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20 Pizza for the freezer...10 each 
Jul. 16, 2009 10:21 am 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2009 2:03 pm
I have a new freezer cooking friend! To bad we don't live close enough to Team Up. Look me up Dee if you are ever in Spokane. 
Dee read my last blog about what foods freeze well and she left this note:
In case others wanted to know about freezing pizza and what I recommend I thought I would post my response on my blog. 
Hi Dee,
I'm glad to find a freezer cooking friend. Yes pizza dough freezes fine. What I typically do when freezing pizza is to purchase a large box of frozen half-baked pizza crusts. Using these crusts is a lot faster, obviously. Look for pizza crusts by the box (about 20) in a wholesale outlet/ restaurant supply store.  (I purchase 15 inch thin pizza crusts)

What we need for 20 pizzas.
- 1 box frozen half-baked pizza crusts (15 inch)
- 2 large cans Prego sauce (or favorite spagetti sauce)
- 2- 5 pound bags of shredded cheese
- 1- 5 pound bag cooked, frozen pizza sausage
- other desired toppings like fresh veggies or other meats

Line counters with a long piece of foil where ever a pizza crust can easily be placed. Then top the foil with a layer of equally long plastic wrap, and then the pizza crust. Top the pizza's with sauce, cheese and toppings. Wrap pizzas with plastic wrap and then foil. You will need add another layer of foil. Freeze. 

I bake my pizzas from frozen at about 400 (F) for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Of course a Team could save some cost by making their own pizza sauce, but I really like Prego. A friend and I can cook for an hour or so and have 10 pizzas each ready for the freezer. This is fun and productive activitiy for my friend and I. We usually allemble the pizzas while our children play. I call this event a Team Up party.  
What other freezer cooking questions do people have?
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Jul. 16, 2009 10:47 am
Nice concept when you have friends who cook. I seem to be the only one in my crowd that cares much about cooking... Great blog entry, thanks for sharing this!
Jul. 16, 2009 12:22 pm
If I were making baked ziti or meat loaf to freeze, would I cook it first or just assemble it? Also, would I cook it from frozen or thaw it in the fridge first? This is all new to me and you seem to know what you're doing! TIA.
Jul. 16, 2009 2:03 pm
Hi Sara, Cook pasta half way and then continue with your recipe. Place it in a pan or bag, seal properly and freeze. Ziti does not have to be thawed; you can bake it from frozen. It will need to bake about twice as long if frozen solid. I tent the foil until the last five or so minutes. If using whole wheat noodles only cook for 1-2 minutes. They soften up much faster in the freezer. Thanks for asking!
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I am a stay-at-home mom with three boys and one baby on the way. Freezer cooking is a time saver and now a hobby. I often TEAM UP and cook with my friends. I started a web site to explain 'how to' and provide encouragement. ( www.dinnercoach.com ) Being a wife and mom is very fulfilling. Good job to all who are investing their lives into raising the next generation.
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Team Up cooking method ---www.dinnercoach.com.
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I'm always throwing things together. Sometimes it’s terrible and sometime it works out great.
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