-12 18:21:15

Meat meat and more meat
Chicken bits and pieces
Loads of bananas
Ice lollies
Veggie haggis
Bottle of water for icing injuries
Edame beans
Something in a tupperware dish that may or may not be lasagne, but I must have been comfident that I'd remember what it was when it went in there (I am not)
Something in a pour n store bag which may be vegetable stock, or soup, or white wine for risottos, or wee. I'm not sure.

GreatGooglyMoogly Wed 10-Oct-12 18:27:00

Fish fingers
Yorkshire puddings
Garlic bread/ dough balls
Raw Meat, Chicken, Fish
Ice cream

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 18:38:26

Thanks Olivia, moving it to Food will kill the thread for sure grin

Wheresmypopcorn Wed 10-Oct-12 18:39:17

Froze herbs - brilliant! Never thought of that.
I have frozen pizza (so we can have for Friday night instead of takeaways)
Baby food (homemade tomato sauce)
Frozen seafood
Homemade Chilli (to defrost)
I have never frozen bread - always seems a bit funny to me - how long would it take to defrost?

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 18:39:21

Why owe anyone freeze cheese?

Frontpaw Wed 10-Oct-12 18:40:56

Because the suoermarkets do rediculously large packs on BOGOF and even I can't eat them all! Its fine for sauces.

SquishyCinnamonSwirls Wed 10-Oct-12 18:42:44

Freezer in kitchen:
Tubes of yoghurts
Big tub of strawberry yoghurt
Parsley, Mint, Rosemary and Tarragon
Sweetcorn, peas, broad beans, cauli, broccoli, onions, baby brussel sprouts
Sausages x 4 packs
2 tubs of left over spag bol sauce

Freezer in garage:
Fish fingers
Lemon sole goujons
Duck x 2
Duck breast strips x 2
Bacon x 4 packs
Burgers x 2 packs
Pork fillet
Part baked baguettes x 2 packs
Bag of small pizza bases

I need to re-organise and move everything from the outside freezer into the kitchen freezer as my fil has a thing for the Sainsburys reduced counter and see's it as his mission to find as many outstandingly cheap but good quality purchases for me, and I've got to take my freezer box round there on Saturday grin

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 18:49:48

Bliecarrot - Freezing reduced pancakes - love it.
How well does chocolate freeze and how on earth di you eat it? Frozen?

Englishgirl - How do you make your pasta bakes from leftovers. I want to do that!

Why did I never think of freezing small portions of milk?

FredFredGeorge Wed 10-Oct-12 18:58:59

Yes I eat my chocolate frozen - it's just a cold and harder sort of chocolate really... not much else different. I like it with ice cream, just buy decent vanilla and use chocolate or cake for flavouring.

VerySmallSqueak Wed 10-Oct-12 19:05:16

Jenai do you have snakes or something?

I used to keep day old chicks,pigeons,and rabbits, in a freezer in the garage years ago for the ferrets.


CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 19:21:09

Thanks Fred. Good tip.

I knew moving to Food would kill this thread <<sigh>>

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 19:25:10

Am I right in thinking you can only defrost milk by leaving it on the side? So if I suddenly realised I had used the last of the milk, I would have to wait for it to defrost?

Still useful though, esp at night for the morning.

Ooh good tips on here. My freezer currently has enough batch cooked meals to last me and DH til Christmas (40weeks pregnant).

Read on MN the other day that frozen grapes are great in drinks or just eaten like boiled sweets smile

DorsetKnob Wed 10-Oct-12 19:40:40

Lots of meat as we produce our own/buy beef from a friend.
Ice cream
frozen fruit and veg
leftovers/small portions for DC's

CharlotteBronteSaurus Wed 10-Oct-12 19:42:11

peas, chips, prawns, and magnums

that's all the major food groups, right?

CelticPromise Wed 10-Oct-12 19:46:20

Spinach, fishfingers, bargains and leftovers. I hardly ever buy meat or fish full price.

Mintyy Wed 10-Oct-12 19:46:58

I've got a tiny freezer! Drives me mad. Oh how I wish I had room for glamorous stuff. Instead of (currently):

Chicken breasts x 4
Potato waffles
McCain french fries (best oven chips you can get imvho)
Coffee ice cream
Ice cubes
Cod & parsley sauce fishcakes
Spicy beanburgers
Bread rolls
Pitta bread

No batch-cooked home cooked meals from me, oh no.

