For whatever reason I seem to enjoy baking and freezing meals so much in the fall time. The other week I took one Saturday and just messed up the entire kitchen prepping things and cooking them. I made 3 lasagnas, meatloaf, 2 chicken pot pies, and 2 scalloped potatoes. It took a while, but it whenever I get on a cooking kick it almost seems like therapy to me. My mind relaxes and I don’t feel so stressed out.
I don’t always have time to cook though, so I love to have things pre-frozen so that on nights that I’m too busy to create something. I use my FoodSaver® FM5330 Vacuum Sealing System A LOT. When I’m not freezing meals, I’ll freeze up other things like horderves and uncooked shortbread; things that can easily be taken out of the FoodSaver® Heat-Seal Rolls and FoodSaver® Heat-Seal Bags and then sliced and placed in the oven for just a few minutes. It’s great for when you have unexpected guests over or are preparing for a large dinner party, because you can have everything ready in advance!
Last summer I made homemade shortbread for the first time. I’ve never been a fan of shortbread that you purchase in stores because I thought it was always so dry. Well, turns out, homemade is way different. It’s rich and buttery, and super easy to make. I first created apricot rosemary shortbread. This time I decided to switch it up a bit by creating rosemary cheddar shortbread. You could easily sub out most any flavors of ingredients that you’d like – the possibilities are darn near endless!
Rosemary Cheddar ShortbreadPrint This
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup cheddar cheese ( I used organic white cheddar )
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
In a large bowl mix the softened butter until creamy. In a smaller bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir in the cheddar cheese and rosemary. Slowly mix in with butter until dough begins to form. Place the dough onto wax paper and and shape into a log that is approximately 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in the wax paper and place in the freezer for a miniumum of 20 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Remove dough from the freezer and slice into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until shortbread is golden brown. Cool them completely on the baking sheets before transferring to an airtight container.
You can freeze the shortbread log in the plastic wrap for 20 minutes or so, then place in FoodSaver® Heat-Seal Rolls and place in the freezer until ready for use.
To freeze the shortbread log, pull out the FoodSaver® Heat-Seal Rolls from the FoodSaver® to your desired length, then cut using the slider. Place the bag in to the sealer and follow the instructions. Afterwards, place your frozen dough into the bag and vacuum seal according to the instructions. Then write what it is and the date with a permanent marker and place in the freezer until ready to bake!
About the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer FM5330
I’ve been using FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealers for years. They are an amazing tool that allows you to keep food fresher up to 5x longer than other storage methods – and helps prevent freezer burn. The new FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer FM5330 model helps keep your food fresh with even less steps compared to other models. It has an express bag maker, so you can make bags in half of the steps (compared to the FoodSaver®. V4440 Models). You can by the FoodSaver® System at your local Bed Bath & Beyond store. Foodsaver® systems include the vacuum seal bags and rolls, vacuum zipper bags and containers designed to work together with vacuum sealers for optimal performance.
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Do you freeze food for busy nights or last minutes entertaining? What are some of your go-to make ahead meals and snacks? I’d love to hear! Comment below!