5 ways to make fabulous food from your freezer

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Us students often struggle to make the most out of our food shop. Making sure you eat fresh food before it goes off (not to mention it being healthy and budget-friendly), can be difficult. But never fear, these handy tips and tricks come straight from the freezer! Here are five ways to make amazing, versatile dishes using frozen ingredients.

1. Frozen berries

Berries can be seriously overlooked during weekly food shops, especially when they're hiding behind mountains of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. But buying mighty bags of frozen berries is a great way of making smoothies or sorbets, without the pressure of your fresh fruit going off. Every supermarket is sure to sell beautiful bags of frozen goodness, containing raspberries, strawberries, blueberries… the works. So, next time, instead of heading straight for the ice cream and waffles, dig a little deeper to the frozen fruit section - you won’t regret it!

2. Stir-fry veg

Who doesn’t love a stir-fry, eh? This is one of the best meals for students - it's quick, easy, and, most importantly, cheap! Not only are stir frys really tasty, they are also full of vitamins. I recommend saving some freezer space for stir-fry appropriate vegetables, such as bean sprouts, carrot slices, peppers, ginger, and anything else you can think of! Prawns are also an excellent addition to your everyday stir-fry, and, if you buy them frozen, they won't break the bank like pricey fresh prawns.

3. Homemade lollies

There’s nothing better than a freezing ice lolly on a boiling hot day, is there? To save you buying ice lollies in the run up to summer, why not freeze your fruit juice, lemonade or even cider to make your own cheaper (and obviously more delicious) lollies. Pour your drink of choice into a mould, pop in a lolly stick, freeze, and you’re away! 

4. Puff pastry

You don’t necessarily put students and puff pastry together (unless a Bake Off binge is involved), but it’s a match made in heaven. Freeze-friendly puff pastry is the perfect addition to your food shop. Due to its versatility, you can make a number of different, healthy and interesting meals using this one cheap and cheerful ingredient! Use pastry to make meals from tarts (both sweet and savoury), sausage rolls and even quiches… Mary Berry and her oven mitts ought to watch out.

5. Risotto

Last, but definitely not least, is the humble risotto. Making a big batch of risotto on a Monday is bound to set you up for the rest of the week. Batch cooking any meal and then freezing it is a great way of saving money and time at university, but there’s something about a risotto which never gets old - it's so versatile. Freeze your cooked risotto rice, and cook some other ingredients to mix in, such as mushrooms and white wine, or beetroot and goat's cheese. Delish!

What dishes have you dreamt up from frozen food? Let us know on Twitter @LibertyLivingUK.