Methods, techniques, and quality/safety concerns around the freezing of various foods.

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Mango chutney freezable?

I have a recipe for mango chutney. Besides the mango, the ingredients are apple cider vinegar, onion, red bell pepper, and various spices. The recipe makes quite a bit, and I don't know if it would ...
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Is it okay to freeze a cheesecake for a shorter period of time as opposed to chilling it longer?

I'm sure this has happened before... you're bringing the cheesecake to the party, only to realize the recipe you're using tells you chill it for 12 hours! Is there any way around this? Will it come ...
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Is it feasible to freeze a whole pig?

How long can I freeze a pig whole? How can I keep it from getting freezer burned? We are having a wedding in September and it's June but the pig is already currently at the size we need it to be. I ...
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The center is still cold when I deep fry my precooked frozen chicken

Two days ago, after I seasoned my chicken breasts I stuffed them with smoked turkey slices (not a fan of ham) and some mozzarella cheese (don't have swiss). I battered them with flour, seasoned egg, ...
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How can I make delicious pastries in advance of serving day [closed]

I would like to make some amazing breakfast treats to serve at an event we are hosting but I am part of the event and will be very busy the whole week before. Does anyone have any ideas for pastries ...
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Freezing Indian chicken curry---how to retain texture and flavor?

I am planning to cook an oil-rich, Indian style Chicken curry that will look something like this: or this: I am planning to cook a week ahead and freeze them, and my target is to keep the texture ...
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Why does ice form mostly on one side of frozen sliced bread?

I keep my store-bought bread in the freezer and I've noticed that after it's frozen, every slice has a lot of small ice crystals on one side, but almost none on the other. I was wondering if it had to ...
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freeze then roast red bell peppers?

I frequently make a pasta sauce with red bell peppers that I roast in the oven. All of the other ingredients are staples in my house and always available, but it's frustrating to go to the store for ...
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Raw fish pieces have stuck to each other in freezer. How to take out few pieces of fish without disturbing other pieces?

Raw fish pieces have stuck to each other in freezer. How to take out few pieces of fish without disturbing other pieces? Thawing whole bunch may not make sense since I do not intend to eat them all ...
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How to get frozen soup to not be chunky?

I usually do this simple soup. Not sure if the ingredients are relevant here, so I might as well enumerate them: potato, onion, courgette, leek, squash and carrot. Once those have cooked, I then ...
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Freeze ice to far below 0 Celsius?

Residential freezers are reasonably set to just below 0 degrees C: any colder doesn't preserve food any better. But if I want to chill a liquid without overly diluting it -- say, bringing a sauce ...
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Breakfast burritos from 16 egg casserole, how to cook everything uniformly?

I am baking a 16 egg casserole that will be used for breakfast burritos and so I want the egg mixture to be cooked uniformly through. Once the breakfast burritos are made I will freeze them all. What ...
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Does freezing food extend its expiration date? [duplicate]

When you freeze some food, it preserves its qualities at the point when it gets frozen. For example, if I buy some bread and put it in the freeze today, I know I can unfreeze it days later and it will ...
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Is it safe to refreeze a tuna sandwich? [duplicate]

I made a sandwich two days ago that consists of white bread and canned tuna. I put it in my freezer immediately after making it and it stayed there until today. This morning I took it to work, ...
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Freezing a frittata

I'm hoping to make a frittata to last a few days to take to work for lunch. Am I able to freeze it, if so are there any ingredients that do not freeze well and I should avoid putting in the frittata?...
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How to cook popcorn from frozen popcorn kernels?

I'm in a part of the tropics where weavels and other similar critters seem to get everywhere. Last time I bought popcorn kernels, they'd somehow got infested before I'd even opened the packet (same ...
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Can I freeze baked puff pastry?

Can I freeze a baked frangipane puff pastry braid and have it come out right when thawed? Will it be soggy or change the texture?
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Is freezing browned meat the best option

I've previously browned chicken in the pan before freezing it for use at a later date but recently a thought has occurred to me to prepare it 'white', freeze and then brown it when using it defrosted ...
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Why shouldn't a precooked pie be frozen?

I bought a Selection brand strawberry pre-cooked pie. I just read the instructions on the pie and just realized it was pre-cooked but it says to not freeze the pie. Unfortunately, I froze it right ...
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How can I remove bitterness from custard after adding pineapple to it?

I recently made custard with a huge amount of milk, custard powder and sugar. After boiling it for few minutes I added vanilla essence to it. After it was settled I added apple and pineapple. Then I ...
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Preparing curries faster

I often make tikka masala using this recipe. However, the recipe consists of three "let simmer for 10-25 minutes" periods (after adding tomatoes, cream and chicken, respectively), so the total ...
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freezing roquefort cheesecake cooked or uncooked

I'm making a roquefort cheesecake appetizer with roquefort, cream cheese, and eggs. I'd like to cook 1/2 recipe now and freeze the other half for another time. Do I cook the second half before ...
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Refreeze ground hamburger as hamburgers after thawing?

Can I thaw ground hamburger, make hamburger patties, and then refreeze them? I am thawing then on the counter in their original packaging. It is from a half cow that I bought.
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Can I remove frost from frozen chicken breasts and re-package?

I bought a large package of chicken breast several weeks ago. Usually we break down the bag and package in food saver bags to keep frost at a minimum. For some reason we didn't do it this time. I just ...
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“Shelf”-life of frozen Kaffir lime leaves

A scale infection ruined my vision of a constant supply of fresh Kaffir lime leaves. I salvaged the unaffected leaves and now have a baggie full of frozen leaves in my freezer - My local asian food ...
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Can I use a whole uncut green pepper that I accidentally froze or is it garbage?

