How to Freeze a Homemade Pie: A Guide on Freezing Homemade Pies

One of the frequently asked questions is, “Can homemade pies be frozen? Well, the appropriate answer is Yes! Pies made at home can freeze wonderfully. There are several reasons to freeze your pies; for instance, you could be preparing pies in advance for a family dinner, an upcoming holiday, or looking to store some to eat later on. Regardless of the reason, the guide below is a recipe for enthralling freezing results.

we use the same baking method and ingredients most people use at home to roast our pies. Therefore, the steps below can apply for all our pies, and those baked similarly.

Freezing

  • Make and bake your pie in using disposal/recyclable pies pans.
  • After baking the until the pie is completely done, remove the pie from the oven and cool on a rack. Please ensure that the pie cools completely before proceeding.
  • Using an airtight freezer bag or plastic wrap, wrap and seal the cooled pie.
  • Place the wrapped pie in a freezer. To freeze thoroughly may take 24 hours or a little longer to freeze the pie fully.

Cook’s Note:

  • Pies take approximately 8 hours to cool fully. Checking on cool time guidelines is essential for the best results.

Storage Half-Life

When it comes to the storage half-life, you will get different estimates on how long the frozen pies can last. However, from our vast experience, we recommend the following time limits. Note that we have estimated the shortest period. Therefore, you can leave it for quite a little longer without worrying about its safety for consumption.

  • Frozen fruit pies are best served within six months.
  • Custard based pies should be served within three months once frozen.

Defrosting and Serving

If you check various sources, two main methods can be used to defrost and serve frozen homemade pies. Both methods work exceptionally well, but we like one of the methods since it is relatively convenient.

First Defrosting Method

  • Pre-warm the oven to more than 300.
  • Remove the pie from the freezer and unwrap the pie.
  • Remove any accumulated frost common on the top side of the pie.
  • Place the frozen pie in a baking sheet and place it in the preheated oven.

The baking times vary, so verifying doneness is essential. An easy way to check whether or not a pie is ready is to insert a knife to the center, remove and feel the temperature of the knife tip using your finger. If the knife is warm, your pie is ready for consumption. That said, the various baking times include;

  • 5” pie takes between 15 to 30 minutes
  • 7” pie takes between 30 to 50 minutes
  • 10” pie takes between 40 to 70 minutes.

Let the pie cool then serve.

Second Defrosting Method

This method takes much more time compared to the first method.

  • As usual, take out the frozen pie from the freezer and leave it for at least 5 to 6 hours
  • Unlike the first method, don’t remove the plastic wraps or airtight freezer bag. Defrost the pie with the wraps on it for approximately 4 to 5 hours or to room temperature. Doing this allows condensation to occur outside the plastic wrap instead of forming on the pie’s crust.
  • Once condensed, unwrap the pie and put it on a baking sheet.
  • Place the pie to heat in the oven for 30 minutes at 300. Note that the timing applies to all pies regardless of the size.
  • Remove the pie from the oven, place on a rack, and let the pie cool and serve.

Pie Freezing Do’s and Don’ts

Freezing pies can be as simple as the guide outlines above. However, there are some things to note when freezing your pie. Below are common dos and don’ts when freezing a pie.

  • Do label the pies with descriptions and dates of placing them in the freezer.
  • Do store the pies together and with other similar foods in the freezer.
  • Do freeze pies in individual portions, which makes it easy to thaw only what you need and shortens thawing time.
  • Do leave some air between the wrapped pies, which allows air to circulate freely.
  • Don’t freeze the pies while hot. Make sure that they cool before putting them in a freezer.
  • Don’t use extra-large containers.
  • Do squeeze all the extra air from freezer bags used to wrap the pie before sealing.

There you have it. We hope this guide will help you achieve better-frozen homemade pies. Observe the dos and don’ts for better results.

Commonly Used Perennial Culinary Herbs

Perennial herbs are an excellent choice for your garden. Perennial herbs continue to grow and provide fresh herbs for your kitchen for many years if given a little care.

