Making pies and different desserts by making ready and freezing them forward of time may be a good way to area out vacation meal prep and make the vacations extra enjoyable. Unbaked pies may be frozen for 4 months whereas baked pies may be frozen longer, for six months. However are you able to freeze any form of pie? Not essentially!
Custard pies, meringue pies and cream pies usually don’t freeze properly. These pies comprise fairly a little bit of water which can lead to separation after thawing. Pumpkin, pecan and fruit pies can all be frozen earlier than baking, though each pumpkin and pecan pies are each technically thought of custard pies. Pecan does properly when frozen each earlier than and after baking. Though pumpkin may be frozen, higher outcomes could also be achieved by way of freezing the pumpkin and/or the crust individually, or this can be the dessert you make contemporary for the vacation meal.
Fruit pies are greatest frozen unbaked. Go away any ending touches, like reducing slits within the prime or masking with an egg wash, till it’s time to bake. In case you are baking your fruit pie earlier than freezing, think about using a special thickener like quick-cooking tapioca as a substitute of cornstarch. It’s effective to make use of cornstarch if freezing earlier than baking. In case you are uncertain in case your pie recipe will work, do a trial run! It simply means extra pies to eat, and nobody will complain about that.
When able to bake your pie, whether or not frozen or contemporary, place a cookie sheet in your oven and preheat to 425 levels (you will need to have the cookie sheet within the oven whereas preheating). A frozen pie ought to go into the oven unthawed. The cookie sheet helps prepare dinner the underside of the pie and prevents it from getting soggy. It additionally catches any effervescent over that will happen, holding your oven cleaner. In case your pie is frozen, bake at 425 for the primary 15-20 minutes after which flip right down to 350 levels till performed. The overall baking time might be at the least 20 minutes longer than the instructions point out for an unfrozen pie.
After baking or serving your scrumptious pie, retailer it within the fridge until it’s a fruit pie, similar to berry, apple, or cherry pies. Fruit pies are protected for the counter as a result of the acidity of the fruit and excessive sugar content material makes it tough for micro organism to develop. Simply hold them lined earlier than serving to stop contamination.
If you happen to select to purchase pies, something that’s room temperature on the retailer is protected to retailer on the counter. Nevertheless, all pies will last more and be safer if they’re refrigerated.
On Turkey Day, give attention to the fowl and put together your pies weeks forward of time. The vacations will look totally different this yr. What’s going to the seem like? Who is aware of! However hopefully there’ll nonetheless be pie!
N.C. Cooperative Extension of Richmond County’s objective is to offer the residents of the neighborhood with research-based information. For extra info on meals security, well being, wellness, and diet please contact the Household and Client Sciences Agent, Janice Roberts, MS at 910-997-8255.
Janice Roberts is the Household and Client Science Agent for the Richmond County Cooperative Extension.