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Old English Apple Hat
This can be frozen either cooked or uncooked in its pudding basin. Securely wrap the basin in foil before freezing. To cook/reheat, remove the packaging and follow the instructions for covering with a foil lid in the recipe. If already cooked, steam your pudding for about 45 minutes-1 hour to defrost and heat through; to cook from raw, steam for 2½ hours to defrost and cook. 

Old-English Rabbit Pie
Complete the filling for the pie and allow to cool. Cover with the suet pastry and open-freeze in its dish until solid then wrap in foil or polythene and freeze for up to 3 months. Cook from frozen but allow an extra 15 minutes’ cooking time for defrosting. 

Old-fashioned Cherry Cake
Make the cake and leave at room temperature to cool completely. Wrap in foil or polythene and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature and serve immediately. 

Old-fashioned English Custard Tart
Not suitable for freezing.

Old-fashioned Raised Pork Pies
Once cold, completely wrap the pies in foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost completely at room temperature before serving.

Old-fashioned Rhubarb Trifle
Cook the rhubarb and, once cold, freeze in a rigid plastic container. Defrost at room temperature before assembling the trifle. 

Old-fashioned Rice Pudding
For best results, do not freeze.

Omelette Arnold Bennett
Not suitable for freezing. 

Open-faced Egg and Bacon Sandwiches
Not suitable for freezing. 

Open-faced Egg, Anchovy and Shallot Sandwiches
Not suitable for freezing.

Open-faced Egg, Chive and Spring Onion Sandwiches
Not suitable for freezing. 

Orange Butterfly Cakes
Make the cakes and leave to cool at room temperature. Open-freeze on a baking tray lined with baking parchment then, when solid, transfer to a rigid airtight plastic container or polythene bags and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature and finish the recipe. NB: The filling cannot be frozen.

Oriental Chicken
Make the recipe, leave to cool at room temperature then, when completely cold, freeze in a rigid plastic container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating at gas mark 4, 350°F, 180°C for 20-30 minutes until piping hot. 

Oriental Pork Casserole with Stir-fried Green Vegetables
Once the pork is cooked, remove the cinnamon sticks and star anise and allow to cool. Freeze in rigid plastic containers. Defrost in the fridge before reheating gently. NB: The vegetables are not suitable for freezing. 

Oriental Steamed Fish with Ginger, Soy and Sesame
Not suitable for freezing.

Oriental Turkey Stir-fry with Broccoli, Cashew Nuts and Shiitake Mushrooms
Not suitable for freezing.

Orecchiette with Sprouting Broccoli, Pine Nuts and Sultanas
Not suitable for freezing. 

Ossobuco
Cook then, when completely cold, freeze in rigid plastic containers for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating gently at gas mark 4, 350°F, 180°C for 20-30 minutes until piping hot..

Oven-baked Chicken in Maple Barbecue Sauce
Make the recipe then cool at room temperature. When completely cold, freeze in a rigid plastic container for up to 3 months, leaving headspace for expansion. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating gently at gas mark 4, 350°F, 180°C for 20-30 minutes until piping hot.

Oven-baked Lamb Chops with Onion and Rosemary Sauce
For best results, do not freeze.

Oven-baked Mackerel Stuffed with Pesto Mash
For best results, do not freeze.

Oven-baked Pork Chops in Maple Barbecue Sauce
Make the recipe then cool at room temperature. When completely cold, freeze in a rigid plastic container for up to 3 months, leaving headspace for expansion. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating gently at gas mark 4, 350°F, 180°C for 20-30 minutes until piping hot.

Oven-baked Risotto Carbonara
Complete the recipe up to the point where you add the pecorino. Leave to cool at room temperature, then freeze in a rigid plastic container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating, or place the frozen risotto in the oven in a covered dish to heat through gently at gas mark 4, 350°F, 180°C for 20-30 minutes until piping hot. Complete the recipe.

Oven-baked Smoked Pancetta and Leek Risotto
Cook the risotto and leave it to cool at room temperature. Freeze in a rigid plastic container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating or place frozen risotto in the oven in a covered dish to heat through gently at gas mark 4, 350°F, 180°C for 20-30 minutes until piping hot. Complete the recipe.

Oven-baked Wild Mushroom Risotto
Cook the risotto and leave it to cool at room temperature. Freeze in a rigid plastic container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating or place frozen risotto in the oven in a covered dish to heat through gently at gas mark 4, 350°F, 180°C for 20-30 minutes until piping hot. Complete the recipe. 

