Category Archives: Freezing

Cook and freeze

MD from Auckland writes, “Cook a large piece of meat then portion and put in snap locks and freeze. Always keep a list of what you have in the freezer and meal plan around what you have”.

Jean S.

If you have trouble tying cardboard for recycling use old tights. They are very strong and flexible. No need to purchase string. Also having trouble with twist ties, use plastic clothes pegs. Sometimes I think there are more pegs in my freezer than in the peg bag.

LTB, Auckland

To make chocolate ice blocks that turn out exactly like the expensive store-bought ones, at a significant savings. First make a chocolate custard. Place 500ml milk in a saucepan (I use fresh whole milk, but you can use reconstituted powder milk for extra savings) and bring it to the boil. Then add a tablespoon of […]

Canny Scot, Christchurch.

I have been enjoying a good fruit harvest from my dwarf fruit trees this year. When they all seem to ripen at once I slice nectarines and peaches and simmer them in some honey and cinnamon for five minutes then cool and freeze. Handy for whipping up a quick fruit tart or fruit cobbler when […]

J H Edwards, Christchurch.

The best hint I was ever given is this. After de-frosting your freezer, out some glycerine on a cloth or paper towel, and rub this over all surfaces. The next time to need to de-frost, the ice will fall off quickly in big chunks, saving time and effort and much easier clean-up too. I used […]


Keep sliced bread in the freezer and take out only what you need. Then there is no waste. 30 seconds in the microwave will thaw it.