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Food From the Freezer 
 
Mar. 2, 2011 11:28 am 
Updated: Mar. 15, 2011 11:48 am

Food From the Freezer



Shortly after returning from Moose Jaw

last week I developed a nasty flu.  It

knocked me off my feet and I spent about

three days on my back.  My husband

stepped in and took over the cooking,

cleaning and kids.  He can cook but rarely

does because I'm a bit of a kitchen control

freak.  Being a control freak I make meals

for the freezer from time to time and there

is usually a small stockpile of food to choose

from in there for nights when I haven't the

time or disposition to cook.  There's usually

Cajun style red beans, cooked brown rice,

assorted muffins and fruit pies, chicken pot

pie, calzones and/or pizza pops, various

soups and a few other odds and ends

kicking around in there.  My husband was

able to take care of me and the kids without

having to cook very much.  The best

thing, that he pulled out of there was the

last of the giant pot of turkey noodle soup

that I'd made after Christmas.  It was

exactly what I needed when I was able to

eat.  I'm thankful that I'm a freezer stocker

and very grateful to my wonderful husband

for taking care of me and everything else.



I'm finally on the mend but I still can't

really taste or smell anything and I tire

easily.  Now I've got to tackle the job of

gradually re-stocking the freezer.  What do

you cook for the freezer?

 
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Comments
Mar. 2, 2011 11:38 am
Glad you're feeling better! Hope you're good as new very soon! I love to freeze chili!
 
SB 
Mar. 2, 2011 11:58 am
Seems like there's all kinds of bugs going around right now. Glad your up and running again. I keep spaghetti sauce, chicken tortilla soup stock, some various meats in sauces (chili colorado, puerco en salsa verde), and chocolate chip cookies. :)
 
Skoo 
Mar. 2, 2011 11:59 am
Hope you get your strength back soon! You'll need the strength for all the cooking you're going to do. I'm not much help in the freezing deparment except for soups! I made Frienship Soup (the recipe is Friendship Soup Mix from here) It freezes well!
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:00 pm
there is a terrible bug floating around, it hit me last weekend, my legs were so soar it even hurt to lay on the couch. Food from the freezer is a saver, I like to have cookies, muffins, rhubarb cake, and banana bread, buns, refried beans, Chinese dumplings, some left over stew, chili, or sheppards pie. Pizza pockets are a lifesaver and pot pies for lunches for the guys. Also making biscuit dough and pushing it into muffin tins, then filling with salmon, ham, chili or chicken and fav peppers, celery, onion, topping with some cheese and baking, then freezing. These are great for fast lunches too. Hope you are feeling better, have some rosehip tea
 
Paula 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:00 pm
I'm in the process of cleaning out my freezer. I don't really stock it intentionally. Since there are just 2 of us at home now, I have left-overs more often than I used to. If I fix anything in the crockpot, there are leftovers....like chicken stroganoff, roast, Italian beef, or stew. Then there are just those regular recipes that serve 6-8...like chili, soup, turkey tettrazini, lasagna, etc. I have a refrigerator in my kitchen and in my laundry room, so I am working on these freezers first before I go to the one in my garage :):)
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:28 pm
Thank you Cathlene, chili is a good one. There never seems to be much leftover though ;) I guess I'll have to start making bigger batches.
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:29 pm
Thanks SB. mmmm Cookies, my kids would thank me for that one.
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:30 pm
Thanks Skoo, I'm going to do some soups this week. I love soup but everyone else is sort of ho hum unless it has dumplings or sausages in it ;).
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:35 pm
RnG, that's the exact one! Pain everywhere, fever and chills, stuffy head and nose, cough, sore throat yuch, glad it's almost gone. Shepherd's pie is a good idea, and the stuffed biscuits too, I bet the kids would like those :).
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:36 pm
Paula, that's going to a problem for me when the kids grow up! Downsizing my cooking and getting out of that "make extra" mentality that teenagers will bring ;).
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:45 pm
do you like teas Sarah? What have you got at home to make a good tea? Rosehips, lemon balm are good, even hot iced tea mix will help, also add your honey and lemon. For the aches and pains I was popping tylenol and nyquil. Lots of sleep. Get your girls to throw mommy a tea party:D
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:45 pm
Glad you are feeling better! These freeze really well: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Meatball-Nirvana/Detail.aspx
Love them!
 
