Saturday, October 5, 2013

Day 5… Freezer Pie Crusts

the prairie cottage :: homemade pie crusts for the freezer

I like to make a lot of pies.  And on cold winter days we love quiche or pot pie for dinner. 

It is so fiddly, though, to make pie crust one or two at a time.  (And clean up the mess over and over!).  Much easier mixing up one large batch of pie crust to store in the freezer.  Having a supply of ready-made pie crust is worth the initial effort!!

My recipe calls for Crisco, but if I have enough, I like to substitute butter for half of the shortening.  I weigh 1.5 pounds each of butter and Crisco when gathering the ingredients.

And because this amount of ingredients doesn’t fit in my Kitchenaid, I end up using my hands to mix in the ice water :) 

the prairie cottage :: homemade pie crusts for the freezer


3 pound can Crisco vegetable shortening
5 pounds all-purpose flour
3 cups ice water
2 tablespoons salt

1.   Mix flour and salt in a very large bowl or pan.

2.   Cut in Crisco until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal

3.   Add water all at once and mix very gently until the dough forms into a ball. 

4.   Divide into 18-20 portions and pat each into a disc.  Flash freeze OR wrap each disc in plastic wrap and store in Ziploc bags in the freezer.  May be stored in freezer up to 1 year.   

5.   When ready to make a pie, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  Dust dough, board and rolling pin with flour and roll into pie crust.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Wow! I shared my freezer crust recipe today. And I thought making my crusts in batches of 3 was ambitious! 18 to 20 at once? Good for you! I love having pie crusts in my freezer.


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