Bluestocking Wed 10-Oct-12 19:47:50

The week's sandwiches for DS's lunch
Oven chips
Fish fingers
Vegetarian sausages
Bag of pine nuts
Bag of pistachios
Frozen cold packs for coolbag
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!

DorsetKnob Wed 10-Oct-12 19:49:46

I need to get another chest freezer.

bluecarrot Wed 10-Oct-12 19:50:24

freeze cheese on open tray so it it diesnt freeze in a big lump and i can just take out a handful at a time. I get the huge blocks from farmers market and it lasts ages and works out cheaper.

eat the chocolate still frozen. takes longer to eat it and dd has never found it (at the back of the veg drawer) ;)

Im aiming to reduce shopping trips to once a month - less chance to impulse buy, and less food goes to waste as I just defrost what i need.

bluecarrot Wed 10-Oct-12 19:53:19

oh, and i keep coffee in there too.

cakepops - milk seperates when freezing so I do tend to take it out to defrost overnight but tbh, once its defrosted (by whatever means) give it a stir and it should be ok

I drink soya and rice milk so dairy milk only for dd for cereal.

Vodka, Frozen veg(broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, peas), ice cream, meat, fishcakes, bread, ice, herb butter, homemade chicken stock and batch cooked meals.

Mintyy Wed 10-Oct-12 19:58:04

And Stolichnaya vodka of course.

ATourchOfInsanity Wed 10-Oct-12 20:03:35

Frozen bread
Beef (diced for slow cooker)
Bacon (get BOGOF and always seem to forget I have about 3 packs already)
Fish fingers
Pot of chicken stock
Starting to do bread if room and milk if I remember

Anyone know if you can freeze bananas? Bought green ones from market 2 days ago and they are spotty already (about 15! of the buggers). Do I have to make them into something first?

bluecarrot Wed 10-Oct-12 20:05:06

stoli in the freezer?

I had never drank vodka til earlier this year and my stoli is just sitting in a cupboard. It appears Im doing it wrong....

bluecarrot Wed 10-Oct-12 20:06:42

insanity - peel the bananas then freeze them. or slice them and store in a bag and they can be used in a smoothie... will go black if defrosted and left a while though. you need to use them still frozen

Its stoli we have in the freezer too. We enjoy it when playing shot chess....

ATourchOfInsanity Wed 10-Oct-12 20:13:58

Thanks Blue - can I use them to make banana muffins for Halloween (somehow offered to have 6 small people over for spooky lunch) and black might actually work....!

Soditall Wed 10-Oct-12 20:27:32

Loads and Loadsgrinbottom drawer has sliced peppers,parsnips,cauliflower,broccoli,baby brussel sprouts,mini corn on the cobs.

Next shelf up Ice lollies loads of them and Cornettos.

second shelf tubs of Ice cream and Sorbets.

First shelf changes depending on what we're having for dinner that paticular week this week there's been Salmon,Mince,Chicken breasts,Lamb chops,Pork loin,joint of beef.

But we also have a chest freezer that has Pastry that I've made,Pizza bases that DH has made,tortilla wraps and different Naan breads I've made,Bagels(all different one's)crumpets,loaves of bread,toasting muffins,croissants,hot cross buns,rolls(burger and hot dog one's)vegetables,potato croquettes,Apple crumble,Whole chickens,cod,salmon,prawns,mince,steak,joint of stuffed pork,chicken portions,chicken breasts,butchers sausages,gourmet burgers,leg of lamb,pork loins,Haagen Dazgrinberries,pavlova,chocolate fudge cake.Not sure what else.

I know I now sound very greedyblush,but we shop monthly and there's 7 of us.

Fish fillets
Garlic Bread
Quorn sausages

Tomorrow it will be more exciting because at work we will be sending the ice cream freezer back to warehouse for storage over the christmas season and I shall be rescuing the ice cream that is left over. It's a hardship but someone has to do it. <sigh>

CremeEggThief Wed 10-Oct-12 20:42:32

Ice, burger baps, hot dog rolls, garlic bread, veggie burgers, veggie sausages, veggie hot dogs, veggie sausage rolls, Quorn mince, Quorn pieces, Quorn roast, Sainsbuys feta nut roasts, potato waffles, Quorn fishfingers, Quorn nuggets, Cornish ice-cream, Yorkshire puddings, oven chips and peas. Sometimes have garlic mushrooms, onion rings, wedges, muffins, ice lollies and mixed frozen veg too. Very rarely, frozen home made food, although there's a tiny portion of macaroni cheese in mine now.

