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Freeze cinnamon roll dough

By on November 5, 2012

Dear Sara:

I found a recipe for mixing cinnamon roll dough in the bread maker. Can I make a bunch of cinnamon rolls this way and freeze them? If so, do I freeze them before I bake them, or after? — F.S., Nebraska

Dear F.S.:

You can freeze the dough or the baked rolls. I like to freeze the dough before the second rise. When I’m ready to make them, I thaw them in the fridge, bring them out to rise and then bake them. If you prefer freezing them already baked, you can freeze them frosted or unfrosted. If you freeze them unfrosted, simply bake them and frost them when they’re still warm.

Dear Sara:

Can you please give me the name of a nonionic soap, and where I can purchase it? I need to use it to clean my parents’ bronze marker. — Marilyn H., North Carolina

Dear Marilyn:

One example is Orvus soap by Procter and Gamble. You can typically find it at agricultural (farm, animal/tack and feed) stores.

Dear Sara:

What can I do with leftover sloppy joe meat? — Julie, Florida

Dear Julie:

I reheat it and eat it again the next day. If you’re not in the mood to eat it again so soon, freeze it. You can add the meat to chili or spaghetti sauce, use it in stuffed bell peppers or a casserole, serve it on a baked potato, mix it into macaroni and cheese or serve it over biscuits, too.

Dear Sara:

I have a big package of corn tortillas. Can I cut them into wedges and deep-fry them to make my own tortilla chips? — Heather, New York

Dear Heather:

You can, but I suggest spritzing them with oil and baking them in an oven at 400 degrees F for 6 to 10 minutes. You can freeze them until you’re ready to use them, too. Or make huevos rancheros, taquitos, fajitas or tacos, cut them into strips and add them to chicken soup or enjoy them with chili.

Dear Sara:

I have a HUGE zucchini in my fridge. I want to make zucchini bread eventually (not today or tomorrow), but I think it would make a dozen or more. Can you freeze zucchini? Can you just grate it and freeze it in individual portions to use for baking later? I don’t want it to go to waste. I eat zucchini sauteed each week, but this would be enough to feed my fiancee and I for a month. — Marie, New York

Dear Marie:

Yes, you can freeze grated zucchini. Be sure to cut and scoop out the seeds. Your life will be easier if you freeze it in the cup measurements needed for your bread recipe. You can add the grated zucchini to meat loaf, meatballs, spaghetti sauce, stews and soups or in omelets, too. Some people drain the thawed zucchini before using it in breads; I do not.

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