How to freeze homemade cookies

When you freeze cookies and dough for your holiday baking, you can enjoy stress-free schedules. These come in handy during holiday periods when you need a lot of time for activities such as buy, travel, and celebrate. Our easy-to-follow steps on how to freeze cookies and cookie dough and bake later help you freeze and bake when you are in a time crunch.

1. What type of cookies to freeze?

You can freeze almost every type of cookies cutouts, slice-bake, biscotti, and drop cookies. Avoid freezing cookies such as meringues that are decorated, filled, or have a delicate structure. You should also avoid freezing cookies that are coated with chocolate. A chocolate-coated cookie tends to form a boom, which is a white-colored layer on the surface when you freeze it.

2. How to freeze cookies?

After you bake your cookies, allow them to cool completely in the room temperature. Place these cooled cookies in a single line on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. You can stack multiple layers of cookies provided they are separated by parchment or wax paper. Store the lined up cookies in a freezer friendly zip lock storage bag. Before you close the bag, squeeze out any extra air in the bag and place it in the freezer. You can also label these bags with a name and date when you have many different types of cookies to freeze.

Whenever you like to taste the cookie, grab the cookies from the freezer and place it outside the freezer for a while to get rid of the coldness in the cookies. Allow it to attain the room temperature before you eat. You can also heat the frozen cookies in a microwave in a 10-second interval. You need to avoid heating decorated cookies.

3. How to freeze a cookie dough?

It is preferable to freeze a cookie dough instead of freezing the baked cookies. Frozen cookie dough allows you to make fresh homemade soft cookies with a nice smell, any time you need it. You can place the baked cookies or roll or cut the cookie dough in paper sheets lined with wax and place them in the freezer. You need to freeze them for an hour or so until it becomes firm hard. You can then transfer the frozen unbaked cookies or cookie dough in an airtight container or storage bag and freeze it. You can label this cookie dough or cookies when you have many doughs that look similar. You can store cookies or cookie dough in the freezer for up to 6 months, provided they are wrapped and stored properly.

However, if you need to complete the entire task of baking cookies in one shot, you need to bake the cookies and freeze them.

6 mistakes to avoid when freezing cookie dough.

1. Freezing a wrong cookie dough.

You can freeze all types of cookie dough except thin and delicate cookies such as lace, Florentines, pizzelle. The doughs for these cookies have watery batters and do not freeze well, whether they are baked or unbaked. It is preferable to make fresh batters for these types of cookies.

2. Not freezing cookie dough in the right method.

Depending upon the kind of cookie dough, you need to follow a different method to freeze it.

Drop cookie doughs should be rolled into balls on a baking sheet and frozen until it is firm and transfer it to an airtight container or a freezer bag.

Slice and bake doughs should be rolled into logs, tightly wrapped in waxed sheets, and placed in the freezer.

Cut out doughs can be shaped into discs, layered one upon the other, and separated by wax sheets. You can place these stacked discs in a plastic wrap and transfer to an airtight container.

3. Freezing cookies rolled in granulated or powdered sugar.

Freezing cookies that are rolled in sugar or granules make the sugar to clump. It forms an unpleasant coating on the cookies and an eyesore. To prevent this, you can roll your cookies on powdered sugar right before you pick them to eat.

4. Not baking for additional time.

Though you can bake frozen balls of drop cookies, slice and bake and cutout cookie doughs need to be placed outside the room temperature for a short while before you bake. Colder doughs need more time to bake, and you need to allow it to bake for few more minutes than the suggested baking time. Warming the dough helps you to get better-baked cookies when you use cold doughs.

5. Not freezing doughs first.

You need to freeze your baked cookies or cookie dough until it is firm using a baking sheet wax before you transfer them to a freezer bag or an airtight container. Otherwise, it might end up in a block of stuck cookies or cookie dough when you grab them out.

6. Thawing baked cookies in the same frozen containers.

When you thaw the baked cookies in the same container, you froze them, the lingering condensation from the frozen containers deposits on cookies, and make them soggy. You need to take out frozen baked cookies containers to separate plates lined with paper towels and place them at room temperature.