InTheNightGarden Wed 10-Oct-12 20:52:14

food + candles (makes them burn for longer)

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 10-Oct-12 21:33:33

Joint of beef
Joint of lamb
Cornish pasties
Sausage rolls
Chicken breasts
Minced beef
Sausage meat
Rhubarb pie
Fish fingers
Chicken stew
Leftover chow mein
Pigeon breasts

Think that's it at the moment.

Does that help? grin

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 21:34:14

Thanks Blue. If I froze bananas could I use them to make banana bread? Can you mash frozen bananas?

Soditall - I want your freezer! Do you wrap crumpets individually? Do hot cross buns and crossiants freeze well? Do you just reheat from frozen? Is that fresh beg in your bottom drawer and do you just cook from frozen?

Why does anyone freeze vodka? How do you drink it?

Amazing - Are you an ice cream seller?

Love the idea of frozen bacon - Mmm bacon sandwiches on demand. Do you have to wrap individually or does it seperate? Does it need defrosting?

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 21:38:10

Is that a homemade Rhubarb pie ilovemydog? I could make a pie and freeze it .. Why hadn't I thought of that?

Love the pheasants and pigeon breasts! Never tried pigeon breasts.

Knackered bread for chicken nuggets
Knakcered fruit for our pet gecko
Knackered wine for cooking
knackered cake for.... you get the pitcure... I am a bit of a freezer hoarder.

I have a filing system:

Top shelf - full emak left overs, stuff for DH tot ake to work, little luccnhes for me to heat up...

Shelf 2 - Bits and bobs - breadcrumbs, coffee, frozen sauces, ice cubes, food for gecko.

Shelf 3 - ingredients that are not meat - garlic, chillies, herbs, ginger, pizza bases, bread, that sort of thing.

Shelf 4 - meat. I buy loads reduced and love to look in before I do the week;s meals.... At the momet I have chicken thighs, mince, massive bit of slow cooking beef, etcetc

Shelf 5 - treats adn pack lunch stuff: frozen squeezy yogurts ('healthy' ice looly replacement'), cheese, cake if we have any, left over choc icing, bit of ice cream

Shelf 6 - fruit and veg, depending on what my Grandma has been giving from all her friends that have allotments smile

I do love my freezer..... apologies for obsessive to much info etc....

Candles? Nice tip....

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 21:54:28

I aspire to that level of organisation mumble. I had never thought about freezing icing, I didn't even know you could.

I have to ask why you freeze coffee?

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 21:56:18

I can never find cheap frozen meat ..

ShabbyChit Wed 10-Oct-12 22:00:54

I've just done a freezer and fridge 'stock take' code for broke and have to wait for payday to buy food so what can I rustle up from freezer contents so I can tell you exactly!
Bag of spicy wedges
Potato waffle cross cross things
Onion rings
Oven chips
Breaded fish portions
Chicken burgers
* Disclaimer - all of the above is DHs that he sometimes takes to work for lunch. I hate stuff like that so would rather not have it!

X2 packs pork steaks
X1 lamb breast
X5 chicken breasts
X2 packs of oxtail
X4 small packs of minced beef
X4 sausages
Shoulder of pork
X3 Chinese takeaway tubs -x2 with ratatouille and 1 pea & ham soup
Bag of bread buns left over from a BBQ (will probably never use these)
Box of mixed ice creams (fab/feast type things)
Bag of frozen peas
X4 ice packs

didireallysaythat Wed 10-Oct-12 22:01:54

Sliced lemon for G&Ts. You mean you can put other things in there ? Oh yes, a bag of sloes for making sloe gin. And vodka. And ice cubes.

JollyJack Wed 10-Oct-12 22:07:57

Herman cake
Fish fingers
Birds eye chicken quarterpounders (these are so good)
Two portions of curry
Apple and apricot sauce
Ice cream
Pitta breads
Chicken breasts

I think that's about all just now.

JollyJack Wed 10-Oct-12 22:08:58


JollyJack Wed 10-Oct-12 22:10:44

Vodka doesn't freeze at freezer temps,.it is just very cold smile

Soditall Wed 10-Oct-12 22:11:07

Cakepops no I don't freeze them individually but there's 7 of us so once a packets open it goes within a day or 2 but if our family was smaller I would.They all freeze fine we just get them out the evening before so they defrost for the morning although bagels cook well from frozen.

