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

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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 ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to get rid of the smell from the fridge? [closed]

Storing various meals and products in fridge (or freezer) can result in mixing different flavours, which isn't that great. What are your best practises to avoid the smell?
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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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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 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 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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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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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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How can I wrap fish for freezing if you don't have a vacuum seal?

I know the ideal way to store fish in the freezer is to use a vacuum seal, but does anyone have any tips on what to do if you don't have one handy?
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How can I tell if a vegetarian recipe is suitable for freezing?

I am a vegetarian looking to save time. I thought cooking in large batches and freezing would be a good option. However, I don't know which of my recipes are freezable and which are not, how can I ...
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Freezing Tomatoes for Winter?

Local farmers are currently dumping tomatoes with about 0.5EUR per kg. It is a very low price. I know how to branch small things but tomatoes are large. The video here mentioned to use C-vitamin ...
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Good Idea to Buy Discount Meat For Freezing?

My local stores for some odd reason sells chicken legs for about 1.5 EUR per kg, they are not old products according to the packages. I have made a lot of chicken soup lately but I am starting to get ...
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How does meat nutritional profile change in freezing?

My teacher said that you cannot stop fats going bad with freezing. So fatty meat is not good idea to freeze over a long time. Are there other factors to consider in freezing meat?
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Recomendations in Freezer Use

I know that vegetables can be frozen. Which vegetables respond well to freezing? Which don't? Are there specific recommendations for what vegetables freeze well?
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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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Can Kebabs be frozen?

I have made why I fear is far too many beef and pepper and onion kebabs for a party. Can I freeze any of them beforehand, or will the vegetables be mushy when thawed? Is there a better way for me to ...
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Making patties from half-cooked ground beef

My roommate decided to store a sizable purchase of ground beef in the freezer. For reasons I don't entirely understand, he would thaw it as needed at cook temperature in the microwave, then refreeze. ...
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The Opposite of How to Chill Beer Quickly

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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How to properly freeze cake

I have a cake project coming up and have to bake a few different cakes. I'm not much of a baker and was anticipating having to bake all of these at roughly the same time. I was thinking that I could ...
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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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Thawing and Broiling Steak

I just got home from work and feel like broiling a steak. Unfortunately, the steak I have is still frozen (I forgot to stick it in the fridge to thaw overday). About how long should I leave it out to ...
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What should I know to store my chili powder?

I am planning on making some chili powder this weekend using ancho, pasilla, and guajillo peppers. I got a nice big bag of each recently and have some questions about chili powder. The second part of ...
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Does it harm juice if I store it in sub-zero temperatures?

I have several packs of juice (or multivitamin nectar, to be precise), and I can either keep them in our flat or put them outside, where it's freezing during the night. Is it going to do any harm to ...
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Can I cook my haggis from frozen?

It's Burn's Night and I want to cook some Haggis. I froze my Haggis over a week ago. The packet advises to 'fully defrost before cooking'. After which it advises a 90 minute blast in the oven (or less ...