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    Food preparation advice needed

    I have just gotten some hours for food prep.
    I want to have things I can have cooked in bulk and frozen.
    Does anyone have ideas on books or recipes that freeze well and what containers do you use?
    Any tips appreciated.

    Chagrin
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    #132742
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    in winter we Freeze milk then defrost unopened in the sink. bread/rolls also as well as fresh uncooked meats and defrost as needed.

    any meat base dish freezes well and I buy Chinese type tubs (or recycle the none stained ones ie rice tub) really cheap if you know someone with a cash n carry card

    Mince with or without the gravy. Brown mince in bulk and split so you can add gravy or spag bol.

    Chicken casserole

    homemade soup is idea for freezing if from small household like mine. means you dont have to eat the same one all week.

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    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #132746
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    Beef stews are good to do – get lots of batches out of them. Usually do in slow cooker then have one or two portions out then rest portioned up for freezer. Often pop the dumplings in a bit before the end of cooking time – they also freeze well.

    Like Cat said, mince freezes well if it’s cooked from fresh. I do chilli in slow cooker and freeze that.

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    sar78 sar78
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    #132785
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    This is a great plan!

    I have two freezers and rely more and more on freezing food.

    Always have large stocks of my four staple foods, milk, bread, cheese
    and Apple pies. It works perfectly as long as you use them
    strictly in rotation.

    Love to do large casseroles and stews in my slow cooker and then
    freeze three or four days main meals. This way you dictate
    all the ingredients and leave out the things that
    cause problems. Tupperware is good for freezing things in
    and the glass casserole dishes themselves if you
    put them in a plastic freezer bag.

    Bread thaws out in a short time, milk takes a lot longer

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    taungfox
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    #132830
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    I bought double zippy bags from Amazon they’re very strong and don’t leak.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ziploc-Heavy-Freezer-17-7cm-19-5cm/dp/B007WF153C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464946191&sr=8-1&keywords=ziploc+bags

    I find them better than tubs as the cool liquid based foods can fit easier in the limited spaces and freeze into funny shapes. They last for ages, but I guess they’re not as good for the environment as tubs are cos you can wash them. The only foods I’ve found not to freeze well are vegetables.

    weeble
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    #132917
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    :Post:

    I might try them!

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    sar78 sar78
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    Im sure I have seen washable freezer bags in ikea.

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    Cat (Mod) Cat (Mod)
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    #132928
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    I suppose you could wash them with care actually

    weeble
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    I use tubs – mainly recycled take away ones!! I like the Australian Womens Weekly cook books and their Stews and Casseroles one is full of readily freezable meals. Foil tubs or silicone bakeware can be useful to cook things like lasagne, fish pie, moussaka, pasta bake which can then be frozen in the container they were cooked in.

    Ailsa
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    #144672
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    Great tips :)

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    sar78 sar78
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    Our gardeners, who work for many people aroudn the area, often have a surplus of fruit during the approriate season, so much so that they cannot give it away. If you know of anyone like that, ask if they ever come across apples that can be used in all sorts of things and do freeze well once cooked. You might also find that the same happens during the summer with other produce. Worth making friends with them if you can.

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