- 4 frozen winter squash, (10 oz ea.)
- 2 cup flour
- 2 cup sugar
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup oil / applesauce
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Mix all ingredients
- Grease 2 8×8 pans and pour ingredients into prepared pans
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top
- Bake on 350° for 45 minutes
There’s nothing more frustrating than reaching into your freezer for a meal only to discover that it now has freezer burn! When you freeze food the water molecules in your food form ice crystals. These water molecules try to escape to the coldest place in your freezer, which causes your food to dehydrate or develop freezer burn.
When utilizing your freezer, make sure to follow these three steps:
- Wrap your food well. If your food is wrapped well, the water molecules cannot escape. Use thick, good quality freezer bags and storage containers. Make sure all food is wrapped tightly and as much air as possible is squeezed out.
- Don’t store items in the freezer for too long. Eventually the water molecules will find their way out, no matter how well your food is wrapped.
- Make sure the temperature on your freezer is below 0º F. Don’t open your freezer for too long, allowing the temperature to rise above 0 degrees.
Food with freezer burn is safe to eat, but will probably have an ‘interesting’ texture and taste that you may not like, so try to avoid it at all costs!
While preparing for my upcoming KOAMC day, I came across the online shopping feature that my local supermarket has on its website. All I did was select each item and when it was time to print out the list, it printed out with the aisle number! How’s that for making my shopping trip shorter and more budget friendly?
How do you make your shopping lists?
After almost every Shabbos we are left with those last few pieces of challah that no one wants to eat. I used to save them and hope that someone would want it for lunch during the week, but usually they just turned stale (and sometimes moldy) and had to be thrown out. I hate throwing out food, so I was super excited when I came across the French toast casserole recipe from Organized Jewish Home (OJH). This site has great practical advice and I just couldn’t wait to try this out.
Basically, all you do is put these leftover pieces of challah in the freezer until you have enough for the casserole. Then you defrost it, cut the challah pieces into cubes, add a few ingredients and you’ve got a meal. Make sure to click on the link above for the original recipe. I didn’t add as much sugar as indicated, but made sure to include the vanilla. The combination of the cinnamon and vanilla made my house smell soooo good while this was in the oven.
I saw this dish on OJH’s dinner menu plan, but I decided to cut my casserole into pieces, put them in baggies and into the freezer for easy lunches. Now my kids can have a nice French toast lunch and we don’t have to throw out any food. It’s a win-win for all!