Q. "I love your site and check it every day to see if you've posted something new. Today I made the cottage pie and I loved your hint to save portions for another day. When I take my pie from the freezer do I thaw, then add potatoes and bake as directed? I'm thinking I can't add potatoes to a frozen dish and bake because the potatoes would burn. How do you do it?" C.H.
A. If you freeze extra portions of the Cottage Pie recipe, defrost it before adding freshly mashed potatoes (with really sharp cheddar, of course!) and baking.
Also, if you freeze the potato pancakes, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and reheat the pancakes in a single layer on a cookie sheet for about 5 minutes. (See "Delectable potato pancakes")
A great hint from Cooks Magazine - to reuse oil used for frying: strain it, place in a container and freeze it! Apparently, the lower the temperature the better.
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