Organizing your deep freezer is much like going grocery shopping. You should test it – you will undoubtedly be surprised at the foodstuff you will find and at the cash you’ll save!
With Ken being on permanent disability, and with me working full time in my highly stressful job, he took over the maximum amount of of the cooking and trips to market he could to simply help me out. I was even working so much overtime, that I never had time to do any baking. So before long, he was missing and even craving some home baked goodies. To create you current, 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 includes a very bad short-term memory, and for valid reason!
Every week when Ken did the trips to market, he bought a pound of lard and thought to himself, I am likely to learn how to create a pie. But he never did, and he forgot he bought the lard. The in a few days, he said exactly the same and bought another pound of lard.
Last winter I decided it was time for you to defrost, clean out, and purge he deep freezer. Guess 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’d to trash freeze dried strawberries. The items I could identify I converted to soups and stews. But the real treasure was bags and pails of frozen fruit. Ken used to create homemade wine… so what would you do with twenty pounds of lard and frozen rhubarb, saskatoons, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, huckleberries and crab apples? You make pie!
I was concerned about making fruit pies and freezing them, because the past time Used to do that, they certainly were soggy. So I spoke to my sister who’s an expert only at that, and I am going to share with you what she said to do. The secret is 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 was easy once you take action in little bits, not absolutely 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 following 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 very best, and then froze it. Once they certainly were frozen, I wrapped them into freezer bags, labeled them with what kind of pie and just 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’d to re-learn steps to make it from lard. I came across it was dry and didn’t re-roll good at all. Then I remember watching a TV show once (not a cooking show) where it was mentioned her grandmother’s secret ingredient in her pierogie dough was 7-Up. So I gave a try, and it 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 all kinds of casseroles and homemade soup with what I came across from Ken’s shopping sprees. But the real treasure was being able to whip a pie to the oven any time we felt like one. A homemade pie filled with home picked berries in many different combinations. The winter of pies – to prevent be repeated!
Could it be time for you really to take a look at your deep freezer? Have a look and see that which you find. If you should be unsure what to do with it, just post it within your comments. I will go through my repertoire of recipes and ideas, and you too could be saving money 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.