Organizing your deep freezer is similar to going grocery shopping. You should check it out – you will be surprised at the meals you may find and at the cash you will save!
With Ken being on permanent disability, and with me working full amount of time in my highly stressful job, he took over the maximum amount of of the cooking and grocery shopping that he could to help me out. I was even working so much overtime, that I never had time to accomplish any baking. So after a while, 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 features a very bad temporary memory, and for valid reason!
Every week when Ken did the grocery shopping, he bought a pound of lard and said to himself, I am planning 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, cleanse, and purge he deep freezer. Do you know what I found? Twenty pounds of lard!! I also found a myriad of little bags of who knows what, unmarked and freezer burnt that I had to trash organic freeze dried strawberries. The things I was able to identify I made into soups and stews. But the actual treasure was bags and pails of frozen fruit. Ken used to make homemade wine… what exactly do you do with twenty pounds of lard and frozen rhubarb, saskatoons, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, huckleberries and crab apples? You make pie!
I was worried about making fruit pies and freezing them, because the past time I did so that, they were soggy. So I spoke to my sister who is a master only at that, and I am going to share with you what she explained to do. The key would be to cook and thicken the fruit, let it cool completely, then spoon it into your pie shells and freeze.
It sounds daunting, but it absolutely was easy whenever you take action in little bits, not totally all at once. One afternoon I made a few pounds of lard into pie dough, shaped them into disks wrapped in cellophane and put them in the fridge. Another morning I cooked the fruit and let it cool. By late afternoon, I rolled the dough, filled it with the fruit, rolled a dough for the very best, and then froze it. Once they were frozen, I wrapped them into freezer bags, labeled them with what type of pie and how 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 steps to make it from lard. I found it absolutely was dry and didn’t re-roll good at all. Then From the 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 that a try, and it absolutely was the very best dough ever!! It had been tender and you may re-roll it many times.
My food bill was drastically reduced because I cooked a myriad of casseroles and homemade soup with what I found from Ken’s shopping sprees. But the actual treasure was being able to whip a pie into the oven any time we felt like one. A handmade pie filled with home picked berries in a number of different combinations. Winter months of pies – to prevent be repeated!
Could it be time for you really to have a look at your deep freezer? Have a look and see what you find. If you are not sure how to proceed with it, just post it within your comments. I should go through my repertoire of recipes and ideas, and you too could possibly be saving money and eating just like 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.