Mar. 2, 2011 12:47 pm
...and don't stick your nose out the door, Jack Frost is still kicking up his heels. We broke weather records like crazy yesterday, -46 with the windchill, I think. Boys finally went to school today, but it's still snowing. Stay warm and rub some Vicks on your feet, throw on some fuzzy sox
 
Mar. 2, 2011 1:07 pm
I've been living on tea, mostly black with honey and lemon, my throat is almost all the way better now so I've switched to chai with a splash of milk or red roobios. The kids are all getting it but none of them are quite as sick as I was. The girls are all still sleepy today but none of them have a fever, the boy's got a fever but has had some children's tylenol and is sleeping for now. And you're right still friggin freezing out there. The closest I'm going to out is letting the dog in and out when she has to go.
 
Mar. 2, 2011 1:07 pm
Thanks Nurse Ellen! That's a good idea too :D.
 
Gitano 
Mar. 2, 2011 6:08 pm
First off ~ it SUCKS getting SICK! I hope you get better soon.... :) Second, do you have any pasta casseroles? like mac & cheese, penne in a spicy arrabiata sauce (depending on the spice level, it kicks the CR@P out of the germs!), I always have some of that with either chicken or sausage in it, easy-peasy meal to pull out of the freezer. If you like Mexican, can't go wrong with enchiladas of any kind, they freeze well and are so versatile... so looks like you will be busy in the kitchen for while restocking! so you best get at it! :) Grat blog (as usual!)
 
Mar. 2, 2011 6:14 pm
Thanks Gitano, Super kid friendly too, well minus the spicy part, I just put sriracha on everthing I eat ;).
 
Mar. 2, 2011 8:15 pm
I've a teeny, tiny freezer, but chicken stock, patties (buy bigger than needed birds, loins et and grind up the extra), chicken breasts, pork loin, pesto, bacon, hot dogs, fish, scallops, hot peppers, garlic, bread, edamame, stick of butter, frozen veggies...Oops just ran out of space, BUT if I make a big turkey... I freeze up turkey slices over potatoes with gravy over that...
 
moaa 
Mar. 2, 2011 8:38 pm
So glad you are feeling better Sarah-May!!! Don't you hate it when the kitchen is calling you lol. I love freezing any banana cake/bread/muffins, wontons, stews, and spaghetti sauce. What I love the most is having "mom's only mini meals"...well mostly diet stuff or something too exotic for my families taste.
 
Mar. 3, 2011 7:20 am
That's a neat one Marvel's, the turkey dinner idea :).
 
Mar. 3, 2011 7:22 am
Thanks Moaa, I have those!! I make soup almost every Friday just for me and freeze small portions, also the last little bits of things like quinoa, rice, cooked beans then I use them for my lunches.
 
Ashley 
Mar. 3, 2011 7:39 am
I just pulled a large bag of chili from the freezer. I LOVE freezing leftovers... the less I have to cook and prepare the happier I am :) I always try to freeze a couple portions of soup whenever I make some, chili, spaghetti sauce, meatballs for subs, also love to make Lasagna casserole from this site. Only 2 of us at home so I bake an 8X8 pan for dinner and put the other one in the freezer. I have also started chopping and freezing fresh veggies. I hate throwing stuff away and wasted quite a bit when I was so new to cooking, so now if I think some brocolli or peppers are going to go bad soon and won't be using them I will clean them and chop em up, and throw them in a freezer bag and put them in the freezer. I had no idea before that I could just freeze stuff instead of letting it rot in the frige and thrown out when bad. Now not much gets wasted and I have plenty of stuff to choose from!
 
Mar. 3, 2011 7:48 am
We've got all kinds of things in our freezer, let's see, soup is a good one, chicken, beef. Stew is another, I like banana bread and zucchini breads, maple baked beans, gumbo or meat pies (tortiere's), pea (habitat) soup, jambalaya, I've even ventured to make pizza's. I also jar salsa which is great with chips, pickles and pickled beans (great for a lunch and has a large amount), fruit salad. It's a busy place, but I find it's fun to have a lot on hand for when I'm to tired or weak to cook. Great blog, thanks for sharing.
 
