As I mentioned in my goals for the challenge, we have not been spending significantly less this month, but we have been trying a few new recipes and freezer cooking techniques. Here are a few things that I have learned so far this month:
I posted about my Italian Soup Recipe. This was a perfect recipe for January, and It helped us use some of our Hamburger Helper stash.
Homemade Rolls- from the freezer:
One of the freezer cooking techniques I have experiemented with is freezing rolls. I LOVE homemade rolls fresh from the oven- but I do not have the time to make them everyday. Also, with only 2 of us, we cannot eat a whole batch of rolls before they go bad. My mom taught me a trick over Christmas that has worked great for us this month.
Freezing Rolls: Once a month I make a batch of my favorite rolls, I posted the recipe here. We cook 4-6 rolls, depending on how hungary we are. The rest are put on a baking sheet in the freezer. I let them freeze, then put them in a freezer bag. The freezer bag takes up much less space in the freezer! I had tried freezing a whole pan of rolls before, but I had problems with freezer burn. Also, freezing a whole pan takes up more valuable freezer space!
The Thawing Proccess:
Ideally: get the number of rolls you want from the freezer & place them on a baking sheet for about 1 hr. to thaw & rise. Bake as normal.
Quicker version: place baking sheet with rolls in the oven on 170 (lowest heat) to thaw and rise (about 10 min). Remove them from the oven and pre-heat. Bake as normal.
I am excited to learn a few more things in the next couple of weeks! I am planning on doing a mini freezer cooking day this Saturday. I will be researching a few recipes to try out this week. If you have any ideas, they are welcome!