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

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Freeze-drying fruit at home?

Is it possible to freeze-dry fruit at home without expensive special equipment (or get the same dryness otherwise)? Especially I want to get the fruit to the crisp dryness1 of freeze-dried fruit ...
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How to ship bread or bread dough?

I've been thinking about starting a boutique mail order dinner roll business. Dough While I'd really like to ship dough and allow customers to bake (per roll) at their leisure, I'm beginning to think ...
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Conservation of ground beef

We planned to eat hamburgers tonight, so I bought 1.5 Kg of fresh ground beef at my store, at 3 PM. But then, we decided to postpone that to tomorrow night. Ground beef can be kept for at most 24 ...
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How to create a soup with frozen chicken?

I have chickens in the freezing box. How long can I keep my fatty chicken legs there until they become dangerous to eat? How should I defreeze the chicken? Can I just put it to the hot water or should ...
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Can fondant be frozen before covering the cake?

I am making a shoe box cake for a birthday and am freaking out a bit about the sharp edges on the cake. So, I was thinking about cutting out fondant to exact sizes for the sides of the shoebox and ...
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What makes ice shatter in icecube tray?

I have two identical ice cube trays. When I twist the trays to remove ice, sometimes the whole cubes pop out perfectly, but sometimes they shatter and I get lots of shards with bits of ice stuck to ...
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Possible to freeze jam in glass?

I have read on multiple canning sites that you can freeze jam in glass jars. Has anyone actually done this successfully? Under what circumstances would it be preferable to putting the jam in plastic ...
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Is it bad to double freeze seafood?

I like to buy 11 lb boxes of squid at my local fish market. They come frozen so, in order to process them (clean and package into smaller units), I have to defrost them. Once I prepare individual ...
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Why do my meat burritos not heat well?

I've been making freezer burritos and eating them for lunches this week. The first batch I made microwave beautifully: just 45 seconds and they're hot all the way through. They were layered with rice, ...
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Can you freeze almond paste?

I've got some fresh almonds and they're starting to become stale. I'm thinking of making an almond paste with eggs and sugar. Does this keep well in the freezer? I suppose it does, but asking doesn't ...
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Can you freeze avocado in a dish?

I already know you can't freeze an avocado and have it come out usable. Is this mitigated at all, however, by the avocado being in a dish? The specific example I'm thinking of would be avocado slices ...
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Where should I store my cakes?

Where is the best place to store cakes? I usually store them in a normal, plastic box but I had an idea to store them in a freezer. Would that be okay to store cakes there? Could it degrade the ...
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Storing beef for 3 days

I've just bought some fresh rump steak to make beauf bourguignon in 3 days. Can I keep it in a fridge or do I need to put it in a freezer?
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Is the rapid ice bath chill post-sous vide actually necessary when putting the meat/fish in the freezer?

In the past, I would frequently cook (in the oven) 6+ lbs (3+ kg) of salmon fillets (usually took ~25 min) to an internal temp of 145-150 F (62.5-65 C), take them out, let them set on the counter for ...
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Why does frozen food seem to have lost its original taste and texture after reheating?

I usually freeze my leftovers. Then, when I reheat them, the flavors are diminished - less salt, less chili, less everything. Any ideas why?
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Greaseproof paper

Is there any kind of greaseproof paper that is 100% wood pulp? I do not like using plastic as the first wrapping when preparing iced cakes to be frozen. Is there freezer paper that's just paper, no ...
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Pork shoulder discoloured in the freezer to a greenish grey colour. What happened?

Yesterday I took a pork shoulder, removed some of the fat and sinew and skin, cut it up into smaller parts, and put them into the freezer in freezer bags. It took me just under half an hour to remove ...
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How can you make a lot of water come out of chicken by freezing and denaturing it?

I have noticed that sometimes when I freeze chicken a large amount of water pours out of the chiken and settles/freezes on the chicken surface. From what I understand this is the result of ice ...
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How do I properly freeze a frosted cake?

I have a purchased frosted cake I would like to use closer to Christmas. I do not know if it would keep properly in the refrigerator without freezing. How could I freeze it properly ? (preferably ...
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If a chicken has released a lot of moisture due to freezing, will these cause soup water to flow back in due to pore enlargement?

If you have slow freezed chicken and noticed a lot of water has come out, you then cook a soup, would the freezing have caused pores to enlarge and will the soup water/marinade move into the areas of ...
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Freezing things like Fettuccine Alfredo

I don't have a lot of time to cook during the week, sadly, so I've been taking things like this for lunch ...
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What is the “idea” behind thawing out meat?

Is it some how better to thaw out meat in a refrigerator versus on the counter versus running hot water over it versus in the microwave? Is it the longer the time meat has to thaw out the more taste ...
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Prepping to freeze, thaw and reheat [closed]

I have a food truck and would like to cook as many things as possible to avoid buying canned food and work with as many fresh products as possible. It is too difficult to do it on a daily basis so I ...
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My chutney will not freeze, help!

