Tip for using and freezing in the small glass casserole dishes:
Use any of your recipes for baking or roasting in the glass casserole dishes (see where to buy appliances).
- Bake or roast as you would normally, making sure your food doesn't come up over the top edge (if it does, you'll not be able to use the vinyl lid, but that's not a big problem, but it means it won't stack neatly in the freezer.).
- Allow to cool thoroughly. Place lid snuggly on top. Then, wrap the casserole in plastic wrap to double seal (this helps prevent freezer burn and keeps the lid on snuggly.). Use freezer tape or masking tape to label the meal with what it is and the date it was made. If the meal exceeds the top of the casserole dish, just double wrap with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap also helps prevent leaks when thawing.
- When warming up - remove plastic wrap and open lid a bit for a vent, if microwaving. Remove all plastic and lid completely if warming up in the oven, and cover with foil if you want to keep moisture in. DO NOT use foil in the microwave!
- Microwave warmup: about 3-5 minutes (or more) depending on power of microwave. Check food (turn or stir if needed) after the first 3 minutes and after each subsequent minute until done.
Making Homemade Bouillon and Roasting a Chicken:
|Chicken and veg after roasting - now cooling.|
|Left: Frozen puree'd mirepoix; Right: frozen broth|
|Chicken thighs/wings below. Breasts above.|
|Drying apple slices in the dehydrator|
|Marinated meats in a crock pot|
|Grilled beef from another marinated meat|
|Twice baked potatoes|
|Homemade fettuccine noodles waiting to be boiled.|
I had some ground beef and home-frozen tomatoes I made spaghetti sauce from.
|The spaghetti sauce. So much better than commercial and easy to make and freezes well.|
|Sourdough French bread "bowls", or just slice up to eat with spaghetti or lasagna. |
Also to left and above: banana bread in individual loaf pans.
Upper right: pita pocket/wrap bread.
Yes, this can all be done in a few hours in one day! All recipes are in the book.