Mar. 3, 2011 7:54 am
Great Post... I freeze Baked Wonton Wraps/Lentil & Chicken I serve over frozen white rice that I keep in the freezer for quick use..../I make individual enchiladas flash freeze them that way I can grab out the frozen 1 cups of different sauces and heat in the toaster oven/ I keep soups/meatloaf etc...But since finding out my family doesn't really like leftovers the next day I make meals per servings not per meal. example 2 people 2 chicken breast no leftovers
 
Mangel 
Mar. 3, 2011 8:54 am
Hi Sarah-May. I freeze casseroles quite often as they make really easy one-dish meals for those busy days (or when I'm not around to cook for hubby, all he has to do is pop something in the oven). I have good luck with chicken and rice dishes with cream soup sauces (add the cream soup right before putting casseroles in oven; milk based sauces don't freeze well in my experience). Lasagna is good freezer food and pretty much any soup. I'm like you in that when I make soup, I also freeze a couple of individually sized portions for my lunches at work. Don't forget the tried and true Chicken Soup curative for this nasty bug. Our entire family (even those that don't live with us) have been dealing with this rotten virus. Add some extra garlic and ginger to the chicken soup to help clear the congestion. Hope you all feel better soon; it has taken me a month to start feeling like myself again. Rest, rest, rest!
 
Mar. 3, 2011 11:03 am
I am freezer challenged. But what is that yummy looking soup (1st picture)?
 
Mar. 3, 2011 11:06 am
Cool blog! I love to freeze leftovers, but also, i make cookie dough, scoop it onto a big tray with a cookie scoop and freeze that. Once frozen hard, I put all the scoops in a freezer bag and pull out just the amount of cookies I want and bake them fresh. There's nothing better than fresh warm cookies right out of the oven ;)
 
Mar. 3, 2011 1:09 pm
Ashley, I do that with veggies all of the time too! They're too expensive to toss! Lasagna is on my list :D
 
Mar. 3, 2011 1:11 pm
Thanks Bountifullife, meat pie is a good idea! Hubby loves them.
 
Mar. 3, 2011 1:13 pm
Thank you Jayashiangel, no leftover troubles here, we all like them :D.
 
Mar. 3, 2011 1:14 pm
Thank's Mangel, I'm glad to hear you're over it, I hope I can kick it more quickly than that though! I don't have a month to rest up, It's one week today and I'm feeling much better but still a little tired and a lot congested.
 
Mar. 3, 2011 1:16 pm
Hi Maureen, the soup with the lime wedge in the center?? If I'm right that is this: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Ash-e-jow-IranianPersian-Barley-Soup/Detail.aspx with shredded chicken meat and lime zest added.
 
Mar. 3, 2011 1:17 pm
Thanks Goodfood4ursoul, frozen raw cookie dough sounds dangerous to my waistline! I love the stuff and it would probably not get baked ;). I agree though, nothing beats fresh from the oven when it comes to most cookies.
 
Jackie 
Mar. 3, 2011 3:24 pm
I freeze biscotti, soups, quick breads,pies,tarts,cupcakes, cracker and bread crumbs for toppings and stuffings and fishcakes,homemade pizza crusts and homemade pasta, and everything freezeable from the garden. I always say if the power goes out for any length of time we'll eat like kings !!
 
Mar. 3, 2011 4:41 pm
I never quite readjusted to cooking in small quantities, so Like Paula I have a lot of leftovers from various meals. I always have frozen pizza dough because when I do make it I make extra and I usually have a bag of homemade rolls. I get nervous when I get down to my last container of chicken stock or tomato sauce. I make chop meat into 1/4 patties as soon as I bring it home so I can make a burger or meatloaf or meat balls easily by just defrosting the right number of patties. I just emptied my freezer out and restacked things so I can see what is there.
 
Grams 
Mar. 3, 2011 9:06 pm
I "intend" to get things in the freezer, but rarely seem to do so. The occasional time I do - Enchilada Casserole, Lasagna and Meatloaf. All assembled but not cooked. Also whenever I make meatballs or red sauce I try to make extra to freeze.
 
