A Well-Stocked Freezer, Part 2 {Pigs in a Blanket}

Our air conditioner broke on Saturday just as the hot, muggy Kansas temperatures were making a comeback. Once the indoor temp surpassed 85 degrees today, I lost all desire to think about baking and stocking my freezer, but press on I must! And… the forecast for Wednesday says a HIGH of 72! Woo-hoo! Now that’s baking weather!

Last week I shared why I like to keep my freezers fully stocked. Here’s what I like to keep in them. Well, mainly what I keep in the chest freezer and my extra refrigerator/freezer downstairs. Upstairs is my “daily” freezer.

Some basics.

  • Beef. We purchase 1/2 a cow at a time. (Would anyone be interested in seeing our beef? I could share the different cuts we get and what we do with it if you’d like.)
  • Corn. We’ve got 40 bags of sweetcorn in there now.
  • Fruit. Currently a bag of peaches from my neighbor’s tree and several bags of apple pie filling and apple juice (ready to be made into jelly) from this surprise gift.
  • Tomorrow I’ll add a few bags of shredded zucchini.

Meals for our crazy days or to share with families in need. My favorites are:

  • cavatini (My all-time very favorite casserole! A single recipe serves 16+ adults.)
  • lasagna
  • meatballs and cheesy potatoes
  • chili
  • other casseroles
  • other soups

Quick breads and sweet treats. These are perfect for last minute gifts or last minute guests! They’re also nice to have on hand for a quick treat after supper without indulging in a big dessert.

  • banana bread (I use this recipe just for special occasions or gifts. I have another healthier recipe for breakfast and such.)
  • banana crumb muffins (I alter this recipe, using 1/2 whole wheat flour.)
  • zucchini pineapple bread (the only way to have zucchini bread — so moist!)
  • poppy seed bread – yum!
  • cookie dough balls

Ready for the oven - no mess!

Heat and eat lunches. (Or grab and go suppers if we’re headed to a ballgame!) I’m home everyday with two of my kids and often a couple of extra children. I like to have no-fuss options available other than leftovers or a sandwich.

Two “must haves” in my freezer for lunches:

  • homemade Brown Bag Burritos (we dress these up for supper by topping them with lettuce, tomato, cheese and salsa)
  • pigs in a blanket (Keep reading for the recipe! These are so handy!
  • Pizza Pockets
  • Bierocks

 

Pigs in a Blanket

  • 2 packages dry yeast (2 ¼ t. per pack – ALWAYS purchase your yeast in bulk!)
  • 2 c. very warm water
  • 2 t. salt
  • ½ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. melted butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 6 ½ – 7 c. flour
  1. combine first two items
  2. add sugar, salt, and ½ c. flour; beat 2 minutes
  3. add egg and melted butter; beat until smooth
  4. add flour 1 c. at a time… usually 5-6 c.; knead until smooth (I don’t knead very long, but I do knead some of the flour in)
  5. set aside in greased bowl, cover with towel, let rise until double

6.  punch dough; divide in half

7.  roll out ½ dough into large circle; spread with softened butter

8.  cut with pizza cutter into 16 pieces

9.  sprinkle outside edge of circle with cheddar cheese

10.  place ½ hot dog on edge of each triangle; roll

11.  place on greased cookie sheet

12.  let rise

13.  bake at 400 for about 12 minutes

14.  remove to wire rack to cool, then bag and freeze!

** The “1/2 hot dog” size is perfect for young children. Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. I’ll have to try some of your recipes. My dd1 makes a strawberry bread. It is really good.

  2. Awesome Blog! I can’t wait to get busy in my kitchen again and get my freezer a little more full!

  3. I would love to see your beef and the diffrent cuts, we have been thinking about getting 1\4 cow but have no idea how to order it. Also I would love your cavatini recipie.

  4. I second the request for the cavatini recipe! : ) Those are some great, clever ideas for things to keep stocked in the freezer. Thanks for the wonderful suggestions.

  5. I’ve been wondering what to do with my free hotdogs from Wal-Mart, I might have to try this (I like the homemade wrap for them much better than going store-bought:)

  6. THose piggies look yummy!! :D

  7. It’s lunch time, and your post is making me hungry! Thanks for the recipes, I am going to bookmark this post~Donna

  8. I’d like to see your beef too. :-) This is a good list for the freezer. I try to keep mine stocked too, but right now it’s looking a little bare. I make homemade biscuits and freeze them unbaked. I just pull out however many I need and bake them with no mess!

