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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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my freezer popped open without my knowlege

my freezer popped open without my knowledge, not sure when, but it was no longer than a day and a half, there was ice formed on the roof and the sides, is it safe to refreeze? I had hamburger, steak ...
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Can I safely thaw and refreeze sorbet?

A month ago I made a mango/lime/cilantro sorbet that is delicious. The problem is I put the sorbet into a quart sized container and it's frozen solid (I keep my freezer very cold). Can I safely thaw ...
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Using previously frozen salsa

I hope this isn't off base because I'm not asking for recipes, just suggestions that I might not have thought of. I made a HUGE batch of roasted cherry salsa (like normal salsa but where all the ...
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Initial start up of food freezer

I purchased 7 cu ft Frigidaire at auction. Previous owners stated it had been working well, and was just emptied a few days prior to auction. The freezer coils forms the shelving. Should I fill it ...
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Damage to freezer food after a power outage [duplicate]

My freezer went without power for 70 hours while we were out of town. The power was restored before we returned and refroze everything. The unit was full and did have some solid ice packs within. ...
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Got Tara? gum, that is

I'm looking for a source for "tara gum" powder. It is used like xanthan and guar gum, but reportedly increases the general benefits and adds a "creamy" taste. The only providers I have located only ...
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Does keeping a fridge/freezer full significantly help energy efficiency?

This is one of those statements I frequently encounter, but I've never really seen evidence to support it. The advice often goes even further to say that if your fridge/freezer is relatively empty, ...
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Can I freeze dried rice noodles after they've been rehydrated?

I'm on a diet and am eating a lot of stir-frys. I use very thin dried rice noodles. Because I only want a specific amount, which is hard to judge when I pull the noodles apart, can I freeze them once ...
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How long can I freeze uncooked rice noodles for ( not dried but in sealed bag )

I live in a rural area and don't have transport so when I get chance to shop I tend to buy in semi bulk and I bought several packs of rice noodles ( not the dried ones ) and put them in the freezer. ...
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Chemical process behind hardening ice cream

We made a simple ice cream by mixing whipping cream, sugar, and Nutella. After 5-6 hours (surely enough time for the ice cream to cool to the temperature of the freezer), it was soft (mechanically ...
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Can I freeze unbaked scones?

Well, the title says it all really! Can I freeze unbaked scones, or am I better off baking them and then freezing to reheat? Thanks
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Premium Young Chicken packed in broth

Can I freeze a Tyson Premium Young Chicken packed in broth? I bought a twin pack of Tyson's Premium Young Chickens at Walmart. They have a broth packed in them that makes the packages resemble water ...
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Will freezing a bottle of vermouth change it's quality, life length or properties?

I accidentally froze an unopened bottle of white Vermouth. I've read that opening the bottle will cause the vermouth to slowly oxidase and you should finish the bottle within a month or so. How is it ...
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Seasoning, freezing, thawing and then deep frying chicken

I plan to season chicken parts (wings, legs), then freeze, then thaw them out to batter them, and then deep fry them. Will they keep their flavor? Is it safe to do this?
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Is it advisable to freeze tomatoes?

I have some tomatoes that might go bad soon. Do they freeze well? (E.g. taste, texture)
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Defrosting meat/fish in warm water

I have found warm water to be a great way to quickly defrost meat and fish as opposed to just letting it sit outside the freezer, which is what my mom does. But I wonder if there are any negative ...
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Lobster Death! Freezer vs. Alcohol

I love lobster but I must admit I am not very good at cooking it. I want to make this easier on my self by just adding the lobster to a flavorful broth. I've heard in the past that if you are going ...
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Freezing of Meat

How do you calculate the work reqd for freezing meat from normal temperature? What would be the capacity of a freezer to freeze 1500 kg. meat?
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Can i freeze dough without killing the yeast?

I want to freeze unbaked dinner rolls. Can I do it after the first rising or the shaping or the second rising or do i have to partially bake them to prevent killing the yeast?
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Can I successfully freeze raw cabbage?

How long will an half of raw cabbage last in the freezer? Had leftover after making stuffed cabbage rolls, will be making corned beef & cabbage for St. Paddy's Day. Will it make it?
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Why is expired frozen chicken safe to eat?

It seems to be a widely held belief that that freezing chicken, and then defrosting, cooking, and eating it much later (well past the expiration date) is a perfectly fine thing to do. What makes it ...
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What can I do to make my Cheese & Onion Pie freeze well?

Here is my Mum's recipe for what she called Cheese & Onion Pie, which was a favourite of mine as a child, and I continue to make occasionally to this day. Boil some chopped potatoes until soft. ...