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

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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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semi-freezing ripe avocado for easier handling

I've got a sack of ripe avocados that are going to be used in vietnamese salad rolls, sliced into long pieces. The avocados are getting bit too soft to cut, and I'm considering putting them in the ...
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How to make a chocolate fudge/syrup sauce that does not freeze?

I'm looking for a good recipe to make a chocolate fudge/syrup style sauce that will not freeze solid when placed in the freezer, but rather retain its "liquid" consistency. It does not need to be ...
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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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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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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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Vermouth for use in Drinks - can I freeze it?

I have a well stocked bar at home so from time to time I mix some drinks. Many popular drinks list Vermouth (e.g. Noilly Prat) as an ingredient. Basically, Vermouth can be compared to a special kind ...
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To refreeze or to refrigerate?

Due to my busy schedule, I've started preparing all my meals on Sunday and cooking one a day for the rest of the week. It's generally defrosted chicken or meat. Is it better for me to refreeze the ...
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How much brine do I need to freeze icecream?

Suppose that I am making ice-cream the old fashioned way, by keeping a bowl of ice cream base in a bigger bowl of table salt solution cooled to below freezing. How much brine do I need per 100 g of ...
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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 ...
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Why does sauce go watery after freezing?

If I freeze a sauce, particularly something with mince in it, when defrosted it produces excess water. The sauce before frozen is nicely thickened. I think it might be because the proteins in the ...
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Can I freeze stir-fry vegetables?

I have been buying pre-cut and prepped stir-fry veggies at Trader Joe's and I was wondering if I could freeze my own bags of veggies. Would there be any issues with cutting up stir-fry veggies and ...
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Why did my sauce get lumpy after being frozen?

Two months ago, I made a fish sauce (roux + milk + fish stock + lemon juice + cheese + mushrooms). I made way too much, so I decided to put a good amount (0.5 l / about 2 cups) in the freezer. I ...
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Is it safe to defrost cooked meat and eat it (without reheating)

Say for example I had some marinated cooked chicken that I put in the freezer. Would it be safe to defrost this cooked chicken and put it in say a sandwich without reheating it through first. I know ...
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Freezing lasagne made with previously frozen meat

It has always been assumed at our house that if you make a meal with previously frozen meat that the meal cannot then be frozen itself and reheated at a later date. Is this true? So, just to be ...
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Can I freeze soup in a pot?

Can I freeze soup in a pot (I believe it's made of stainless steel)? Are there any health risks? Is there any risk of damage to the pot?
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How do I freeze and defrost lemons?

Assuming that once defrosted, I'd most likely use them for their juice (but not exclusively; I occasionally use the peel for zest, whole slices for cooking with fish/poultry or preparing vegetables in ...
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Should you freeze pastry lukewarm? If so, why?

I have a book about baking in general. In the chapter 'Preserving pastry in the freezer' is the following sentence (I translated it for practical reasons): Pastry should be frozen as fresh as ...
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Can you preserve canned kidney beans so that they still have their shape?

I buy kidney beans in a can, but the amount is always too big. Normally, I throw away the leftover beans, thinking that freezing them will turn them into mush (thinking the water will expand and make ...
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How can I get frozen egg whites out of the ice tray?

I read in Can raw eggs be frozen? that you can freeze eeg whites and use them later. I saw this suggestion about using an ice tray to make frozen egg white cubes (which makes it easier later on ...
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How to effectively drain frozen vegetables?

When using frozen vegetables, even if I let them unfreeze overnight, I am finding that they then render quite a bit of water when cooking. How can I drain vegetables more effectively, especially when ...
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Extent of poultry denaturing via freezing(ice crystal formation)?

I am told that during freezing ice crystals rupture vessels in poultry and denature them. This causes the poultry to have larger pores and so when cooking things like soup the poultry absorbs more ...
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When do I freeze tamales?

I don't want to be ridiculous but I'm uncertain at what point I can freeze tamales. Do I steam them and then freeze or do I assemble and then freeze? I would like to make a large batch and freeze ...
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If you freeze and later melt egg whites would they still be suitable to whip

I read all the very useful answers to this question Can raw eggs be frozen? But my question is a bit different: When making anything that needs whipped egg whites, the condition ...
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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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Meaning of do not thaw for frozen food

Today I bought frozen food for the first time and the brand is Mc Coin. I read the instructions, which have the following instructions; Do Not Thaw and cook from frozen I am unsure how to parse ...
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Can I freeze all cookie dough? How far in advance can I make it?

