Organizing your deep freezer is similar to going grocery shopping. You must try it – you is going to be surprised at the foodstuff you may 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 as much of the cooking and food shopping he could to greatly 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 bring 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 features a very bad short-term memory, and for good reason!
Each week when Ken did the food shopping, he bought a pound of lard and believed to himself, I’m planning to learn to produce a pie. But he never did, and he forgot he bought the lard. The next week, he explained the exact 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. Do you know what I came across? Twenty pounds of lard!! I also found all sorts of little bags of who knows what, unmarked and freezer burnt that I had to trash freeze dried strawberries. The items I was able to identify I converted to soups and stews. But the true 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 worried about making fruit pies and freezing them, because the final time I did that, they were soggy. So I spoke to my sister who is a pro as of this, and I’m going to talk about with you what she explained to do. The key would be 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 whenever you take action in little bits, not all at once. One afternoon I made several 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 most truly effective, and then froze it. Once they 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 had to re-learn how to make it from lard. I came across 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 a try, and it was the best dough ever!! It was tender and you could re-roll it many times.
My food bill was drastically reduced because I cooked all sorts of casseroles and homemade soup in what I came across from Ken’s shopping sprees. But the true treasure was being able to whip a pie into the oven any moment we felt like one. A handmade pie filled with home picked berries in several different combinations. Winter months of pies – to never be repeated!
Can it be time for you to take a look at your deep freezer? Have a look and see what you find. If you are unsure what direction to go with it, just post it here in your comments. I should go through my repertoire of recipes and ideas, and you too could possibly be saving money and eating such as for instance a king!
Huge tip: Store food in freezer containers and freezer bags, not shopping bags. Always label in what the contents are and a date.