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Meal building blocks for the freezer

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  • HariboJunkie
    HariboJunkie Posts: 7,740 Forumite
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    Thanks for that thriftlady :T

    I was just thinking about you today when I turned my nearly off box of tomatoes into garlic, basil and tomato sauce for pizzas and froze it in little pots which will hopefully encourage me to make pizzas more often without the faff of making small amounts of topping sauce. ;)
  • pokey128
    pokey128 Posts: 482 Forumite
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    Hi
    We have just bought a freezer so for the first time in 4 years I will be able to freeze stuff - can't express how excited I am about this!
    Now, I need your help - apart from batch cooking stuff which I plan to do a lot of - what would you suggest as the essentials to have in your freezer. Vegetables, fruits, meats etc etc??

    Thanks in advance x
  • shelley1977
    shelley1977 Posts: 119 Forumite
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    im my freezer i usually have a loaf or 2 of bread, some HM soup and a bag of frozen peas.after that is mostly reduced meat, HM ice lollys and some frozen fruit for smoothies.i only have a small freezer but am getting a bigger one next week so will be also looking for ideas to fill it.
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  • pandora205
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    I have a smallish freezer crammed full of stuff... quite a lot I have cooked or made (eg soups in cups, crumble mix from yesterday, my own 'ready' meals). Other basics are:
    vanilla ice cream (you can always add sauces, put it in smoothies etc)
    frozen raspberries etc (very versatile and usually cheaper than fresh)
    home made ice lollies (frozen yoghurt etc)
    vegetables - not many, mainly peas and green beans (though not at this time of year)
    frozen chips sometimes
    meats - I bulk buy from Cosco - currently lamb mince, sausages, bacon, pork loin, chicken breasts
    fish - cod in batter and something else (cant remember!) in breadcrumbs
    grated cheese (very useful)
    bread frozen in blocks of about 6 slices
    pies and quiches bought at the end of the day (reduced)
    baked beans (someone here said you can freeze them!)

    There's probably more... will have a look later!
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  • thriftlady_2
    thriftlady_2 Posts: 9,128 Forumite
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    This thread has lots of ideas;)
  • pokey128
    pokey128 Posts: 482 Forumite
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    thriftlady wrote: »
    This thread has lots of ideas;)

    Thanks for this - I did a search and couldn't find anything!!

    Thanks again for everyones help x
  • Penelope_Penguin
    Penelope_Penguin Posts: 17,288 Forumite
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    I'll add this thread to thriftlady's Freezer Building Blocks one to keep all suggetsions together.

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  • shazspice
    shazspice Posts: 1,466 Forumite
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    Hi can anyone tell me can you freeze cooked rice?

    Thanks in advance :)
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  • freyasmum
    freyasmum Posts: 20,597 Forumite
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    Yes, you can - I tend to freeze it in bags, in individual portions.

    Just be sure to thoroughly reheat it before you use it though :)
  • sb44
    sb44 Posts: 5,203 Forumite
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    shazspice wrote: »
    Hi can anyone tell me can you freeze cooked rice?

    Thanks in advance :)

    I always freeze mine.

    I put a portion in one those chinese takeaway tubs then when I need to use a portion of it I transfer to a sandwich bag, give it a bash on the worktop (as it is frozen in a block) and just add it to my stir fry.

    If using a whole portion I just defrost in the microwave.

    :)
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