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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Foods I Freeze

A couple posts back I posted about reusing Ziplock bags. These mostly get used for frozen foods so I thought I would post a list of some of my favorite things to freeze. A lot of things that get frozen are leftovers and food that is prepared and ready for cooking (usually made in double batches so I can use one that night and freeze the other). Before I put them in the Ziplock I divide them up into meal sized portions in sandwhich baggies.

Here are some favorites by category:

  • homemade bread
  • cut biscuit dough (rolled and ready to slice in rounds)
  • frozen breadsticks - dough
  • dinner rolls - dough
  • snack breads (pumpkin, banana, strawberry, etc.)
  • cinnamon rolls - ready to bake
  • prebaked homemade pizza crust (these take a 2 gal bag)
Veggies and Fruit:
  • raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.
  • diced celery
  • chopped onions
  • mushed bananas (sale bananas for breads)
  • asparagus
  • green peppers
  • apples
Meat and Cheeses:
  • diced turkey from whole turkeys (for casseroles and soups)
  • ground beef (bought in bulk on when on sale)
  • cooked ground beef (best used in casseroles)
  • cooked diced pot roast (soups, BBQ beef)
  • fried bacon (breakfast casseroles)
  • different types of shredded cheese (bought in bulk when on sale)
  • Sloppy Joe meat
  • homemade pizza slices
  • spaghetti bake
  • beef and homemade noodles
  • BBQ beef
  • lasagna
  • French toast
  • pancakes
  • pizza pockets
  • enchilladas
Sides and Starters:
  • goolash sauce
  • spaghetti sauce
  • pizza sauce
  • refried beans
  • mexican rice
  • Cheese, potato, and ham soup
  • chicken dumpling
  • vegetable beef
  • lentil soup
  • Pasta E Fagioli
  • homemade brownie dough
  • cookie dough - frozen in balls
  • extra frosting
And as far as my other lunch sack storage bags, I have one labeled "plain" for things like cereal for traveling, a "cereal" bag for washed out cereal sacks (basically free wax paper and disposable play-doh, pie making, counter mess making mats), and a "twisties" bag.

So there you go. I'd love to hear what your favorite things to freeze are.


MFamily said...

currently in my freezer are beef enchiladas, frozen hamburger in 1/2 pound sizes, Hamburger patties (3 in each bag), hamburger buns, mushroom meatloaf, corn from corn on the cob... YUM... salmon cut in filets, shredded cheese, and I freeze all of the sweet breads that I make. I think that's it... ooh it's all making me hungry.

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Wow you are awesome! I would love to have my freezer look like that. I have high hopes to but never seem to get that far in advance. I would love to know how to do some more of your recipes. I tried your homemade pizza crust and was very pleased! I have also substituted 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white and it turned out nicely. I make breadsticks out of the same recipe. So if I may...some of my requests on your other recipes.....bread cut biscuit dough, frozen breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, goolash sauce, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, mexican rice, homemade brownie dough, homemade noodles, chicken dumpling, pizza pockets (breath)... Ok I think I am done. I was always uncertain on the dough recipes of when to freeze it if it had yeast in it. One other question...does your potatoes in your soup not get soggy after you freeze them? Ok some things in my freezer....butter, shredded cheeses, peppers, whole tomatoes (to make sauces out of later), hamburger, sausage, blackberry jam, strawberry jam, asparagus, corn, blackberries, blackberry juice, grapes to make jelly, orange juice, lemons, breads (from the store), persimmon pulp, ice cream treat...that is all that I can think of right now. I know a friend that freezes milk. I haven't tried that yet. Well I have probably said enough. Looking forward to some more good knowledge!

Jamie said...

This is a great list, thanks for sharing. I like to freeze whenever I can.

We are interested in getting chickens this summer, and I have a couple of questions for you:

1. We are looking for a good portable chicken coop. (We have a lab/huskie mix puppy who lives outside and I'm sure he'd try to eat them if we let them free range.) Any good suggestions on this?

2. Do you have problems with your chickens freezing over the winter time? Do you do anything differently when it's cold? We live in southern Ohio, so it does get cold here.

Thanks!! Love your blog, you have so many great ideas.


Nance said...

I'm a Nana now so I just have home grown garden produce in those freezer bags but when I had 4 children at home, there were bags of hand grated cheese from the food coop, spices bought in bulk, day old bakery products, food bought on sale and leftovers.

The Beginning Farmer's Wife said...

It sounds like there are a lot of great things in freezers out there as well as great ideas too!

Blessed Beyond Measure-
The potatoes do change in texture a bit, but I cut them small so I really don't notice it too much. I had a link to all of my recipes at one time, but I found out that the site is no longer hosting my file. I'd love to find a way to repost it sometime. As far as the bread dough, I freeze it right away. Depending on the size of dough (roll, loaf, etc.) it takes around 8 hours to be ready to bake - so a bit of planning. Defrost on the microwave will speed up the process a bit if you are careful.

We are still looking for that "Perfect" portable chicken coup. If you google chicken tractors you might find quite a few different plans. Some things to look out for are weight and ability to catch wind. We kept 6 chickens in a portable pen last winter and they stayed quite cozy. We just wrapped a plastic around the chicken wire, put a tarp on top, lots of straw on the bottom, and had a little chicken green house. You can find it in my livestock posts.

Jamie said...

Thanks so much for the advice on chickens! Your blog is a real inspiration for us on our super mini farm ;).

Sarah said...

This is a great post - thank you! We keep a lot of the same items in our freezer, but your list gave me some good ideas!

I just spent last week making casseroles for post-baby eating (I am 35 weeks along) and might add to it this weekend, so freezer cooking has certainly been on my mind lately!

Thank you!

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