On June 27, 2011 by Kelly
I discussed on Fb final week that we had determined to make this week Pasta Salad Week at As soon as A Month Meals. , as a result of we don’t have anything to do with new July freezer menus popping out on Friday! HA!
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With 4th of July rounding the bend. (Significantly, the place did June go?) We thought it will be enjoyable to deliver you some nice tasting pasta salads that you might serve as much as vacation company. Or for picnics the remainder of the summer season. And in MOST instances you could make pasta salads forward. And sure, you may even freeze them. BUT there are just a few tips of the commerce that assist make them style as contemporary and flavorful as when you first ready them.
Listed below are just a few useful recommendations for freezing pasta salads:
- Solely prepare dinner the pasta al dente (which means the smallest period of time instructed on the package deal or perhaps a minute or two earlier than that point).
- Take away pasta instantly from the boiling water and run chilly water over it to cease the cooking course of. Chilled water will work too.
- When packaging the pasta salad in freezer baggage, after all, use freezer plastic baggage or containers.
- Package deal the liquid components of the pasta salad SEPARATELY from the pasta, greens, and many others. Thaw all components and blend in liquid components not more than a pair hours earlier than serving. This retains the pasta from absorbing the entire liquid and getting mushy throughout freezing/thawing.
- An instance: Pasta and greens in a gallon freezer bag, liquid dressing in a pint freezer bag, place sealed pint bag inside gallon freezer bag and freeze “together”.
- If the pasta salad used extremely water primarily based greens/fruits, contemplate packaging these individually from the pasta additionally and/or ready and including them simply earlier than serving. Generally used water primarily based greens/fruits in pasta salads could embody: inexperienced peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, celery.
- Liquid components which can be cream primarily based (mayonnaise, bitter cream, milk, and many others) could not thaw as properly or separate after freezing. You are able to do it however it could not have the perfect impact that you need. Nevertheless, you might combine collectively all the opposite liquid components/spices/seasonings after which as soon as thawed add the cream components. This is able to assist you to save lots of time however not end in separation.
I hope these useful hints work for you. And I hope that you will get pleasure from our Pasta Salad Week choices. Keep tuned each afternoon round 3 for the times featured salad.
Menu Plan Monday
Simply a mean, extraordinary, not so busy week for us! YAY! My husband simply acquired a brand new fuel grill, he insisted begged pleaded whined requested for a Weber so we’re doing A LOT of grilling as of late. I like it too as a result of it signifies that I can get it going and heat for his arrival dwelling and no extra ready over an hour for charcoal to prepare. It’s a win/win in my ebook! And as all the time, I’ve listed what the little individuals are consuming for lunch too!
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- Toddler Lunch – corndog muffins , watermelon, peanut butter banana yogurt pops
- Dinner – Rooster Alfredo, broccoli, salad
- Toddler Lunch – Particular person Pizzas, peaches, carrot sticks
- Dinner – Pizza evening, can’t resolve what topping mixture however DEFINITELY utilizing this pizza dough I’ve within the freezer.
- Toddler Lunch – Particular person Mac & Cheese, inexperienced beans, applesauce
- Dinner – Double Date Dinner at our native Melting Pot as a result of they’re having an important DEAL!
- Toddler Lunch – Going out for lunch
- Dinner – leftovers
- Toddler Lunch – Fish Sticks, California greens, grapes
- Dinner – Pork Chops, Orzo pasta recipe I’m creating, fruit salad
Saturday – Lunch – Brunch at 2nd Road Farmers Market
Dinner – Solar-Dried Tomato Basil Hamburgers, French Fries, fruit
Sunday – Lunch – leftovers
Dinner – ? – what are your greatest go-to grill recipes?
For extra nice Menu Plan Monday menu planning concepts go to orgjunkie.com!