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    Hi all,

    I know it's not quite in line with the topic of the forum, but I'm looking for some resources with information on freezing whole meals, like lasagnas, casseroles, soups, etc.

    Do you use recycled/repurposed plastic containers, purpose-made containers or bags, or the dish the meal will be heated in covered with plastic wrap?

    I'd be very interested in any tips or resources on the topic.

    Thanks!

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    I've got some in purchased freezable containers, some in takeaway plastic containers, some in freezer bags and some in ice cubes. I think it depends on what you are freezing.

    When I batch cook spares will go in a lidded chinese takeaway carton, either in the fridge for another day or in the freezer. I've also got loads of plastic sealed lunch boxes which might house welshcakes one day or go in the freezer with homemade icecream in.

    Herbs I generally chop and form into ice cubes, freeze then bag, for use later in the year. Meat I'll often split into individual portions and bag for freezing.

    I think aslong as the container is suitable for freezing there shouldn't be an issue. The chinese cartons will break down and crack if left too long in the freezer. I mean like 6 months and over.
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    Thanks, Mikey! Just the kind of information I am looking for. We have some takeaway containers (and old ice cream tubs...plural...) that I was hoping to use. I had worried about losing the food if the takeaway containers cracked, but six months is a good long window.

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    I have a vacuum sealer and it's fab!
    I usually buy in bulk and split them into meal sized portions for the freezer. I use the bags to store soups, meals and fruit and, because the air is taken out, there isn't any freezer burn.
    I also cook quite a few meals and take them in the camper and use them as boil in the bag meals.
    They are great for re-sealing bags of vegetables, crisp packets etc. too.
    You can buy them reasonably cheaply (£25 ish) in Lidl.
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    It's a bit hap hazard chez Kevin and Carol, Things that are just cooked too much like stews, general slop etc. go in reused margerine tubs, takeaway containers or even just zip up freezer bags as available.
    Batch cooking require organisation, ain't gonna happen anytime soon.
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    For soups I'll pop a freezer bag into a bowl, add the soup then freeze. That way I can pop the soup brick straight into the bowl and then into the microwave.
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    What Mikey said. I also use heavy duty zip-lock bags and assemble the ingredients for a one pot meal and freeze, then dump in a casserole or slow cooker when needed.
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    Yes, I buy the cheap takeaway style boxes from Wilko, they come in 2 depths, so some choice there - plus zip-lock bags for fruit/veg and soups.

    I also have a couple of bigger plastic containers for when I make pizza dough. I make 2 and top them both, then freeze one and eat one.

    I'm a great fan of making things like curries, casseroles and chilli con carne in double-sized batches so I can freeze the extra portions, separately, for using later - I'm convinced it saves me loads of money, as there's never a need to buy takeaways or shop for ready meals (I might buy things I don't really need once I'm in the supermarket! )

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