At Waitrose, we’re proud to be leading a step-change in the quality of frozen food in the UK with a revitalised range of products that will alter the way frozen food is perceived in the future.
We’ve created an exciting array of frozen foods for the 21st century, combining both great value for money and high quality products. This guide to the great frozen food on offer in store will help change the way you stock your freezer – and the way you cook – forever. It’s crammed with great ideas for everything from quick snacks to gourmet dinners, and you’ll fi nd plenty of time-savers thrown in.
What’s more, at Waitrose we promise that all our frozen products will deliver the same great quality and adhere to the same high standards of animal welfare as the food in the rest of the store.
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With the Waitrose Frozen range, you can whip up a delicious meal in minutes, straight from the freezer, with no need to defrost. These full-flavour meals taste as good as homemade dishes - without the need to spend hours cooking. Choose from meals for one, or create a feast for the entire family with risottos and pastas.
Take it slow
Using techniques found in five-star kitchens, our sous-vide dishes - literally 'under vacuum', cooked long and slowly in a sealed bag - are braised for up to eight hours for melt-in-the-mouth tender meat, infused with flavour. The dishes include ox cheek slow-cooked in a Boddingtons ale sauce. Serve with greens and our frozen Yorkshire Puddings. Also look out for rich Beef Goulash, tender Lamb Tagine and Pork in Cider.
Our clever frozen risottos and pastas have been individually frozen to allow for single portion servings - handy for a fast supper or snack. Try Pea & Asparagus Risotto, with sweet peas and tender asparagus. Delicious served with shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano. Also included in the range is the Cheese and Pasta Bake, a dish that is sure to be a hit with kids.
Add a splash of sauce
If your fridge is full of half-empty pesto jars, you'll love the ingenious single-portion frozen sauces in the range. Choose from Green Pesto, Tomato Ragu and Cheddar Cheese Sauce. Try adding the pesto to cooked, drained tagliatelle and stir through. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and finish with shredded basil.
- The same meat and poultry you will find in our fresh products, from farmers we know and trust. All chicken, pork and beef in Waitrose prepared meals is 100% British.
- Fish and shellfish from sustainable sources, fished in a responsible way.
- British fruit and vegetables from Leaf accredited farms.
- Authentic ingredients and production methods. For example, our pizzas are stonebaked using Italian ingredients.
- Only free range egg is used.
- No hydrogenated vegetable oils since Jan 2007.
- No artificial preserving methods.
Quality and freshness
Our food is frozen at the peak of its quality. The key to retaining flavour and nutritional content is the way we freeze our food- the quicker you freeze, the better the quality when defrosted. This is particularly true with fruit and vegetables where the vitamin content is retained. For example, Waitrose peas and petit pois are frozen within 2 hours of harvest, faster than any other supermarket.
Convenience without compromise
Using the freezer as an extension to your store cupboard is the convenient way to great tasting, nutritious meals and can save you time. Many Waitrose frozen foods can be cooked straight from frozen with no need for defrosting. Even with the extra cooking time, preparation will be much quicker.
Value for money
Use just the amount you need and put the rest back in the freezer. Frozen food cuts down food waste which in turn gives you better value for money. Also, buying frozen food in bulk will save you time and money. As well as reducing the number of shopping trips you make, it means you’ll always have a ready supply of ingredients and prepared meals.