Mar. 4, 2011 5:29 am
Hey Sarah! Sending lots of warm sunshine your way and wishes for a swift recovery from that awful bug! Last week we had temps soar to 80 degrees, now the cold is back and our fruit trees are gonna take a whipping; especially the cherry trees. Probably no blooms for the Cherry Blossom Festival this year. Lots of good info here on freezer additions. I slink off to my favorite pizza place and buy their dough and then come home and make calzones or mini pizzas to add to freezer collection. Line a muffin tin with pizza dough and make mini deep-dish pizzas. My GK's love those and they're good at helping "create" some really tasty ones. I don't just make one meatloaf, I make 2 and freeze one. The one I bake is then sliced and the slices are frozen for meatloaf sandwiches. Kinda tough for emptynesters to get that "cooking for 2" down to a science. My biggest mistake was not marking things properly when I put them in the freezer. I knew what they were but poor Hubs was always in for a surprise if he had to take something out when I was visiting the kids. Poor baby! Get well, Kiddo, spring is right around the corner and this cold stuff will be but a memory! Love and hugs!!
 
Mar. 4, 2011 6:02 am
Sorry to hear you had the flu. Your freezer food looked great! I stock pre cooked seasoned hamburger meat, it's amazing what that can become. I double batches of pasta and grilled pizza dough for latter fast food use. I've been "saved" by the freezer many times! Springs round the corner, my crocus and daffies say so :)
 
Motts 
Mar. 4, 2011 6:07 am
Did you get a flu shot?
 
Mar. 4, 2011 8:56 am
Every time I make mini dessert breads (banana, zucchini, etc.) I freeze one or two. And I do the same with cookie dough. That way, I always have something I can pull out for a sweet on short notice. I also freeze cooked meat because only my husband eats meat and there are always leftovers. Cooked chicken, light or dark, can easily become a pot pie or enchiladas or chicken salad; beef can become chili or stew or stroganoff. I also prepare peach pie filling from fresh peaches from the recipe on AR; frozen in the shape of the pie pan, it yields a fresh peach pie any time of the year. A real timesaver! Glad you hear you are on the mend and this is a great topic. :-)
 
K-Dub 
Mar. 4, 2011 9:13 am
Glad your feeling better Sarah-May! I was hit with the same thing and about a week later I got the stomach flu. Today is the first day I've been able to eat a regular meal in almost 2 weeks. My fiance usually eats all the food I make BEFORE I can freeze it but on the occasions that he doesn't I've got breakfast burritos, chili, chicken tortilla soup, some kind of pasta, and different kinds of meats with marinades. Great blog! I was able to get more ideas on what to freeze.....hopefully the black hole doesn't swallow them all up first! ha ha ha ha :)
 
Abbey 
Mar. 4, 2011 5:43 pm
Your freezer food looks delicious, what a good hubby you have! I've been dealing with pneumonia this past week and have been living out of my freezer, too. I like to stock quart bags of chili, pasta sauces, muffins, leftover pizza pasta and lasagna, spaghetti, pulled pork, and sloppy joe meat.
 
Mar. 4, 2011 6:24 pm
I've been looking for more recipes for freezer cooking. I would like to get to the point of cooking an entire month's worth of meals in one day, but for now, I do what I can. I usually have a goulash or two, 2 tator tot casseroles (with different veggies in them), soup, chicken and rice, meatloaf, meatballs, sweet and sour chicken packets, and a pot pie or two in there that I can grab and use. My husband is learing that this really is a HUGE time and money saver. I work a two jobs, a full time Mon-Fri 7-4 and part time 3pm-11pm jobs. We have supper together every night, even if he has to bring supper and the kids to my work. Having these meals ready that he can just stick in the oven for awhile makes it possible to have homecooking every night if we want, although sometimes we really just want a pizza.
 
Mar. 5, 2011 8:38 am
Glad you're on the mend Sarah. I haven't been sick for years but it's still not been long enough since the last time. My fave things to stock up on are time consuming items that freeze well. I do a Chicken Pot Pie with a biscuit topping that I love to freeze up for those days when the blood runs thin. The problem is, they're so darn good we usually are back at them sooner than that lol. Other times I will make something that we usually enjoy but just doesn't click, I'll freeze it. Other times I will have made a multi evening meal, stews, beans, ham, turkey, etc.. and by day 3 sometimes we're done, so I'll freeze it. Anyhow, glad your doing ok!
 
