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

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Best container (if any) for freezing and putting in the oven?

I keep seeing trends online where people make meal preps in single-serving glass containers, then cook them and keep them in the fridge for meal prep through-out the week like this one here. I like ...
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Can I freeze already caramelized Mirepoix?

I was wondering if I could batch cook enormous amounts of Mirepoix (finely diced carrots, onions, and celery) until they're a little caramelized and then freeze it in ice cube trays for various ...
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Freezing burnt aubergine flesh

When making dishes involving charred aubergines (e.g., Baba Ganoush), I often find myself producing more aubergine flesh than I need for a meal or two. I'm now wondering if the aubergine flesh would ...
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Is it safe to cook meat in a Sous Vide bath with the absorbent pad attached? [duplicate]

I froze a small beef joint with the intention of cooking this from frozen in a sous-vide bath. On removing the outer plastic wrap, it appears that there is a black pad used to absorb moisture from the ...
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Will freezing homemade brownies affect the texture and taste?

I have recently frozen two cakes and then served to positive feedback. I'm wondering if the same would be true for chocolate brownies, as well as blondies. I'm considering making them tomorrow (...
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Can I freeze almond/raspberry cake?

I bought a raspberry almond one layer cake at a bake sale. The almonds were fine grained as in flour. My question: can I freeze this cake?
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How to freeze and thaw black eyed peas

I'm considering moving from canned black eyed peas to dry black eyed peas since they're cheaper. I'm thinking of batch boiling them and freezing them but I'm not sure if I could eat them straight ...
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Freeze tomato sauce with failed seals instead of reprocessing safe? [duplicate]

My spaghetti sauce (no meat) didnt seal last night. Can I freeze the sauce after it's been sitting about 12 hours instead of reprocessing? Thanks.
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Is it safe to eat old ice-cream? [duplicate]

I have an non-opened I ice-cream in the freezer that is older that one year.is it save to eat it?
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Is it OK, taste wise, to refreeze thawed octopus?

Where I live, I have to travel a bit to get octopus. The octopus they sell in the store is imported frozen, and thawed in the store. Sometimes they don’t have it, or the octopus they have is not ...
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What are the best ways to dry seafood before cooking/searing on the pan?

I'll buy refrigerated or frozen shrimp, ahi tuna, mahi-mahi, scallops (especially important to dry), let them defrost a day before in the fridge, and seek to dry them off before laying kosher salt and ...
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How to freeze fresh ingredients without them freezing together

I am looking to freeze some cooking apple slices, but this question applies more broadly to any fresh ingredient with a non-trivial water content. Just dumping them in a freezer bag/container and ...
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How to keep frozen food soft like in the super market?

Whenever I am in the super market, I'm impressed about the fact that frozen foods are soft, because when I take them home and put them in the freezer they become rock solid hard. This happens with any ...
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Are freezer bags not safe to store alcohol?

I had some wine leftover and wanted to put them in the freezer to use it at a later point for baking or cooking. So I just poured it into a freezer bag. Today, I noticed that the bag is not frozen ...
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Freezing matjes herrings in oil

I bought some excellent Matjes herring in the supermarket but do not know how long it will be available. So I would like to buy a quantity and freeze it. Will the product be good to eat after freezing ...
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Does semi-frozen vetegable have less nutrients? [closed]

I stored green vegetables for salad such as red beet, celery, kale, etc in the refrigerator for 3~5 days and found that they are kind of 'semi' frozen. They are a little hard than the fresh status but ...
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What to do with forgotten, uncovered raw chicken in the freezer?

Three weeks ago I bought chicken breasts on sale and froze them uncovered on a pan lined with wax paper. I meant to come back the next day to vacuum seal them but of course I forgot about them or I ...
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Can I reheat cooked meat without thawing

I've looked online and have found conflicting opinions. Is it safe to reheat cooked meat in the oven without thawing it first? For instance, can I cook a cottage pie or a chicken curry, for example, ...
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Is goat cheese ravioli freezable?

Can I freeze ravioli filled with goat cheese and caramelized onion, even when the package advises not to?
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Freezing raw pizza

I'm preparing two pizza, one for immediate consumption and the other one I want to freeze so it can be eaten next week. Is it OK if I freeze raw pizza I.e. raw dough with all the ingredients? Or ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

I don't really drink alcohol so it's more of a theoretical question. I know that some people don't like ice because it dilutes the drink, so they prefer to use metal or stone cubes instead. However ...
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Change cake recipe (or technique) to improve consistency after freezing

I'm interested in how I can improve a recipe for better freezing capabilities. For freezing I follow pretty much this answer. The cake however still lacks a lot of "fluffyness" compared to ...
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Freeze or refrigerate meat for a few days?

I usually do the shopping for the week on Sundays, and I often leave the meat in the refrigerator for 5 or 6 days, so I am wondering if it would be better to freeze it immediately after buying it and ...
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What fruits/veggies/other to keep at "partial freezing" (−3°C/27°F)?

My fridge has a "partial freezing" compartment where the temperature is kept at around −3°C (27°F). It is promoted as a feature for storing meat and fish, but... I don't eat any animal ...
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When making bread, is it possible to freeze the dough? [duplicate]

I like to make flatbreads but have minimal space for kneading/making the dough, which requires a lot of effort to move away kitchen items and machines. The recipe I usually do uses yeast with about 1 ...
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What is the optimal way to freeze bananas?

