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Old 12-18-2006, 09:31 AM   #11
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What is your experience? Do you store seasonal produce when in season or do you rely on the supermarket alone?
I rely on the supermarket for produce. Seasons don't seem to matter there.

There are certain fruit and tomato varieties that appear in the summer at my local farmers market which would never make it to a chain supermarket. These I can (using a boiling water bath) so I can enjoy them in the winter but don't have to dedicate limited freezer space to them.

Freezer is dedicated to sale items - poultry/meat/butter - and homemade basics. Homemade chicken stock and tomato sauce. Doughs, since it is easy to make extra and freeze the excess (bread dough, pizza dough, pastry dough, pasta dough). White sauce and cheese sauce. Rendered fat (chicken and pork fat)
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Old 12-18-2006, 04:48 PM   #12
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Everything sounds great....we have 3 freezers now...one deicated to game...the other two ....most of the stufff everyone else has mentioned however the most essential? I can't beleive ya'll have missed it!!!

Chocolate icecream!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-18-2006, 04:59 PM   #13
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There is never any meat, poultry or fish in my freezer! There was a time when it was fully stocked...but I taste the difference in something that may have only been frozen for two days. That leaves plenty of room for some of the other more essential stuff:

ice
booze
nuts
cheese rinds
chestnut flour
pasta dough
homemade pesto
phyllo sheets
puff pastry
crepes

Indeed...the essentials
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Old 12-18-2006, 05:21 PM   #14
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Ice cream and ice are all one really needs, but I have stored some of the other items already listed.

Especially if they're on sale.
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Old 12-18-2006, 05:34 PM   #15
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I basically freeze the following:

boneless, skinless chicken breasts
boneless center cut pork chops
sometimes ground beef 90% lean, but we dont use red meat too often

Always have frozen pasta (tomatoe) sauce in the freezer
Frozen veggies usually are peas, corn, broccoli, spinach

As for fruits I have bags of cranberries, and blueberries
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Old 12-18-2006, 05:36 PM   #16
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:03 AM   #17
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Here's a tip if you are freezing bacon. Roll up individual rashers and place in a square or rectangle container. By rolling the rashers you can take out as many out as you to cook, they break away from each other very easily. As the bacon rasher cooks it is easy to unroll.

Saves having to use go between or foil between the rashers.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:04 AM   #18
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Another item that freezes well is cream. The only thing is you have to whisk it before freezing. Then it is simply a matter of scooping out the amount you want to use.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:07 AM   #19
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Here's a tip if you are freezing bacon. Roll up individual rashers and place in a square or rectangle container. By rolling the rashers you can take out as many out as you to cook, they break away from each other very easily. As the bacon rasher cooks it is easy to unroll.

Saves having to use go between or foil between the rashers.
Good tip Benni. Thanks!
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:48 AM   #20
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Here's a tip if you are freezing bacon. Roll up individual rashers and place in a square or rectangle container. By rolling the rashers you can take out as many out as you to cook, they break away from each other very easily. As the bacon rasher cooks it is easy to unroll.

Saves having to use go between or foil between the rashers.
Benni--
I just GOOGLED RASHER and came up with:

The term rasher can be confusing. It can mean a single strip of bacon, or it can mean three or four strips of bacon, especially when it appears on a restaurant menu.

You must be referring to one slice of bacon to roll up for freezing.

I too freeze my bacon but, I lay out a piece of foil and place 4 slices on the foil and roll over and continue placing 4 slices and rolling to cover. This way they are flat. I will "nuke" them to seperate the slices and then pop them into the pan or the to griddle.

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