I accidentally froze a whole uncut green pepper. I haven't tried anything with it except take it out of freezer. Is this still usable or is it now garbage?
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Is it safe to refreeze ice cubes?

While figuring out how to create clear ice cubes at home, I found some instructions that require handling of the ice for several minutes outside of the freezer. They all claim it's okay to put it back ...
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What is it in frozen food that makes chefs so mad?

Gordon Ramsay's number two complaint (we know the first...) is that the food was frozen. But I am confused about the specifics. Does he mean the meat was not thawed before cooking? Does he mean that ...
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Using liquid nitrogen for tenderizing octopus?

I recently had an idea to try and rapidly break down the "rubberizing" connective tissues in octopus using a different method than the tried and true boiling or hammering. It is well known that ...
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Labeling Food for the Freezer

I freeze stuff. Anything from Bolognese to stew. I portion these meals, after they've cooled, into meal-sized Tupperware boxes and stuff them randomly into my crowded freezer. The problem is that it'...
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Freezer temperature

I checked my freezer temp., when it was somehow empty the thermometer indicated range between -20 to -4C (depend on opening and closing the door) and when I put stuff inside (50% full) indicated -6 to ...
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What is the best way to preserve oyster stew?

Now that the holidays are over, my local grocery store has a glut of pints of pre-shucked oysters they need to unload. I can't pass that up, so I thought I would make a whole mess of oyster stew or ...
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Is it safe to freeze ground beef one day before its expiration date?

I ended up buying some ground beef that was 50% off, I left it in the refrigerator one day, and now when I was cutting it into 500g (1.1 pound) pieces to freeze, I noticed that it was only one day to ...
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Can I freeze (raw) Brussels Sprouts to mimic the effects of frost?

This year has been a very mild winter and all the Brussels Sprouts in the shops are quite bitter as they have not undergone any overnight frosts. Can I mimic the effects of an overnight frost by ...
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Can I freeze custard?

I have some spare egg yolks that I want to use and not throw away and I've decided to make some vanilla custard. But I have no use for the custard right now and might decide to make Portuguese tarts ...
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Can you freeze yogurt

Can you freeze yogurt? It was on sale, and I am going to use it to make smoothies.
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How long can I store Cooked Turkey in Refrig before Freezing?

How long can I store Cooked Turkey in Refrig before Freezing? I bought an Organic Turkey early for Thanksgiving and cooked it. It's been in my Refrig for a week and I'd like to trim and freeze parts ...
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Frozen eggs in the shell: thaw and cook or trash them?

I wanted to scramble some eggs and when I cracked them they were frozen solid. Could I have cooked them? I just threw them out. Can you thaw frozen eggs and cook them???
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How can I preserve Winged Beans until my next batch matures?

I am very proud that I have managed to grow a healthy crop of Winged Beans ( Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) in my small backyard garden. And the crop is quite reasonable. I was wondering if anyone had ...
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I accidentally froze a carton of Half and Half. Is it ruined?

My fridge got set a wee bit colder than it should've and most of my liquid stuff has frozen. Fortunately all I had in there at the moment was some bottled water, some fruit juice, and a carton of half ...
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Making high-quality frozen-food at home?

There's a french chain, picard, which sells gourmet frozen food , for the french. And they really like it - so it must be really tasty. But it's expensive. On the other hand ,some families , that ...
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Is it worth putting potato skins in chicken stock?

I like to save vegetable scraps (carrot tops, onion skins and ends, ends of celery etc.) in my freezer and once I have a chicken carcass and a full bag of scraps I will make chicken stock out of them. ...
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Why does freezing vegetable shortening alter its appearance?

I got large container of vegetable shortening that I wasn't going to open right away, so I stuck it in bottom of the freezer (-14 F) to keep it from going rancid. I never really needed it, so I ...
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When freezing jalapeños, can I leave the seeds in?

When cutting up the jalapeño, can I leave the seeds in them if I just lay them on a tray, freeze, then put them in my Seal a Meal? Do you think I need to blanch them, and if so can I leave the seeds ...
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Chicken and Beef stored in the freezer not entirely frozen - safe?

Recently (four days ago), a friend gave me a large chicken leg and some beef chunks for me to use at some point to cook with. Both of them were raw, but totally frozen, when I received them. I put ...
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Freezing Egg & Cheese Omelet

A Super 8 motel we just stayed at had egg & cheese omelets on their breakfast bar. They said they get them frozen from Farmers Brothers. They are thawed on the breakfast bar and warmed up in the ...
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Does freezing fresh peppers, specifically habañero peppers ruin them? [duplicate]

Someone gave me more peppers than I can eat and I'd like to freeze them for at least a few months, a year at most. Am I wasting good peppers by doing that?
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Does meat marinate while it is in the freezer?

Put a skirt steak in a plastic bag with a marinade and then promptly put it in the freezer. It has been in the freezer for a couple of days now. I want to thaw it out for dinner tonight, but I'm ...
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Can frozen peaches be made into jam or other things?

I have over ripe peaches. I have scaled them and pitted them and they are in lemon water. Can I freeze them to make jam later? Can I put them in the refrigerator to make jam later?
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Cryoconcentration, can you do it yourself?

I'm looking to concentrate freshly pressed apple juice. In order keep the apple-freshness I would very much like to avoid heating up the juice. Does anyone have experience with cryoconcentration, is ...