You can prepare a mouthwatering recipe by using Perennial herbs. Perennial herbs are good for your health, and you can also use them to make salads, stews, and soups.

Perennial herbs can be grown at ease, and the best part is that you can harvest them at any time of the year. Some of the most commonly used perennial culinary herbs are:

Mint

Mint is recognized to be one of the well renowned perennial culinary herbs which are used for cooking on an extensive scale. Though it is lemony or bit-peppery in its raw form, mint leaves a cool after taste.

Mints have slightly dented, pointy, oval, and bright green leaves along with the sturdy stem. Mint is used for cooking on an extensively in Middle-Eastern and North African recipes.

This herb emanates a refreshing smell. The intense flavor of this herb makes it the best option to cook fish sauces, peas, lamb, vegetables, and chocolate. You can also use mint to prepare tea and other beverages. The most popular varieties of mint which are used for cooking include spearmint, good old peppermint, and apple mint.

Rosemary

It is another popular favorable herb that can be used for cooking vegetables, meat, and poultry. In addition to this, you can also use it with apricots, garlic, roasted potatoes, and roasted chicken. You are going to love this plant for its delightful scent.

They are used on an extensive scale in different types of floral arrangements. The intense flavor of this herb contributes to being one of the prominent reasons why this herb is used for cooking across the globe. It has needle leaves along with hard woody stems.

Sage

This is another worth mentioning name in the list of perennial culinary herbs, which is used for the preparation of Balkan and Italian dishes. You can fry it with light batter for preparing pork, sausages, and bacon.

You can also make the best use of this herb for preparing fresh stuffed pasta, butter, rabbits, eggs, to name a few. Furthermore, you can use this aromatic herb for making sauces, seasoning meats, and vegetables. Sage in its dried form emits strong flavor.

Dill

This herb has earned a high reputation for its fresh aroma and amazing delicate flavor. The leaves of this plant are soft and light. It is used for the preparation of Eastern and Northern cuisines. Dill is an ideal choice for cucumbers, green soups, salmon, beetroot, cream, pickles, and other recipes. Dill can also be used to season peas, potatoes, lamb, and fish.

Oregano

This perennial herb is primarily grown in the warm climate of Mediterranean and Eurasia. Also referred to as the wild aroma, it is used to flavor a plethora of American and Italian dishes. Oregano is commonly used in the preparation of Turkish, Grek, and Mediterranean dishes. Oregano, also, goes well with olive oil, tomatoes, lamb, pizza, yogurt, and kebabs.

Spring is the ideal season for growing this herb. This delicious herb comes with a lovely smell, and you can use it for different purposes in your kitchen.

Winter Savory

It is recognized to be the perfect herb for the preparation of cold and warm dishes. You can use winter savory to make tasty teas. winter savory is useful in adding an aromatic flavor to a plethora of recipes.

Besides this, it boasts of a bunch of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The intense flavor of this spicy herb makes it an ideal choice for the preparation of poultry, beans, and fish. You can also use it for garnishing the salad and flavoring the liqueurs.

Lemon Balm

This perennial herb comprises of medicinal properties, and it is regarded as an ideal option for the kitchen. You can use lemon balm to garnish meals. It can also be used for the preparation of teas and other beverages.

Lavender

This perennial herb produces a variety of purple flowers which add to the beauty of the garden. It is used for the preparation of dressings and salad. It offers a bit of sweet flavor to a plethora of dishes.

The dried lavender buds and lavender syrup make it the ideal choice for the preparation of Lavender marshmallows and scones. This herb also consists of different health benefits, which make it the prime choice for cooking.

Thyme

The perennial herb tyme can found in most kitchens. Tyme is known to have a pungent, earthy, and lemony smell. tyme is used widely in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries recipes.

Tyme can be used in barbecue meats, eggplants, mushrooms, chicken, roasted vegetables such as tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, and goat cheese. You can also add this herb for preparing stews and soups.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned herbs are regarded as the best option for the preparation of different cuisines. They are used primarily after drying, and their flavor and aroma enhance the taste.