Mar. 5, 2011 10:12 am
lol Jackie, we'd eat like kings too, but at this time of year there's always the snow bank for frozen stuff ;)
 
Mar. 5, 2011 10:13 am
BigShotsMom, I'm at the opposite end of that scale right now, thinking of cooking in ever larger amounts to keep up with these growing kids :). Pizza dough is a good idea!
 
Mar. 5, 2011 10:14 am
Thanks for stopping in Grams :).
 
Mar. 5, 2011 10:15 am
Thank-you SouthernGma, that warm weather must be lost in tranit, it's -20 here this morning and supposed to stay this cold for another two weeks :(.
 
Mar. 5, 2011 10:16 am
CatHill, cooked burger meat! That's a great one, so versatile...I'm taking notes here ;).
 
Mar. 5, 2011 10:17 am
Motts, no I did not get a flu shot. That'll teach me. I rarely get sick but when I do I get REALLY sick.
 
Mar. 5, 2011 10:47 am
Thanks for stopping in KATSINTHEKITCHEN, pie shaped pie filling, another great idea!
 
me 
Mar. 5, 2011 12:47 pm
What's a good website to go to for info on what to freeze and how?
 
Mar. 5, 2011 1:33 pm
Thanks K-Dub, glad you're getting over it too. lol the black hole, maybe my husband is related to your bf ;).
 
Mar. 5, 2011 1:35 pm
Abbey, sorry you're sick, but it's great that you've got a stocked freezer to help you through it :). Get lots of rest and feel better soon :).
 
Mar. 5, 2011 6:21 pm
My name says it all...my freezer is my saving grace for my busy M-F weeknights. With my busy teaching job, husband in the navy and 2 boys that lately have meant 9 outside activities per week, my freezer is my saviour!!!!!! I cook the www.30daygourmet.com way and have found that website to be useful. Lots of free freezer friendly recipes to get you started, a useful monthly newsletter and then several cookbooks worth the purchase. Their newest "Big Book of Freezer Cooking" is the best yet. Very useful and you certainly can freeze much more than I would ever have thought. I have definately used their methods and have been doing it long enough to make it my own. I don't cook for the entire month but cook over several weekends as the need arises. Shopping and cooking when things are on sale is also definately a way to save money.
 
Mar. 5, 2011 8:18 pm
Glad you are on the mend! I just made a seafood soup tonight with some pasta and seafood I had in the freezer from New Years : ) I just added some liquids to it and it was so good! I purchased a small freezer just for stocking since I am not always able to stand in my kitchen due to chronic pain, so when I do feel well I cook up a storm and freeze. I have black eye peas and ham, more seafood and pasta, chicken, chicken soup and a couple casseroles
 
Mary Ann 
Mar. 6, 2011 7:36 am
Try making stuffed cabbage rolls if you have never made them. They are a meal in themselves and the cabbage is actually a good healer for whatever ails you. They freeze well.
 
psyche@ns.sympatico.ca 
Mar. 6, 2011 8:01 am
Cleaning out the freezer as well - and found two small lobsters that were a gift last summer. As it is March, I am at a loss as to the safety of these little buggers. I hate to waste food, so if you have some advice, I'd like it. Lori
 
mandyjo812 
Mar. 6, 2011 8:04 am
In nursing school I lived alone and I cooked one day a month and froze things in individual portions. I always had: 1. two kinds of soup- a tomato based such as chili and usually chicken veggie 2. lasagna- you can make it in disposable aluminum pans and bake it even tho it's still frozen 3. taco meat- super fast and easy 4. chicken or pork with mushrooms and rice (made in the crockpot) 5. sloppy joes Just make extra when you cook for your family.
 
Shee 
Mar. 6, 2011 8:44 am
Hope you improve a LOT every day! I've only ever cooked for 2, and I always make tons. Don't ask me why, I honestly don't know. Freezer stuff: Homemade pasta sauce. Meatloaf. Usually two different types of cooked potatoes. Chili. Soup. Extra casserole portions. GET BETTER AND WARMER FAST! Love your blog.
 
