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    vizcacha
    Freezing - Tips and Quick Questions thread
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    • 25th Oct 06, 1:26 PM
    Freezing - Tips and Quick Questions thread 25th Oct 06 at 1:26 PM
    Added by Gingham Ribbon:

    We get a lot of quickfire questions about freezing, like this one, and I thought it would be a good idea to try to keep them all on one thread. So I've amended the name of this thread and any quick questions about freezing can be added to this one.

    You may find that you don't even need to ask. See:-
    The Complete Cooking Collection and then scroll down to "freezing" - it covers lots of different foods.

    Thanks.
    Is it ok to freeze baked beans? :confused:

    Is it also ok to freeze curry sauce ?


    In addition to this - is it ok to use plastic freezer bags for runny stuff like this - as I don't have the space for boxes

    Sorry if this has been covered anywhere else but I'm not too sure what is ok to freeze and isn't

    many thanks


    RE-FREEZING - by far the most common question these days is "Can I refreeze...???"

    If you have defrosted something but want to freeze it again straight away (or after not using it all up) then refreezing is not advised.

    If you have "changed the state" of the product concerned. i.e. you have cooked it in a soup/pie/curry/roast/whatever... then yes, you can safely freeze it.

    Note that if you have made and frozen some soup from a previously frozen product (for example) and defrost this... then refreezing any leftover soup is not advised.

    TIP:- When freezing things, if it is at all possible (and sensible) divide it into portions first. That way you should seldom have "leftover" defrosted "stuff" that you now have to find something to do with.
    by squeaky
    Last edited by squeaky; 26-08-2011 at 10:47 AM. Reason: add refreezing quickie
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  • squeakysue
    You can cook them any way you like and then freeze, eg curry
    • harrys nan
    • By harrys nan 4th Dec 12, 3:56 PM
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    Thanks for that, think i must be having a blonde (senior) moment I just went blank
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    • babyshoes
    • By babyshoes 4th Dec 12, 5:04 PM
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    babyshoes
    Ditto that - you can't re-freeze raw meat, but once cooked you can freeze it for later use. Either cook in a sauce or cook it as-is and freeze to use in a meal another time. Don't overcook it the first time, you want it very slightly rare so when you re-heat it, hopefully it won't be dry. Make sure that when you re-heat it you get it properly hot all the way through.
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 4th Dec 12, 7:02 PM
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    JackieO
    Curry,or chicken pie with veg,my son-in-law makes a mean one with a few chicken breasts and pads it out with a tin of cream of chicken soup and some frozen mixed veg and a few chopped up mushrooms, a couple of sausages cooked and chopped up.He stir fried the lot and bunged it into a big pie dish and covered it with puff pastry it was delicious and looks just like the ones you get in a resteraunt with a big puffy lid.He made one last Friday night and it fed three adults and four hungry boys with some mashed potatos and carrots.Great way to feed the family with only three chopped up chicken breasts and a little inventiveness.DD and I were decorating her dining room at the time
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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Dec 12, 8:19 PM
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    zippychick
    As it has changed state (raw to cooked) you can safely freeze

    Ill merge this with freezing quick qs later

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    • harrys nan
    • By harrys nan 5th Dec 12, 2:21 PM
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    harrys nan
    Curry,or chicken pie with veg,my son-in-law makes a mean one with a few chicken breasts and pads it out with a tin of cream of chicken soup and some frozen mixed veg and a few chopped up mushrooms, a couple of sausages cooked and chopped up.He stir fried the lot and bunged it into a big pie dish and covered it with puff pastry it was delicious and looks just like the ones you get in a resteraunt with a big puffy lid.He made one last Friday night and it fed three adults and four hungry boys with some mashed potatos and carrots.Great way to feed the family with only three chopped up chicken breasts and a little inventiveness.DD and I were decorating her dining room at the time
    Originally posted by JackieO
    That sounds very tasty, will def try that soon
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  • winniepooh
    Quick question time
    Hi everyone, hope your all warm and well.

    just 2 questions.....

    can I freeze chilli's?
    can I freeze hm sausage rolls?

    thanks in advance x
    I'm trying so hard to be thrifty, but it doesn't come naturally. You lot are an inspiration!

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    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 16th Dec 12, 7:51 PM
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    Fruball
    Yes you can

    I would slice and open freeze the chillis then pop them in a freezer bag so you can use as little or as much as you need.

