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       Volume I - June 29, 2007

SMART Ideas!
"Time-Saving Make-Aheads"

by Alice Osborne

Freezing Rice

Freezing cooked rice makes for quick-to-fix meals later—stir-fry is just one example. Cook and cool rice, package in large plastic zipper bags, and freeze flat. This is a real time-saver!

Grab-n-Go Muffins

Another great time-saver is to make several batches of different types of muffins and when cool, freeze in zipper bags. They freeze well, and they’re a terrific grab-n-go breakfast.

Double the Dough

Judy Anne Wagner from Boone, North Carolina writes:

“Whenever I make cookie dough, I double the ingredients and bake only what I need at that time. I load the remaining mix into 7 oz paper cups. Then I place these cups into a zipper freezer bag and freeze for future baking. One 7 oz cup holds enough dough for about a dozen freshly baked cookies.

One mixing mess to clean up, and freshly baked cookies whenever you want them!” You can also save your frozen juice cans for the same purpose. Then when ready to bake, cut the other end of the can and use the metal round to push your dough through the tube. Slice as you go!

More from the Frozen Cookie Dough Department

When making drop cookies, make an extra large batch, form into balls and freeze on a cookie sheet. When frozen, put the balls into zipper freezer bags and store in the freezer. Later, just remove amount needed from the freezer, place on cookie sheets and bake while still frozen. This way you will always have a variety of cookies on hand.

One last time-saving tip: Make up two or three recipes of the dry ingredients for cakes, cookies, breads, etc., label each container, tuck in a copy of each recipe, and store them in your cupboard. This way you're only dealing with flour etc. that is messy to clean up, ONCE. When you're in a hurry, its great to have everything ready.

(If YOU have a smart idea, won't you share it? Life is so much easier and we accomplish so much more when we pool our resources. And after all, we're all in this together. So email or with YOUR Smart Ideas!)

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