If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tightwad October Day 5

Today's frugal doings - 5 pies for less than the cost of one frozen pie.

Jeff brought home a sack full of apples from a coworker several weeks ago. 
 So this morning while Gavin took a nap, I made pies.
I mixed up a double batch of never fail pie dough and lined 4 pans.
Then I peeled and sliced all the apples and mixed them with sugar and cinnamon.



 3 of the pans I used had a small rim and the whole pie fits perfectly into a gallon freezer bag.
Pan  #4 had a big rim and would not fit,  so I wrapped it in freezer paper and will bake it first.
I froze the pies unbaked.  I will leave them frozen and bake them  just like you would a frozen Mrs Smiths pie.


After I trimmed the 4 pies, I had a good size pile of dough trimmings left.  I also had some sliced apples left. 
I know all the TV cooking hosts say to never over work or reuse crust scraps because they will be tough,  well,  I broke that rule and used those scraps to make one more pie.  I baked it today and Gavin and I enjoyed some with our lunch.  That re-worked crust was flaky and tender and I am so glad I did not throw those scraps away.

Never Fail Pie Dough  (I doubled this recipe today)
4 cups all purpose flour
1 T sugar
2 t salt
1 1/3 shortening - I used regular Crisco, butter flavor would be good too
1/2 C water
1 T vinegar
1 egg
Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in shortening until it is fine crumbs.
Mix the water, vinegar and egg together.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Toss with a fork just until it is all mixed together.
Divide into 4 parts.
Shape into balls, then roll out on floured surface.
This will make 4 9 inch pie crusts, maybe 5.


This is what the sink looked like after lunch and pie making - I guess this is why some people don't cook much as they don't like to do the dishes. 
Actually, they only took about 5 minutes to wash up.


11 comments:

  1. I've never made pies and then put them in the freezer. I'll have to try that. If it works for you, surely it will work for me too.

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  2. You were productive! I have a 1/2 bushel of apples here I need to do something with. THANK YOU for the pie crust recipe. I'm going to try it. I'm never happy with the way mine comes out!

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  3. Thanks for that recipe for pie dough. I've never been good at making pie dough. I will try it :-). I enjoyed the bread recipe also!

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  4. Rhonda, loving your tightwad posts. :) Your pies look delicious!

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  5. I can't wait to try your pie dough recipe! Mine always gives me problems.
    You are going to enjoy taking a pie out of the freezer and popping it in the oven.

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  6. I'll have to try this soon. Thanks Rhonda!

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  7. the pies look yummy! and on friday...when I decided to cook dinner from scratch...I realized I hated cooking because of all the dishes :)

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  8. The pies look so good, and thanks for the pie crust recipe!

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  9. Wow they sure look good, Rhonda. I am going to try your pie crust recipe, mine never comes out as good as I would like it to be. I am anxious to make some apple pies too. I just love your frugal posts you are giving me so many good ideas. Keep it up. Can you post your bread and roll recipe too, they sure look yummy.

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  10. I love to eat pies but don't enjoy making them, especially the crusts. So when I make pie, I make a whole batch of crusts and freeze them. My mom is the queen of making frozen pies like yours. I like to get her to make some for my freezer when she visits. So nice to have ready!

    I don't comment often but really have been enjoying your frugal posts. I'm away from home right now but am inspired to jump right back into frugal living when I return home.

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  11. I like this series!

    What a clever idea to put whole pies in the freezer like that. Do you change your baking time?

    I think people put too much clout in what TV chefs say. The home cook is often just as good and knows how to use things up.

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Jeff and Rhonda

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