Stocking your freezer with a selection of handy helpers such as chopped vegetables and herbs, pre-prepared seafood and ready-to-bake treats means that flavour-packed, low-waste dishes are just minutes away. Our resident experts - including food editors, development chefs and cookery school tutors - select their must-have ingredients from the frozen aisle. They let you in on the best shortcuts and recipes to make the most of your kitchen’s secret weapon, whether you’re cooking from scratch or looking for last-minute dinner inspiration.


“I can't buy enough of the Cooks’ Ingredients frozen chopped ginger and garlic - they’re brilliant time savers, and have the same flavour as fresh,” says Martyn Lee, our Product Innovation and Executive Chef. “Use them as the starting point for delicious curries, such as this warming turmeric dhal with spinach.” 

Cookery School tutor Kendall Zaluski always has puff pastry sheets in the freezer: “They’re so versatile and easy to use, whether in a pie, tart or these simple and delicious pasties made by Food Editor Silvana Franco.”






20 products to fill your freezer

Stock up on these frozen essentials and good-value, low-waste meals will be just minutes away