Easing by Freezing.. Placing foods before cooking in the Freezer

Did You Know?

You can actually make cooking a whole lot easier, sometimes, if you freeze or chill ingredients before cooking.

Pastry Dough: When making pastry dough, freeze the butter the recipe calls for into pieces for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, before adding them to the flour. Warm butter will blend too much with the flour, making the dough dense, whereas, the cold butter will remain a bit separate resulting in buttery pockets, hence, FLAKEY yumminess.

Cookies: If you are looking to make a delicious and THICK cookie, instead of the normal flat cookie, place the dough in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Preferably form the dough into logs, and place in plastic wrap. By chilling the dough you are delaying that the fat in the dough melts before the other ingredients, therefore allowing the cookie to stay together (thick) rather than spreading (flat).

Raw Beef: Placing raw beef into the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour will allow you to easily cut it thinly for dishes that call for this.

Bacon: Placing in freezer for 20 to 30 minutes will make it a whole lot easier to slice it into whatever size you want.

Oysters and other shellfish: Placing them in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes relaxes the seal, making it much easier to open them!