Monday, August 12, 2013

Pie Filling

Alright, I know Thanksgiving is months away but I'm already prepping for it. Why? Because the fruit is in peak season now. How many of you have strawberry rhubarb pie at Thanksgiving? Yes, I know pumpkin is popular and so is apple but nothing beats a great berry pie. To be able to have berry pie at Thanksgiving takes months of planning. All I do is prep the filling now. I have tried this technique on strawberry rhubarb and blueberry fillings. I'm not sure about other fruit so if you attempt it then please let me know. This way you can let someone else bring the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, you have blueberry pie to make.
How to freeze your pie filling:
  1. Make your favorite berry pie recipe like blueberry.
  2. Line a muffin tin with plastic wrap. (I use muffin tin so I can make individual pies at Thanksgiving since I can vary the number due to how many guests are attending.)
  3. Spoon the pie filling into each muffin space.
  4. Wrap the top with more plastic wrap.
  5. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours or until the next day.
  6. Take out each individual frozen pie filling and place into one large freezer bag. You can individual wrap each disk for more protection.
  7. Make sure all the air is out of the bag. 
  8. Place the freezer bag into another freezer bag to double wrap it and prevent freezer burn.
  9. Place the freezer bags with the pie filling back into the freezer and wait.
  10. When ready to make your pies, roll out the pie crust.
  11. Make individual pie crust the size of each muffin tin space. 
  12. Place one of the frozen pie filling disk on top of the pie crust.
  13. Top with another piece of pie crust and bake at same temperature as the regular recipe. 
One year ago........................I made Pineapple Kolaches.
Did you already know..........
-Freezer burn is when frozen foods lose moisture.
-Freezer burn can be prevented by proper wrapping.
-Also, freezer should be set at 0 degrees F or below to prevent freezer burn.

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