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Old 02-16-2006, 01:13 PM   #1
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Reheatables?

First, let me apologize if this wasn't the best place to put this. I'm looking for all sorts of recipes, not specifically for one type of ingredient. Admin/Mods, I certainly understand relocation to a more appropriate forum.

Second, what do I mean? I am looking for recipes that would go from being prepared directly to freezer, versus a trip to the table before the leftovers are sent to the ice box. In my research, I've discovered I really only have a couple of casserole recipes that fit the bill (tater tot hot dish, Sheperd's pie, and a cheesy chicken casserole). The whole intent is that the "pre" prepared meal would go from freezer to oven (maybe a stop to thaw first) to table.

Side note to this, advice and information for methods of preparing a meal typically seen a la carte yet freezing said meals for reheat at a later date would be appreciated. Y'all can probably see what direction I am heading requesting this information. As/if things develop, there will be more on that later (no spilling the beans for the few privvy to specifically what I mean!). I don't want to get hopes raised and have things fall through!

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Old 02-16-2006, 01:17 PM   #2
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I often make soup, chili and spaghetti and freeze them before serving.
But.. I don't really make any casseroles. Sorry.
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Old 02-16-2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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I often make soup, chili and spaghetti and freeze them before serving.
But.. I don't really make any casseroles. Sorry.
No problem! I'm not certain such dishes would have to be limited to casseroles or soups.

On the soups bit, what effect, if any, does the freezing have on the ingredients of the soup, meaning veggies in particular?

Hadn't thought about freezing soups/chili, and especially not spaghetti. I would assume that would be unsauced? Well, I guess it wouldn't have to be.

Makes me think of another recipe, a pasta bake. I would think it would freeze fine, which implies sauces spaghetti ought to freeze fine too (or any pasta for that matter, well, maybe depending on the sauce).
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Old 02-16-2006, 01:25 PM   #4
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The veggies seem to be a little softer after freezing
but they are still ok.

I freeze the noodles and the sauce in different containers for the spaghetti.

Can't wait to hear what others say...
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Old 02-16-2006, 01:58 PM   #5
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Lasagna, chicken pot pie. I also freeze chili and a number of soups.
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I have made pans and pans of stuffed shells and put them directly into the freezer - i suppose this would do for lasagna and manicotti, too. i do not put any mozzarella cheese on top though, i do that after it has thawed and cooked in oven a bit.
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Old 02-16-2006, 04:03 PM   #7
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This is a good thread:

Does anyone do "Freezer Cooking"?

Also, do an advanced search using the word "FREEZER" using the "title only" option. Then try the word "FREEZING". There are lots! Good luck!
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Ham and Beans freeze well...as does the cornbread which you can make in muffin tins so you can take out however you many you need.
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Old 02-16-2006, 11:27 PM   #9
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Here are some ideas for making TV Dinners at home. I would think that just about any tv dinner combo could be used here. Cook food ahead i,e. chicken parmesan, meatloaf, meatballs, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, veggies, and on and. Let them cool and follow the suggestions in the links. Oh, and portions of fruit in the dinner compartments.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._18478,00.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._22284,00.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._22282,00.html


To save time, another thought - saute ground beef with all the seasonings and freeze in small portions in freezer bags. When you have a recipe calling for ground beef (tacos, etc), it's already cooked. Perhaps do the same with rice and pasta/alfredo - or buy those seal a meal gadgets.
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Old 02-17-2006, 12:40 PM   #10
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Just remembered, I have a recipe (hope I saved it) for Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Ravioli, made with won ton skins. However, you could prepare a filling of choice, seal it up between two won ton skins, and freeze in zip locks. Then, either steam or boil them, and add sauce of choice.

Frozen pizza on french bread/rolls/foccacia, can be made ahead as well. Slice the bread, spoon over sauce, add toppings of choice, wrap individually in aluminum foil and freeze. Heat them up in the oven. The topping choices are endless. You could use leftovers, i.e. steak etc., and make a philly cheese pizza. Hope that gives you some ideas.
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