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    • dawnylou
    • By dawnylou 9th Nov 07, 8:21 AM
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    dawnylou
    Tons of vegetables to use quickly!! Help please!
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    • 9th Nov 07, 8:21 AM
    Tons of vegetables to use quickly!! Help please! 9th Nov 07 at 8:21 AM
    Hi all,
    As the title explains I have loads of vegetables that need using ASAP.

    Problem was that I did a huge shop and then due to illness didn't get round to doing any cooking this week. I don't want everything to be wasted!!

    Any ideas on how I can use it all up??

    I have:
    2 packs of cherry tomatoes
    1 pack tomatoes on vine
    1 pack celery
    1 cabbage
    2 packs baby sweet peppers
    2 packs trimmed fine green beans
    1 pack baby corn
    3 leeks
    About 8 peppers
    1 broccoli
    1 pack sweet pointed peppers
    1 pack carrots
    1 pack sweet potatoes
    1 pack sweetcorn cobettes
    About 12 potatoes - only small ones


    Obviously this is a huge waste if I don't think of a way to use as much of it up as possible!

    I also have:
    pasta
    rice
    pearl barley
    1 onion
    garlic
    5 cans chopped tomatoes
    4 tins beans

    plus various herbs, spices, sauces etc....

    Any suggestions welcome!!

    Last edited by Former MSE Wendy; 13-11-2007 at 9:54 PM.
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    • savingmum
    • By savingmum 9th Nov 07, 8:25 AM
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    • #2
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:25 AM
    • #2
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:25 AM
    Things like the peppers can be cut up and frozen for future use.

    I see many combinations there of vegetable soups which again can be frozen.

    green beans - blanche then freeze

    tomatoes - cooked down for conc frozen puree as a starter to sauces and soups - freeze in small amounts

    that's just for starters
    • thriftmonster
    • By thriftmonster 9th Nov 07, 8:26 AM
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    • #3
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:26 AM
    • #3
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:26 AM
    Hi all,
    As the title explains I have loads of vegetables that need using ASAP.

    Problem was that I did a huge shop and then due to illness didn't get round to doing any cooking this week. I don't want everything to be wasted!!

    Any ideas on how I can use it all up??

    I have:
    2 packs of cherry tomatoes turn into pasta sauce
    1 pack tomatoes on vine ditto
    1 pack celery will keep another week/ soup/ slice and freeze
    1 cabbage
    2 packs baby sweet peppers
    2 packs trimmed fine green beans blanch and freeze
    1 pack baby corn freeze
    3 leeks leek and potato soup - freeze if wanted
    About 8 peppers slice and open freeze
    1 broccoli
    1 pack sweet pointed peppers
    1 pack carrots should keep
    1 pack sweet potatoes will keep for ages in the fridge
    1 pack sweetcorn cobettes freeze
    About 12 potatoes - only small ones


    Obviously this is a huge waste if I don't think of a way to use as much of it up as possible!

    I also have:
    pasta
    rice
    pearl barley
    1 onion
    garlic
    5 cans chopped tomatoes
    4 tins beans

    plus various herbs, spices, sauces etc....

    Any suggestions welcome!!
    Originally posted by dawnylou
    Hopefully you have freezer space HTH
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    • dawnylou
    • By dawnylou 9th Nov 07, 8:32 AM
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    • #4
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:32 AM
    • #4
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:32 AM
    How do I blanche something?
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    • nopot2pin
    • By nopot2pin 9th Nov 07, 8:37 AM
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    • #5
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:37 AM
    • #5
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:37 AM
    Hi all,
    As the title explains I have loads of vegetables that need using ASAP.

    Problem was that I did a huge shop and then due to illness didn't get round to doing any cooking this week. I don't want everything to be wasted!!

    Any ideas on how I can use it all up??

