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    Default Freezing Fruit Crumbles / Pies ?

    Only me and my son here, so rarely make crumbles etc
    Can I freeze fruit (rhubarb / apple / blackberry and apple) crumbles?
    Was thinking rather than make one big one, could make smaller (individual) ones in small pudding bowls and just freeze them, bowl 'n all
    Is that a good idea?
    If so, should I cook them first or not? (fruit will have been stewed of course)
    Or anyone got a better idea?

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    You could freeze the fruit and freeze the crumble mix - that way you can take out what you want when you fancy rather than having bowls and all taking up space in the freezer. I freeze crumble mix - it doesn't need defrosting as such - just break it up with a fork a bit and chuck it on top of the chosen fruit, pop the rest back into the freezer.
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    Yes you can freeze them. If you freeze ready made pastry then you'd have to get it fresh rather than frozen (although I have refrozen it with no ill effects).

    I often freeze batches of crumble topping in bags of the right amount and fruits (eg bags of blackberries, apples etc) raw and on their own. You can use the crumble topping straight out the freezer (give it a bash on the worktop to loosen it up enough to spread). The fruit needs to be defrosted and sugar added, it will cook well enough without having to stew it first.

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    i just make a big batch of crumble mix and freeze it on trays then put it into containers or bags then you can just pour out what you need onto your fruit base
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    You're just trying another trick to get people to come and visit to weed again - aren't you?


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    well the idea is more about having it all ready made where possible
    i don't really want to freeze crumble mix separately from the fruit and make crumbles when i want them - the fruit won't get used for anything else ....

    ideally i'd cook lots of individual crumbles and freeze them so they only need defrosting / reheating - if i cook a big crumble, it gets messy dishing it up to freeze, hence the idea of making individual ones - so mainly a case of whether they should be cooked before freezing ????

    if everyone is freezing uncooked crumble mix, then i could prepare the fruit, put it in plastic tubs with the crumble mix on top, then freeze it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by zazen999 View Post
    You're just trying another trick to get people to come and visit to weed again - aren't you?
    moi? would i do a thing like that???

    i'm off to pick some more rhubarb .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmer_Gyles View Post
    if everyone is freezing uncooked crumble mix, then i could prepare the fruit, put it in plastic tubs with the crumble mix on top, then freeze it??
    Probably, but it might be tricky to bake it in a plastic tub! I dry freeze my fruit so I can tip out what I need, and keep the crumble mix in a large tub so that I can do likewise. That way it takes up less space and you can mix the fruit to suit that day's taste and you can make a one or two person serving to suit the need.

    Wish I had rhubarb to pick (grumble grumble - never mind crumble)
    Last edited by shirlthegirl43; 11-08-2008 at 07:56 PM.
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