  9. The cookie dough balls are a great idea! :) I have a bunch of shredded zucchini, zucchini bread, berries, and green beans (along with some Alaska salmon form my mom) in my freezer right now.

    Great post!
    Blessings,
    Michele

  10. I love keeping a well-stocked freezer. Do you do anything to the zucchini before you freeze it?

  11. I am just getting back into the swing of things from being on vacation! Thanks for posting the pigs in the blanket recipe!

    Also your post has inspired me to work at getting my freezer back to being well stocked! The temps around here are going to be in the high 60s to mid 70s the rest of the week soooo it is definitely time to get some baking done! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Thank you so much for commenting on my freezer meal situation and I feel like a dork for not having thought of lining my pans and freezing the items then removing and storing in bags, etc…… So, thank you very much for that tip!!!

    Also your pigs in blankets look so yummy, I might try them!

  13. Yummy! I’m gonna start doing double batches of cookie dough and freezing half! I hadn’t thought of that yet…and after getting TON of chocolate chips during the Nestle sale a few weeks back…perfect! I made some zucchini pineapple bread for the first time this week and it is MUCH more moist than just zucchini bread! And sweeter too! I too have the “fall/winter food” itch! I’m getting excited for all the yummy winter squash and soups!

  14. How do you reheat these once they are frozen? We don’t like to use the microwave, but will if we have to.

    I just came over to your site from Stephanie’s place, but plan on looking around!

    Blessings -
    Camille

  15. Ok, Amy you have convinced me to do some freezer cooking. Do you have these recipies? How do you reheat the things? I have never cooked for the freezer before so I am a little scared…

  16. I made the pigs in a blanket tonight and they were well received at our house!! :) When you take them out of the freezer, do you thaw them first and then put them back in the oven or do you microwave them? Thanks again for another great recipe!!

  17. I made your pigs in a blanket a while back to freeze for after our son was born…and we so enjoyed them! It’s a comfort food for me…I remember my mom making them for us when we were children. :-)

  18. colleen Austin says:

    I fell upon this through Moneysavingmom! I can’t wait to try this recipe and all of your ideas for a well-stocked freezer! Thanks for sharing. Growing up we had these often using ready made biscuit dough, but now I steer from those more processed foods. This is a great way for my kids to enjoy these in a much healthier way! I’ll probably even try these with turkey dogs. Thanks, they’ll love you for it! You are bookmarked!

  19. I would like to know how you freeze your milk cartons or plastic jugs ,I would like to buy milk when it is on sale and freeze it. How long is it good for? I have a very large upright freezer someone gave me and I am embarassed to say it is mostly empty.But you have encouraged me to fill it up.

  20. these look so yummy! how do you reheat them? also, do you cook the dogs first or can they be rolled up while still frozen?

    thanks!

    • I just reheat them in the microwave, but a toaster oven would work, too. I don’t cook the hot dogs first, but I do thaw them before rolling. Never thought of rolling them frozen.

  21. Hi. I was wondering if the flour you use for the pigs in a blanket is whole wheat flour.

    Thanks!

  22. Thirding the request for the cavatini recipe please!

  23. Jessica Burke says:

    I have just came across your site. If you are still willing to share some of you 1/2 a cow meat ideas I would love some! We just bought our first side of beef this year and I am struggle at coming up with some new ideas.

  24. This is an amazing idea. I am always on the go and trying to prepare meals for my son’s care provider to feed him. This will be a nice treat on a Friday. He will love it. (So will the rest of my family!)

    Just wanted to share…the perfect temp. for water with the yeast is 105-110 degrees. Also, I use honey instead of sugar. It works the same, same measurement, and I feel better about feeding it to my kids (esp. my son who cannot have sugar). I have tried other sugar subs but the yeast won’t rise. Agave syrup works too, but it is more expensive.

    Thanks again for such wonderful freezer ideas and this recipe.
    From Alaska….Happy Baking

    • Yes with the honey! I need to update some of my recipes… thanks for the reminder. ;) I never actually bother to measure the temp of the water. “Very warm” works well enough for me, but I do see the benefit for a brand new baker!

  25. AllieZirkle says:

    I have to laugh. When I first made this recipe 4 years ago, it was a big batch! Now that we’ve grown to 7(!) it’s just enough. Ha! Love this recipe!

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