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Meal building blocks for the freezer

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • tmm_aka_tracytmm_aka_tracy Forumite
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    I like to buy the bags of herbs (basil, corriander, basil and Rosemary) when they are reduced to around 19p at Asda and Tesco and just throw them straight into the freezer. No messing when you want to enhance a curry or other type of stew.
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    this is something that i'd been planning to do for ages - thank you thriftlady for the inspiration and motivation :kisses3:
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  • I find the Panasonic bread dough programme makes too much for one pizza (we're usually a two person household) and so I freeze half in a block ready to thaw and roll and top with (pre-frozen) pizza toppings too. Quick and easy especially if you have also got frozen grated cheese too, instant margarita pizza.

    Great ideas, Thriftlady! I only wish I had room in my freezer for more 'building blocks', am bulllying DH into clearing out the garage so I can have another freezer out there, but not having much luck, so far :rolleyes: :mad:

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  • BlairweechBlairweech Forumite
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    With things like white sauce, tomato sauce etc - if you freeze it, then make it into a meal...can the meal then be frozen? I don't know if this means the sauce would be frozen twice, or does this only matter with meat?
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    Willpower? wrote: »
    Wow, you've given me some great ideas there - Thank you. The only other building block I have is caramelised onions. I love them, and they seem to take so long compared with what you want to put them on.

    I love onions in loads of cooking, does the onion taste soggy when you defrost it? :o

    Normally have some deep fried onions in a jar and then drop a few at the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  • thriftlady_2thriftlady_2 Forumite
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    Blairweech wrote: »
    With things like white sauce, tomato sauce etc - if you freeze it, then make it into a meal...can the meal then be frozen? I don't know if this means the sauce would be frozen twice, or does this only matter with meat?
    Good question, I think the answer is that you shouldn't refreeze the sauce. Having said that I frequently freeze leftover soup that has been made with frozen stock and it has never done us any harm.
  • Just a thought that your 'building blocks' comment gave me...

    If you freeze the food in rectangular containers, you can pop out the frozen food into freezer bags, wrap them tightly and then label them on the sides - store them like books or videos in the freezer (if it's big enough), and you don't have to spend ages rooting around for them!

    (Competition now to find the first person whose freezer is in alphabetical order...)
  • thriftlady_2thriftlady_2 Forumite
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    Just a thought that your 'building blocks' comment gave me...

    If you freeze the food in rectangular containers, you can pop out the frozen food into freezer bags, wrap them tightly and then label them on the sides - store them like books or videos in the freezer (if it's big enough), and you don't have to spend ages rooting around for them!

    (Competition now to find the first person whose freezer is in alphabetical order...)
    :T Brilliant idea -my freezer contents aren't alphabetical, but I do have an inventory of them :o I put a / for each lb of mince(for example) and then cross it when I've used one.
  • newlywednewlywed Forumite
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    (Competition now to find the first person whose freezer is in alphabetical order...)

    Please don't even give my neat freak OH the idea - he'd throw a fit every time I took a letter of the alphabet out!!!! :eek:
    working on clearing the clutter
  • RikkiRikki Forumite
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    Just a thought that your 'building blocks' comment gave me...

    (Competition now to find the first person whose freezer is in alphabetical order...)

    Not quite, but I will confess to having a list of the contents of my garage freezer. :o
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