SOUTHERN CROSS PIE AFTERCARE
We were asked a lot of questions by customers on the opening day of Southern Cross Bakery. Here is some information we hope to be of use to all our patrons.
CAN I FREEZE SOUTHERN CROSS PIES?
Yes, you can freeze the pies for later use. We sell cold pies from our coolers at the market so if you are not planning to eat them immediately, we would recommend you buy them cold. We have biodegradable plastic bags if you want to buy multiple pies for later use. If you do want to freeze the pies, please do so as soon as possible after purchase, and put them in an airtight plastic bag or container. They should be fine for a couple of months. The recommended method for thawing pies is in your refrigerator overnight, but you can use the thaw setting on the microwave…please make sure you take them out of the aluminum casing first if you thaw via microwave! You should reheat and eat as soon as possible after thawing.
HOW LONG CAN I KEEP A SOUTHERN CROSS PIE IN THE FRIDGE AT HOME?
3-4 days should be fine. We would recommend you store in an airtight plastic bag or container.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO HEAT A SOUTHERN CROSS PIE FROM COLD?
We would recommend heating in an oven pre-heated to 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes (if you have a food thermometer until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees). Pies can be reheated in a microwave, but you will find the pastry to be crispier and of better quality if you use the oven. Again, if you do microwave, make sure you take the pie out of the aluminum container first.
IS IT OK TO PUT KETCHUP ON A SOUTHERN CROSS PIE?
Yes, absolutely! Back in Australia and New Zealand, it is almost compulsory to put ketchup (we’d call it tomato sauce) on a Minced Beef or a Steak & Cheese pie, and we certainly eat Egg & Bacon pies with ketchup too. Ketchup is perhaps not so relevant for our Chicken & Bacon pie, but whatever works for you is fine with us!
John Clarke – Pie Maker