    I have:
    2 packs of cherry tomatoes
    1 pack tomatoes on vine
    1 pack celery
    1 cabbage
    2 packs baby sweet peppers
    2 packs trimmed fine green beans
    1 pack baby corn
    3 leeks
    About 8 peppers
    1 broccoli
    1 pack sweet pointed peppers
    1 pack carrots
    1 pack sweet potatoes
    1 pack sweetcorn cobettes
    About 12 potatoes - only small ones


    Obviously this is a huge waste if I don't think of a way to use as much of it up as possible!

    I also have:
    pasta
    rice
    pearl barley
    1 onion
    garlic
    5 cans chopped tomatoes
    4 tins beans

    plus various herbs, spices, sauces etc....

    Any suggestions welcome!!
    Originally posted by dawnylou
    What about a lovely veg curry... using the carrots, peppers, sweet potatoes ?

    I would use some of the broccoli to make a quiche.

    Not sure I would do anything with the cabbage other than cut it up and freeze.
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 9th Nov 07, 8:38 AM
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    • #6
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:38 AM
    • #6
    • 9th Nov 07, 8:38 AM
    How do I blanche something?
    Originally posted by dawnylou
    Hi dawnylou,

    To blanche vegetables, add them to boiling water, cook for a couple of minutes and then plunge them into cold or iced water to stop them from cooking further.

    Pink
    • paddy's mum
    • By paddy's mum 9th Nov 07, 8:44 AM
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    • 9th Nov 07, 8:44 AM
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    • 9th Nov 07, 8:44 AM
    Last night, we had a vegetable bake - three large potatoes, sliced + one large onion, sliced + sprigs of cauliflower. Layer in a casserole dish, cover with a cheese sauce, top with grated cheese and bake until veg are softened and cooked. You could add thin layers of almost any of those vegetables (tomatoes, celery, sweetcorn) and still have an appetising meal.

    Along with others, I also would make a huge batch of soup to avoid wasting good vegetables. I rarely blanch anything (too much like hard work) and find it makes very little difference to the final product, especially if you make a point of removing these particular veggies from the freezer at the first opportunity.

    Hope you are fully recovered now.
  • villeroy1502
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    • 9th Nov 07, 9:20 AM
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    • 9th Nov 07, 9:20 AM
    It's like 'ready steady cook' on-line. LOL
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  • Gingham Ribbon
    • #9
    • 9th Nov 07, 9:42 AM
    • #9
    • 9th Nov 07, 9:42 AM
    slice and steam or boil the cabbage then freeze in 2 portions to make galette.

    Here is Churchmouse's alteration to the original recipe (which was too stodgy.) Hers is perfect (and we're having it tomorrow again!)

    You have 3 packs of peppers? Can you roast them and make a dip or add them to hummous?
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  • mattogier
    I always cook too many pots and veges for sunday lunch and then turn them into bubble & squeek extreem by bunging them in the kenwoood with the K beater and adding a spot of the left over gravy.

    You can then portion them onto a lined baking sheet by using a round biscuit cutter, pop in the freezer and then when frozen put into bags or storage.

    To cook you can bake, grill or fry from frozen until hot through.

    I also always make excess mashed pots (butter and dill added) and use an icecream scoop to portion into the freezer as above - much better than smash!
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    • HariboJunkie
    • By HariboJunkie 9th Nov 07, 9:58 AM
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    HariboJunkie
    Hi all,
    As the title explains I have loads of vegetables that need using ASAP.

    Problem was that I did a huge shop and then due to illness didn't get round to doing any cooking this week. I don't want everything to be wasted!!

    Any ideas on how I can use it all up??

    I have:
    2 packs of cherry tomatoes
    1 pack tomatoes on vine
    1 pack celery
    1 cabbage
    2 packs baby sweet peppers
    2 packs trimmed fine green beans
    1 pack baby corn
    3 leeks
    About 8 peppers
    1 broccoli
    1 pack sweet pointed peppers
    1 pack carrots
    1 pack sweet potatoes
    1 pack sweetcorn cobettes
    About 12 potatoes - only small ones


    Obviously this is a huge waste if I don't think of a way to use as much of it up as possible!

