Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cooking Smaller Portions

With Thanksgiving this week, there's always the question of what to do with the leftovers!
Here's how one woman found a convenient way to freeze just-the-right-size portions for her 98-year-old grandmother. She benefitted from the easy measuring and multiple servings of muffins tins and knowing that her loved one was eating healthier foods. Her grandmother benefitted from a delicious variety of foods on hand in her own home, easily prepared by pushing a button on the microwave.

Elderly grandmas aren't the only ones to benefit from freeze-ahead cooking! Kelly's son can help himself to yummy French Toast just about any day. All he does is grab a couple slices from the freezer, pop them in the toaster and pour on the maple syrup!

Here's how to do it.
  • Use a loaf of "day old" cinnamon swirl bread.
  • Using the whole loaf, make French toast the way you usually do, just don't brown them all the way - the toaster will do the final cooking.
  • Let the bread slices cool thoroughly before freezing. You can put paper towels between them as they cool to soak up excess sogginess.
  • Whenever you're hungry for French toast simply pop a frozen slice into your toaster until it's thoroughly heated and toasty.
  • Drizzle on the maple syrup.



  1. I really love the muffin tin idea for mini-meals. Since there are a few sizes of tins, you could use the "jumbo" size for the meat/protein portion of the meal and the regular size tins for the sides. I may have to experiment with this! Matthew is always home for breakfast, but not always home for dinner, and it's silly to make even a meal for two!

  2. I've found it really hard to cook for only one or two--such a bother!
    So I really like the idea of cooking as I used to and just freezing up serving size portions. Love your idea, Kelly, of the different size tins! Let me know how your experiments go!


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