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!
Freezer-Friendly Soups • Black Bean Soup • Spring Leek and Lemon Soup • Pumpkin, Peanut, and Ginger Soup • Spicy Chickpea Stew Freezer-Friendly Sauces • Ratatouille • 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)