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Freeze it Friday

April 6, 2007

Freeze it Friday

Have you been to The Soapy Dish yet? It’s Freeze it Friday! Time to share your tips, tricks and recipes for great freezer meals.

Cookies. Yum! Who doesn’t love them?! Chocolate chip, oatmeal, raisin, nuts… For me it doesn’t really matter what you put in them, just as long as they are warm and gooey right out of the oven, and I have a big glass of milk to go with them. Unfortunately there’s not always time to make a batch of cookies, and while the eating part is always fantastic, the cleaning-up part is never so fun. You can buy the pre-made cookie dough at the store (in a tube, roll, or container) and it saves you the hassle of clean up, but it’s never quite as good. This week’s freeze it idea: Make your favorite batch of cookies – go ahead, put anything you want in them – and freeze the dough for a rainy day. You’ll be very grateful later, trust me!

Cookie dough will freeze great in any tupperware container. I always save containers from butter or sour cream (the big Costco versions), wash them out really good, and use them for cookie dough storage. Whatever you choose, you’ll quickly discover that nothing beats pulling your favorite cookie dough out of the freezer and having it all ready to go when that craving for your favorite chocolate chip cookies hits. You can make one or two, make a dozen and save the rest of the dough, or make it all. Depends on your craving that day!

My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe:

1 cup softened butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups flour

3/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

18 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. With your fingers, place golf ball sized dough portions 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375* for 9-10 minutes or until edges are light brown.

What are your favorite cookies to make? Have you ever tried freezing the dough? Share your cookie recipes here, and don’t forget to go to The Soapy Dish to share more freezer meals tips and tricks.

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Freeze it Friday

March 24, 2007

Freeze it Friday

The Soapy Dish is hosting it’s first Freeze it Friday! Be sure to go there to find fabulous ideas and tips for freezer dinners, as well as some delicious freezer recipes!

You can participate and share your freezer recipes, tips, and tricks as well by posting a link to your site at The Soapy Dish. The more the merrier! Be sure to stop by!

My day was crazy, and I never got around to typing that recipe I wanted to share, so instead my “Freeze it Friday” will just be an idea. (Come back next Friday looking for tasty recipes…) My DH loves to eat rolls with every meal. I love them too, but for now there are only two of us and we can NEVER finish a bag before the last of them start to mold. I hate throwing them out! I know we would eat them – we just can’t get to them fast enough! It took me several wasted rolls to realize (DUH!) you can freeze them! We now buy the huge bag at Costco, and seperate the rolls into 3 or 4 Ziploc baggies to toss into the freezer. I know just how many we can go through before the bread goes bad, and so we always have the perfect amount in each Ziploc. We just pull them out when we need them! It’s so easy!

Maybe a lot of you already do this… Maybe I’m just slow to catch on! But I love it! We do the same thing with cheese. Buy the gigantic bag at Costco, and then divide it into smaller Ziploc baggies when we get home. All of the baggies get thrown into the freezer and we never run into the problem of “Oh no! We ran out of cheese and this recipe calls for one more cup!” Just pull a bag out of the freezer when you need it! You save tons of money buying that big bag from Costco, and it doesn’t go bad. Just another way to make life a little easier…