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

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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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Can my freezer be too cold?

The FDA recommends a freezer temperature of 0˚F (-18˚C). Warmer temperatures risk bacterial growth and quality problems. But what are the reasons not to set the freezer colder? My Bosch freezer can be ...
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How can I unstick frozen fish/food quickly?

I have 3-4 kg size fish in my non-frost-free deep freezer. They always stick very hard to the base of the freezer and it takes me hours to get the fish out. I have to keep the freezer turned off, ...
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Can I freeze cinnamon buns in unbaked roll form

We’re traveling with friends and wanted to make cinnamon buns. I feel the most convenient approach would be to freeze the entire roll, then cut it while frozen when we arrive, then letting it rise. ...
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Storing spoiled meat with fresh meat in a freezer

I just bought a new chest freezer to store some lamb and beef. I placed the fresh lamb meat in a couple of metal containers (not covered) and put these in the freezer. I did the same with the beef but ...
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Can you freeze food with cream in it?

I have been told that you can't freeze meals with cream in them (soups, etc). Is that true?
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Is it a good idea to put desiccant packs in the freezer?

Is it a good idea to put desiccant packs, like those you get shipped with electronics, into a working freezer to help prevent it from frosting up inside? I open our freezer quite often, and the humid ...
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Is there any way to rescue a mayonnaise-based spread?

A friend brought me some whitefish salad from New York, and I froze what I couldn't use that week since it's highly perishable. However, since the salad base is mayonnaise, on freezing and thawing it ...
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Can falafel be made using previously frozen chickpeas?

Many falafel recipes caution against using canned chickpeas. For example, this recipe has this to say about using canned chickpeas for falafel: No canned chickpeas (very important!) If you're after ...
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Can I freeze pre-cooked chicken?

I am looking for a way to precook chicken and preserve it for later use. The idea being that I precook the chicken (1 hour at 150 C) then freeze it, then when I need it, defrost and pop onto the flame ...
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Why did my cod turn into a hockey puck

I have a way of cooking cod loin which has never failed me before. This time, large parts of each loin became so rubbery as to be unchewable. I know several things that deviated from my usual recipe,...
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Meat loses weight after some time

Context My physic teacher told a story where he bought some beef, put them into a vacuum (separated), measured their weight and put them into the freezer. Some days later he wanted to cook one of them ...
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Are there negative effects of freezing clarified stock?

I have clarified some chicken stock using the ice filtration method. Are there any negative effects to re-freezing this newly clarified stock (such as becoming cloudy again, losing flavor, etc.)?
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What is a refrigerator tray in older recipes?

Many older cookbooks call for filling a “refrigerator tray”. For example, in the 1960 Better Homes and Gardens Dessert Cook Book the recipe for “Banana Ice Cream” says to “Pour into refrigerator trays....
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What could cause ice pops (popsicles) to go soft in the freezer?

I’m having a strange issue with the storage of ice pops (popsicles/ice lollies) in the freezer. I recently bought a new freezer and still have the exact same issue which we can’t figure out. Whenever ...
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Freezing sandwiches for toasting at work

There's a sandwich press at my work and I'm trying to think of a way I can meal prep sandwiches for the whole week in one go. I'm thinking freezing them is the best bet, but I want them to be healthy ...
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Could I use a blast chiller to make modern frozen meals at home?

Over the last decade or so I have noticed that the quality of store-bought frozen meals has increased. And after heating, the quality of the frozen food is better than my own prepared meals that I ...
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Freezing prepared dry salted fish

How does prepared dried-&-salted fish hold in the freezer? The fish has been (properly) desalted, and, other than that, the recipe contains tomato (boiled down to a paste), tomato puree, onion, ...
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How to safely refreeze cooked beans? [duplicate]

I have cooked a kilo of black eye beans and made a meal with half of them. I intend to freeze the rest (the other half) to make another meal next week and freeze them for later meals. This last step ...
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Is it healthy for no frost fridge to have water in ice cube forms?

It's said that we should close liquids when we put them into fridge that has no frost system (no ice formation in the freezer).Or ice will appear and the fridge will not serve that long. At the same ...
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Why does my pizza dough (and other doughs) go sticky on freezing and defrosting?

I make this simple sourdough pizza dough, with the slight variation that I weigh my starter. A half quantity does me 2 pizzas. So that's 150g 100% hydration starter, 125ml water, 250g flour, kneaded ...
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Can you freeze whole pomegranates to save them?

