Friday, March 8, 2013

Frugal Finds Friday: Freezer Cooking - Garlic Bread

 Garlic bread is delicious paired with soup, or pasta, but can cost a pretty penny when you want the convenience of having it pre-made and ready to pop into the oven.  So I started getting bread from the bakery and making my own.  Then I thought, why not make it ahead of time and freeze it - DUH!  So that's what I do now, sometimes I even get lucky and can get the day-old bread from the bakery!
 All I do is spread the halved bread with butter (I use Land O Lakes Butter and Olive Oil spread), then I sprinkle on garlic powder, a little Italian seasoning, and some grated Parmesan.  I put the two halves together and wrap them in foil.  I can fit three wrapped 'loaves' per gallon freezer bag.
I usually get the bread down in the morning and let it thaw in the fridge, but if not, you can just bake it a little longer.  If I forget and have to bake it longer, I usually pop the two pieces apart half-way through.
Thawed: Bake at 400 degrees F 10 minutes
Frozen: Bake at 400 degrees F 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven
* this bread is also delicious topped with a little shredded mozzarella as pictured above - yummy!

What was your frugal find for this week?

1 comment:

  1. That is a good idea. I have been making garlic knots and pizza dough dippers for olive oil but they take a lot of pre-planning. I keep saying that I am going to freeze the extras so that I can throw them in the oven and I never do. I think that this sounds like an amazing idea!! Now I just need to find a good recipe for a italian or french bread to make so that I can start the process :) Thanks for the great idea!