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

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Does freezing butter or margarine change the properties?

I have a lot of butter & margarine and looking for ways to keep it for longer time. Will freezing them change melting point, flavor, or anything that could be undesirable when cooking? Update: ...
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Dealing with frozen ground beef

Last night, I had a small disagreement with my mother. She asked me to cook beef tacos for dinner. However, upon getting to the kitchen, I saw that the ground beef I was going to use was not fully ...
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Can I freeze Tzatziki sauce?

I've got a bunch of cucumbers from my CSA and one can only make so many pickles in a season :) Can we prepare a large batch of tzatziki sauce and freeze it to use later? Cucumbers have a lot of water, ...
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Should I store my uncooked marinated chicken wings in the freezer?

Today I have marinated lots of chicken wings. I have to store three-fourths of these in the freezer. I am wondering whether I should keep these uncooked or half cooked. I will keep these in zipper ...
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Can I defrost and refreeze chicken? [duplicate]

I've been told that there are dangers in refreezing defrosted chicken as well as that it changes the taste and texture of the chicken. Is this the case? I cook for myself but buy bulk - thus I often ...
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Why is it advised to freeze meat before eating as opposed to eating it fresh?

I am not sure, is it right to wrong "It is not good to eat meat just after killing, it should be stored and deep freezed for at least 24 hours". But I had heard same like this through national media. ...
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Rules for refreezing food

What are the general rules regarding when can you refreeze food that was frozen and then thawed in the fridge? and what are the reasons behind them? (Hygiene? Food quality?). Let's assume for the sake ...
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Will soymilk keep well in the freezer?

Since I found out that I can't use soymilk faster than it expires, I'm looking for a better solution. If I were to portion out the soymilk into containers, could I freeze all but a week's worth in ...
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Once a month cooking

I've heard of "once a month cooking" or "freezer cooking," where you basically spend a day cooking and fill your freezer with the next month's worth of food. This could especially come in handy when ...
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Is there a technique to freeze gnocchi so they maintain their consistency?

I've made gnocchi, let them dry for 2 hours over the counter, place them in a plastic container with extra flour inside the freezer. Two days later I take them out of the freezer. After an hour the ...
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Can buttermilk be frozen successfully?

Can I freeze unused buttermilk bought at the supermarket for later use? Can it later on be thawed and used safely?
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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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Can I leave boneless chicken breast flat in freezer overnight?

I buy refrigerated chicken breasts and cut them into smaller pieces, lay flat on a cake pan and freeze overnight, then separate them and put into individual bags in the morning. Does this cause other ...
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Can Wilton cake fondant be kept in freezer?

My mom put a package of Wilton cake fondant in the freezer by mistake. Will it still usable once thawed and, would you thaw it now or just before its intended use?
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Will freezing affect the quality of a dry-aged steak?

I'm used to buying moderately-priced meat from the supermarket, with which I can generally never tell the difference between fresh and frozen - it's maybe a little tougher after freezing but that's ...
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Is it safe to eat freezer food with bad odours?

I accidentaly switched my freezer off for a week. This lead to spoilage of food, pool of blood inside freezer etc. Trays are unremovable and difficult to clean. I have thrown everything away and ...
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Frozen pizza kept at room temp (23 C) for 48 hours - safe to use?

I bought a salami pizza and a Hawaii pizza (ham & pineapple) the night before yesterday, but forgot to put them in the freezer. This is the latter, soggy part removed: Normally they should cook ...
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Same recipe but sometimes white chocolate cookies come out strange

I always use the same recipe (weight everything including eggs) but occasionally the white chocolate cookies come out funny. When baking in the oven I can see them making bubbles constantly, they ...
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How can I clean frozen (raw) chicken juice out of my freezer?

I am currently storing raw chicken sealed in plastic bags in my freezer. I suspect that raw chicken juice may be on the outside of some of the bags, contaminating my freezer. Is there a way to clean ...
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Freezing and defrosting Cantaloupe is still good in the fridge?

I recently sliced a Cantaloupe and put it in the freezer for future use to make some easy-and-cold shakes. Then I read somewhere that putting it in the freezer for a long time is not a good idea, so I ...
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Is re-freezing the same beans bad?

I have a bunch of frozen beans in the freeze and I found out that pouring hot water on them is easier to take them out of their container with a measuring cup. But them I re-freeze them. Is this a bad ...
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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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Why are there spikes growing out of my ice tray?

This is sooo weird. As is my habit, I filled my ice trays with cold tap water and let them settle on the counter for 15 minutes or so. Then I put them in the freezer. A few hours later I opened the ...
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How long will a frozen lamb roast stay “good” ? [duplicate]

I have a lamb roast in the freezer ( uncooked) that I put there at Christma, will this still be "good"? thank you, Claudia
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Freezing a meringue?

Can a meringue ever be frozen? I want to make a meringue topped dessert for Easter and don't want to leave my guests while I add the meringue and torch it. Ideas?
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Does freezing sap freshness? Will acids bring the flavor back?

