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Home and Freezer Digest – December 1988

Uncategorized | November 2, 2009 | By

I am a recipe hoarder, I admit it! However, this is the only copy I now have of a great little magazine called Home and Freezer Digest. I used to have dozens of copies in their binders. I think I started buying it in about 1981, but eventually I gave them to a charity shop. However this one escaped, probably because it had that great ‘Snowman’ cake in it, and I found it the other day lurking in one of my folders.
I have to say that I certainly never made this very ‘green’ popcorn ring – yuk!
And here is a feature on coffee filter machines. I did get a filter machine as a wedding present and we only replaced it last year (27 years of service), but they were still not that common in 1988. One of the best things the US exported to us has to be the coffee house habit, whether Starbucks, Costa or any other name, good coffee is now available everywhere. I realise I’m rambling now, so I’ll stop there.

  1. Margaret
    November 4, 2009

    I used to love, love, love those magazines and used them time and time again!
    I think it was only the other year that I eventually threw them away and sometimes have regret at my actions. So pleased to see someone else used them too.

  2. diane6
    February 12, 2010

    I have about 70 copies of Home and Freezer Digest books from the 70's,80's and 90's. If anybody would like to make me an offer.

    • Anonymous
      July 5, 2014

      Would love a copy of a Pineapple cheesecake recipe I used in the 80's if anyone still has it.

    • Margaret
      November 18, 2015

      do you have the lasagne recipe for one large and a small using carrots? I used to have all these books but when I moved to the Isle of Man unfortunately they had to go.

  3. Anonymous
    March 11, 2011


    do you still have the magazines? I've just discovered this site. I'm looking for the Black Forest Gateaux that was in one about mid 1980's, some of them got lost when moving house.

  4. Maggie
    March 12, 2011

    I love those magazines and have managed to keep several copies despite many house moves, I have the Christmas freeze away which is used every year. The vegetable terrine is the best ever and such a time saver.
    I lost my copy of the one that had a Dutch Apple Cake recipe, it had a demerara sugar topping, if anyone has a copy I would very much appreciate it. I will check the ones I have for the Black Forest Gateaux.

  5. Janice
    March 12, 2011

    I'm afraid I have very few, the one in the blog post and some pages with favourite recipes I took from a few others.
    However, I do have four of the little books, The Complete Freezaway Christmas Cookbook, Christmas from the Freezer, Will it Freeze and 100 Best Apple Recipes.

    Diane: There is a recipe for Black Forest Gateau in both of the Christmas books, so I will see if I can post it up for you soon.

    Maggie: I hoped the Dutch Apple Cake might have been in the 100 Best Apple recipes but unfortunately not. Good luck finding the recipe. I do have a Rachel Allen Recipe for Dutch Apple Cake which is excellent and you will find it if you search my blog.

  6. keepsmeoutofmischief
    April 22, 2011

    I used to love these magazines when I was little, my mum had loads, but she got rid of them when we moved house. We loved the honey and blueberry (possibly blackcurrant) baked cheesecake. Mum used to make it whenever she had a dinner party and we used to pray that there would be some left for us the next morning! I'd love to make it for her again, does anyone have the recipe?

  7. Linda
    August 13, 2011

    I also love H&F Digest. I have ONLY preserved one magazines – "Cooking for Christmas" (1977) I STILL USE it.However,the pages are so 'aged'& separated now it's difficult to work,from.
    IF I HAD TIME I could salvage some recipes by typing them out.However,the truth IS " I would love a copy of this 'TREASURE'.

  8. alicia
    September 12, 2011

    Has anyone kept the recipe from Home and Freezer for Blackberry Velvet pie? It's a favourite at an annual swimming event and I've lost my tatty copy of the recipe.

  9. Anonymous
    October 31, 2011

    I loved these little books! We used to love a liver recepie that was tossed in flour with tomatoes if anyone can find it

  10. alicia
    November 10, 2011

    I've looked through my 14 old copies and have found 'Saucy Liver'which serves 4.Not sure if this is your recipe as liver isn't tossed in flour but recipe follows anyway!
    2 tablesp oil
    2 med onions, sliced
    1 clove garlic, chopped (optional)
    1lb (450g) lamb's liver sliced
    4 oz (100g)streaky bacon, rind removed, chopped.
    1 med cooking apple, peeled, cored and sliced
    1 x 15 oz (425g) can cream of mushroom or tomato soup
    1/4 teasp dried mixed herbs
    salt and black pepper
    1. Heat il in a large pan and fry onions, garlic and liver until lightly browned.
    2. Stir in soup, herbs and seasoning. Reduce heat, cover and cook 15-20 mins. stirring occasionally, till liver is tender.
    To freeze: cool quickly. Pack in rigid container and use within 2 months.
    To serve from freezer: thaw 4-6 hours in fridge. Simmer in pan 15 mins. Or microwave from frozen 15-20 mins on full power.

  11. Janice
    November 10, 2011

    How kind of you Alicia, hope it's the one that was requested.

  12. Anonymous
    November 20, 2011

    I use 'Christmas From the Freezer' every year, to make my mincemeat and Christmas puds. They're the best recipes I've ever found.
    I lost my copy a couple of years ago, and bought a used copy through Amazon.

  13. Anonymous
    December 31, 2011

    My Mum used to get these brilliant little magazines when I was young! I loved them and couldn't help but smile when I saw the snowman cake here – I made lots of those for my son's primary school Christmas fairs. If anyone has one of their recipes called campfire casserole I'd love to see it again. Wish I hadn't thrown them all away….