This is something i've always had difficulty finding a foolproof method for. Some swear by keeping it unpeeled, but I find that it's harder to unpeel. If cut up, it looks like you need multiple ziploc ...
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Freeze or refrigerate dough?

Refrigerating is detrimental to bread; it's better to freeze it or simply leave it at room temperature. Does the same hold for bread dough?
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Freezer without power how to tell if chicken is still good

So long story short my freezer was without power from Wednesday 5pm till Saturday 11am it's a Big chest freezer probably 5ft by 3ft or more. We recently butcher our chickens and cut up into breast ...
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Is partially frozen food safe to eat?

Our refrigerator every so often gets a large build up of ice at the back, a sure indication that the freezer needs manual defrosting. Quite often we have discovered packets of cooked meat, vegetables ...
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Can I freeze quince fruits before making jelly?

I have recently unexpectedly acquired a decent harvest of quinces. I would like to make these into jelly, but don't have time right now. Can I freeze the quinces for a few months and then use them to ...
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How long can I store raw red meat at -16 celcius?

So I have a small freezing section in my fridge that reaches -16 celcius (according to my food thermometer). Recommended storage durations are always for -18, but I want to know how long I can store ...
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Cross contamination of rotten snake food and cooked food in the freezer [duplicate]

I had a container of cooked chicken pie filling in my freezer and after our son moved back in, he brought his pet snakes and stored their food (dead chickens and rats) in the bottom shelf of our ...
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Can I skip cooking vegetables for curry if I plan to freeze it?

Many curry recipes I came across involve frying and then boiling vegetables before mixing with roux. I presume that’s to damage the cells to impart the juice (and soften the vegetables). However, ...
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No frost refrigerator

Can I put popsicle in no frost freezer? I bought popsicle and put in my -24c "No frost" freezer and all of my popsicle melt. Is it normal or my "No frost" freezer need service? ...
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Can fish fingers include head meat?

I was wondering if the difference between cheap fish fingers and high quality ones could also include what parts of the fish get filleted and frozen. In particular, I'd like to know if it's possible ...
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Cook/chill/freeze soy mince

I cooked some chilled soy mince to use in a sauce - but I wanted to add it at the end, so I put it back in the refrigerator whilst the rest of the sauce cooked. A couple of hours later I was ready to ...
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Can I freeze ice cream base before creaming it?

I recently acquired an ice cream maker, and successfully used it to make sone chocolate and coffee ice cream. The ice cream maker is actively cooled, but I doubt it makes a different. Most ice cream ...
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DIY Frozen boil in the bag meals

I am hoping to replicate the commercial "Frozen boil in the bag" meals for consumption at home. These seem to be mainly fish in sauce these days, but I vaguely remember meat dishes of this ...
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Can frozen food that absorbed fridge odors still be eaten?

A foil food container wrapped in foil containing a potato casserole molded in my fridge that caused a bad moldy food smell in the fridge that transferred and absorbed into the frozen foods in the ...
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Is it advisable to cook cilantro or mint leaves and store them, instead of blanching them?

The problem: The grocer only agrees to give a large bunch of cilantro (coriander) or mint leaves, and I need it to last a month or more, because I don't use the herbs as frequently. What I've tried ...
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How does freeze-drying ice cream work?

How do they make freeze dried ice cream (like for astronauts)? How does freeze-drying work? It just seems like we should be able to make it at home, or at least buy it in the supermarket or a ...
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What would be the best way to freeze and reheat home-made pizza

I have been baking home-made pizza (home-made dough, toppings etc.). with great results, using a pizza steel and a ripping hot regular domestic oven. The base is crispy with leopard spots, and the ...
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Can frozen mango spoil?

When I opened my package of frozen mango pieces for my cake, I saw that the mango pieces were absolutely covered in sheets of ice across both sides of the package, and the mango themselves looked ...
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Reheating/Cooking Sausages in a Microwave?

I bought a fully cooked pack of frozen sausages. On the instructions it says to eat cold(Defrost only in the microwave) and to eat hot(boil them for 2-3 minutes). Why can't I heat them in the ...
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Can I use frozen fish in a fish pie suitable for home freezing?

In the UK (and probably elsewhere), frozen fish is considerably cheaper and more common than fresh fish. In an ideal world, I would use fresh fish along with a cream or milk based bechamel sauce, ...
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Freezing blue cheese

I've been told you can freeze blue cheese. I would like to freeze some for Christmas Day, in one month's time. What would be the best way to prepare/wrap it and then thaw it to best preserve its ...
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Food preservation in refrigerator [duplicate]

I am an international student in France and as I live alone, products are put in fridge for later use after being opened. Two months in and I never had a problem with storing food in it but today I ...
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Can you freeze meat after you season it with salt and pepper?

A few days ago, I seasoned some pork chops with salt and pepper to cook - but found the pan wasn't quite big enough for all of them, so I froze some instead. Will my pork chops be safe to eat after ...
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Can I freeze soaked+boiled (but not fully cooked) kidney beans?

I soaked too many beans for my chilli, and couldn't fit them all in my slow cooker. The kidney beans were the last to go in due to their need for a hard boil, so they're what's left. I won't have the ...
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Do I have to dry the blanched and cool-rinsed basil leaves before freezing?

I harvested all my basil today. I plan to blanch for 3 to 5 seconds and cool quickly with ice water. (In batches.) Now what? Do I really have to spread out the leaves and dry them before freezing? ...
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