Oven-roasted Carrots with Garlic and Coriander
For best results, do not freeze.

Oven-roasted Chunky Chips
Not suitable for freezing. 

Oven-roasted Fish with Potatoes and Salsa Verde
Not suitable for freezing.

Oven-roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
Not suitable for freezing. 

Oven-roasted Ratatouille
For best results, do not freeze. 

Oven-roasted Ratatouille and Mozzarella Strudel with Parmesan and Pecans
For best results, do not freeze. 

Oven-roasted Tilapia with Mango and Pawpaw Salsa
Not suitable for freezing. 

Oven-roasted Winter Vegetables
Not suitable for freezing. 

Oxtail Braised in Guinness with Cannellini Beans
Complete the recipe, then cool at room temperature. Skim off the fat, then freeze in a rigid container with lid (or see general freezing tips) for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat at the original temperature for 30 minutes.

Pad Thai Noodles with Shrimps
Not suitable for freezing. 

Paella
Not suitable for freezing. 

Pancake Cannelloni with Spinach and Three Cheeses
Make up the cannelloni with the spinach and cheese filling. Once rolled, freeze in polythene or a rigid container for up to 3 months. Defrost fully in the fridge before pouring over the cheese sauce. Complete as per the recipe. 

Parmesan-baked Parsnips
Not suitable for freezing.

Parsnip, Parmesan and Sage Bread
Make the bread and leave to cool at room temperature. Freeze in sealed polythene bags for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature. 

Parsnips with a Mustard and Maple Glaze
Not suitable for freezing. 

Pasta Puttanesca (Tart's Spaghetti)
Not suitable for freezing. 

Pasta Vialli
Not suitable/necessary for freezing. 

Pasta with Four Cheeses
Not suitable/necessary for freezing.

Pasta with Pepper Relish
Freeze the pepper relish in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost in the fridge before serving with freshly cooked pasta. 

Pasta with Tomato and Mozzarella
Not suitable/necessary for freezing.

Pavlova
Make the meringue and, once it has cooled, freeze it in polythene or a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost at room temperature before serving with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Peach Wine Jellies with Peach Puree
Jellies are not suitable for freezing. However, the peach purée can be frozen in a rigid container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost at room temperature.

Peaches Baked with Amaretti
For best results, do not freeze.

Pears Baked in Marsala Wine
For best results, do not freeze.

Pecan Shortbreads with Raspberries and Raspberry Puree
Roll and cut out the dough. Open-freeze on a baking sheet until solid, then freeze in a rigid plastic container with a a tight-fitting lid, interleaved with greaseproof paper, for up to 3 months. Alternatively, wrap the baking sheet in polythene. Bake from frozen, allowing a few extra minutes to defrost, or defrost overnight in the fridge before baking. (Freeze cooked biscuits in a container with a tight-fitting lid, separating the layers with greaseproof paper, then defrost at room temperature. Refresh the cooked shortbreads by placing them on a baking sheet in a hot oven for a couple of minutes.) Freeze the raspberry purée in a plastic container with a a tight-fitting lid. Defrost overnight in the fridge. NB: The filling is not suitable for freezing. 

Penne with Asparagus and Four Cheeses
Not suitable/necessary for freezing. 

Penne with Leeks and Bacon
Not suitable/necessary for freezing. 

Penne with Wild Mushrooms and Crème Fraîche
Not suitable/necessary for freezing. 

Pepper-Crusted Fillet of Beef with Roasted Balsamic Onions and Thyme
Not suitable for freezing.

Peppered Liver
Not suitable for freezing.

Perfect Mashed Potato
Not suitable/necessary for freezing. 

Perfect Rice
Not necessary to freeze; however, leftover rice can be frozen in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Reheat from frozen or thawed in boiling water. 

Perfect Roast Potatoes
Not necessary to freeze. If you want to cook extra, however, cool and open-freeze before storing in polythene bags. These can be reheated from frozen in an oven but are even better if deep-fried. 

Pesto Rice Salad
Not necessary to freeze. However, leftover rice can be frozen in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost at room temperature for 2 hours or overnight in the fridge. 

Petits Monts Blancs
Make the meringues and, when cool, freeze them in a rigid plastic container. Defrost at room temperature. 

