Freezer Love

My freezer plays a vital role in keeping the show running in this very busy household.  The list seems to be growing all the time as to what I can stash away for another day and I get very excited about how it can make my life a bit easier and get quite evangelical about its many uses.

For example I discovered last year that I can make a batch of scones, or better still a double batch, spread them out on a baking tray or two and pop them in the freezer.  Once frozen just snap them off the tray and throw in a zip lock bag and store in the freezer where they can happily live for months.  A few mornings a week I will just pull out 6 scones and bake them fresh for the kids school lunch boxes.  Really handy to have scones stored away if friends pop over for a cup of tea as you can quickly just pull out a few and bake fresh.  Really exciting stuff!

If you have the tedious task of having to prepare school lunch boxes then I highly recommend making the most out of your freezer and making sandwiches in bulk.  I have been buying an extra loaf one day a week and making all the sandwiches for the week, wrapping them and freezing them.  They can go straight from the freezer into the lunch boxes in the morning and be defrosted in time.  Salad sandwiches won’t work so I stick with basic ham and cheese or even just plain old vegemite.

Having a big batch of muffins in a zip lock bag are handy for lunch boxes.  Or I slice up a cake or slice and wrap the individual pieces ready to grab in the mornings. Last week I made a double batch of Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins which are for morning teas.  Worthwhile making a double batch as they will last for months in the freezer.  Then in the mornings I grab a sandwich and a muffin from the freezer for each kid plus cut up some fresh fruit and cut some carrot sticks and cucumber.  Very easy lunches.

If I want to just freeze a whole cake for another day I will wrap it in wax paper and aluminium foil.  I have half of Essie’s birthday cake in the freezer from a couple of weeks ago as it was so huge.  Always good just to store some for another day rather then leave it getting stale.

The kids like to take cupcakes to school/preschool to share with their class on birthdays so instead of staying up till midnight the night before I will try and make these a couple of weeks in advance and freeze them un-iced.  Then I just need to make the icing and decorate.  Icing cold cakes is so much easier too.

I make brownies often and they are another good thing to freeze.  Either freeze the brownies in one big slab or sliced up and fill a container.  That way there is a quick dessert on hand or something to have with a coffee.

Making a double batch of soup, curry, tagine, casserole etc for dinner takes only a little extra effort and then you can freeze half for another day. It is so worthwhile to have a few ready meals hidden in the freezer for when life gets busy or even to give to someone else who could really do with a home cooked meal.

All this advance planning seems so simple and straight forward to me now but I didn’t always think to be so organised.  I look back at some of the more difficult times like when Levi was born 8 weeks premmie and how much I struggled to look after him let alone look after and feed myself.  A few meals in the freezer, some sandwiches for my lunch and a container of sliced brownies for when visitors dropped around would have been dreamy.  So I’m passing the organisational knowledge on.

freezer friendly food

whole cakes
individually sliced cakes
cookie dough
slab of brownies
cupcakes
uncooked scones
muffins
loaf of bread
curries
soup
casseroles
sandwiches – ham/cheese/chicken/vegemite

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8 Responses to Freezer Love

  1. Diana says:

    It’s so funny that you posted this today, as just this morning I was sharing with a colleague my dreams about purchasing my ‘dream’ freezer so I can too be organised…. One day!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    The freezer is my best friend in the world. I too freeze everything I can. I am obsessed. It really makes life easy. My fav is freezing cookie dough, particularly when I forget that it’s there only to find it on a cold winters day – perfect for a cup of tea and a snuggly blanket.

  3. Yasmin says:

    I also freeze a lot of things, but I am very cautious of what i freeze because my grandma has put me off so many things to do with freezing. She has bought reduced cream, used some, frozen the rest, brought it out again im sure a year later, unfrozen it, used it to serve to us with some frozen dessert, then refrozen it and completed this process until it is all gone!!! YUCK! I am always careful of what i eat when i go to her house!!!!!

    Cheers,
    Yas
    http://www.tickle-your-tastebuds.blogspot.com

    • natalie says:

      That is concerning. I have never even heard of freezing cream. I remember hearing somebody phoning in on a radio station to say she too was scared of eating at her Grandma’s house since she was over there one day when her Grandma was making a roast chicken. She went to take off the plastic wrap off the chicken and the Grandma said to leave it on as ‘it just seems to disappear when it is roasted’.

  4. Catherine says:

    I LOVE my freezer Nat! Although my reasons differ (catering for solo eating rather than a massive crowd) I find it so useful as most recipes make way too much for one and it allows me to have meals at easy reach on hectic nights or when I’m eating at college. Favourites to freeze are casseroles, bolognaise, banana bread, vegie patties, and a few unexpecteds – mashed potato, coconut rice, and risotto (it works I promise!). It is also the rescue remedy for wilting vegies I know won’t get used before their death date – chop and freeze for fast and easy stir-fry!

    • Diana says:

      omg – I can’t believe that I’ve never thought of doing that! What type of vegies do you freeze? Can you freeze capsicum?

      • Catherine says:

        well I am very inclusive and freeze anything, but basic rule would be anything they put in bags of frozen vegies at the supermarket would be fine – so yes to capsicum!

  5. I just read your comment Natalie about a grandma who roasted chicken with the plastic wrap on because it dissapeared – very worrisome!

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