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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.


Oklahoma Granny said...

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.

LouAnneL said...

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!

Joyful said...

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!

Lyn said...

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

Sharon said...

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.

Tracy said...

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

Anonymous said...

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 :)

Rhonda said...

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

Sharon said...

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.

Mary Ann said...

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.

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

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.

❤️ Rhonda ❤️