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    • Citygirl1
    • By Citygirl1 1st Aug 18, 11:46 PM
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    Containers for batch cooking and freezing
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    • 1st Aug 18, 11:46 PM
    Containers for batch cooking and freezing 1st Aug 18 at 11:46 PM
    Just wondering, which type of containers do you use for batch cooking and freezing portions? I have always used the Tupperware type ones but my friend uses the foil ones, they are OK as you can throw them away but you can't put them in the microwave so you would still need to transfer the food into a Tupperware container to heat it up in the microwave.
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    • muvvahen
    • By muvvahen 7th Aug 18, 5:31 PM
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    If I just want to store a tiny portion of something in the freezer, I use little lidded plastic tubs that originally had ice-cream sundaes in them. They come in a four pack from A*di and we have two sets that have lasted probably two years or more (shows how often we treat ourselves to naughty puds).

    What do I put in them?
    - HM garlic butter
    - leftover coconut milk from a large can
    - chopped herbs
    - chopped fresh ginger
    - chopped fresh chillis
    - also 'Choppards'... a strange concoction which I'm sure has a proper name, but we use it as a base for pasta sauce, curries, etc. We root through the bottom drawer of the fridge periodically to find slightly bendy carrots, celery, peppers, courgette... peel and roughly chop them along with an equal quantity of onions, then whizz them to a fine kind of 'crumble' in the small bowl of the food processor. Sometimes I add fresh chillies and/or ginger to the mix, just depends on what's lurking... One little tubful makes a great 'starter' especially for a curry. We label them with a (fake) Sharpi-e
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    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 7th Aug 18, 5:39 PM
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    Chinese take-away tubs They hold enough chilli / curry for two people. Ours get used and re-used and re-used and re-used ... until they break.
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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 7th Aug 18, 5:45 PM
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    I can't help thinking that if one lived on a desert island al this plastic would be used, and washed and reused and washed until it disintegrated as a precious resource. Just sad that some people use these containers once and then throw them away
    • tiredwithtwins
    • By tiredwithtwins 10th Aug 18, 8:48 AM
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    I use whatevers to hand .. in my quest to use less plastic, I reuse any plastic container I can - so large yoghurt pots are used, margarine tubs, fruit/veg trays, anything ... if I need the container to freeze something else, I will take the frozen food out of the container and wrap it in greaseproof paper or put it in a larger container with other similar frozen meals ...
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    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 10th Aug 18, 4:38 PM
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    A mixture, depending on what I've made. For portions of things like stew and spag bol, I use the reusable takeaway style tubs (and any other Tupperware I have in the cupboard). For daughters meal portions, I have a selection of small plastic tubs. I also use those for sauces/marinades, as they are good individual portion sizes. For things that go in the oven for reheating, like cottage pie, chicken pie etc, I use the foil trays as they are individually sized and can go straight in the oven so either one of us can have an easy and readily available meal to ourselves if the other is out (spag bol/strews etc I tend to freeze in batches of 2 portions) - or even if we just fancy something different from the other.


    I bought the foil trays, and lids, in bulk from eBay months ago and am still working through them.
    • Gem-gem
    • By Gem-gem 10th Aug 18, 10:56 PM
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    I use a mixture:
    Pies are frozen in the glass Pyrex dishes or baking cake tins both wrapped in foil.
    I have different types of lock-stock containers which I I use time and time again - stews, bolognaise, pasta sauce, pizza sauces, soups and stewed fruit.
    Other reusable plastic containers - whole fruit eg blueberries, blackberries etc
    Zip lock bags (which came from MIL house - from emptying her house when she went in a home 3 years ago) - soups, sauces and whole tomatoes.
    Lasagna, shepherds pies in the glass Pyrex dishes.
    I like the idea of using old milk containers. I'm always happy when I manage to use single use plastic containers several times.
    I am always looking in charity shops for more Pyrex pie dishes.
    I will look out for the glass dishes with lids that you can freeze.
    Last edited by Gem-gem; 10-08-2018 at 10:59 PM.
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    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 16th Aug 18, 2:33 PM
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    I have a variety of containers and bags I use.
    I think the only ones I have actually bought were ice cube trays.I use them for odds of coconut milk, cream, lemon juice etc which get frozen solid then put into plastic bags to save space.
    the bags are generally old bread bags that have been rinsed out and pegged on the line to dry.
    tub-wise I tend to use old marg tubs, reusing until they break, these get used for general dinner leftovers.
    leftover shep pie, lasagne etc get put into le creuset dishes (free with blocks of butter years ago)topped with silver foil ready to defrost and go straight in the oven.
    soups get put in old milk bottles, easy to defrost and take to work.
    soft fruits get frozen on trays and then popped into aforementioned bags.

