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Is there a difference between freezing meat at 26°F and 0°F?

According to this answer, you are allowed to market turkeys as fresh as long as they haven't been frozen below 26°F. What is the purpose of this law/regulation?
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Why would IQF shrimp say “do not force thaw under running water”?

I recently made a recipe that called for thawing frozen shrimp by running them under cold water. However, I noticed that the IQF tail-on shrimp I buy from Costco state, "DO NOT FORCE THAW UNDER ...
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What is the purpose of using ice cubes in smoothies over frozen fruit?

I usually make smoothies with frozen fruit berries and a banana with a liquid like orange juice or home made kefir. I notice lots of smoothie recipes online call for ice cubes and fresh fruit. Is ...
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When using fresh corn in place of canned or frozed, should I cook the corn first?

I have a couple recipes that call for frozen or canned corn. If I want to use fresh corn instead, should it be cooked first or will it cook with the rest of the ingredients (like a casserole for ...
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What's the secret to getting restaurant-quality frozen drinks at home?

A while back I purchased one of the Ninja blenders so my GF and I could make frozen margaritas at home. So far, we have been pretty displeased with the results. Instead of getting a "smoother" ...
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Are modifications to a recipe needed to use frozen scallops instead of fresh?

I'm looking to try this recipe: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/11/french-in-a-flash-broiled-scallops-provencale-recipe.html. I have frozen scallops, and though it doesn't specify, I suspect ...
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Using older frozen vegetables

I've got a lot of frozen vegetables that I need to use (you name it I probably have it). Can these be used in soup stock?
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Do frozen ahi tuna steaks need to be seared?

I have a bag of frozen ahi tuna steaks purchased from Costco. Some of them have been quite tasty when seared. That said, I heartily enjoy raw tuna, so I am intrigued with the idea of trying them raw. ...
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How to use a pressure cooker for frozen chicken?

I would like to cook frozen chicken breasts in a pressure cooker for shredding and making chicken mole. I do not want to add anything except water, but I'm having a hard time finding specific ...
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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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Defrosting Fish without Bag

So I am trying to defrost some frozen fish using running water, but I do not have a bag to place the fish in. If I just put the fish directly into running water without a bag and thaw it this way, ...
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Frozen store-bought pie crust

I have a store-bought frozen pie crust but no directions. Do I need to do anything to the crust (pre-bake?) to use it for a pumpkin pie?
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How to make soft popsicles

Frozen juice or frozen punch freeze up as a solid block of ice. I want them to be more like a sorbet or gelato, though still solid enough to hold the shape. How might I make them softer? Either ...
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Nonsoggy spinich pie with frozen spinach

The base recipe for my spinach pie (rough recipe I don't have a book) is 500g spinach 250g Feta cheese 250g Cheddar cheese 1 bunch of spring onions 1.5 - 3 eggs (for binding) Baked into 2 large ...
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Cause of foam in fried chicken pan?

I made chicken katsu tonight following this recipe. I added peanut oil to the pan, let it get hot, then threw in my semi-frozen breaded chicken thighs. As you can see, I cooked them longer than called ...
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Does the location of where an octopus was imported from determine the flavor/quality of the meat?

I recently bought frozen octopus that was caught and imported from Portugal because the local stores were sold out of the octopus from Spain. There was also a package of octopus imported from Vietnam ...
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Why do frozen foods that are fully cooked still need to be heated to the same temperature raw items require?

Do they put it on the boxes just in case they didn't really cook it through?
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Why do some sorbet recipes call for egg whites?

Frozen sorbet recipes are generally simple, with only a few ingredients. For example: fruit puree water sugar egg white! Why is the egg white present? And why is this not consistent in the sorbet ...
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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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What causes mold to grow on frozen meats?

About 8 months ago we had a beef processed a meat processing plant. When we picked up the meat it was all pre-packaged and frozen. We immediately put it all in the freezer when we got home to be ...
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Lasagne package says cook from frozen

The package says cook from frozen, do not thaw first, but the lasagne is thawed (my daughter brought it up for us) and has been refrigerated for a couple of days. Is it safe to cook and eat?
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How can I mask the flavor of frozen vegetables in soup?

Sometimes it is nice to just grab ingredients from the pantry / freezer and throw things into a pot for a quick "homemade" soup. Typically quick soups like this utilize a mixed bag of frozen ...
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Do I have to wait for frozen steak to defrost?

If I have several frozen steaks I wish to cook (and eat) is there some easier way to do so than by just waiting for them to defrost?
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Do frozen Lima Beans contain Cyanide?

I often buy frozen vegetables, defrost and eat them. Recently, I came across an article that says Lima Beans contain Cyanide, should be thoroughly cooked and then eaten. Do frozen Lima Beans come ...
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How to bake frozen chicken without setting off fire alarms?

I was able to bake frozen chicken for the longest time in my oven (~6 months). However, recently the fire alarms in my apartment started going off. So I noticed it was a little dirty and cleaned it ...
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Does using frozen coconut milk lead to poorer consistency than canned?

Curries or baking, I use coconut milk/cream often with my share of failures. I put it down to the variations in fat content between brands or when measuring out of a large container -which I then ...
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Can thawing meat too quickly affect its quality?

