Many of you have been asking for more recipes that freeze well, and we're happy to deliver! Making big batches of food and freezing the leftovers is a good way to capitalize on abundant seasonal ingredients, reduce waste, and save time down the road. Below the jump, we have some tips on freezing whole dishes and a round-up of our favorite freezable recipes from the archives.
Tips for Freezing Pre-made Foods:
• Dishes based on grains, meats, and/or vegetables freeze very well.
• Dishes with milk and other dairy don't tend to freeze very well. If you'll be freezing all or part of a recipe includes dairy, stop cooking and freeze it just before you would add the dairy. Fortunately, the dairy is added toward the end of most recipes, so it's a simple matter to add it in once defrosted.
• Freeze food in serving-sized portions. Not only is this convenient, but smaller portions thaw more quickly.
• Fill the container that you're going to freeze. This prevents freezer burn and saves space in your freezer.
• Don't forget to label everything! After some time in the freezer, it might not be so easy to tell the vegetarian soup apart from the bolognese sauce!
• Black Bean Soup
• Spring Leek and Lemon Soup
• Pumpkin, Peanut, and Ginger Soup
• Spicy Chickpea Stew
• Basic Tomato Sauce
• No-Cream Wild Mushroom Sauce
• Lamb Ragu
• Butternut Squash and Coconut Curry
Freezer-Friendly Main Dishes
• No-Boil Chunky Cheese Lasagna
• Homemade Calzones
• Cincinnati Chili
• Old-Fashioned Sloppy Joes (freeze the sandwich filling)
• Basil Parmesan Pot Beans
Freezer-Friendly Meat Recipes
Once reheated, these leftovers will likely be too dry to eat on their own. Instead, re-purpose them in soups, sauces, and fillings.
• Slow-cooked Brisket with Onions
• Spice Seared Boneless Leg of Lamp
• Chipotle-Porter Pot Roast
What are your favorite dishes to freeze?
Related: Weekend Project: Freezing Fresh Produce
(All images: Emma Christensen and Faith Hopler for the Kitchn)