The other day making up the batch of soup I used the last pot from the freezer of my Veg Hash. Luckily in the bottom of the fridge were just the ingredients I needed to make some more. Even though I am running the contents of the freezer down this is something I will not be without, useful, frugal, time saving and downright tasty why would I ever be without it.
Simply chop everything up finely, I do it in the food processor usually to save time but if I have twenty minutes and a good radio station to listen to I have been known to chop it all by hand, it's very therapeutic.
Once chopped I usually decant it into all my small plastic tubs and a couple of rinsed out butter tubs, but this time knowing I would be transporting some of it to the other house I put six of the portions into plastic bags and placed them into one of my larger tubs.
Neatly stacked and ready to go into the freezer.
What do I use it for ..... well you know all those recipes that start off with 'gently cook your chopped onion' in those for a start, I use it as the base for most of my soups, stews and even in some pasta dishes. Fried gently in oil or just a smidge of water straight from the freezer it speeds up all sorts of recipes and adds a background depth of flavour that has to be tasted to be believed.
It means that if I have any of the constituent ingredients languishing in the fridge I can use them up in their prime and nothing gets wasted. My very basic three ingredients are onion, celery and carrot but this time I had some garlic that needed using up so that was chopped up finely and added in.
Simple food at it's best.