Can thawing meat more quickly (e.g. warm water, microwave, warm oven) than normal (leaving out at room temperature) affect the taste / texture of the meat? Is there a particular maximum rate of ...
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What's the best way to reheat frozen boiled potatoes?

We got some imported Papa Amarilla frozen precooked (boiled) potatoes. Probably not many people know about this specific kind of potato, but I was wondering if someone knows how to best reheat any ...
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Cook a frozen cobbler in a microwave instead of oven

Here's my problem. We don't have access to a oven (we are out of town for a week and out hotel room only has a microwave and a 2 range stove top). I purchased a frozen Blackberry Cobbler and we want ...
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Is ice-encrusted frozen shrimp ok to eat?

I bought some frozen shrimp on sale but didn't notice that there was a lot of ice build-up on the shrimp (and in the bottom of the package) until I got home. Does this indicate that the shrimp has ...
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Can I defrost chicken to separate then refreeze?

If I buy a large quantity of chicken frozen together, can it be thawed, separated, then refrozen safely?
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Do you have to wash frozen vegetables?

Do frozen vegetables have pesticides on them? Are you supposed to wash frozen vegetables before you cook them and eat them?
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Homemade/DIY Frozen Vegetables: Can steaming be used instead of blanching?

I want to try making my own frozen veg since they go bad fairly quickly in my fridge. I've got carrots, beans and some greens. I've never blanched anything before, so I'm willing to try, and I ...
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frozen chips always take longer

Often I cook frozen oven chips and frozen fish (in batter) in the oven at the same time. The cooking instructions for the chips usually say 20 minutes (or less); the fish usually more than this. They ...
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Earthy tasting frozen salmon

I got out some wild sockeye salmon that had been in the freezer for quite a while (several months at least, not more than a year). It was vacuum-packed, no freezer burn, sealed properly, etc. I cooked ...
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Cooking thawed fish when it says cook from frozen?

I have a pack of fish in the fridge that says cook from frozen, is it safe to cook now it has defrosted. I have had it for one day in the fridge
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Refreezing thawed out bread dough

I have a bag of Bridgeford frozen rolls. Defrosted the whole bag and realized it's too much. Can I refreeze it before it rises? It's still in the refrigerator.
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Should I cook frozen salmon differently from fresh salmon?

I bought some frozen wild-caught salmon fillets for the first time so see how we like it. Can I broil it the way I usually cook salmon, or does the freezing process lend itself better to other ...
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Home made popsicles sticking to mold

We had some great organic popsicles made from pineapple. They were a bit pricey so we decided to make some ourselves. The problem is that we can't get them to release from the plastic molds very well. ...
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Individually wrapped frozen steaks have thawed over 18 hours - are they safe? [duplicate]

I bought individually wrapped steaks from Walmart, and I accidentally left them out of the freezer for about 18 hours. I don't know if they had completely thawed or not. I didn't open the box to ...
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What parameter is best to increase - time or temperature?

I'm heating frozen eggplant parmesan in a toaster oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, as specified, but it's not coming out hot enough. Which parameter - time or temp - should I try to increase first ...
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What's wrong with keeping frozen vegetables in refrigerator?

The bags of frozen mushrooms and okra that I just bought got mistakenly put into the refrigerator for a few days instead of frozen. I want to eat them now. What's the problem with letting bagged ...
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Are cooked frozen shrimp safe?

I was buying some frozen shrimp, however they listed that they are cooked? How is the process of freezing shrimp done; do they cook them directly then freeze them? Or freeze them then cook them then ...
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Nuke TV Dinner and then renuke it 3 hours later?

I need to feed 10 people a Hungry Man TV Dinner each (please don't ask why--it's too long a story) and I have only 1 microwave oven. I need everyone to eat pretty much at the same time, but this is ...
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Do they count calories in fried chicken accurately?

Personally, I never eat my fried chicken to the bone. There is always the veins left as well as some meat and skin. In a frozen dinner, do they calculate the calories assuming the chicken was licked ...
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power outage/frozen meat

We were on vacation for a week. The neighbor said we were out of power the whole time. We have a chest freezer full of beef. It thawed but remained in the freezer unopened the whole time. Is the meat ...
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Why does some frozen food puff up when defrosting?

I know freezing is supposed to make foods expand but it seems that two pre-packaged sealed food items that I have in my freezer seem a bit puffy (chicken curry and chicken dumplings with cabbage) ...
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Maximum temperature for thawing meat

When thawing frozen beef in hot water (meat in sealed bag / container in water), what is the maximum temperature that the water can be to not inadvertently start cooking the meat or otherwise affect ...
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how to season a frozen steak

I have some frozen steaks I want to cook rather quickly. I want to follow this method: this question but I am not sure how to season it. How do I apply seasoning to a steak without defrosting it?
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Fresh salmon that was frozen after: till when can it still be eaten raw

I always buy fresh salmon filet, cut it into pieces and put it in the freezer. I usually take a frozen piece cut it and eat it raw. My question is: for how long can a frozen salmon filet (frozen ...