The best thing about these perennial herbs is that perennial herbs can easily be grown in pots, in your yard or in your garden. All you need is an adequate amount of water, right exposure to light, and care and you are good to go.

Recipe – Australian Meat Pie For Two

Australian style meat pies have a long history and are a welcome sight on most any table.  These meat pies are a hearty and flavorful main dish, which require minimal effort to make.   

Australian Meat Pie For Two Ingredients

US                                                              Metrics:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry                      1 sheet frozen puff pastry

1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry             1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry

½ lb. sirloin steak, cut into small cube     226 gr sirloin steak

2 cloves garlic, chopped                       2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp tomato paste                              1 tbsp tomato paste                     

1 sprig fresh rosemary                          1 sprig fresh rosemary

¼ cup red cooking wine                        60 ml red cooking wine

½ cup beef stock                                 118 ml beef stock

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce                  2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper                                   Pinch of pepper

oil for frying                                      oil for frying

1 egg yolk, beaten                               1 egg yolk, beaten

Australian Meat Pie For Two Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté garlic for a few minutes until they are a little brown, add the cubed steak and brown for 4-6 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, rosemary, beef stock, red wine, Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the shortcrust pastry on the floured working surface. Cut the pastry slightly larger than the pie base. Place the shortcrust pastry inside the greased 6” x 8” pie dish.
  • Place the puff pastry on the working surface. Cut the puff pastry the same size as the pie dish top. This will be the ‘lid’ of your pie dish
  • Fill the pie with the cooked steaks, cover the top with the puff pastry. Using your fingers, gently press the edges to seal. Cut the excess dough and brush the puff pastry with egg yolk
  • Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Servings

  • This recipe makes two servings

Recipe – Scotch Pie For Two

These are lovely little pies meat pies.  This style of pie is thought to have originated in Scottland but can be found in one form or another throughout the united kingdom.  In fact, I have been thinking about this style of pie since a visit to Montreal, Canada, last year where I saw them in local restaurants and bakery shops.  

Scotch Pie For Two Ingredients

For filling:    

US                                                    Metrics:

0,5 lb. mutton, minced                       225 gr mutton, minced

4 tbsp gravy                                       60 ml gravy

1 tsp smoked paprika powder             1 tsp paprika powder

½ tsp nutmeg                                     ½ tsp nutmeg

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

Pinch of ground black pepper             Pinch of ground black pepper

For pastry:

1 ½ cups of plain flour                           180 gr of plain flour

½ cup of lard                                         118 ml of lard                                       

½ cup of water                                       118 ml of water

Pinch of salt                                       Pinch of salt

1 egg, beaten (for glaze)

Scotch Pie For Two Directions

Preparation:

Prepare 2 pieces of 4’ ramekin dish. Grease with oil.

Preheat the oven to 400F

For filling:

  • Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir until well-combined. Chill in the fridge.

For pastry:

  • Add flour and salt in a different medium mixing bowl, stir to combine, set aside. Heat water and lard in a medium saucepan until boiling, remove from heat then pour into the flour. Mix together with a wooden spoon, let it cool down a little. Once cool enough, put onto the floured surface and knead until smooth for about 5 minutes (like pizza dough)
  • Divide the dough into 4 equally sized balls. Roll out 2 balls of dough to a size that could cover bottom and sides of the ramekin. Put the dough in the ramekin, push gently with your finger to make sure all sides of ramekin are covered, making the ramekin as the mold for the pie. Do the same to the other ramekin.

Finishing:

  • Take the meat out of the fridge and divide by 2 equal sizes. Place 1 ball of meat to a ramekin, spread the meat evenly with a spoon, so it has a flat surface.
  • Roll out the remaining balls of dough to a size that could cover the top of the pie, making it like the lids on top of the filling. Press gently to make sure the edges are stick together. Make a little X or hole in the middle of the lid. Do the same with the other ramekin
  • Brush beaten egg to the top of the pies. Put both ramekins on a baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Gently remove the pies by scraping the sides with a small knife first, it should come out very easily. Serve while it’s warm.