Mar. 6, 2011 2:51 pm
H&Ps Mommy, thanks for stopping in, I've really got to convince my kids that casseroles are a good thing ;). Try making homemade pizza sometime, I'm always dissapointed with the takeout stuff now that I've gotten good at the crust :).
 
Mar. 6, 2011 2:52 pm
Thank-you Raedwulf. It's been a few years since I've been sick too, I hope you stay healthy.
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:07 pm
Hello Me, I've yet to find a really great website for this but here's a few links: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/focus_on_freezing/index.asp#1

http://www.frugalmom.net/blog/2010/05/7-steps-to-once-a-month-cooking/

http://organizedhome.com/freezer-cooking/guide-once-a-month-cooking
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:09 pm
Thank-you freezermama, off to check out the site :D.
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:12 pm
Thank-you Nephanie, Some of the best meals are the ones tossed together from seemingly random leftovers from the freezer :).
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:12 pm
Good idea Mary Anne, I love cabbage rolls, hubby doesn't but too bad for him ;).
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:14 pm
Hi Lori, they will be safe but may taste a little stale, as long as things are frozen at 0F, they are fine according to: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/focus_on_freezing/index.asp#1
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:14 pm
Thank-you Mandy Jo, sometimes I miss cooking for one :).
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:16 pm
Thank-you very much Shee! Cooked potatoes is an idea, I've noticed others saying that they have issues with them getting "soupy" how do you avoid that?
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:38 pm
very helpful blog, b/c of it, I realized 'why don't I make and freeze my own pasta sauce?' I always have frozen veggies, chicken and veg stocks, portions of soup, rolls of cookie dough, and a bag of saved chicken pieces from cutting filets + strips to use in a stir fry or what-not (just a way to save the pieces of a half to 3/4 lb chicken breast when I cut and portion it; hubby and I will only eat 6-7oz at most).
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:38 pm
I freeze lots of stuff! When I make lasagna, I usually make extra to freeze. When bread is on the verge of getting stale, I usually food process it into bread crumbs and freeze that---sometimes I add spicy Italian seasonings. When boneless/skinless chicken breasts are on sale, I will buy a large quantity and pound them and re-bag them, marked with quantities...usually I freeze them in pairs or fours. They thaw quickly and it makes it easy to throw together a spinach-pine nut stuffing, or whatever is handy. Just roll them up and bake---it's super easy but my guests think I really worked hard! HA!! Since my husband is a hunter, we have a separate freezer that is generally full of game: elk, venison, quail, etc. The absolute must-have freezer gadget is a seal-a-meal or the like---really keeps food from becoming freezer burned!
 
Mar. 6, 2011 3:51 pm
Hope you're feeling better! I didn't know soup could be frozen, next time I have leftovers I'll freeze them for another time.
 
Mar. 6, 2011 8:58 pm
I sure you get to feeling better Sarah. Sick sucks! The turkey noodle soup sure sounded good and hopefully made you feel a little better.
 
lcswan53 
Mar. 7, 2011 6:46 am
Great blog! I also freeze taco meat to use for either tacos or taco salad. I prepare extra French toast or pancakes and freeze those. Just pop into the toaster! When preparing anything that calls for veggies, I freeze what I would normally throw out and keep adding to it until I have enough to put in a crock pot and cook for 10-12 hours. Makes SUPER vegetable stock.
 
Mar. 7, 2011 6:59 am
Brown rice. A lot of people say they have trouble with it but I don't. And I don't do anything special, just toss in a bag, push the air out and freeze.
 
What's Cookin? 
Mar. 7, 2011 8:57 am
I don't like cooking first thing in the morning before kids go to school. I freeze pancakes and french toast and have it ready for them to pop into the microwave.
 
