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recipes that freeze well in individual portions

Hi food52ers, I'm looking for recipes that freeze well and can be reheated in the microwave or in a counter top convection oven with no additional prep required. My 92-year-old mom can no longer safely hang out at the stove but she's still got a great and discerning appetite. I saw a useful blog post and discussion started by Merrill in 2012 but many of those suggestions require additional prep or some last minute tweaking. I'm looking for straight from freezer to plate (via heating device) options! My mom has no dietary restrictions except salt (none) and likes almost everything except spicy food. Thanks a million!

asked by tammany about 2 months ago

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MMH
added about 2 months ago

I don't mean to dodge the question but what does she really like? She's probably feeling some loss of control & I think it would be a good idea to Atleast give her some choice in the matter.

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added about 2 months ago

Dear MMH - you are absolutely right! I just didn't want to overload the hotline with this requirement and that preference. My father was Italian and an excellent cook so that's a cuisine she is very familiar and comfortable with. She herself learned to cook via Julia Child - and while her salt is restricted, her butter fat is not! Other than French/Italian she likes good ingredients simply prepared. She likes food with Asian flavors but is probably most comfortable with Fr/It. Thank you for asking:)

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MMH
added about 2 months ago

Geeat! Do you have her recipes? Cuz this might be a great chance to have her sit with you while you cook & get some of her stories & recipes. You know what you can freeze and what you can't. Use this as a moment with her. I'm jealous. I never got that.

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added about 2 months ago

You are so right. Thank you

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Nancy

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added about 2 months ago

Great!
But typo divided website name.
It's
Stilltasty.com

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Nancy

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added about 2 months ago

In addition to good ideas from MMH:
durations to freeze with good reheating results vary by food...2 mo, 4-6 or 10-12 mo.
Consult a source like still tasty.com
Then, mark containers with tape* giving either freeze date + max duration or date by which to defroat heat + eat.
* masking or electrical tape...something you can write on & easily remove.

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added about 2 months ago

Thanks Nancy! I din't know about tasty.com - how useful!

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added about 2 months ago

Ha! Your correction arrived right as I was pondering where I went wrong:)

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added about 2 months ago

Muffin tins are a great way to portion out dishes such as macaroni and cheese, lasagna, meatloaf, strata, frittata, eggplant Parmesan... even soups/ stews. Then all she has to do is take one out of a freezer bag, pop it in the microwave, add a salad or side veg and DINNER!

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added about 2 months ago

Great idea! And you've frozen frittata without trouble? In my house, I've never had leftovers to freeze (just to eat the next day)!

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 months ago

For ease of removal from muffin tin, bother to use paper liners.
Or silicone pans (of which I've had mixed results, but they'd be useful here).

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ktr
added about 2 months ago

I just wanted to chime in and say how wonderful it is that you are taking the time to do this for your mother. I see too many elderly patients with poor nutrition and no family help.

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added about 2 months ago

Almost every year we make a couple different varieties of soups for my grandma. We freeze them into 16oz containers (purchased off amazon, also reusable) and stock up her freezer for the winter. So my suggestion would be soups/stews/chili and the like. You can have many different varieties and cater to preferences/tolerances. Plus a warm bowl of something homemade is perfect in the colder months.

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