Monday, March 28, 2011

Fabulous Freezer Meals Helpful Hints and Orange Dreamsicle Recipe

I recently won a new cookbook in a giveaway and was super excited when I received it this week. 
Fabulous Freezer Meals by: Jenny Ahlstrom Stanger.  I havent cooked anything out of it yet but am super excited to add some things to my April menu and stock my freezer too.  What I wanted to share with you today were some tips that are included through out the book. 

Helpful HInt:
To avoid crying when you cut a fresh onion, freeze the onion for at least 15 minutes before cutting.  Also, for easy dicing dont cut off the root of the onion.  Instead, cut the onion in half through the root and in a gird-like pattern using the lines on the onion, make the slices.  The root will hold the onion together while you dice it. 

Helpful Hint:
A great way to save money on pizza toppings is to buy them in bulk.  You can purchase extra large bags of pepperoni and shredded cheese, and large cans of toppings like pinapples and olives.  For each topping place 2 cups in each of several zip top plastic bags then label each bag.  Place all of your smaller bags in a larger ziplock bag before freezing.  Pull out as needed and microwave.

*I actually do this one already.  I buy our pizza toppings at Sams.  You can get a huge bag of pepperoni, huge can of pizza sauce for under $3 .  I also buy my cheese here.  Then I divide them up and pull out as I need them.  My boys like to snack on pepperoni so it really ends up saving me.  I hadnt thought about adding the smaller bags to a larger bag though that would save room as well.

I thought i'd share this recipe for Orange Dreamsicles page 64 also.  I havent made these yet but will be giving them a try maybe this weekend.  My little one love popcicles.  Makes 7   popcicles

6 ounces (1/2 of 12 oz can) orange juice concentrate
1/2 cup water
1 pint vanilla ice cream softened or plain yougurt
In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth.  Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for one hour .  Insert sitcks.

With it getting hot outside it is time to start looking for recipes that will cool you off.

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