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

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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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what's a good technique for freezing blueberries?

I'm taking a trip to the berry patch today. I'd like to get say 3 pounds of blueberries and freeze them. The problem is that when you defrost them, they're all busted up and mushy. So I wonder if I ...
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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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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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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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How to thaw a bottle of beer that got frozen accidentally without exploding the bottle

Recently I had occasion to put @Kevin Selker 's answer to the test in terms of rapidly chilling beer. However, we uncovered a problem the next morning where people had taken beer and thrown it in the ...
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Hard dry crusts on frozen bread

I have always frozen my bread with no noticeable difference. Some fridge freezers seem to impart a stale freezer burn flavor to lots of things, but I've never had that issue. I'm guessing it has to do ...
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Can I freeze roux?

Is it possible to prepare a (large) batch of roux and then freeze it, or will the texture and flavour be destroyed in the process?
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A simple way to make crushed ice?

For many of my favourite cold drinks I need crushed ice. That is, thousands of small pieces of ice, not 3 big ice cubes. Is there an easy way to make crushed ice without expensive equipment?
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What can I do with frozen eggs?

Although a previous question asks if raw eggs can be frozen, my eggs froze, in the shell, because the chicken coop into which they were delivered was very cold last week. I thawed the eggs, and they ...
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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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Why does frozen bread sort of taste different?

If I buy a packet of bread: And put it in the freezer, in it's packet, when I take it out to defrost it tastes different, sometimes drier as well. Why is this? I would of thought moisture would ...
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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 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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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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What effect does rinsing have on blueberries?

If I rinse fresh blueberries before I eat them, does that wash off the antioxidants? Why would washing blueberries before freezing them cause tougher-skinned berries?
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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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How long can fresh yeast be frozen?

I've heard that I can actually buy a large box of fresh yeast cubes, freeze it, and take one out of the freezer twelve hours before using it, to let it slowly get to room temperature again. How long ...
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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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What temperature to freeze meat at to preserve quality?

My new refrigerator has a configurable-temperature compartment. Samsung claims that the "soft freeze" mode will keep meat and fish fresh longer. When you select Soft Freeze mode 23 °F (-5 °C) ...
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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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Make spring rolls in advance

I'm making some spring rolls for a party on Friday. As I will not be able to make them the same day I was wondering what the best option would be. I will have the possibility of frying them directly ...
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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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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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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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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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Why don't the Rhodes cinnamon rolls from a bag turn out as good as the ones in the foil pan?

My family and I like the Rhodes cinnamon rolls that come in a foil pan -- straight from the freezer into the oven. Getting the timing just right (not doughy, not overcooked) requires some care, but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How should I deal with blood released while thawing meat in the refrigerator?

Saturday I pulled a package of venison from my freezer to thaw and hope to make stroganoff with it tonight. However, this morning I noticed that the package (in a bowl) had really released a lot of ...
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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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“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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How to choose an upright, self-defrosting freezer?

All, we're in the market for a freezer. It will be in our (converted) garage, and due to our space constraints we want a self-defrosting upright freezer. I found some useful-ish articles such as: - ...
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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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Can I freeze raw liver and meat?

I noticed that my friend freezes raw liver, raw red meat, and raw chicken. I have the intuition that the fat goes bad (due to lipid peroxidation) even when frozen. However, I am not sure if this is ...
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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 ...