Organizing your deep freezer is similar to going grocery shopping. You must test it – you is going to be surprised at the meals you will discover and at the cash you will save!
With Ken being on permanent disability, and with me working full time in my highly stressful job, he took over as much of the cooking and trips to market that he could to greatly help me out. I was even working so much overtime, that I never had time to accomplish any baking. So after a few years, he was missing and even craving some home baked goodies. To bring you up to date, Ken is on permanent disability when he suffered a cardiac arrest of seventeen minutes. Miraculously he survived with only his memory being permanently damaged. He has a very bad temporary memory, and for valid reason!
Weekly when Ken did the trips to market, he bought a pound of lard and said to himself, I’m going to learn how to produce a pie. But he never did, and he forgot that he bought the lard. The a few weeks, he explained the exact same and bought another pound of lard.
Last winter I decided it absolutely was time and energy to defrost, remove, and purge he deep freezer. You know what I came across? Twenty pounds of lard!! I also found all kinds of little bags of who knows what, unmarked and freezer burnt that I had to trash. The items I could identify I converted to soups and stews freeze dried strawberries. But the real treasure was bags and pails of frozen fruit. Ken used to make homemade wine… so what can you do with twenty pounds of lard and frozen rhubarb, saskatoons, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, huckleberries and crab apples? You make pie!
I was concerned with making fruit pies and freezing them, because the last time I did that, they were soggy. So I spoke to my sister who’s an expert as of this, and I’m going to fairly share with you what she explained to do. The key is always to cook and thicken the fruit, allow it to cool completely, then spoon it into your pie shells and freeze.
It sounds daunting, but it absolutely was easy once you get it done in little bits, not totally all at once. One afternoon I made a couple of pounds of lard into pie dough, shaped them into disks wrapped in cellophane and put them in the fridge. The next morning I cooked the fruit and allow it to cool. By late afternoon, I rolled the dough, filled it with the fruit, rolled a dough for the utmost effective, and then froze it. Once they were frozen, I wrapped them into freezer bags, labeled them with what type of pie and how exactly to bake them. I gave away pies, we ate pies, and I filled my freezer with twenty pies exactly.
I normally make dough from butter and shortening, so I had to re-learn how to make it from lard. I came across it absolutely was dry and didn’t re-roll very nice at all. Then I remember watching a TV show once (not a cooking show) where it absolutely was mentioned her grandmother’s secret ingredient in her pierogie dough was 7-Up. So I gave a try, and it absolutely was the best dough ever!! It was tender and you might re-roll it many times.
My food bill was drastically reduced because I cooked all kinds of casseroles and homemade soup with what I came across from Ken’s shopping sprees. But the real treasure was to be able to whip a pie into the oven any time we felt like one. A handmade pie filled with home picked berries in several different combinations. The winter of pies – to prevent be repeated!
Can it be time for you really to check out your deep freezer? Have a look and see what you find. If you’re unsure what to do with it, just post it within your comments. I should go through my repertoire of recipes and ideas, and you too could be saving cash and eating such as a king!
Huge tip: Store food in freezer containers and freezer bags, not shopping bags. Always label with what the contents are and a date.