Definitely the freezer. Yet, this humble, often overlooked, taken-for-granted, boring old behemoth can be a veritable treasure chest of good eating!!
Most I know do use their freezer; some are stuffed with pre-packaged pre-fab meals, some have secret stashes, others have all sorts of goodies… I remember Nigella Lawson giving us a peek into hers. She quite proudly, and quite rightly, showed off all manner of ingredients…. from meats tucked into marinades, little packs of bacon & pancetta and even little baggies of leftover wine – for use in cooking. How fab-u-lous is that!! I’m with the domestic goddess on this one! (Altho I’ve yet to try the frozen wine thing….)
|Pasta Fazool. Well, one version of it…|
A little planning and some organization (isn`t that how all good things come together…?) is all it takes. Next time you make a pot of chili, or soup or stew… you get the idea… make some extra to freeze. What about when making your favourite tomato sauce….. make a big batch and freeze it in portions. You can later add yummy things like grilled zucchini, sautéed mushrooms…. chicken…. meatballs. Or cream for a rosé sauce. Are you with me??
|Smaller portion perfect when making Pizza!|
Having a stash in your freezer means a night off from cooking, being able to invite last minute guests, or can save you, literally, like when I recently returned from being away for a week, to a near empty fridge. On my way in the door I remembered, with gratitude, the container of 5 Bean Veggie Chili I`d stashed a couple weeks prior. I was smiling big time, knowing I was not only saved… I also had some home made Cheddar Cornmeal Crackers in there as well! Cha-ching! (Sorry, uh…. no pics of that… I WAS TOO HUNGRY!)
Buy too much of something….. can’t possibly finish it….. FREEZE IT.
|Panettone. Toasted – for an awesome breakfast!|
Making muffins? Cookies? Freeze some. Any baker worth their salt knows, especially at holiday times, how well cookies freeze.
|Royals Shortbread. YUM.|
|Mini Cornmeal Muffins, thawing while Coffee brews!|
Whether you use containers with lids, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, parchment paper… Just make it as airtight as possible and in the case of liquids in a container… leave a little headroom for the expansion when the product freezes. And for crying out loud, remember that just because it’s frozen – it doesn’t mean it, whatever it is, will last forever!!!!
ps One of the best things currently stashed in my freezer, other than the Limoncello…. Niagara Cherries. If you’ve been following along, I went cherry picking for the first time last summer. One bag is left, waiting for something special….