Last week I was asked a couple of questions in the comment section. I decided that instead of answering them in the comment section, I would do a whole post on them.
Did you dry the apples in the oven?
I have a food dehydrator. My husband hunts and we bought one for making jerky. Last week was that first time that I have dried apples in it. I was very happy with the results and I am planning on making some more this week. I have heard that you can dry them in the oven, but I have never tried it. Has anyone tried drying apples in the oven?
I would love to hear about your spaghetti pie recipe and taco meat for my cooking group.
I will try to post my spaghetti pie recipe sometime in the next couple of weeks. You can read about how I cook my taco meat for freezing here. Taco meat is one of my favorite things to freeze.
Are you freezing your casseroles in those pyrex dishes or something else? I would like to know your method. Here is the answer to that question plus some extra information about how and why I make freezer meals.
I started doing freezer meals about six years ago when I was having some health problems. On the days I was not feeling well I would end up having my husband bring home pizza or he would have to cook. I realized I had to make a change that enabled our family to eat healthy even when I was not feeling up to cooking. I have been doing freezer meals since.
I have changed over time how I do them. I now am in better health and can focus more on cooking. My problem now is that I am busy. I have three kids that I home school. We have piano lessons, trips to the library, church, and many other things that keep our lives busy. I want my family to eat healthy but still allow for the days when I do not have time to cook.When I first started doing freezer meals I would do around thirty meals at one time. I would shop one day and cook for the next two.
This worked well at that point in my life. I would cook a lot when I was having a good week and then I would have plenty of meals in the freezer for when I wasn’t. I know that this is the way a lot of people do it. I have found this is not what works best for me now.
I have adapted my freezer meal planning to fit our life better now. I usually will double or triple recipes and eat one freeze the rest. I will do this over the course of a week or two. That way I do not have to take up three days to do meals but I can still get quite a few meals in the freezer. I have also found that we did not need as many meals in the freezer at this point in our life.
When I did a lot of freezer cooking I invested in some Pyrex containers with lids. These are great because they stack nice. I found them at Walmart for a reasonable price. The come in quite a few sizes. I label them using masking tape. These work great for pasta dishes, enchiladas, and my baked french toast that I freeze.
I also freeze a lot of my things in Ziploc bags. They work great for things like sloppy joe sauce, spaghetti sauce, chili, stew, soups, and more. I lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze them. Once they are solid I remove them from the cookie sheet. I do this so they freeze flat. Otherwise you end up with very odd shaped bags. At least I do, because I do not have a flat surface in my freezer to lay them on. I also label the bags well. I write the date and what it is. This is important. Things can get buried in the back or bottom of a freezer so you will want to know the date you put it in there.
I hope that answered your questions. One of the things I love most about blogging is the ability to ask others questions and learn how they do things. I love getting questions and will always try to answer them.