Mar. 7, 2011 11:10 am
i'm actually setting this type of business up - there is a ton of stuff you can make and freeze - sometimes (pasta dishes) you may want to back off the cooking - ie barely al dente or just before el dente or else it reheats mushy, thaw and reheat at 375 for 30 min is the general rule of thumb - chicken parm, or eggplant and portabella mushroom parm, in a large container - leftover turkey, mashed potato, stuffing(dressing), gravy - yum - heat it all up and you have a great - heat and serve meal!, I always freeze left over gravy for shepherds pies or whatever later. I freeze bags of roasted squash in cubes for easy access for soups, enchiladas, peroiges, cabbage rolls, stews, soups, pasta sauces and other sauces, meatballs (sauceless), lasagna, stuffed shells, shepherds pies, burrito (without sauce - to grab and go) - we toast frozen left over pancakes too
 
Mar. 7, 2011 4:49 pm
Glad you are on the mend. I keep a freezer stocked with lasagna, beef stroganoff, chicken enchilladas, ham & potato soup, mustard crusted pork tenderloin, Asian flank steak, stuffed chicken breasts, and bourbon chicken. I usually take one Sunday out of the month and prepare a bunch of meals then freeze them to eat later in the month.
 
Mar. 7, 2011 8:08 pm
Glad your on the mend. I freeze lots of soups and if I have a cassarole I divide it up into 1 person meals. It's just me now but I find it hard to cook for one. A nice pasta or mexican lasagna is always freezer safe.
 
Mar. 7, 2011 9:56 pm
When I freeze my leftover taco meat, I end up using it in chili, or taco soup. It's also handy for nachos. I brown ground beef with onion and garlic for use in meat sauce, dirty rice, etc. When I buy large packs of ground beef, I cook what I need for that night and then get busy mixing meatloaves and meatballs. The meatloaves I freeze raw, the meatballs get baked first, so they can be used in Waikiki Meatballs, Cranberry Meatballs, Swedish Meatballs, Spaghetti and meatballs or meatball subs. I have a celiac in the household, so all these items are made gluten free. You cannot buy (for less than a whole gaggle of arms and legs)gluten free frozen meatballs. I buy large packs of pork chops, roasts, chickens etc, and freeze meat in marinades. We love to do teriyaki marinade on boneless,skinless thighs,so that after we defrost them, we can grill them on the George Foreman and make some sticky rice and veggies for a restaurant style chicken teriyaki.
 
Mar. 8, 2011 5:39 am
I am with you! I love my freezer dearly hehehe I had to tak my hubby into buying us one, (at the time we had 1 small child and the two of us) but since then he has been made a freezer believer! I stock my freezer/s with fresh farm raised meat a front quarter at a time, fresh caught fish from local water, Chicken or turkey and dumplins, and pot pie, spinach lasagna made into individual roll ups, beef and veggie soup, chili, chicken soup, cooked rice with beans and tomatoes, chicken enchiladas, pecan crusted chicken for fast meals,homemade unbaked rolls and bread and cookie doughs, homemade popsicles made from fruit juice and or jello, ... the list goes on. Snow is rather rare in GA but this year we were lucky enough to get snowed in for an entire week! in a neighborhood of over 100 houses, we were the only house with plenty of food and we never worried about NEEDING any kind of food during our week stuck at home! yes I had to restock like a mad woman, but it was comforting to know we COULD last for a week!! My freezer also helped when I was flat on my back with a double ear infection, double sinus infection and the flu back several months agao, for 2 weeks I was basically out of commission, but thanks to my stocked freezer, hubby could jsut pull out whatever he wanted for supper and heat it for him and the kids.
 
Mar. 8, 2011 5:54 am
Thank-you Lissa.
 
Mar. 8, 2011 5:55 am
Thanks Aunt Zibba, I've got a freezer half full of wild meat here too :).
 
Mar. 8, 2011 5:56 am
Thank-you Tiger Indy, glad to be helful.
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:04 am
Thank-you Candice, it did help. I'm nearly over it now, just a lingering stuffy head and a desire to sleep more than usual.
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:05 am
lcswan53, pancakes and french toast are good ones, easy to make extra for freezing. That reminds me to do some waffles too :).
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:07 am
Thanks cheesehead chris, I just froze some of that yesterday :O).
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:08 am
Thank-you What's Cookin? :D
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:10 am
KoolChik, thanks for the advice, I always forget about undercooking pasta for the freezer. Some great ideas there, I wish you great success with your business!
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:47 am
CaseyLM101, I'm coming to raid your freezer! :D
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:48 am
Thanks Cookie, I sometimes miss cooking for one but I agree that it gets difficult after awhile.
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:51 am
Sounds yummy GenelleB, meat in marinades is a good idea, one of these days I'll get to doing that :).
 
