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Stocking up the freezer - Does anyone do this? And with what?

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SpookyAlice Fri 16-Oct-09 12:48:51

I really want to get our freezer stocked up for the winter. DH has some busy months at work coming up, and with a toddler and 2 horses i am kept very busy. I enjoy cooking but some nights it is just another very time consuming job that needs doing when i have other stuff that i want to do, or i am struggling to get dinner ready and occupy my DD.

I have ordered some books from the library with soup recipes in, but what else do i make?

Your recipes/ideas would be greatly appreciated smile

eyetunes Fri 16-Oct-09 12:50:05

I mostly stock up with crap that stays there for ever as nobody ever fancies it.

BonsoirAnna Fri 16-Oct-09 12:50:16

I do stock up my freezer, but I eat it up within a month. I tend to have pasta (that DP buys on business trips to Italy), bolognese sauce, tomato sauce, cakes, parmesan, butter, sausages, broad beans...

Elk Fri 16-Oct-09 12:52:02

Things I like in the freeer are:
Beef/chicken casserole
chicken curry

I don't like macaroni cheese when it has been frozen but other pasta dishes seem to be ok.

shinyshoes Fri 16-Oct-09 12:52:23

batch cooking.

Get some takeaway tubs/tupperware/foil trays with lids.

Batch cook.

Spag bol
Chilli con carne
left over mashed potatoes.
tinned tomatoes and basil sauce (this can be poured over pasta)

do it in individual portions for a quick meal that can be shoved in the microwave to be reheated.

Cies Fri 16-Oct-09 12:56:51

Batch cook what you would normally cook. Then bung the leftovers in the freezer.

In mine at the moment we have (looking at the list sellotaped to the freezer door):
Lentil and chorizo casserole
Sausage and apple casserole
chilli con carne
stuffed squid
fish cakes
lentil and vegetable curry
pumpkin soup
stewed apple
sausage rolls
beef stew
mushroom risotto

SpookyAlice Fri 16-Oct-09 13:10:25

Does mash taste ok after it has been frozen?

If i freeze shepherds pie i leave the mash off, would it be ok left on?

Poledra Fri 16-Oct-09 13:16:03

Mash is fine after being frozen. | regularly freeze fish pie and shepherd's mash with mash on top.

womblemeister Fri 16-Oct-09 13:22:10

Number 3,574 on my list of Useful Things to Do When I --Can be Arsed-- Have Time:

Make pints of your own chicken/meat stock and freeze in ice-cube trays. Use portions as necessary to cook chicken breasts with knob (of butter), white wine, salt and pepper, and chopped parsley (omit last ingredient if your DCs like mine will run out of room screaming about green bits).

SpookyAlice Fri 16-Oct-09 13:25:09

grin everytime we have a roast chicken i think i should make stock but then can't be arsed forget

womblemeister Fri 16-Oct-09 13:27:39

why did I get two hyphens instead of the strikeout thingy?

PestoPumpkinMonster Fri 16-Oct-09 13:27:40

Well I always make double portions of everything I cook in the slow cooker, then batch up the surplus into portions and freeze.

Things like

chicken chasseur
beef casserole

Also batch make salmon fishcakes

SpookyAlice Fri 16-Oct-09 13:28:38

Because you have to do each individual word

Poledra Fri 16-Oct-09 13:28:55

Womble, you have to put the double hyphens round each word, not just the phrase.

ninedragons Fri 16-Oct-09 13:31:13

I've got bread, fruit juice, sausages, chicken fillets, steaks, vegetables (peas, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli) plus made-up meals in foil trays (lasagne, pasta, fish pie, carrot soup, vegetable soup, spinach & chicken pies, Thai green curry, fish curry etc). We don't cook at all during the week - we batch cook on weekends and freeze it all.

womblemeister Fri 16-Oct-09 13:36:34

thanks poledra. <feel like total muppet crawl back under duvet icon>.

star6 Fri 16-Oct-09 13:39:04

Doesn't it take just as long to defrost and heat up spaghetti bolognaise as it does to just cook it on the stove?
I'm not being cheeky here, I just really wonder. I have very little talent in the kitchen and DH does most of our cooking.

TitsalinaBumsquash Fri 16-Oct-09 13:39:34

I bought on Ebay a bulk lot of takeaway containers, i got tinfoil but you can get plastic, i got 200 for about £4

Everytime i make a meal wether it be Curry, Chilli, Stwe, PastaBake i put a couple of portions in the containers and stick them in the freezer with re heating instructions, date and contents written on the top, then if im just to bust to cook i can oull them out and stick them in the oven, and ever more importantly, DP now has no excuse to live off of crappy food when im not here!

shinybaubles Fri 16-Oct-09 17:54:04

Yes I put everything in the freezer in ziploc bags, now we have pork adobo, chilli, bolognese, chicken chasseur, spicy carrot soup, cauliflower soup, bacon and bread. I am creating a huge freeze full for when I have dc2 in december but to be honest I would do this anyway.

stressedHEmum Fri 16-Oct-09 21:01:59

I do this as well. Things I have in the freezer now:

Cooked chicken- divided into meal sized portions
cooked roast pork - as above
cooked bacon joint, - as above
cooked beans (various)-as above
chilli dog bake
chilli tortilla pie
venison casserolex2
cumin scented beef with red peppers and beans
chicken pie
creammy apple juice chicken
tomato and basil sauce
prawn curry
game pie

also veg from the garden, some herbs, a couple of bags of veg trimmings for making stock. This weekend I will make keema curry, goat tangine, spicy shepherds pie, root veg and lentil casserole, butterbean and chorizo bake and spicy chicken tortilla bake. I might make a batch of pizza rolls as well, If I have time, because the kids love them for warm snacks. I have a pile of different sized foil trays with lids that I put things in which stack in the freezer.

norksonmywitchesbroomstick Fri 16-Oct-09 21:09:09

I always have single person portions of any meal I make, so there is always bolognaise, curry, stew and loads of soup and stock in the freezer. Always have a homemade fruit cake in there as well

But I mainly stock up the freezer with meat,fish whenever it is cheap.
Atm I have a chicken, some diced pork, chicken portions, beef joint lamb chops, salmon, king prwns,mince

CaptainNancy Fri 16-Oct-09 21:23:37

I am shock that Anna eats cake!

I would have expected a tiny macaron at most wink

What is creamy apple juice chicken please? And how does it not curdle?

stressedHEmum Fri 16-Oct-09 22:28:29

creamy apple juice chicken is basically cooked chicken done with softened onion, tarragon, a tin of condensed chicken soup and apple juice instead of the milk or water. You can add left over cooked brocolli or green beans of you have it. You just mix it all together and heat it in the oven until bubbly. My kids very love it with mash smile.

I was thinking that, although I don't have any at the mo (I've been a bit lazy lately) I usually have mixed muffins/pancakes in the freezer, and quite often, mini omelettes and things like banana cake and yoghurt loaf.

CaptainNancy Fri 16-Oct-09 23:08:16

You can freeze omelette? shock wow!
And the pancakes... already cooked? How do you defrost/reheat please?

inveteratenamechanger Fri 16-Oct-09 23:12:42

envy of people's freezers. Fishcakes are very good frozen. And I actually think macaroni cheese freezes ok, but I love it in even its lesser forms.

I once made cookie dough that you keep in the freezer in a long sausage shape and cut slices off if you want to make some - that was delish.

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