No frozen veg in the freezer the fresh is in the fridge.I cook straight from frozen.If you can get hold of fresh veggies cheap then you can blanch them leave to cool down and then freezesmile.

hinoki Wed 10-Oct-12 22:16:25

Chicken fillets
salmon fillets
frozen basil, parsley, coriander, lemon grass, lime leaves
frozen chopped shallots
ready minced portions of garlic and ginger
fish fingers
white fish portions
ice cubes
ice cream
frozen spinach, peas, green beans and okra

Mominatrix Wed 10-Oct-12 22:18:03

sweet corn
Oven chips
Mini baguettes
Portions of bolognese sauce
Stocks (fish, chicken, beef)
Coffee beans
Egg whites (always have some as I make loads of ice cream)
Ice cream x 3 flavours
Frozen berries
Korean dumplings
Curry sauce
Shortcrust pastry
Puff pastry
Filo dough
Cookie dough
Parmesan rinds (for soups)
Chicken carcasses (for stock)
Chicken kievs (DS's guilty pleasure)
Apple compote (loads due to recent harvest)
Various sausages
Salmon fillets

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Wed 10-Oct-12 22:26:22

Cake, check out the butchers counter and the clearance section of the chilled aisle for meat and ready meals that are on their sell by date.

As long as they go in the freezer ASAP they're fine.

CakePops Wed 10-Oct-12 22:55:59

Thanks Jenai, I need to work out which is the best times to hit the supermarkets for the best reductions.

FredFredGeorge Wed 10-Oct-12 23:53:06

Yes you can make banana bread from frozen bananas (DP often does this, I don't know why she doesn't just make the banana bread rather than freezing the bananas first)

Frozen Vodka is 'cos you don't then need ice to get a nice cold drink - it's still liquid - you can sometimes get some of the vodka to freeze if you have a very cold freezer which will also mean that the vodka you then drink is slightly higher in concentration, but not so much as to matter in a domestic freezer.

Some people freeze fresh ground coffee because it goes off really quickly once you've ground it. However it's a bad idea a dark cool dry place is probably better. Grinding your own beans even better.

OliviaLMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 11-Oct-12 00:27:29


Thanks Olivia, moving it to Food will kill the thread for sure grin


Not necessarily oh ye of little faith...

Ice for gin
Frozen veg
Fab ice lollies
Fresh ginger (just grate a bit off when needed, it stays fresh forever!)
Questionable leftovers - we have a "freezer tapas" night every so often when we're really skint, often necessitating some imaginative and some downright nasty combos grin

Wheresmypopcorn Thu 11-Oct-12 04:02:58

How long to defrost bread? Anyone?

OnlyWantsOne Thu 11-Oct-12 08:19:36


(Lots of both)

Fish fingers
Steak (for casserole)
Ice lollies
Frozen spinach - but I have no idea what I do with it

41notTrendy Thu 11-Oct-12 09:27:00

Soditall I have freezer envy grin
I read that anything previously frozen (chips, peas etc) should go middle/bottom of freezer and anything that goes in fresh should go at the top.
I've read about freezing grapes, might try that.
And I'm glad it's not just me that doesn't label stuff thinking I'll definitely remember it. Bolognese sauce with rice just wasn't right grin.

CakePops Thu 11-Oct-12 09:28:15

Bread will be defrosted by lunchtime Wheresmypopcorn.

Is gin like vodka (doesn't freeze)?

I put frozen spinach in most one pot meals as an extra source of iron for the dc, no ones noticed yet.

CakePops Thu 11-Oct-12 10:37:45

I keep meaning to grate ginger. I read that on MN but keep forgetting.

The butter wrapper idea is genius!

sparkle12mar08 Thu 11-Oct-12 11:09:11

From top to bottom we have:

last of the damsons from last years harvest
blackberries from this year
own brand cornetto's
ice cream
bags of bought frozen fruit for smoothies, jam making etc
smoked salmom trimmings
cake (3 types)
english muffins
biscuit dough
parmesan cheese
portions of various casseroles
whole chickens
chicken thighs
leg of lamb
pizza bases

plus a load of unidentified single bags of ice crusted bits and pieces!

nipersvest Thu 11-Oct-12 11:15:41

have all the usual stuff in mine in addition to lots of pancakes for crispy duck and won ton wrappers. i like to cook a lot of chinese food so stock up at the oriental supermarket.

