Organizing your deep freezer is similar to going grocery shopping. You must check it out – you is going to be surprised at the food you will discover and at the amount of money 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 as much of the cooking and trips to market that he could to simply help me out. I was even working so much overtime, that I never had time to do any baking. So after a while, he was missing and even craving some home baked goodies. To create you updated, 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 good reason!
Weekly when Ken did the trips to market, he bought a pound of lard and thought to himself, I’m planning to learn how to produce a pie. But he never did, and he forgot that 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 to defrost, remove, 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’d to trash. The items I was able to identify I changed to soups and stews bulk organic freeze dried strawberries. But the actual 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 with making fruit pies and freezing them, because the last time I did so that, they certainly were soggy. So I spoke to my sister who’s a master only at that, and I’m going to generally share with you what she told me to do. The secret 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 was easy once you do it 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 let it cool. By late afternoon, I rolled the dough, filled it with the fruit, rolled a dough for the most effective, and then froze it. Once they certainly were frozen, I wrapped them into freezer bags, labeled them with what sort 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’d to re-learn how to make it from lard. I found it was dry and didn’t re-roll excellent 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 that a try, and it was the most effective dough ever!! It absolutely was 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 using what I found from Ken’s shopping sprees. But the actual treasure was to be able to whip a pie in to the oven any time we felt like one. A handmade pie filled up with home picked berries in several different combinations. The winter of pies – never to be repeated!
Is it time for you really to have a look at your deep freezer? Have a look and see everything you find. If you are uncertain 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 for instance a king!
Huge tip: Store food in freezer containers and freezer bags, not shopping bags. Always label using what the contents are and a date.