    I would wrap the sausage rolls individually (if they are large ones) so they don't get freezer burn or pop in a bag and get most of the air out

    How on earth can you have sausage rolls to freeze?!!! They always get scoffed in no time here
    • mrs baggins
    • By mrs baggins 17th Dec 12, 7:35 AM
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    mrs baggins
    i froze a load of chillis but was too lazy to chop them so have frozen them whole!
    • foxgloves
    • By foxgloves 17th Dec 12, 12:27 PM
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    foxgloves
    I grow chillies then freeze them to use all year round. I just fill plastic freezer tubs & freeze them whole. When I want to use them, I find they chop better from frozen than they do if you try thawing them.
    Re sausage rolls.....yes, you can freeze them already cooked.....just done a boxful myself for Christmas, or you can get them to the stage where they're on the baking tray ready to go in, foil & freeze them like that, then when you want to eat them, take out, brush with eggy wash or milk & bake them. You need 5 mins or so longer to allow for them being frozen, but this works really wekk too & is good way to get ahead.
  • cjez
    I freeze chillis, ginger, herbs and lemons and limes. Chillis are easier to chop when frozen.
    • LazyLizzie
    • By LazyLizzie 28th Dec 12, 2:45 PM
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    LazyLizzie
    Can you cook frozen chicken breasts then re freeze them to be used in sandwiches, so they wont be re cooked, they'll be eaten cold?

    I can only find answers about cooking frozen chicken then refreezing and cooking it. I didn't know if it's different if the chicken isn't going to be cooked again after freezing?
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    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 28th Dec 12, 5:55 PM
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    Torry Quine
    Can you cook frozen chicken breasts then re freeze them to be used in sandwiches, so they wont be re cooked, they'll be eaten cold?

    I can only find answers about cooking frozen chicken then refreezing and cooking it. I didn't know if it's different if the chicken isn't going to be cooked again after freezing?
    Originally posted by LazyLizzie
    Yes, you can and I've done this many times.
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    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 28th Dec 12, 6:35 PM
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    Linda32
    Hi, Yes I second that, you can indeed cook chicken, freeze it then defrost it and eat it cold.

    During the summer months thats our Sunday dinner with salad.

    I've done it time and time again, no problems at all.
    • melanzana
    • By melanzana 28th Dec 12, 10:54 PM
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    melanzana
    Hello everyone, and Happy New Year.

    I'm puzzled by this.... So will throw it out there, and will contact the shop if no one knows the answer!

    I Treated us to a ready cooked Wilthshire ham joint from M+S for Christmas. Oh boy it was delicious. We had some yesterday in a turkey and ham gratin. Delish. The box said best before 14th January. There is a shed load still left, but the packet says NOT SUITABLE FOR HOME FREEZING...Aaaagh!

    Now I just wondered why? Presumably the ham was cooked in a factory somewhere and packaged up for ME! Even if it was frozen before being cooked, surely I could freeze what's left now. But I think it's cooked from fresh. It flippin cost enough!

    Any ideas? I sometimes think Marks are very cagey about recommending freezing in case the defrosted version is not as good as the fresh bought.

    Thanks!
    • Kathy535
    • By Kathy535 31st Dec 12, 4:12 PM
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    Kathy535
    Can I freeze this?
    I had some left over pastry yesterday so blind baked some mini tart cases. Today I've made a filling of melted chocolate, melted butter, sugar, flour and eggs but there's loads left. Can I freeze the unbaked filling?

    Thank you
    • HappyMJ
    • By HappyMJ 31st Dec 12, 4:55 PM
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    HappyMJ
    I had some left over pastry yesterday so blind baked some mini tart cases. Today I've made a filling of melted chocolate, melted butter, sugar, flour and eggs but there's loads left. Can I freeze the unbaked filling?

    Thank you
    Originally posted by Kathy535
    Yes can be frozen..

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    • babyshoes
    • By babyshoes 31st Dec 12, 5:07 PM
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    babyshoes
    Yep, don't see any reason not to.
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    • Kathy535
    • By Kathy535 31st Dec 12, 7:45 PM
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    Kathy535
    Brilliant, thank you. There's loads left and I really don't want to throw it away (or have to make more pastry)
  • Josslette
    Yes, I would Sounds yummy too!
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