    i refuse to buy tubs for the freezer when stuff i buy already comes in handy containers
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    • C J
    • By C J 16th Aug 18, 3:14 PM
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    Primrose's idea of using 1 pint screw topped milk cartons to freeze soup in is just inspired - why on earth did I never think of doing that? Probably because I only ever buy 4 pint milk cartons ..... but we have a dozen or so 1 pint cartons delivered to our fridges at work every day (we are lucky and get free hot beverages). I have been carefully washing these out and ensuring they get into the recycling bin, but now I shall be bringing a few of them home to use instead. Brilliant. I make a large batch of soup every Sunday for my work lunches over the week, and freeze Wednesday-Friday's portions to ensure they stay fresh. I have been using ziplock bags for this, but no more!


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    • Emmel
    • By Emmel 18th Aug 18, 11:30 AM
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    I also use the take away style tubs from Amazon. I bought 50 500ml ones and 50 1000ml ones. I pop all butcher meat in them, Infact if I can i put everything in them, frozen veg etc, it helps keep my freezer tidy and we can see exactly how much we have. the 500ml tubs are perfect some freezing 2 portions of bolognese, 1 portion of lasagne. I do have other tubs but these all stack neat in my freezer. I bought 4 roasts last week, these are stored in freezer bags. I label everything with the contents and the date it was frozen (if fresh)
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 18th Aug 18, 11:54 AM
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    Primrose's idea of using 1 pint screw topped milk cartons to freeze soup in is just inspired - why on earth did I never think of doing that? Probably because I only ever buy 4 pint milk cartons ..... but we have a dozen or so 1 pint cartons delivered to our fridges at work every day (we are lucky and get free hot beverages). I have been carefully washing these out and ensuring they get into the recycling bin, but now I shall be bringing a few of them home to use instead. Brilliant. I make a large batch of soup every Sunday for my work lunches over the week, and freeze Wednesday-Friday's portions to ensure they stay fresh. I have been using ziplock bags for this, but no more!


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    Originally posted by C J
    Thanks. I came across this idea by accident after formerly freezing soup in plastic bags only to tear one accidentally on the wired freezer shelves one day without realising and stupidly putting it into the microwave to defrost without first storing it into a bowl. Result: huge leaking mess which took ages to clear up.

    Then I idly spied a couple of one pint milk bottles waiting to go into recycling and had a light bulb moment. I also use these to store homemade blackberry, black currant and redcurrant syrup in as it saves having to add Camden preservative tablets if the syrup is stored in a non freezer environment.
    • JIL
    • By JIL 19th Aug 18, 1:51 AM
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    I use the plastic takeaway tubs, they are like the ones that island maid has posted a link to. I make quiet a lot of meals to freeze, including lasagnes, macaroni cheese, steak and kidney, chilli, mince cottage pie base.
    I also have some pottery dishes, same size and shape as the takeaway tubs. Depending on what we are having I often take the lasagne, chilli, shepherd's pie base, and defrost it overnight decanted into the pottery dish. Then at tea time I can easily add a pastry lid, sliced potatoes, extra cheese to the top before baking it in the oven, add salad or veg to serve, quick and easy.
    Last edited by JIL; 19-08-2018 at 1:56 AM.
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 19th Aug 18, 10:00 AM
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    oh, just remembered....
    I do buy some containers, deep dish thick foil single pie things. I keep half a dozen in the freezer lined with pastry and fill them with small amounts of leftovers as I have them.
    then when I need/want them I can just top them with pastry or mash and bake.
    its made for some interesting fillings my sister remembers the macaroni cheese bottom half and chilli beef top all in pastry (that I told her I thought was chicken.
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    • C J
    • By C J 19th Aug 18, 11:53 AM
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    Macaroni cheese and chilli beef together sounds really nice!

    I have been trawling charity shops are car boot sales for ages, and now have a really good selection of Pyrex dishes in a variety of sizes, some lidded, some not. Not one cost me more than 50p, and hopefully they will last for ever.

    This thread reminds me that so really really need to defrost the freezer in the kitchen ..... perhaps I will make time for this today.
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