Thanksgiving is coming! Here’s what you could do now.
While Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away, there are a number of things you could be doing now to help you be more efficient and less stressed then. These do-ahead projects will allow you to enjoy your family and isn’t that what Thanksgiving is really all about?
Make pie dough now: Follow the pie dough recipe and instructions under the recipes section. Roll your dough, place into pans, placing a piece of parchment of wax paper between the shells and wrap well with plastic wrap. Freeze. If you are going to make double crust pies, roll some dough out and freeze on a sheet pan separated by the parchment or wax paper. When frozen solid, wrap well with plastic wrap. These frozen un-baked shells will keep fresh in the freezer for months.
Make apple pie filling: Make your apple pie filling as found under the pies/recipes section. Line a pie pan with a freezer bag. Fill the bag with the apples and press down into the bag as you would fill a pie. Seal and place the pie pan in the freezer. When it is frozen solid, you can remove the pan if you’d like. (This same technique could be used for Blueberry pie filling)
When you want to bake your pie, you’ll just remove the frozen pie shell and frozen apples add a top crust if desired or crumb topping and bake. (Add 15 minutes to recommended baking times for frozen foods) Allow the crust to set on counter to thaw just long enough to allow you to form the top crust over and crimp the edges.
Tarts can be fully baked now and frozen. I’ll be adding some delicious tart recipes in the coming days. On Thanksgiving day, just remove the tarts from the freezer in the morning.
Remember that custard fillings cannot be frozen, they tend to separate.
Cornbread can be baked and frozen to be used for stuffing or for serving.