I was rearranging my freezers yesterday. :( You may ask why I would undertake such a task at this time of year. Well... my son (aka Farmer boy) made a deal with a friend of his and raised two pigs. He had one taken to the processor a week ago and didn't have anyone lined up for the meat. YIKES! (This is the time of year that my freezers are maxed out until spring.) Luckily, we thought of two families that would take a quarter each. But we were still left with half a pig and 80 pounds of meat that I wasn't planning on adding to my chest freezer! Luckily, I am the queen of pack rats (or at least my hubby says so!), and after a whole lot of moving from one freezer to another, the meat is now safely on ice. Whew!
Now where was I going with this? ;) Well... in order to get some of the pork to fit into the freezer, my menus for the week were planned and the coordinating meat moved to the fridge. It was then that my pies in a jar caught my eye. Hmmm. All the Christmas candy is gone. Yay! The misery of being over stuffed by large meals is just a memory... Time to break out the desserts again!
How handy is that? I wanted peach, my son wanted cherry, and hubby wanted apple. It is so nice to be able to choose!
See the apple in the upper right corner. I know it is hard to see in the pics, but the top half and crust raised above the jar line more than the other two. I suppose, it was due to the fact that it was made with fresh fruit and more juice built up. They looked puffed up and perfectly contained coming out of the oven.
I took them out of the freezer this morning and let them sit on the counter with their lids on. (Okay, I forgot them on the counter.) By the time I spotted them, they were pretty much thawed out. I took off their lids, cut three slits in each crust, stuck them on a cookie sheet, and popped them in the oven at 350 degrees. That got me thinking about space, I could throw a few in while making bread in the afternoon and save on the oven use. (Lower that electric bill!) Now there is really nothing else left to do for dessert but try to find out which freezer I put the vanilla ice cream in!! :)