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I’ve won a fair few cooking books, from various Twitter competitions
over the past 18 months. I have a huge sweet tooth and the recipes in these books are to die for. My favourite book out of the three is *Freeze by Justine Pattison
. It’s one of the most useful books I own! It contains not only recipes but ways to make the most out of your freezer. Some of the top tips inside include different reasons to freeze. A couple of the reasons are you have less waste, which in turn saves you money and you have the flexibility to store various meals without extra supermarket trips, costing again less money!
I use my freezer like it’s going out of fashion! I freeze bread and only take out what I need, so it’s kept fresh and soft. On Sundays, my husband and I do big batch cooking and make enormous cottage pies and lasagne’s to freeze for the coming week as we are both very busy with work. Sometimes when we have been out of the house for 12 hours or more its hard to get the motivation to start cooking a meal, so our freezer batches come in quite handy in these situations!
Here is another top tip I recommend! If like me your freezer is not the biggest, and after a couple of tubs of ice-cream, you have hardly any room whatsoever for anything moderately bigger than a chicken. Take all the outside cardboard packaging off all the food products and cut out the cooking instructions to place on the front of the fridge with magnet. Instantly you have room for that steak and ale pie that you slaved over by making the pastry by hand! Who needs all that extra cardboard on a box of ice-lollies? when you can slide them individually into gaps in the freezer drawers amongst the bag of frozen peas and turkey dinosaurs! So not only will you be saving money by using your freezer economically, but you will also be creating a wonderful colourful collage of bits of cardboard cooking times on your fridge-freezer!
Freezer Tips Round Up:
- Keep your freezer at the optimum temperature of -18 degrees
- Make a list of what went into your freezer and when
- Label the contents
- If buying meat in bulk, portion up into individual freezer bags, date, and label.
- Remove cardboard boxes from Ice lollies etc, to make more room.
- Invest in some *pyrex glass dishes that come with lids for bulk meals
- Don’t put hot food straight into the freezer, cool down first.
- Squeeze the air out of bagged products for better storage room.
- Don’t ever refreeze defrosted food (unless it’s been cooked through and it’s leftovers).
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.