|Frozen Foods Can Add Up|
Use Gallon Zip Locks
I like to use my Food Saver for packaging meats and a few other things but for convenience foods I buy gallon size Zip Lock freezer bags. Sometimes we will make chicken nuggets ahead and freeze them in these bulk re sealable bags and other times it might be fresh fruits. This week I am making a double recipe of egg rolls by request. They are healthy and ready to go for any night of the week and you can snatch the recipe below.
I also like to buy bulk berries and freeze them for smoothies. I can buy a case of strawberries for under $10 and usually get three gallon bags full for the freezer. These bags of fruit run $12 per gallon for organic frozen berries at the store so by taking a little extra time to do it myself I am saving approximately $26. If you can just knock a few things off your frozen foods list you can save quickly and you will be eating healthier to boot. Other ways we like to fill the freezer are by making double batches of pancakes or enchiladas.
Home Style Egg Rolls
1 package large Won ton Wrappers
1/2 head of cabbage
1/2 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
2 peeled carrots
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
2 stalks celery
The trick to a great egg roll is in chopping the vegetables evenly and preferable a good chop that will wrap well. I like to precook my mixture to control the moisture content but we actually had some egg rolls at the local Asian festival that were made with uncooked cabbage and they tasted great. My point is this is kind of a no fail recipe in that you can try it and it will taste good and then you can adjust it to taste for the next time. Once I have chopped my veggies I cook them down in a little oil and let them cool. In a small bowl I mix a little bit of water with the egg and set aside. As you stuff and roll each egg roll you will want to seal them shut with the egg mixture. I oil a cookie sheet and place the egg rolls about 2 inches apart as I get the rolled. Don't put them too close to each other or they will steam instead of crisp. Once you have a pan full, brush each egg roll with the egg mixture and then back until slightly crispy turning once; 375 degree oven. I freeze them in gallon Zip Locks in one row and then reheat in the oven at 375 for about 15 to 20 minutes. Sometimes in the summer we will reheat on the grill and they are great that way too. If you would like a variation you can add cooked organic sausage or chicken and we have also tried them with shredded cheese and they were yummy.
Read how to Make Your Own Organic Chicken Nuggets and how to make pizza crust.