2005-03-10 / Arts & Entertainment


Dear Betty,

I’ve started making some meals for the week ahead and would like to know the best way to freeze casseroles. Can you help?

Chattanooga, Tenn.

You’ve found one of the best ways to take the stress out of weeknight meals!

So that you don’t tie up all of your baking dishes in the freezer, line the dish with foil — leaving plenty of overhang on each side for wrapping the casserole — and spray lightly with cooking spray (or use nonstick foil.) Spoon in or layer the casserole. Wrap tightly and freeze.

When frozen solid, lift out the cas-serole. Label with the date and baking instructions, place in a plastic freezer bag and return to the freezer. When you’re ready to bake the casserole, remove the wrappings, place it in the original baking dish, thaw in the fridge or microwave, then bake.

Or bake the casserole, wrap airtight, label and freeze. Just thaw and reheat for a meal in minutes.

Dear Betty,

What’s a good way to cut brownies so they don’t tear or break?

Savannah, Ga.

Let me share a little secret with you — plastic. Plastic knife, that is. Be sure to cool your brownies completely, then use a plastic knife to cut them. You’ll be amazed at how clean and tidy the cuts are!

Betty Crocker

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