I just dethawed a frozen lentil soup which was poorly seasoned before it went into the freezer. I added salt to the other half which I ate fresh and made a mental note of seasoning the frozen batch ...
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Which of these Ingredients/additives assist in the longevity of frozen, microwavable foods?

My last question was closed due to egregious subjectivity so I'll be very objective with this post. Premise: Frozen, microwavable foods are "usually fully cooked during preparation, and only need to ...
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How can you tell if a freezer rose above freezing?

How can one tell, after a power failure, if the contents of a freezer warmed above freezing? Knowing this, and knowing the actual temperature in the freezer, will help decide whether food can be ...
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Pasteurizing frozen milk

I normally pasteurize my goats milk before I freeze it, however I also freeze some Raw milk. Can I pasteurize my goat milk after I have frozen it raw?
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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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How do you freeze fresh pineapple? Can you?

I cut the up a fresh pineapple and wanted to freeze a portion, will it last and retain flavor/consistency? Also: is there anything that can be done with the Core - the hard part in the middle?
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Can I make Corn Dogs in advance?

I have about 100 people who will be coming over for a carnival. We wanted to make corn dogs, I made them for the Super Bowl to test it and 16 took me close to 1.5 hours. At that rate, in the 4 house ...
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How to store blanched tomatoes?

So I like to cook food in advance so its quicker to make dishes when I come back from work. After blanching a few tomatoes, how can I store them so I can use them days after? Should i refrigerate them ...
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Freezing cooked rice?

I accidentally made way too much rice for a dinner party. My wife and I definitely can't eat it all over the next few days, and after that it will probably go bad. Is it possible to freeze rice that ...
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How do I separate two fish fillets that have been frozen together?

Sometimes when I get frozen fish, it comes with several pieces frozen together (specifically, Trader Joe's does this with all of their frozen fish). Is there any good way of separating them without ...
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How did inventor Robert C. Baker bind breading to chicken?

I read on Wikipedia that Robert C. Baker invented a revolutionary new way to bind breading to chicken, which also sticks on the chicken after it was frozen and heated again. I can't find what this ...
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Is it possible to freeze Eggplant Parmesan? If so, better to freeze before or after baking?

I made a delicious eggplant parmesan dish last night and now my wife wants to repeat it and then freeze it for another occasion. What's the best advice for freezing it? Is it better to freeze it ...
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Can I freeze Milk?

After a bit of miscommunication, my wife and I ended up buying 6 litres of milk between us. I don't really want to waste it, so I'm wondering if it's safe to freeze some of it and defrost and use it ...
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Can I freeze cranberry sauce?

I made delicious cranberry sauce with fresh berries, sugar and brandy. Can I freeze it?
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my chest freezer is going out.

Thermometer says 30 degrees and has for about a week. The corn on the bottom shelf looked terrible and was pitched. Most of the meat was thawed but looks ok, which I plan to cook and refreeze. Green ...
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Does Freezing Broccoli Dry it Out?

When I used to work for a grocer a senior employee told me that the broccoli suppliers tried not to freeze or pack the broccoli in too much ice to prevent it from freezing. He said that this was ...
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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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Does kale taste sweeter and more flavorful after being frozen?

According to this wikipedia article it does. However a chef at my restaurant had not heard of this. The wikipedia article seems to be missing citations, and I don't have time to perform an ...
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Why did my Turkey Stock turn into gelatin?

We took our left-over turkey carcass and parts and simmered them for a few hours with water in a pot with some herbs and veggies. After removing the solids, and separating the fat, we placed it in ...
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Pumpkin puree refreeze

Can I freeze a cheescake made with pumpkin puree that was previously frozen? I used it in the cheesecake but the event was cancelled to another day. How long will the cheesecake stay fresh without ...
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Will these mince pies still be good and/or safe to consume?

I've discovered some home made mince pies (frozen after production, un-cooked) which were made by following Delia's Traditional Mince Pie recipe this time last year (lard & butter based pastry and ...
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Freeze friendly baked side dishes

No matter how much I love baked food, I cannot avoid a guilty feeling with the environment whenever I turn my oven on. Normally I try baking as much as possible in one go to make a better use of the ...
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can I freeze chicken defrost it and eat cold for lunch?

Recently, I have started to eat healthy and got into bodybuilding. I see a lot of videos of people cooking in bulk for the week online; this would save time for me as I'm very busy in college and ...
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Easy way to trim raw chicken thighs

Since I love so much chicken bone broth, I avoid buying always plain chicken breast. Instead I buy the whole thigh because I want to collect the bones. My only problem is finding a good way to ...
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How dangerous is it to refreeze meat that has been thawed?

I've often been told by people that I shouldn't refreeze meat (particularly hamburger meat) once it has been thawed. However, this seems a little silly to me. I can't imagine how meat that hasn't ...