Petits Monts Blancs
Not necessary to freeze. 

Pheasant Roasted in Butter Muslin
Finished dish is not suitable for freezing. However, to freeze uncooked pheasants, wrap them individually in foil and place in polythene bags. Freeze for up to 3 months, then defrost in the fridge overnight before cooking. 

Pheasant Terrine
Can be frozen for up to 1 month. Once terrine is set, freeze it, wrapped in foil and polythene. Can be divided into individual portions when ‘chilled and not set’ before freezing completely. Defrost completely in the fridge before serving. 

Pickled Beetroot with Shallots
Not necessary to freeze.

Pickled Limes
Not necessary to freeze. 

Pickled Peppers and Courgettes
Not necessary to freeze. 

Pickled Shallots in Sherry Vinegar
Not necessary to freeze.

Picnic Pork Pie
Make the pie and leave to cool at room temperature. When it is cold, completely wrap the pie in foil with an inverted plate to protect the top and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly at room temperature before serving. 

Piedmont Roasted Peppers
Not suitable for freezing. 

Pineapple Cooler
Not suitable for freezing. 

Pipérade
Not suitable for freezing. 

Pissaladière
After cooking this, leave it to cool at room temperature. When it is cold, freeze in a sealed polythene bag. Defrost at room temperature before reheating. 

Pistachio Ice Cream
As per the recipe. 

Pistachio Wafers
Once the filo pastry has been layered up and cut into triangles, freeze on layers of greaseproof paper in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Cook from frozen on a baking sheet as per the recipe.

Pitta Bread
Cool completely at room temperature then freeze in a polythene bag, which has been sealed well, for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen either wrapped in foil in a moderate oven or in the toaster. 

Pizza-topped Fish Fillets
Not suitable for freezing. 

Plain and Simple White Bread
Cool completely at room temperature, then freeze in a polythene bag that has been sealed well, for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature.

Plum and Almond Buttermilk Cobbler
Once cooled, open-freeze until solid then wrap in foil and a place in a sealed polythene bag. Reheat from frozen until piping hot.

Plum and Cinnamon Oat Slices
Not necessary to freeze. Best kept in an airtight tin. 

Plum and Soured Cream Flan
The pastry case can be frozen either blind baked or uncooked. For uncooked cases, freeze in the flan tin before removing and wrapping in polythene and storing in a rigid plastic container. Wrap baked pastry in polythene and freeze (in a container if necessary). Blind-bake uncooked pastry from frozen; cooked pastry should be defrosted before continuing with the recipe. 

Plums in Marsala
Freeze the plums in the syrup once the recipe is complete. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Warm through gently if desired. 

Poached Chicken Breasts with Morel Mushrooms, Cream and Parsley
Not suitable for freezing. 

Poached Pear Galettes
Freeze the galettes uncooked in a rigid container interleaved with greaseproof paper to prevent sticking. Cook from frozen on a baking sheet. Freeze the pears whole, in their poaching liquor, in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost at room temperature or in the fridge overnight before continuing with the recipe. 

Poached Pheasant with Celery
For best results, do not freeze. 

Poached Quail Egg Salad with Watercress and Tarragon Sauce
Not suitable for freezing. 

Poached Trout with Herbs
Not suitable for freezing. 

Poires Belle Helene
For best results, do not freeze. 

Polish Beetroot Soup
Freeze in a container with a tight-fitting lid, leaving a small amount of space for expansion. Reheat either from frozen or defrost in the fridge overnight.

Poor Man's Cassoulet
Once cooled, freeze in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating. 

Poor Man''s Stroganoff with Wild Mushrooms
Once cooled, freeze in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating. 

Poppy Seed Rolls
Cool completely at room temperature then freeze in polythene bags, which have been sealed well, for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature or to warm, wrap in tin foil and place in a moderate oven. 

Pork Braised in Cider Vinegar Sauce
Freeze before adding the crème fraîche, in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating and adding the crème fraîche. 

Pork Chops Baked with Wild Mushrooms and Crème Fraîche
For best results, do not freeze.

Pork Chops Braised in Milk
For best results, do not freeze. 

Pork Chops with a Confit of Prunes, Apples and Shallots
For best results, do not freeze.

Pork Chops with Sage and Apples
For best results, do not freeze.