Mar. 8, 2011 6:53 am
Catherine Corn, I have plenty of snow if you'd like more?? NO? Thought I'd try ;). I love that you were able to exist for two weeks on frozen stuff while sick, that's where I'd like to get to. There are six of us here :).
 
irish48 
Mar. 8, 2011 11:45 am
My favorite thing to freeze, is oatmeal in muffin tins,after freezing, wrap individually. I also do mashed potatoes the same way and individual meatloafs. Another thing I do is ground beef flavored with onion soup in individual bags, works great for cabbage rolls,veggie soup or a favorite cheeseburger casserole.
 
Joh 
Mar. 8, 2011 2:18 pm
Since it is just my husband & me, I freeze left overs. My faves are bean soup & stew. One time, I made a carrot soup that didn't turn out the way I thought it was supposed to; so, I froze it & then pulled out to make the best risotto I ever had!
 
disgoof66 
Mar. 8, 2011 3:58 pm
I'd be in HUGE trouble without my freezer. I freeze casseroles, cabbage rolls, soups or many kinds, chili. My vac sealer is my 2nd best friend - helps me keep everything neat and easily stacked in the freezer. I also pre-cook ground beef, chopped chicken, beef strips and freeze them in 3 serving portions for our family. Then I can just pull a package out for stroganof, tacos, chicken and rice - whatever we have a taste for on a given night, add a side dish and dinner is done. Keeps dinner prep to about 30 minutes.
 
Rae S. 
Mar. 8, 2011 5:00 pm
I like to freeze mashed potatoes. I scoop them into a 2 qt container and freeze. When its time to cook, I just reheat in the microwave for about 10 mins on high, stopping every so often to mix. The potatoes will seem soupy at first but they stiffen up as they cook. I am also a slow cooker gal, so any leftovers from that go into the freezer. Chili, Stews, Roast Beef, Pulled Pork...
 
Mar. 9, 2011 10:47 am
thanks for commenting irish48, oatmeal is a new one to me :D.
 
Mar. 9, 2011 10:52 am
Thank-you Joh, mmmmm carrot risotto!
 
Mar. 9, 2011 11:51 am
Sorry to hear you're sick. But like you I cook for the freezer and its very convenient. I always have shepherd's pies, chili, meat loaf, chicken loaf, corn muffins, mashed potatoes, soups, baked spaghetti and my sweet potato casserole in there. So I am never stuck. Glad to hear that there is someone out there like me. By the way, we're neighbors. I'm in Alberta.(Hi)
 
Mar. 9, 2011 12:36 pm
Thanks disgoof66 :D.
 
Mar. 9, 2011 12:37 pm
Thanks for clearing that up Rae S. I really wondered about mashed potatoes.
 
Mar. 9, 2011 12:38 pm
lol thanks Rosebud, I'm waving to you across the flat praries ;).
 
Mar. 9, 2011 5:52 pm
I cook and freeze for a single guy friend so he can just pull dinner out of his freezer during the week. My usuals for him are: turkey meatloaf (made with cheese, spinach and quinoa in it), pulled pork or italian beef, quiche, stew, and chicken and rice casserole. Muffins and quick breads usually find their way in there too. Hope you're better!
 
Mar. 10, 2011 6:08 am
That's very kind of you MISSESRITA! And thank-you, I am finally feeling almost normal :).
 
Rene 
Mar. 15, 2011 6:54 am
I'm sure you are all better by now, but I wanted to recommend L-lysine, an amino acid, for next time. We went the whole winter without being sick one time. Anytime I'd feel a bug coming on - stuffiness, sore throat, swollen glands, etc - I'd take some Lysine before going to bed and I'd wake feeling fine. I give it to my children too, just open the capsule and mix the powder with honey, since they can't swallow pills. The first time I took Lysine about 2 years ago I had the flu. I took Lysine and raw garlic and within about 2 days I was almost back to my old self again. Now we take it before any sickness even has a chance of settling in. Thanks for your freezer posts! I've decided to do some stocking of mine as well. I only have the one attached to my fridge, but I'm planning to freeze some muffins, raw cookie dough, pre-cooked beans and taco meat.
 
Mar. 15, 2011 11:48 am
Thanks CozyTeapot, I usually don't get sick either that's good to know though.
 
 
 
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