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what things can i make ahead and freeze/store easily

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waitingtobeamummy Sun 18-Nov-12 10:15:26

And do I cook them before or after (for the frozen things)
First year of working full time and struggling to fit things in!
My dm is making the cake, I want to make mince pies, some biscuits/ fudge truffle things for presents.(and for us [blush¡ We will be having people around for tea a couple of nights.
What can I do?

waitingtobeamummy Mon 19-Nov-12 21:47:56

Oh my god whole they sound amazing!

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waitingtobeamummy Mon 19-Nov-12 17:58:21

Thank you all so much for these! I am going to sort the freezer out this week so that I can get going with stuff!

Pinner35 Mon 19-Nov-12 15:46:09

Yes, freeze the potatoes and parsnips on a baking sheet and then put them into a bag once frozen.

Could one of you kind souls post the recipe for Jamie Oliver's cranberry sauce....the one with butter in. I have a brand new, empty freezer and i need to fill it! Thanks so much.

MadameCholetWasMyFavourite Mon 19-Nov-12 12:40:23

I always make and freeze my stuffings, I tried freezing the Veg Mornay last year but it was raelly watery so won't do that again. Also yes to freezing baked mince pies and raw cookie dough.

ChristmasCountdown Mon 19-Nov-12 12:11:07

Great, thanks!

anja1cam Mon 19-Nov-12 09:16:00

Red Cabbage: this is my standard easy recipe, no unusual ingredients, I cook it and then when cooled bung into freezer in suitable microwaveable containers!

Apfelrotkohl (Red Cabbage with Apples)

400 g Red cabbage -about one medium one
100 g Apple (any kind) -I tend to use two
1 Onion
2 Cloves
1 Bay Leaf
20 g lard/other fat (I just fry the white bits I take off a few rashers smoked bacon, gives a lovely flabour)
1 TB Vinegar
1 ts Sugar
pinch Salt pinch
black Pepper
1 litre Stock (preferably beef, but any kind will do)

Wash and shred/slice the red cabbage, discarding central stalk. Chop the Onion, peel, core and chop the apple.

In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the bacon fat till the bits are brown and shrivelled and the fat has run out. Discard brown bits if you prefer. Fry the onion till translucent, add cabbage and apples. Add cloves and bay, vinegar and sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well and add the stock. Cover and simmer gently for 30-40mins. Check seasoning. Try to remove the bay leaf and cloves before serving. If you're worried about this, stick them in a small onion and add that to the cooking at the beginning so you can just remove the onion to retrieve the cloves.

I think I used less stock, and I'm sure the bacon fat is not essential, any other fat will do for frying.

Crikeyblimey Sun 18-Nov-12 23:52:45

Check out nigella's red cabbage recipe. It has cherry brandy in it! I tend to put a bit less in than she does and I add a baking apple or 2. Tastes fantastic, freezes like a dream, dead easy to make and I just warm it up in the oven (or nuke it) when I need it.

ChristmasCountdown Sun 18-Nov-12 23:42:54

At the risk of sounding a bit thick can someone talk me through braising and freezing red cabbage? We're hosting for a Boxing Day buffet and I'm trying to do as much as I can in advance, but light on veg options so far. Thanks.

Crikeyblimey Sun 18-Nov-12 23:36:17

Don't know if anyone has said, but I always do the braised red cabbage ahead of time and freeze (it tastes even better imo). Also, apple sauce freezes exceptionally well. I have also been known to cook and mash swede and freeze that for re-heating on the day.

anja1cam Sun 18-Nov-12 23:30:05

Parboiled potatoes as listed by Pinner up there and also par-boiled parsnips ready for roasting I think.

I have already frozen my braised red cabbage.

Got baking - shortcrust type doughs freeze well uncooked - I have just frozen a batch of uncooked mini-mince pies.

Also google for 'freezer biscuit' recipes (make sure you get UK recipes though, american "biscuits" are like our scones) - the dough is frozen in sausage shapes and then you can slice off the frozen dough when you need freshly baked cookies. BBC Good Food for example

Sponge type cake batters are better frozen after baking - but un-iced / undecorated.

Raw carrots will come out mushy.

AudrinaAdare Sun 18-Nov-12 22:40:39

Or on Christmas Day. It is the most miserable time of the year to be peeling potatoes. Do you freeze them on a tray initially and then put them in a bag? <clueless>

FrantasticO Sun 18-Nov-12 22:31:21

Pinner have been googling and that is my plan! Thank you! Less peeling on Xmas eve before I feed the hordes!

Pinner35 Sun 18-Nov-12 22:15:44

You can open freeze par boiled potatoes.....just tip them into a roasting pan with hot oil on the day. Ready in about 45 mins, depending on how many there are! It's a great time saver on xmas day.

AudrinaAdare Sun 18-Nov-12 22:13:12

This is a really daft one but, can I freeze Rudolph's carrot? I never seem to remember to buy an extra one for him and we have too few carrots at dinner the next day. I could pre-chomp one and stick it in the freezer right now or would it be all watery and grim after being left out on Christmas Eve?

waitingtobeamummy Sun 18-Nov-12 21:43:29

Thanks everyone! Any idea for gifts- truffles etc and how long they'd last for once made? I'd love a recipe for something truffly that doesn't have to be kept in a drudge but I know that's impossible!

blue2 Sun 18-Nov-12 21:33:14

I always freeze bread sauce usually with the onion and cloves still in it! Its fine.

Use Aunt Bessies for your roast potatoes - get them in sainsburys. Red cabbage freezes well. I'm sure butternut squash puree freezes well too.

You could prepare your sprouts and carrots a day or 2 in advance and wrap them up in a poly bag and stick in the fridge.

DewDr0p Sun 18-Nov-12 21:22:43

Braised red cabbage freezes well. My neighbour also makes parsnip puree and freezes that.

Agree with pp re JO's gravy and cranberry sauce.

Most doughs freeze well (before cooking) I think but I'm not an expert. We use a Nigella biscuit recipe and usually freeze half of that dough. Have also successfully frozen bread dough, pastry and sponge cake.

You could check out the BBC Good Food site too - their recipes usually say whether stuff can be frozen and whether to do it before or after cooking. There is a least 1 mince pie recipe there that suggests freezing them uncooked.

FrantasticO Sun 18-Nov-12 20:59:52

Thanks arithmeticulous, will have a look. Any tips on potatoes or veg...can still remember last years frenzy!

Arithmeticulous Sun 18-Nov-12 20:31:48

Jamie Oliver's get ahead gravy, bread sauce, cranberry sauce.

givemeaclue Sun 18-Nov-12 20:22:53

Great thread op I too would like to get ahead a bit

FrantasticO Sun 18-Nov-12 20:20:19

Great tips. What about the main meal? Could someone wise give me tips on things that can be cooked or part cooked and frozen to make the big day easier?? And do they turn out as good? Wanting to have a less busy (peeling!) Christmas Eve with the kids this year. Many thanks.

YouOldSlag Sun 18-Nov-12 19:31:13

Happy to help smile

everydayaschoolday Sun 18-Nov-12 19:10:10

Thanks Youoldslag. Much appreciated and will give that a go - cheers

waitingtobeamummy Sun 18-Nov-12 12:48:24

Thanks ever so much you that means I can get them done a bit earlier!

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