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Sep 8, 2013 04:52 PM

Freezer staples: not meals

I'm trying to come up with a decent list of freezer staples...things that are a pain to make on the fly, but useful to have ready to roll from the freezer. I'm not looking for full meals to be frozen, more like recipe additives. My ideas thus far are stock of various make and model, roasted garlic, Carmelized onions....and what else?

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  1. Pesto and demi glace. Poached chicken or turkey, chunks or shredded.

    1. Sauces, fresh noodles, pizza dough, and ice cream.

      1. Grilled or roasted eggplant.
        Cheese sauce.
        Roasted tomatoes.
        Mashed sweet potatoes - can be reheated as is, used for pureed soup, for pie (and pound cake), or to thicken and flavor pan sauces for poultry and pork.

        1. Various beans made from dried. Especially these "Cowboy Beans" from Rick Bayless.

          1. Frozen beans (limas etc.) and field peas, baby peas, okra, roasted/shredded poblanos, hash browns. I also keep some vegetarian pot-stickers handy (and maybe some non-veggie ones for me), because we like to steam those to have with scrambled eggs for weekend breakfasts.

            Since I'm the cook as well as the sole omnivore in the household, some of the dishes I make for myself when she's off elsewhere are designed with leftovers that can be bagged and frozen: braised meats, casseroles, things like that.