Freezer Cooking - Make Ahead!
First job is to get the potatoes in the oven for twice cooked jacket potatoes. These will take about 90 mins so get them in the oven first. I cooked 8 potatoes.
I made 7 meals - 3 mince - basic bologanise, chilli and chinese spicy mince. 3 chicken -BBQ chicken, spicy chicken & italian creamy chicken plus stuffed jacket potatoes.
No. 1 BASIC BOLOGNAISE/CHILLI
In a large pan add 750g extra lean mince, tbsp garlic, 3 large carrots grated, half bag of frozen peppers & equal amount of chopped onion.
Cook until mince is brown & mixture has reduced. Add 200ml of beef oxo stock & mix well. Taste and add seasoning if required. Distribute mixture into zip freezer bags & leave to cool. (Mine are from Ikea)
This mixture makes basic cooked mince
To use, defrost over night
- add chopped tomatoes for a bolognese sauce
- add chilli & beans for chilli
- top with mash for cottage pie
I used exactly the same recipe to make Chilli & Chinese mince. I cooked the same quantities adding mushrooms this time but instead of freezing when cooked I divided into 2 halves.
No. 2 CHILLI
Add 2 tins baked beans, 1 tin chilli beans, more garlic & 2tbsps frozen chilli flakes. Heat and taste, add more chilli if required.
Defrost overnight, reheat & serve with rice or over jacket potato etc.
No. 3 CHINESE SPICY MINCE AKA YUK SUNG
Add 1 beef oxo. 1 veg oxo, 1 beef stockpot, 1 tbsp Cranberry jelly, 1 tbsp tomato purée, splash of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of curry powder & 1 tbsp chilli powder. Heat & season to taste.
Defrost overnight, reheat & serve on lettuce leaves aka yuk sung!
No 4. SPICY CHICKEN
In a bowl mix together teaspoon each of paprika, salt, pepper & arromat. place chicken breasts on a fry lighted tray, spray chicken and sprinkle on seasoning. Spray again with frylight and bake in oven until chicken cooked.
Add each cooked chicken breast to a freezer bag.
No. 5 BBQ CHICKEN
Simply spray chicken breasts with BBQ frylight & roast in the oven. Slice into small strips & freeze.
No. 6 ITALIAN CREAMY CHICKEN
Chop 4 chicken breasts into small chunks. Add tin of reduced fat chicken soup & small pot of Philadelphia extra light cheese. Add Italian chopped herbs. Bring to boil & let simmer until chicken cooked. Distribute into zip freezer bags.
When ready to eat, defrost over night. Reheat and add cooked pasta. 2
No. 7 STUFFED JACKET POTATOES
By this time jacket spuds should be cooked so remove from oven & leave to cool. Meanwhile grill a few rashers of bacon. (rind & fat removed)
Slice cooled potatoes in half & scoop out the middle. Mash potato, add cooked chopped bacon & half pot of Philadelphia cheese. Mix well together and refill potato skins. Sandwich 2 halves together & freeze in zip freezer bags.
To reheat- cook for aprox 20 mins on 180c
And that’s it! I could have made so much more, I only have a small freezer and was worried I wouldn’t have enough room for these dinners but I only filled one drawer 3/4s so room for more next time! I’ve still got a load of veggies left so will make a curry tomorrow & freeze the left overs.
I made 25 meals which works out to £2.60 per meal which will feed 2 adults and a toddler. Extra costs will be salad, pasta and rice.
It was hard work & I spent about 3 hours in the kitchen but the satisfaction if knowing these meals are prepared & cooked all ready is fantastic. :)
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