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

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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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Food safety for stew left out, then put in the fridge, then frozen later [duplicate]

So, we started out with making low-meat stew, which had some pork in it, in an Instant Pot. After it was done it was left on the counter to cool off a bit before being put in the fridge. But rather ...
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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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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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