Yeah I know not everyone spells it that way
One of the ways I earn money is making and selling perogies. I sell them hot & ready to eat and they are pretty popular in my city. I have however taken a bit of a break from them and don’t make them as often, because I just ran out of steam. My daughter and I were putting in a huge amount of hours every week and the number of people that ordered but never showed just got out of control. Then if you contacted them and told them that you had made their order and were waiting for them to pick up, I was often met with hostility. I attribute it to the Internet actually. People think of themselves as anonymous and will often lash out at others because there isn’t that “face to face” interaction and no consequences. Often times the person would say things like “Sorry, but I have a life you know and I got busy, I will order some next week when I have more time” and when I would reply that if someone doesn’t show we won’t fill an order for them in future they would get verbally abusive, call me rude, say I had the worst customer service in the world, would tell everyone they knew never to buy from me. It amazed me how them not showing up was suddenly my fault and expecting them to show up was rude and not willing to let them order from me again was poor customer service.
So anyways, it got to be too much and I took a break for a couple of weeks which turned into a few months (although I continued to make them for one customer who had ordered from me numerous dozen every week for years).
Well, finances being the way they are, I will be doing them again, although very small amounts of them, at a higher price and only to select individuals. Although I really need the money, sometimes you need to step back and rethink things because quality of life matters.
So as for my perogies, they are easy to make, however they are time consuming and there are a few tricks to making them. First is the filling, it has to be rich and melt in your mouth. The dough, has to be extremely thin, otherwise it can be a bit chewy. As a customer always tells me, my pergoies are like little pillows that melt in your mouth.
I use a Wilton round cutter, and the rubber top has made an incredible difference. It really does make cutting out the dough easier because you can put pressure on it and not hurt the palm of your hand. You should also cut them out on a silicone mat. Using a cutter on a hard surface just doesn’t work at well as cutting on a mat. Lastly, I always use a scoop to make sure that each one is not only the exact size, but has the same amount of filling.
If you are interested in purchasing the products I have the links to the ones I use below. I also have a short video of us making them as well.
You can purchase the Wilton Cookie Cutter for perfectly sized perogies here:
The Oxo Good Grips Medium Cookie scoop can be purchased here:
The Norpro Silicone Mat I use can be purchased here: