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Should one - moreover can one - defrost a frozen lasagna before cooking?

Frozen foods are made for convenience. For most people, convenience does not include remembering to defrost the food several hours before cooking. So the recipe and cooking method are indeed for ...
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What are some good ways to treat frozen vegetables such that they behave like fresh vegetables when stir frying them?

The first thing is to do is thaw them properly before you cook them, half frozen vegetables will cool your pan too much. I often thaw frozen vegetables by soaking them in hot tap water, this is pretty ...
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Can you store frozen dinners in the refrigerator for up to a week before eating them?

I wouldn't recommend it for a couple of reasons: Food in general degrades much faster in the fridge than in the freezer, so you risk spoilage during that time. Most prepared foods are not ...
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Do you add frozen peas directly to flavor bases or you have to boil them?

There's no point in boiling peas separately if you can cook them in whatever dish you are making, it's an extra pan to clean up and you lose whatever flavor gets leached out in the cooking process. I ...
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Clams frozen before purging

There’s no way to make a dead clam purge sand etc. You can always try to cook a few and see how gritty they really are, then decide. You may be lucky and find that they have a good mouthfeel, or you ...
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When heating up a pizza, edges burn while middle still liquid

The key here is that you said you’ve thawed the pizza. Frozen pizzas are designed to be baked from frozen. The instructions on the box should reflect this.
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Should one - moreover can one - defrost a frozen lasagna before cooking?

Outside of premade freezer dishes (as Johanna notes, those are basically never defrosted), the "do I need to defrost it" question is really quite interesting. For the most part, if the food ...
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How to make Frozen french fries

Here, check this out. This is an article explaining at length how to make perfect French fries. How to make perfect McDonald's style French Fries So basically, you have to cut your fries so that ...
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Am I supposed to eat frozen cherries directly

Frozen berries as noted elsewhere have a mushier texture than fresh, so perhaps aren't great for eating in the hand; but they are excellent to pair with plain yogurt. My wife eats plain yogurt with ...
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Good Frozen Fish /seafood

I'd like to start with an analogy. Look at what you said in comments that some vegetables are actually better purchased frozen than purchased fresh. Let's take frozen peas vs fresh. Peas notoriously ...
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How do I boil/cook frozen vegetables to maintain nutrients?

What you want to avoid is where you leave lots of liquid behind. When you're boiling, water soluble nutrients (eg minerals, vitamins B) will be leached out. If you cook it slowly in fat (oil, butter,...
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Can't find frozen cranberries anywhere. Can I use fresh instead in my cake recipe?

Frozen cranberries usually do not have added sugar, and are usually frozen whole. So the sneaky solution would be to buy fresh cranberries, freeze them, and then use them however the recipe calls for :...
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Are frozen berries safe in overnight oats?

In your scenario the berries never go above fridge temperature so there are no safety concerns.
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Does freezing raw milk kills harmful bacteria present in the milk?

No, freezing in a normal home freezer does not kill bacteria. They typically just enter a dormant state and reactivate as soon as you thaw the milk. Freezing a safe food extends the storage life, but ...
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Cause of foam in fried chicken pan?

Further editing about other causes of oil foaming It never occurred to me to add reasons other than lecithin leaching into oil as a cause of foaming. I hope most people don't re-use their oil for ...
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Should I compensate for lost water when working with frozen rhubarb?

That’s a tricky question. While yes, you are discarding some of the juice when straining thawing rhubarb, some rhubarb recipes are struggling with managing the liquid even fresh rhubarb tends to lose ...
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Am I supposed to eat frozen cherries directly

Like all foods, therw is no one correct way to eat cherries. Here are some things I like to do with frozen berries. If these cherries are pitted, all of these suggestions apply. Otherwise, you will ...
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How to stir fry frozen veggies?

The trick is to not use a wok at all. A wok works by concentrating a lot of heat on the bottom, more heat than you can achieve with a home stove. "Stir frying" moves the food from the cool sides of ...
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Can I make salt cod from frozen cod?

You should have no problem using good quality frozen cod for salt cod. Freezing breaks up some of the tissues and changes the texture, notably making it drier as freezing drives out some of its ...
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Should I compensate for lost water when working with frozen rhubarb?

Rhubarb becomes mushy when cooked even if fresh to start with. If you are not using the liquid that comes with the frozen rhubarb thawing, but discarding it, you are going to screw up any recipe that ...
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Using up raw chicken with freezer burn - how to cook to make the best of it

You can still save this breast if you: Use a velveting technique to give it a silky texture and help retain moisture when you stir fry it boil in broth and shred it (for a salad or a soup, for ...
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Can I thaw frozen spinach that´s meant to be boiled frozen?

In my experience frozen spinach will never be close to fresh, so I guess it depends on what sort of consistency you are hoping to get. In any case boiling from frozen sounds like the world's worst way ...
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Will dry ice damage kitchen equipment?

I haven't tried dry ice in kitchen equipment, but have destroyed a plastic measuring jug with liquid nitrogen (the scale had become illegible so I took it into work where it would be handy, then ...
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What happened to my frozen yeast?

TIL that there are organisms which not only survive temperatures under 0 Celsius, but are able to actively live in that range, as opposed to just hibernating. Nevertheless, I doubt that baker's yeast ...
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Do frozen Lima Beans contain Cyanide?

Raw lima beans do contain a compound, a cyanogenic glycoside, which would release cyanide if ingested raw. (1) http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp8-c1.pdf (2) http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/...
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How shall I arrange my slowly-eating plan and preserve a box of 5Lb frozen eggs over a long period?

I would thaw one pound, and make something with it that I can freeze. For example. I bake quiches in leek and chard season - each quiche uses three eggs. They freeze beautifully once cooked (I slice ...
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Whipping cream that has been frozen won't whip

Sorry, no. Whipping cream that has been frozen is perfectly fine to use in many dishes, but it won't whip. As far as I know, this is irreversible, so no, you can't make the cream "whipable". If you ...
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How do you freeze blueberries so that there are ice crystals inside?

Normally freezing processes try to avoid forming large ice crystals by freezing rapidly and maintaining a temperature well below the freezing point of the liquid in the product (not simply 0°C due ...
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How do I reheat previously-cooked frozen sausage?

One option: reheat slowly in the microwave and until it is barely unfrozen enough to break apart. Then break it down into meal-sized portions, take the part you want for now and wrap the remaining ...
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