i am in the process of getting to know my new fridge freezer, in addition to the fridge, and the freezer section (which is in drawers, love them!) i also have a chiller drawer which is set at 0 degrees (fridge is 3, freezer is -18), but not sure what i should be storing in it.

jenduck Thu 11-Oct-12 11:36:15

I have 2 freezers - a regular one, and a small chest freezer (same size as a regular fridge or freezer). I find them to be my best time and money saving devices. Spread between them is the following:

Meat - half a lamb purchased from local farmer (already butchered into cuts, much to DH's disappointment grin), pork chops x 2, chicken drumsticks, gammon joint, chicken breast fillets x 2.

Fish - Last portion of trout from half a fish, packet of frozen pollack fillets

Bread - 2 loaves, couple of scones, pack of chocolate muffins, 'endy' bits of bread that were going stale for ducks at park

Herbs - about 5 different sorts

Veg - pack of mixed veg, diced swede, chopped (by me) carrots, chopped (by me) onions

Meals - 1 each cottage pie & fish pie from my bulk cooking, 1 chicken stew brought down by MIL

Fast food - 1 pack each of fishfingers & chicken fingers, cornish pasties

Other - grated (by me) cheese, mashed potato (deliberately make too much & freeze), leftover gravy, leftover fish pie sauce. Ice packs. Ice lollies.

I also sometimes freeze milk & butter if I see it reduced but already have enough in fridge. Plus I forage & will freeze blackberries, apples & plums for puddings or purees or sauces

All of this was bought from reduced shelf of Tesco/Co-op, I never buy anything costing more than 50% of original price & rarely anything costing more than 25% of original price. Having 2 freezers means I can freeze bargains as & when I see them.

I [heart] my freezers & live by the motto that you can freeze just about anything smile

CakePops Thu 11-Oct-12 11:51:12

Whenever I see supermarket reductions, its only a tiny amount off the full price.

I didn't realise you could freeze left over gravy. I always have left over gravy and never want to make it mod week, now I don't have to.

jenduck Thu 11-Oct-12 11:55:08

CakePops I make a point of going to Tesco about once every 3-4 weeks at 7.15 pm & hang around until they do the last reductions (usually between then & 8 pm). I take the DC (ages 3.10 & 18 months) with me & they just have a later bedtime that night. It is a faff & time-consuming, but it saves me 75% plus on my meat & fish bill & means we can eat much nicer food than we would otherwise!

The gravy that I freeze I usually use for casseroles etc, but there is no reason why it cannot be reheated for roasts, mash etc [drools]

CakePops Thu 11-Oct-12 12:03:59

Thanks jenduck, I think I should do that as well. Although could only do it on Friday as eldest is in reception and needs sleep otherwise we all suffer

My nearest supermarket is morrisons so might try and work out their reduction times first.

Beanbagz Thu 11-Oct-12 12:20:34

Fishfingers/veggie fingers
Quorn sausages
Oven chips
Peas, sweetcorn & soya beans
Leftover bread crusts for use later
Leftover shop bought pastry
One Bombay potato pie as the recipe makes 2 but we only ate one
Ice cubes
A bottle of Vodka
Various half eaten tubs of ice cream

Plus various plastic containers with brown substances - gravy, curry sauces, pasta sauce, leftover portions of food that i was convinced i would recognise in the freezer but now can't confused

CakePops Thu 11-Oct-12 12:31:37

Does anyone freeze wholemeal bread crusts? What do you use them for?

Beanbagz Thu 11-Oct-12 12:36:08

I use them as a topping (with pecorino cheese & pesto) for salmon fillets. Or as a breadcrumb topping for vegetable crumbles.

CakePops Thu 11-Oct-12 12:40:39

I do salmon parcels with pesto, great idea to add breadcrumbs. Dd1 will love that.

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.

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

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
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.

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

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

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

raw meat, fish
lots of frozen leftovers in toddler-size portions
home made ice lollies
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

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.

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.

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.

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 11:51:16

Well our coffee tastes just fine.

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

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

Very envy Amazing grin

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

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

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


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!

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.

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

Cheers Olivia

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

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

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.

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

I do what japple says and just freeze in portions.

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
Crumpets and teacackes
Reduced/special offer sausages and beef
Lemon slices
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 22:34:14

That is a freezer to be proud of Raspberry.

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

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.

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.

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.

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