I want to make about 15 varieties of cookies for an upcoming gift exchange. I have a number of recipes together. I already made a few that were listed as freeze, slice and bake dough. Can I freeze ...
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How to thaw soup without noodles going mushy

I made a great vegetable soup in which I also put noodles and beans. Fresh, it was perfect. I froze most of it in small containers to thaw as I needed them. The problem is that when I thaw them, the ...
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Would freezing affect the flavour of mint tea?

I have a recipe that calls for a large pot of strong mint tea. I don't have time to make the recipe these days, but I'd like to make the tea before the spearmint in the garden dies off so I can finish ...
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What's the best way to store (freeze) purchased ground beef?

When I buy my ground beef at the store it comes in a styrofoam tray with some sort of pad underneath to catch any excess blood (at least, I believe that to be the reason for the pad) and it is wrapped ...
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What's the most appropriate way to thaw hamburger meat?

So I've long been in the habit of freezing my meat when I get it home from the store, and then thawing it later. My fridge tends to be set rather cool (because someone in my house likes nearly frozen ...
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Can I re-freeze fruit?

I bought about 1.2kg of frozen raspberries with the intention of using them yesterday, but it turns out I won't need them for another couple of weeks. I had let them thaw but have put them in the ...
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Is refreezing a meal safe?

I know there have been questions on refreezing meat, which apparently is not safe to do. My understanding from those posts was that it was referring to raw meat. My question is slightly different. I ...
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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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Can you freeze jalapenos?

It's getting colder outside and I have a lot of jalapenos in my garden. I like eating them fresh (not cooked) on homemade tacos and omelets, etc. If I freeze them and thaw them out later in the ...
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How should I store herb butter?

I tried just keeping it in a tightly-closed container in the refrigerator, but soon it was moldy. I've read this question, which seems to indicate that ordinary butter should keep safely for weeks ...
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Can I refreeze defrosted crumb topping?

I have a crumb topping (margarine + brown sugar + flour) that I usually make double or triple the recipe of and then freeze. Sometimes I don't divide it evenly and end up with extra dough when I ...
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How to make a Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread in time for breakfast

The problem with Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread is that it almost takes 3 hours to complete. So unless I get up very early in the morning, I cant make it in time for breakfast. Is it possible to freeze ...
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How long can you keep chocolate in the freezer?

We get lots of gifts of chocolate and due to health reasons, we can't finish all the chocolate. So we store it in the freezer. How long can or should you store chocolate in the freezer before it's ...
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How to store parts of whole chicken for long time?

I bought cooked whole chicken. According to stilltasty.com and with my experience, for more than 1-2 days, I have to place it in the freezer. But then if I want to eat a part of it, I have to thaw it ...
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Freeze meat before or after cooking?

If I am not going to immediately eat meat, should I freeze it before or after cooking it? How is taste and freshness affected by your choice of when to freeze it? I've done both options, but I've ...
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Can palmiers be refrigerated/frozen overnight?

I want to make palmiers and refrigerate or freeze them overnight then bake them in the morning. Can i do that, or would they not turn out right?
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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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Items in freezer, including ice cubes, taste freezer burnt. Possible causes?

Items placed in my freezer take on an awful flavor that tastes a lot like freezer burn, even ice cubes. If I put items in the freezer over-night and it isn't tightly covered, this problem occurs. ...
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Is it safe to eat marinated beef that has been frozen for three days?

What if I marinated beef with oyster sauce, salt, sugar, soy sauce, garlic and onion but put into freezer for 3 days. Is it still good to eat?
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Why does my chicken get dry skin in the freezer?

Sorry guys, but I suspect I have a bit of a newbie question here. When I buy raw chicken breast, I like to open up the package immediately and separate it out into 3 portions because that's roughly ...
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What happens if you freeze a soft serve of ice cream?

If I buy a soft serve of ice cream (a single serving in a cone or tub) and put it in my home freezer, will it retain its shape and texture? What will happen to it?
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Freeze Soup very quickly Without Destroying the Content In Fridge?

I am trying to finish soups faster. I have very heavy iron kettle and it takes years to become cold. I use a water container with ice with it but the hot water still takes a lot time to become cold. I ...