I recently purchased a whole case of pomegranates, and it's getting hard to stand after doing 10 in a day, so can I safely freeze them whole to preserve the quality of the fruit?
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Preparing chicken burgers for sous vide then freezing while keeping shape

I am having a hard time finding good, reasonably low fat precooked chicken burgers currently, presumably due to COVID; I used to buy these for reference. As such, I figured I'd prepare my own. I'm ...
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Dicing roasted pumpkin instead of puréeing it?

I have a memory of reading somewhere (but I can’t seem to find the source) that when making a pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin, you could beneficially dice the pumpkin after roasting it instead of ...
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What is the best way to keep fresh food good for a long trip?

I would like to buy a few meals from a restaurant that would then later be reheated. What would be the best way to safely transport pasta for 10+ hours while maintaining freshness and quality? I was ...
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Will this recipe for vegetable fritters freeze well?

I have a recipe for vegetable fritters that I've been given which consists of: 200g flour 200g raw beetroot, peeled and grated 200g carrot, peeled and grated spring onions The ingredients are ...
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How does repeatetly moving food from freezer to fridge and back every day affect it?

My fridge and freezer makes noise to the point that it is hard for me to sleep (even with earplugs) so I have began to shut off the power to the fridge and freezer during the night. My fridge is set ...
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Preserve peppers before smoking -- freeze or dehydrate?

I would like to make some chipotle (smoked red jalapeno peppers) at home. Currently I am building a smoker in my garden, where I also I grow a few jalapeno plants. My problem is that the peppers are ...
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Is adding guar gum and lecithin alone enough for homemade ice cream?

I am trying to make decently smooth and scoopable ice cream. I don't have any thickening agent at the moment and I also don't have an ice cream machine, so to make a decently viscous blend that isn't ...
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My freezer is filled with ice - is it safe to to use it as is?

I have just discovered that my freezer has a significant amount of ice coating. Is it safe to put meals in there for storage? If so, what would be the recommended way for defrosting those meals?
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How to deal with foul fishy odor of frozen shrimp

Note: I can't actually cook, I am just trying to learn to roughly assemble and heat things. Explain things to me like I know nothing. A few weeks ago I decided to try out cooking some shrimp for ...
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What does dry ice to to ice cream besides freezing it faster?

From what I've seen, using dry ice to make ice cream makes the whole freezing process a lot faster than a freezer. (Besides speed, the only other benefit I can think of is trapping some gas in the ice ...
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Can freezer jam not be frozen if sealed?

I make my jam in sterile jars and use a freezer jam recipe. I then seal using a hot water bath for 15 minutes. I know you don't need to seal it but I always do. Something about it makes me feel safer ...
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Can I eat venison that was frozen for 13 years? [duplicate]

My mother in law has has vacuum sealed venison in the freezer for about 13 years. Would it still be ok to eat? It doesn't look like anything is wrong with it.
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How to make a gel that doesn't harden at below freezing temperatures

So I have an idea for a lemon bar ice cream and I want to swirl in the custard and add chunks of short bread in. I could just make the custard for a lemon bar as is but I suspect that after freezing ...
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When a cheesecake recipe says "freeze" for 1 hour do they mean literally freeze in the freezer or do you put in the refrigerator?

When a no bake American cheesecake recipe says "freeze" for 1 hour do they mean literally freeze in the freezer or do you put it in the refrigerator to cool?
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Why does frozen food still have an expiration date?

In a below 0°C environment, no bacteria or fungi may grow. How could time "spoil" frozen food? edit: More concretely, I have lobsters and pizza dough that stayed really long in my freezer, are ...
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How to prevent frozen food from freeze-drying?

I have one of those no-frost freezers and while it's awesome that I do not have to defrost it every once in a while, it has a nasty habit of freeze-drying everything I put inside it. This includes ...
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Can one keep chocolate uncovered in the freezer?

I bought a chocolate bar and only hate half of it. I want to store it in the freezer, but part of it will be uncovered. Is this a safe way to store it in the freezer ?
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Is it safe to freeze raw garlic in vacuum-sealed (FoodSaver) bags?

I'm generally aware of the botulism-related dangers of storing raw garlic in anaerobic environments at room temperature (or even in the fridge), but couldn't find much info on whether it was safe if ...
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Can pickles (like beetroot) be frozen?

Living alone I can not resist buying pots of pickles. But I do not dare to open them as I know I will not finish them before they go off, even when kept in the fridge. I have binned a few pots with at ...
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