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

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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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Can I freeze muffin mixture?

I am making these muffins but would like to freeze half the mixture - will this be ok or will it affect how they cook/rise/taste when I cook my second batch (from the frozen mixture)? (Recipe ...
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Chemical process behind hardening ice cream

We made a simple ice cream by mixing whipping cream, sugar, and Nutella. After 5-6 hours (surely enough time for the ice cream to cool to the temperature of the freezer), it was soft (mechanically ...
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How can I vacuum seal acidic ingredients with meat or poultry for freezing?

What if I want to prepare packets for sous-vide and freeze them? I want to include an acidic marinade in the bags, but I don't want to turn the meat into mush.
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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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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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Freezing traditional Greek dishes

I cook many authetic Greek dishes for Greek Easter. This year I have very little time to prepare. Can I make dishes like Moussaka, Dolmades, Spanakopita in advance and freeze them?
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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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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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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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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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Lobster Death! Freezer vs. Alcohol

I love lobster but I must admit I am not very good at cooking it. I want to make this easier on my self by just adding the lobster to a flavorful broth. I've heard in the past that if you are going ...
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Can I freeze fresh hyssop?

Is it possible to freeze fresh hyssop? Can I expect it to be as aromatic and flavorful after defrosting?
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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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Raw Eggs, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough…And Freezing

I have often heard the warning that one should not eat raw chocolate chip cookie dough which contains raw eggs, due to the risk (however slight) of salmonella. (I should also say I have not always ...
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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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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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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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Refreezing stock after boiling

Can I safely refreeze stock that I have brought to the boiling point? If so, should I boil it or bring it above a certain temperature for a certain length of time to ensure food safety? Is the ...
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How long can melted chocolate last?

I would like to know how long melted chocolate can last in a freezer? My wedding is in 4.5 months and would like to start now to melt chocolate for the party favours
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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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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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Freezing an unbaked pie

I combined sugar and flour and mixed with frozen blackberries and placed in unbaked pie crust, dotted with butter and froze. Will this turn out all right when I bake it?
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Can I substitute whole anchovies for anchovy paste?

I have several recipes that call for anchovy paste; I think they're typically vinaigrettes. They don't carry the paste at Trader Joe's so I bought a small can of whole anchovies. Can I substitute ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Did extra insulation cause ice crystals in frozen mac & cheese?

I prepared two 9x13" casserole dishes worth of macaroni & cheese (roux based). In terms of the quantity of pasta, I used three pounds. After combining sauce and pasta I baked to try to eliminate ...
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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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Vacuum-packed cheese question (botulism)

Vacuum-packed cheese, stored in refrigerator for awhile (2-3 weeks), then placed in freezer. Cheddar and Provolone. Any risks, especially in regards to botulism...opinions sought. Never heard about ...
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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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Removing metal disc ring from chocolate mousse: which method should I use?

I just managed to do a chocolate mousse with 5 layers (sponge, chocolate thin layer, nougat mousse, dark chocolate mousse, ganache). I added some "Agar Agar" to make it more firm and put them 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 you freeze a Pecan Pie?

Can/should I freeze a pecan pie I plan to use 7 days after making?
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Will freezing a bottle of vermouth change it's quality, life length or properties?

I accidentally froze an unopened bottle of white Vermouth. I've read that opening the bottle will cause the vermouth to slowly oxidase and you should finish the bottle within a month or so. How is it ...
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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 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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What should I know about storing my homemade 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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Can I safely thaw and refreeze sorbet?

A month ago I made a mango/lime/cilantro sorbet that is delicious. The problem is I put the sorbet into a quart sized container and it's frozen solid (I keep my freezer very cold). Can I safely thaw ...
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How long can I freeze uncooked rice noodles for ( not dried but in sealed bag )

I live in a rural area and don't have transport so when I get chance to shop I tend to buy in semi bulk and I bought several packs of rice noodles ( not the dried ones ) and put them in the freezer. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 days,...