  14. birdyjude
    January 22, 2012

    I loved these little magazines and have been trying to find a recipe that I used to make for an easy Chocolate Icecream. It was made with evaporated milk and was gorgeous. If anyone has, or knows, the recipe I'd be very grateful to find it again!

  15. Anonymous
    September 28, 2012

    I also loved the home & freezer digest had all of them then regrettably threw them away in a house move, and now would love to now who wrote the step by step series as I would love to ave a copy of the step by step chicken pie recipe. It was beautiful and could also be used as a supreme recipe. If anyone can help that would be fantastic.

  16. Anonymous
    October 24, 2012

    I used to love these too. Had a great recipe for a lighter Christmas pudding, like sponge, with dried fruit and glacé cherries. Wish I could find that recipe somewhere.

  17. Clare
    December 9, 2012

    Emergency, does anyone have mincemeat recipe from the xmas from the freezer. I have used this for years my family love it but I have lost it in the move from UK to Canada. Please help if you can

  18. Janice
    December 9, 2012

    Claire – good news! I still have Christmas from the Freezer and will post the recipe. I'm going out today, but will see if I can post later tonight. Keep an eye on my blog over the next couple of days.


  19. dragonfly63
    December 28, 2012


    I used to cook a recipe from Home and Freezer Digest (from a blue pullout centre section) called Sweet and sour gammon, I can remember the ingredients, gammon, green pepper, piccalilli, cider, Carrots and cornflower but can't remember the quantities and I would love to cook it for guests at New Year – please can anyone help? Thanks

  20. Janice Pattie
    December 28, 2012

    Sorry I don't think I have that one, hope someone comes up with it.

  21. SueW
    March 9, 2013

    How I wish I had never thrown my complete collection away when moving, I keep trying to find the step by step chicken pie recipe, an advert recipe of coffee & walnut fudge cake which was either by stork or Tate & lyle and a step by step steak & kidney pie. If anyone knows who the recipe authors were or have the recipes I would be truly grateful

  22. Sue Russell
    March 11, 2013

    Hello… I am desperate to hunt down the parsnip stuffing recipe from the Christmas from the freezer book.. Would love any help please! Sue russell

  23. Margaret49
    June 25, 2013

    Does anyone have the tarragon chicken recipe from the home and freezer digest

  24. Karen Ray
    June 26, 2013

    Hi I saved my Freezer Digest Magazines for years and years and then they were thrown out in a house move. Does anyone have the recipe for chocolate mint squares. I used to make them for Christmas presents and would like to find the recipe. Here's hoping someone has it.
    Karen, Stoke on Trent

  25. Wendi
    August 11, 2013

    Hi does anyone have Home & Freezer Digest with the Tunis Cake Recipe. Picture was on the front cover, – it was in the 80's.
    Until 3yrs ago I got my beloved copy out every year & got baking – it used orange rind & juice if that jogs anyones memory!
    I left the magazine out, as my son wanted a copy &after Christmas all I had was the cover – which has since gone.Can remember some of the recipe, but haven't found another that 'rings a bell'
    Here's hoping, thanks

    • Nick
      March 10, 2014

      Hi Wendy: Sorry, I don't have a copy, but if it's any small consolation, my mum lost hers about the same time and is in the same predicament…

  26. Janice Pattie
    August 11, 2013

    Sorry Wendy, I don't have that one. Perhaps someone else will post it, fingers crossed.

  27. Janice Pattie
    August 11, 2013

    Sue – sorry I missed your request or saw it and then forgot to go and look for the recipe!

    Here it is:
    Parsnip Stuffing
    (for an 8-12lb (3.65-5.40kg) turkey
    10oz (275g) onions, chopped
    1lb (450g) parsnips, scrubed and chopped
    1lb (450g) sausagemeat
    4oz (100g) fresh breadcrumbs
    1 lev tbsp chopped parsley
    2 lev tbsp tomato puree
    1 eating apple, peeled, cored and chopped
    1 lemon, rind and juice
    2 eggs beaten
    turkey liver, chpped
    1/2 lev tsp salt
    2 lev tsp thyme
    2oz (5og) butter, melted

    Boil onions and parsnips until tender. Drain well and mash. Mix with rest of ingredients. Stuff into body cavity.

  28. Michael
    March 12, 2014

    I am looking for the Turkey Wellington recipe which i believe was in the December 1988 copy of Home and Freezer Digest. Can anyone help please.
    Thank you.

  29. Anonymous
    April 2, 2014

    Like all of you – I wish I had not thrown out my copies of this brilliant little booklet! I have been hunting high and low for an Easter cake recipe – must have been in the 80's and it was for a light fruit cake and dark fruit cake, sandwiched together with marzipan, so that when it was cut, you had a slice of a two-tiered cake. It was suggested that it was made in one big tin, with a divider of sorts between the two. I would love the original recipe of anyone can help…Anna

  30. Anonymous
    May 9, 2014

    Im looking for the dessert recipe that used nice biscuits, fromage, cream,etc it was layered tastiest dessert ever, can any one help

  31. Tracy Corbett
    May 11, 2014

    I have just come across this blog. I used to love these magazines and have most copies from 1983. If Wendy is still looking for the Tunis Cake recipe I have it. If anonymous has any idea of the year I will try to find it.

  32. Patchwork Dragon
    June 11, 2014

    Just came across this too! I was searching online to see if I could find a recipe that was like the Strawberry Choc Pots I made from Home & Freezer Digest. I did love that mag, and like most of you am sad that I got rid of them, although I had kept that recipe mentioned above, but can no longer find it.