Help me quick freeze my pierogi
October 26, 2012 6:35 AM Subscribe
Every year, the slow part of my pierogi making process is freezing them. Help me freeze them faster.
posted by garlic to food & drink (27 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Pierogi are a little labor intensive to make, with a lot of different steps. I like to speed that up by inviting friends and family over to help and send everyone home with frozen pierogis. However, there's a bottleneck in our pierogi assembly, and that's freezing the pierogi.
We make the pierogis up to the point where if you were eating them immediately, you'd drop what we've made into your pot of boiling water. So they're fully formed but uncooked. We've found via trial and error that to have individual frozen pierogis vs one giant frozen pierogi conglomerate, we have to freeze the pierogis separated on baking sheets for few hours while before jamming them all into freezer bags. Since I don't have a chest freezer, this means once 3-4 trays are filled and stacked in my refridgerator's freezer, it's break time until they're solid enough to repack into freezer bags.
Last year to try to solve this problem, I bought some dry ice and put it in a cooler. While the tray's stacked directly on the ice froze quickly, the rest didn't seem to freeze any faster.
So what can I do that will help freeze the pierogi faster, so I can keep the assembly line running more smoothly and everyone can go home with hundred's of pierogis?