    I also have:
    pasta
    rice
    pearl barley
    1 onion
    garlic
    5 cans chopped tomatoes
    4 tins beans

    plus various herbs, spices, sauces etc....

    Any suggestions welcome!!
    Originally posted by dawnylou
    Pasta sauce with the tomatoes and peppers (add garlic and onion)
    Broth with the cabbage, celery, corn , barley sweet potato , and potato or minestrone with all these and add green beans and tinned tomatoes.
    Blanche any leftover veg and freeze.
    • dawnylou
    • By dawnylou 9th Nov 07, 10:03 AM
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    dawnylou
    Thank you everyone for all of your help

    Am off out for a couple of hours - hopefully when I get back I will have the motivation to crack on with a whole lot of batch cooking!!!


    Is it possible to make a vegetable curry, freeze it, then when I defrost it cook some turkey and stir it in??

    I am defrosting some sausages and will pop them in slowcooker overnight with some veg, chopped toms etc.
    Also found a recipe to bake bread with cherry tomatoes in! That might be nice!

    Will also hopefully get round to the vegetable bake - will that freeze ok?
    And some pasta sauces too

    Thank you everyone
    Dream of being mortgage free....
    APR 2007 - £109,825 FEB 2012 - £98,664.53


    • HariboJunkie
    • By HariboJunkie 9th Nov 07, 10:05 AM
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    HariboJunkie
    Thank you everyone for all of your help

    Am off out for a couple of hours - hopefully when I get back I will have the motivation to crack on with a whole lot of batch cooking!!!


    Is it possible to make a vegetable curry, freeze it, then when I defrost it cook some turkey and stir it in?? Yes

    I am defrosting some sausages and will pop them in slowcooker overnight with some veg, chopped toms etc.
    Also found a recipe to bake bread with cherry tomatoes in! That might be nice!

    Will also hopefully get round to the vegetable bake - will that freeze ok?
    And some pasta sauces too

    Thank you everyone
    Originally posted by dawnylou
    Good luck........
  • mattogier
    You can freeze most cooked veg in a sauce - when I make soup / stew / pasta sauce to freeze I often make it concentrated so it take up less space in the freezer - if you mark the top of the plastic box / bag that you need to add stock / water / tinned toms etc you wont forget when the time comes to serve it up.

    Cheers again

    Matt
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    • tiredwithtwins
    • By tiredwithtwins 9th Nov 07, 10:14 AM
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    ive bought cherry toms, new spuds, peppers, other root veg when they are reduced in s'brys and frozen them on trays; chop em all up to even sizes, drizzle with a good glug of olive oil, season well (add garlic and or any other herbs you fancy) then put them onto small baking trays or on bottom of large sarnie box and freeze; you can then get them out and bake in oven as a mediterranean roast veg medley ... lush!
    • Paulie'sGirl
    • By Paulie'sGirl 9th Nov 07, 11:26 AM
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    You could make a lovely stirfry with the carrots, peppers, cabbage, beans and baby corn.
  • champys
    [quote=paddy's mum;6764130]

    I rarely blanch anything (too much like hard work)


    blanching is really easy and quick if you happen to have a pressure cooker!
    • beemuzed
    • By beemuzed 10th Nov 07, 7:39 AM
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    Having read all these lovely suggestions I'm tempted to take Dawnylou's list out to purchase just so as I can try some out - great ideas!
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    Think twice before spending anything!
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 14th Nov 07, 1:40 PM
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    hollydays
    YOu could get a bok out of the library called-Too many tomatoes- for when you have a glut of vegetables.
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 14th Nov 07, 3:31 PM
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    I use the steamer for blanching, cold water runs thru theholes nicely when 2-3 mins is up!
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