Servings

  • Makes two serving

Recipe – Pork Pot Pie For Two

This pot pie is a nice, high protein, comfort food recipe perfect for cooking in cooler weather.  This recipe has beans and two kinds of meat to make the pot pie filling and nutritious.

Pork Pot Pie For Two Ingredients       

US                                                     Metrics:

¼ lb. pork ribs, cut into small cubes             113 gr pork ribs

¼ lb. salami, cut into small cubes                 113 gr salami

1/2 cup dried kidney beans                          100 gr dried kidney beans

1 stalk of celery, sliced                                 1 stalk of celery

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced                   2 cloves of garlic

1 carrot, roughly chopped                            1 carrot

1 tbsp ketchup                                             1 tbsp ketchup

¼ cup red wine                                            60 ml of red wine

½ tsp ground cumin                                     ½ tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika powder                                   1 tsp paprika powder

 2 cups of water                                           473 ml of water

1 tsp beef powder                                        1 tsp beef powder

1 sprig of fresh rosemary                             1 sprig of fresh rosemary

1 russet potato, cut into small cubes             1 russet potato

1 tsp dried parsley                                       1 tsp dried parsley

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed                          1 sheet puff pastry

1 egg yolk, beaten                                       1 egg yolk, beaten

Pinch of salt                                                Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper                                           Pinch of pepper

Pork Pot Pie For Two Directions

  • Add kidney beans in a large bowl, wash and soak in 2 cups of water overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, drain and set aside.
  • Season pork ribs with salt and pepper, then brown them in oil over medium-high heat in a medium pot. Remove from heat and set aside
  • Add the salami to the pot, sauté for 2 minutes then add celery, garlic, and carrot. Continue sautéing until the vegetables have softened.
  • Add ketchup, red wine, and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture starts to boil. Add cumin, paprika powder, beef powder, and water. Return to boil then add browned ribs, salami, potato, rosemary, and dried parsley.
  • Cover the pot and simmer for about 2 hours or until the short ribs are tender. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • Transfer the stew to 2 individual casseroles or ramekins, evenly divided to 2 portions. Drape a sheet of puff pastry over the sides of the casserole. Trim away any excess dough.
  • Brush the top of the puff pastry with egg. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Servings

  • Makes two individual servings

Yogurt making – temperature

When fermenting, yogurt must be kept around 110o F(43 o C). A cooler environment will not facilitate fermentation, and higher temperatures will kill the bacteria needed for fermentation.  Also, the maintenance of a consistent safe temperature keeps your yogurt safe to eat once finished. The best results are usually assured by the use of an incubator.

Advantages of eating in season

Advantages of eating in season are many, but If you are willing to harvest from your backyard orchard, and/or vegetable garden or visit your local u-pick farm and preserve your food you can save a great deal and eat better too. Even purchasing in season at your local grocer can save your family money.

Here is a quick list of some of the benefits:

  • Your produce will taste better.  Produce harvested when it’s naturally at its best will mean it will also taste its best and give you the optimum nutrients.
  • It will save you money. In-season produce is often on-sale produce and or less expensive for a quick sale. Especially, if you are willing to visit the local farmer’s market or visit the local u-pick farms and replace money with a little family work and exercise.
  • You’ll discover new, fruit and vegetable choices. The world of fruits, vegetables, and roots is a larger one than most of our shopping habits indicate. Eating in season will introduce you to new types of fruits, vegetables, and roots and give you more knowledge of nutritious choices. Many heirloom varieties do not ship or store well and therefore will not be in the supermarket.
  • Eating in season also tends to support local growers, which helps the local economy and reduces pollution. Also, as you get to know your local farmer and you will be helping to keep what remains of the local family famil alive for the future. In speaking and making friends with your local farmer you may find there are other opportunities to broaden your diet as many raise heritage livestock, which can make their way to your table. They can let you what crop will next be available and when.