If making cookies: Yes, make whatever sounds tasty to you!
If making casseroles:
1-2 casseroles: Please follow the suggested recipe on the pan. This makes sure we can combine your pan with others to make a complete meal.
3 casseroles: If you want to make a complete meal’s worth of casseroles, you are welcome to suggest a freezer-friendly recipe besides the one listed on the pans. Email Rachel Kimzey (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check your recipe is compatible with the dinner needs.
How, when, and where do I drop off my cookies/casserole?Rachel Kimzey2023-07-29T18:33:05-04:00
Dropping off during regular open hours: After August 21, the study center will be open 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Thursday and 9:00am-3:00pm Friday. Show up anytime then, and we can help get your cookies or casserole to the freezer.
Dropping off after hours: Our Director of Operations, Rachel Kimzey, will be in touch with you once you sign up to get you an entry code to the front door if you need it! You can let yourself in and take the cookies or casserole to the chest freezer in the basement.
How do I make sure my cookies/casserole won’t freezer burn?Rachel Kimzey2023-08-07T17:17:39-04:00
Air is your enemy in the freezer – air leads to freezer burn. So everything about packing up a casserole for the freezer is about keeping the extra air out of the food. Use professional-strength plastic wrap to do this. Press that plastic wrap down onto the surface of the food. You do not want to just stretch the wrap across the top of the pan. You want to try to get as much contact between the plastic wrap and the top of your casserole as you can. This will keep the air out.
Next up, aluminum foil. The plastic wrap by itself isn’t going to quite get the job done. You need another layer to protect your food from the freezer and freezer burn. Use heavy-duty aluminum foil to tightly wrap your casserole, again, press the foil down on the surface of the food.Make sure the entire pan is covered, with enough foil left to wrap around the sides of the pan. Depending on the size of your pan, you might need two layers of aluminum foil to get it completely wrapped.
Last but not least, a label. It is so important to label your casseroles before you freeze them. In a solid disposable pan with a foil cover, you can’t tell what’s inside!
HOW TO FREEZE COOKIES
Make sure you have freezer bags with zip locks that are designed for freezer use. It’s important to choose bags that are durable, thick, and have a reliable sealing mechanism.
Allow your cookies to cool completely before placing them in the freezer bags. This prevents condensation from forming inside the bags, which could lead to freezer burn.
Arrange the cookies inside the freezer bag.
Starting from the bottom of the bag, gently squeeze out as much air as possible without squishing the cookies. Removing excess air helps minimize the chance of freezer burn.
We know it’s a pain to chase your dishes down (especially if you use that pan often yourself). If you are making something for the casserole drive, sign up and then make the casserole(s) in the disposable aluminum pan provided by the BSC. You can pick up the pan at the BSC at 104 Faculty Street, Blacksburg.
Or, if you found this opportunity through your local church, check with your church contact – they may have the pans available.
What’s involved in helping with the casserole drive?Rachel Kimzey2023-08-07T17:29:32-04:00
Or, you connect them with Rachel Kimzey (email@example.com) to talk about how they can be part of the hospitality at the study center!
The Difference It Makes For Students
The Difference It Makes for Students
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