I don’t know about you but I get so excited about the holidays. Once November arrives I am ready for Christmas decorations but I do my best to hold off until after Thanksgiving. I adore sweets and I get very excited about all my favorite desserts and dishes but I also get a little bit of anxiety about how much I want to eat and how much I should eat. The extra slice of pie just isn’t as forgiving now that I am pushing 40! Can I get an Amen?
I also don’t like to waste food. It makes me sad to throw out all of the incredible food we are so blessed to eat over the holidays. So many large meals and food gifts end up in the trash because we have too much over the holidays. However, it doesn’t have to and you can savor your favorites all year long! I love to freeze food and the holidays are a perfect time to stock the freezer!
Does Aunt Sally always bake you your favorite red velvet cake for Thanksgiving? Do you always feel like you have to eat the whole thing but then feel guilty for doing so? Instead, enjoy a slice or two when she brings it to you. Then go ahead and cut it up into quarters or slices (depending on the number of people in your home), wrap tightly in foil, and put in a freezer Ziploc bag and always remember to label what’s in the bag! Most cakes freeze well for up to a year. So, whenever you have a craving for your favorite red velvet cake, you can simply take a slice out of the freezer and enjoy! This plan works great for the rest of the sweet treats brought your way over the holidays! A whole pie, such as pecan or chess, fits perfectly in a gallon size freezer bag.
What about all of the huge meals? You can freeze them too! My mother in law makes the most amazing sweet potato casserole. It really should be a dessert with the cinnamon and pecans but it is a side dish at our holidays! Last year, I froze the leftovers and one evening I warmed them up to surprise my son at dinner! They were just as yummy the second go round! It’s easy to freeze all the leftovers! You can do it many ways. Freeze in mass, such as all of the sweet potato casserole or freeze in portions (my personal favorite). There are lots of inexpensive “Tupperware” containers at your local grocery for you to dish up a serving of your holiday meal. A few slices of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green bean casserole. Seal it up in a freezer bag and of course label it! Perfect to stick in your lunch box in the morning to take to the office. It will thaw by lunch and only need a quick minute or two in the microwave.
So go ahead and host the holiday meals at your house and graciously accept all the food gifts coming your way. They will be the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year!
Blessings to all!