Pork Kebabs with Honey and Ginger
Freeze the raw pork in its marinade in a rigid plastic container. Defrost overnight in the fridge before continuing with the recipe.

Pork Saltimbocca
Not suitable for freezing. 

Pork Sausages Braised in Cider with Apples and Juniper
Not necessary to freeze.

Pork Stroganoff with Three Mustards 
Once cool, freeze in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating. 

Pork with Apples and Calvados
For best results, do not freeze. 

Port and Claret Jellies
Not suitable for freezing.

Potato and Apple Rosti
Not suitable for freezing.

Potato Chips with Red Onion, Tomato and Chilli Relish
Not suitable for freezing. 

Potato Salad with Roquefort
Not suitable for freezing.

Potatoes Boulangeres with Rosemary
Once cool, freeze either in foil containers or in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Reheat from frozen. 

Pot-roasted Beef in Red Wine with Red Onion Marmalade
Once you have thickened the sauce, return the meat to it and freeze in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost overnight in the fridge before reheating till piping hot. Not necessary to freeze the marmalade as will keep for some time in the fridge.

Pot-roasted Partridges with Red Cabbage, Garlic and Juniper
For best results, do not freeze. 

Potted Cromer Crab
Freeze in their ramekins wrapped in polythene or foil. Defrost overnight in the fridge before serving.

Praline Ice Cream
As per recipe.

Prawn Cocktail
Not suitable for freezing. 

Prawns Creole
Not suitable for freezing.

Preserved Pickled Peaches
Not necessary to freeze. 

Preserved Dried Tomatoes
Not necessary to freeze. 

Preserved Ginger Cake with Lemon Icing
Make the cake, but do not ice or decorate it. Leave the cake to cool completely, then wrap in clingfilm or foil and freeze for up to 3 months – as Delia says in the recipe, this cake freezes beautifully. Defrost thoroughly at room temperature, then ice and decorate 30 minutes before serving. 

Profiteroles
Freeze the choux buns either raw or cooked. If raw, pipe on to a baking sheet and open-freeze till solid then pack into a container, interleaved with sheets of greaseproof paper. Cook from frozen. Freeze cooked choux buns in a container or in polythene bags. Defrost at room temperature and then refresh in the oven at gas mark 4, 350°F, 180°C for a few minutes. Complete the recipe. 

Prune and Apple Galettes
Freeze the galettes uncooked in a rigid container interleaved with greaseproof paper to prevent sticking. Cook from frozen on a baking sheet. NB It is not necessary to freeze the fruit.

Prune, Apple and Armagnac Cake with Almond Streusel Topping
Once cooled, wrap the cake in foil or polythene and freeze in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Defrost at room temperature. 

Pumpkin Pie
Once cooled, wrap the pie in polythene and freeze. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Sweetcorn
Once the soup has cooled, freeze in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Heat from frozen or defrost first.

Purée of Potato and Celeriac with Garlic
Not necessary to freeze.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Chilli and Sesame Dressing
Not suitable for freezing. 

Puttanesca Pizza
Freeze the pizza dough rolled out into an uncooked base. The sauce should be frozen separately. The topping is not suitable for freezing. Defrost the dough and the sauce at room temperature, before baking. 

Quails’ Eggs with Cracked Pepper and Salt
Not suitable for freezing.

Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese) Pizza
Freeze the pizza dough rolled out into an uncooked base. The topping is not suitable for freezing. Defrost the dough at room temperature, before baking.

Quick and Easy Flaky Pastry
Freeze for up to 3 months. The fact that it freezes well is mentioned in the recipe. 

Quick and Easy Wholemeal Loaf
When completely cold, wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature. 

Quick Apricot, Apple and Pecan Loaf Cake
Cook as per recipe and cool completely. When the loaf is absolutely cold, wrap it in foil, label it and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature.

Quick Bramble Jelly
Not suitable for freezing, but it does keep for up to 1 month.

Quick Brown Rolls
When the rolls are completely cooled, freeze in freezer bags for up to 3 months. Defrost at room temperature.

Quick Stir-fried Spiced Red Cabbage with Apples
Cook as per recipe and cool completely. Freeze for up to 3 months, Defrost in the fridge overnight.

Quick Vegetable Stock
Freeze in a rigid container with a tight-fitting lid, allowing headspace for expansion. Defrost or heat gently before using. 

Quick-Braised Celery
Cook as per recipe and cool completely. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

 

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