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Freezing Fun Times

Lemonii Oct 17, 2007 12:51 PM

I have learned so much on this site (my new best friend!). Things that I’ve learned you can/could freeze:

Bacon (separate in groups of 4 or so first)
Bananas (to use for banana bread later)
Herbs
Some cheeses
Vegetables - bits and pieces (to make broth later)
Bread
chicken bones (broth)
shrimp shells (broth and apparently dog treats)

Any other ideas for stuff you can freeze before it goes bad? Or please elaborate on some that I've listed above.

  1. chloe103 Oct 17, 2007 01:36 PM

    Berries (for smoothies, pancakes, etc.). Freezer preserves. Soups (clear or pureed). Pesto. Lots of kinds of unbaked cookie dough, in logs.

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      karykat Oct 17, 2007 02:24 PM

      When I've been organized enough, I've frozen fruit for smoothies in individual plastic bags for the work week ahead. (For example, some banana and some strawberries together in a bag.) Then dump one frozen bag into the blender with some yogurt and oj and hit the blender butten.

    2. WCchopper Oct 18, 2007 10:46 AM

      I'll often make a big pot of beans, sort of plainly seasoned for multi-purpose use, and freeze them in zip bags. It's more quality controlled than canned beans and very convenient for soup, chili, salads, side dishes....

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        Quine Oct 18, 2007 05:01 PM

        Yes! And I think freezing beans helps them soften more, so I leave them slighty underdone.

        I make big batches of basmiti rice and freeze potions of that as well.

        I love to make some big meals on weekends and batch up portions for the freezer.

      2. HungryRubia Oct 18, 2007 11:04 AM

        I make a killer Mac n Cheese that I freeze in individual portions.
        I'm also big on freezing soups and cookie dough.

        1. jnstarla Oct 18, 2007 11:43 AM

          Definitely soups - right now we have baked potato, curried carrot, and butternut squash soups in our freezer.

          Whole cored tomatoes to use in soups and sauces - the skins will just slip off when you defrost them.

          Pesto and tomato sauce both freeze very well. Freeze pesto into ice cube trays so you can get a couple tablespoons at a time. Tomato sauce in small ziplocks is great - lay them flat on a tray to freeze so they can be stacked.

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            kmr Oct 18, 2007 11:57 AM

            Oh goodness, I freeze everything! My favorite pie crust recipe makes enough for 3 pies, so I line pie pans with the extra and freeze the shells - ready to fill and bake when I am!

            I freeze beef bones, too for stocks. When you have a nice pile of bones, dump 'em in your crockpot with water and whatever veggies you have, and cook all day.

            I just froze a whole bunch of lemon juice, from lemon that I had zested for limoncello....just fill ice cube trays with juice, freeze, and then pop out into ziplocks. The ice cube tray works great for freezing pesto, tomato paste, leftover broth, or anything else that you might want a little squirt of later. I also did this with pureed fruits and veggies when my daughter was a baby - wholesome, cheap and easy baby food.

            I stock up on butter when it's on sale - it freezes great, same with most breads, tortillas. I freeze leftover pancakes & waffles for quick breakfasts before school. Lots of dinner entrees are great if you make a double batch and freeze one for later (chicken pot pies, shepards pies, etc).

            I'll bake huge batches of cupcakes, so they are ready to thaw and frost for class parties. I've also frozen them frosted with good results. Many cookie doughs freeze great, and they are ready to bake when you need them.

            Just make sure you use freezer quality storage wrap - and LABLE EVERYTHING.

          2. jeni1002 Oct 18, 2007 12:41 PM

            I freeze hummus (in the ice cube tray, then wrap the cubes in tin foil and seal them in a freezer bag): makes a good snack at work and I don't have to worry about yet another hummus container going bad in the fridge.

            I have also frozen soft goat cheese and cottage cheese with varying degrees of success (the goat cheese was ok; the cottage cheese came out too watery).

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              porceluna Oct 18, 2007 03:36 PM

              Most of what I freeze has been named, but:

              -Tofu (frozen in water)--it becomes a bit chewier, but *great* for stirfries
              -Fresh ginger (peeled)--texture becomes a bit mushier, but great in anything cooked
              (ie in soup but not in salad, although it grates well for salad dressing)
              -All sorts of bread--good for us singles who can't use up a whole loaf
              -Applesauce, especially homemade!

              On the cookie note: is it possible to freeze dough that isn't explicitly called "icebox something-or-other?" I'm thinking lots of drop cookies, but shaped into logs instead...

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                kmr Oct 18, 2007 03:39 PM

                I've frozen dough choco chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, saddlebag cookies (oats/nuts/tons of fruit), savory cookies (awesome chedder cranberry bites!), shortbread types like raspberry dreams (without jam filling)....I freeze in logs, slice and bake. The only problem I have encountered is that my daughter figured out what the logs were, and starting pilferring the frozen cookie dough!

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                  karykat Oct 18, 2007 03:44 PM

                  Can you share your cheddar cranberry bites recipe? Sounds great.

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                    kmr Oct 18, 2007 04:57 PM

                    I'd be happy to, I'll dig it out tonight....they are so pretty and perfect with a glass of wine and maybe a dish of olives...instant cocktail party.

                    Update: I just remembered I found the recipe on chowhound...

                    http://gorgeoustown.typepad.com/lex_c...

              2. pilotgirl210 Oct 18, 2007 04:46 PM

                I learned the hard way not to freeze cookie dough that includes oatmeal as one of the ingredients. It turns into mush when you bake cookies :--(

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                  kmr Oct 18, 2007 04:56 PM

                  Do you use quick oats or old fashioned?

                2. eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife Oct 18, 2007 04:51 PM

                  Ha ha! Yes dog treats thankyouverymuch ;)

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