Weeks ago I made a chutney of local ground cherries with onions and raisins. It came out very syrupy but I figured it will still be good in small doses with meats. I was recently on vacation when ...
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Can I freeze my selfmade focaccia?

In my family I am well known for baking a great focaccia bread, but soon I won't be able to bake for some time, so my idea was to bake a big batch and put it into the freezer. Will that work or will ...
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Freeze cauliflower?

I didn't have any issues putting broccoli in the freezer and warming it up again. Worked great. Can you do that with cauliflower, though?
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Refreezing apple pie

My mom will be traveling via plane this holiday season. She has a frozen apple pie. By the time she arrives at her destination (my sister's house), the pie will have thawed. Could she then cook it ...
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How to properly vacuum seal and freeze food that may stick together

I had a mishap involving steak freezing together and am wondering what the best way to prevent it from happening again. I just got a vacuum sealer and have being buying large quantities of meat and ...
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Is it necessary to thaw bones before roasting for stock?

I have some frozen lamb bones that I want to make a lamb stock with. The recipe I'm using roasts the bones in the oven before making the stock - is it necessary to thaw the bones before roasting them, ...
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How to remove individual steaks from a lump I mistakenly froze together?

I got a vacuum sealer and stored about 7 pieces of steak in 1 bag. I put it in the freezer and just now I decided to take out a couple of steaks to thaw out so I cut open the bag but all the steaks ...
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Is it possible to thicken frozen cream?

I know you can use frozen cream for cooking applications such as in gratin, but can I thicken the cream? By thicken, I mean making it into something like a bechamel sauce. Would I pour the cream in ...
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Question on freezing lobster meat

Can cooked lobster meat (which I bought in a fish market the other day) be frozen and, if so, how? Was thinking just placing it in a Zip-loc bag and placing in the freezer. This is just a small ...
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Why blanche vegetables before freezing?

I have a bumper crop of french beans, runners, and (earlier in the summer) peas. I know that we're supposed to blanche vegetables prior to freezing and my general purpose cookbooks tell me how long to ...
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Can you freeze fruit pies after baking - Will this ruin them?

I was thinking about apple, but would apply to any fruit.
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Can I freeze stock and can later?

I have a lot of frozen stock and need to free up freezer space. Can I thaw and then can this stock in a pressure cooker?
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Can I freeze Parmesan?

I am thinking about buying a larger amount of Parmesan and freeze it for later use. Is this possible? How long can I keep it for? How is the taste/texture affected?
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Can I safely freeze my yogurt marinated chicken?

I marinated chicken thigh fillets 2 and a half days ago in a Turkish marinade (Yogurt, chili paste, garlic, ginger, dried mint and salt), and its been sitting in my fridge ever since. I don't think ...
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Can you freeze an avocado?

Is it possible to freeze a raw unpeeled unripe avacado for use later? If not why? If so what is the process to ensure maximum freshness?
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Why peel tomatoes?

Everyone seems to think it is necessary to peel tomatoes before canning or freezing them. Since I do not peel tomatoes when I'm cooking with them (soups, salsa, etc.), I'm wondering if I can freeze ...
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To freeze or not to freeze?

I made a lasagna today (Thursday) that will be served on Sunday evening. What will yield a fresher-tasting result: refrigerating or freezing? I know that lasagna keeps in the fridge for about 3-5 ...
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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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Can I freeze marinated chicken breasts?

I bought marinated chicken breasts from the butcher and didn't realize I bought twice as many as I really wanted! Is it ok to freeze half of them? The marinade is a garlic butter, so not acidic like ...
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Can you freeze cheese and still keep the flavor when you defrost it?

I was thinking in particular about Brie because of its soft texture...
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how to freeze individual chicken pot pies

I am trying to find a good way to freeze chicken pot pies...I am assisting a person that is low income next week and we are working on making healthy meals for her to freeze instead of buying ...
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Spring rolls splitting when frozen

I was wondering if anyone knew why my spring rolls split when I freeze them? They are a larger spring roll, filled with veges, noodles & meat. I wrap them in 2 sheets of pastry and I put them in a ...
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preserving dehydrated foods prepared with citric acid, honey or syrup

Can anyone please confirm for me whether food that has been dehydrated with honey, syrup or citric acid (which I understand has a shorter life span than those made with preservatives which cause ...
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Are there things you cannot freeze?

There are a lot of edible things that come to mind when I think about what can be frozen. But when I think about things you better not put in the freezer, I honestly have no idea. So, what food ...
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What kind of containers for homemade ice cream?

In the past, I've usually stored homemade ice creams and sorbets in reusable/disposable plastic containers (e.g. Gladware), but I've busted more than a couple of these when trying to scoop hard-frozen ...
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Can I freeze hot soup? [duplicate]

Can I put hot soup straight in to the freezer or should I let it cool? With my old frig I used to divide it into meal size portions and seal in freezer bags inside tupper ware containers. Now I ...
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Is blanch freezing vegetables required for short term storage?

I need some vegetables to last for about a month until I've juiced them all. Blanch freezing many vegetables sees them last for periods 6 months and longer, but it's a bit of a hassle. Would just ...