Homemade semi-finished products: cook, freeze, reheat

Homemade semi-finished products: cook, freeze, reheat

Homemade semi-finished products: cook, freeze, reheat

9th of March

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Homemade semi-finished products: cook, freeze, reheat
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You can freeze not only dumplings and cutlets, but also pies, stuffed pancakes and even broths for soups. Below you will find 10 original dishes suitable for freezing. But before moving on to recipes, a little theory.

What to consider when freezing semi-finished products

In the freezer -18 ºС. At this temperature, the action of microorganisms stops – frozen food is stored for a long time without losing its taste. How much exactly? Considering that we constantly look into the freezer, that is, temperature drops occur, the products thaw slightly and freeze again, no more than two months.

Some foods are not suitable for freezing. For example, zucchini, cucumbers and other watery vegetables. After defrosting, almost all the taste leaves them along with moisture. Lettuce leaves lose texture, and raw potatoes take on an unpleasant aftertaste.

You need to know how to freeze and defrost food. The colder the dish before sending it to the freezer, the better. If the products have been heat-treated, it is recommended to first cool them at room temperature, then keep them in the refrigerator and only then freeze them.

Defrost should be in the reverse order: take the dish out of the freezer, put it on a tray and send it to the refrigerator for 10-12 hours. Slow thawing allows food to absorb the moisture lost during freezing. This way the flavor is preserved. But, if there is no time, you can use the defrost function in the microwave.

Vacuum bags, plastic and glass trays are used to store food in the freezer. Zip-lock bags are handy when you don’t have to maintain the shape of the dish: they save a lot of space in the freezer. Plastic containers can be taken with you to work, they are convenient to heat up lunch in the microwave, and glass trays are ideal for cooking in the oven, since you do not need to shift the dish from dish to dish.

What foods to freeze

1. Hearty breakfast muffins

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Muffins are sweet pastries, but if you use ham and cheese as a filling instead of chocolate and fruits, you can get hearty mini-buns for breakfast. They take little time to prepare, and once frozen and reheated, they are just as delicious as they are piping hot.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 slices of bread;
  • 3-4 slices of ham;
  • 100 g cheddar or other hard cheese;
  • 8 eggs;
  • 1 glass of milk;
  • 2 teaspoons of mustard powder;
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper;
  • dried parsley and other spices to taste.

Cooking

Cut the bread and ham into thin strips. Grate the cheese on a coarse grater. Fill cupcake pans about two-thirds full with this filling.

Whisk eggs, milk, mustard powder and pepper in a separate bowl. Pour the mixture into the mold. But not to the brim, otherwise the muffins will run away during baking. Sprinkle dried parsley and other seasonings to your taste on top of each cell of the form.

Preheat the oven to 200 ºС. Bake muffins for 15-20 minutes. Let them cool, and then put them in a plastic container and send them to the freezer.

In the morning you can get the right amount of buns, heat them up in the microwave and get a quick, satisfying, and most importantly, delicious breakfast.

2. Oatmeal cups for healthy breakfasts

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Oatmeal is ideal for breakfast, nutritious and healthy. It provides about 20% of the daily value of fiber and protein, contains a lot of necessary substances and helps control appetite. If you are too lazy to bother with cooking porridge in the morning, there is a solution – frozen oatmeal cups with various fillings (fruits, nuts, dried fruits, etc.).

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oatmeal;
  • 3 glasses of milk or water (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey;
  • 30 g butter;
  • a pinch of salt;
  • fruits, berries, chocolate, nuts, dried fruits and other fillers.

Cooking

Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add oatmeal and mix thoroughly. Reduce the heat to low and cook the porridge for 5-7 minutes until thickened. Stir constantly. Remove the oatmeal from the heat, add a piece of butter and a spoonful of honey, mix well. Let it cool down a bit.

Lubricate the cake mold with vegetable oil and spread the porridge in the cells. Sprinkle some topping on top of each serving. It can be diced bananas, raspberries, raisins, coconut flakes – whatever you like to eat oatmeal with.

Wrap the form with cling film and freeze. When the cups are well set, remove them from the mold and wrap them individually in cling film. This will save a lot of space in the freezer.

Remove the right amount of cups from the freezer the night before for a healthy and tasty breakfast in the morning. Just warm up the porridge in the microwave. Add milk if necessary.

3. Stuffed Peppers

Photo: Maria Uspenskaya / Shutterstock

Frozen stuffed peppers help out almost the same as dumplings or dumplings. If you know it’s going to be a busy day and there won’t be time for cooking, take the peppers out of the freezer the day before. They will thaw overnight in the refrigerator, you …


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