These simple tips enable you to create great homemade cookies and give you a lot of time for other holiday activities. You can grab out your cookies any time you need a variety of cookies within minutes.

How to Oven Roasted-Asparagus

Though you can cook asparagus in different ways but roasting them is considered as the most admired way to cook them. If you do not know how to oven-roasted asparagus, then you should read this write-up till the end as it will also introduce you to the mistakes commonly committed by people while cooking this vegetable.

Some Basic Things to Follow

Before proceeding towards the recipe for roasting asparagus you should know about some basic things like the ends of asparagus spears are normally impossible to cook as they are too hard to cook. So you should trim them before starting to cook them. Before oven roasting asparagus, you should season them generously with pepper and salt. Asparagus should be cooked in an oven in a single layer as they will not char if they have crowded your pan.

Recipe of Oven Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus Ingredients

Ingredients required to oven-roasted asparagus may include:

  • Trimmed stalks of asparagus (2 pounds)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (3 tbsp)
  • Black pepper
  • salt

Directions for Oven Roast Asparagus

Before starting to roast asparagus in the oven, you should preheat the oven up to 400 degrees. Now put a large baking sheet on a large baking sheet in the oven and place generously seasoned asparagus with olive oil on that sheet. Roast the asparagus sticks up to 25 minutes or until they tender.

Some of the Common Mistakes to Be Avoided

While roasting asparagus, people usually make some common mistakes, which can be avoided while roasting them a bit carefully. Some of these mistakes may include:

Use Of Too Big Or Too Small Asparagus Stalks

While roasting asparagus stalks, you should take them of the right size as too thin stalks can be overcooked easily, whereas thick stalks will be more fibrous and woodier. So, they should be medium in size when you are oven roasting them.

Peeling Asparagus Stalks

According to cooking experts, peeling asparagus before cooking is not necessary. Moreover, it will take much time to peel them. Instead of peeling the asparagus stalks, you should cut off their bottom part as the rest of them is edible.

Cut off Too Much Woody Portion

Some people bend the asparagus stalks to remove their woody portion, which is not the right method to remove their inedible part. According to experts, it is a time-consuming method. You should check them by pressing them with your fingers. The stalk will break up automatically, or you can slice it from that point to remove its woody part easily.

Avoiding Blanching of Asparagus

Most cooking experts blanch asparagus, regardless of the method they use for cooking them. It makes easier to start their cooking process. When you are roasting asparagus without blanching it them its outer surface will be charred, whereas from inside, it will remain raw. You should blanch asparagus in boiling highly salted water for 1-3 minutes, according to the size of its pieces. But you should not blanch it for a longer time as it will boil them, which may not be suitable for roasting them.

By avoiding these mistakes, you can easily oven roast perfect asparagus.

Tips for Cooking Asparagus

Here are a few tips for cooking asparagus.

Roasting Asparagus:

  • For beautifully browned, crisp roasted asparagus, arrange the spears in a single layer with plenty of space on the baking sheet. When the baking sheet is overcrowded, the vegetables will steam rather than roast.

Grilling Asparagus:

  • When grilling Asparagus, skewer to prevent the Asparagus from falling through the grill grates and flipping the Asparagus easier.

Steaming Asparagus In The Microwave:

  • Wrap the asparagus in several damp paper towels before cooking. The paper towels will provide just enough moisture to make the Asparagus tender.

Blanching Asparagus:

  • Have an ice bath ready to rapidly cool the Asparagus as soon as it comes off the stove. Rapidly cooling the Asparagus stops the cooking process immediately and ensures vegetables aren’t overcooked.

Eating Asparagus Raw:

  • If you love the bright, green taste of raw asparagus, ribbons are probably the most playful way to enjoy it. Start with medium-to-large-sized stalks and, using a vegetable peeler to make ribbons. It’s best to hold the asparagus from the bottom and cut down and away from you.

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.

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