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Old 05-02-2006, 10:05 AM
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Default Question about freezing shepherds pie

I'm going to defrost a lamb shoulder overnight, mince it tomorrow then make some shepherds pie. I know it'll make more than one, but how do I go about freezing them? Do I cook the meat and the potato topping then freeze at that stage, bearing in mind that the meat's already been frozen once?
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:32 AM
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When I amke shepherds pie, I always make an extra one for the freezer. I just make it as if we are going to eat it the same day, potato on top etc. and then I leave it to cool, wrap it in foil in the dish and then stick it in the freezer.
When I want to use it, I allow it to defrost and then just heat it through very thoroughly.

Because you are cooking the lamb between freezings, it will be safe, just make sure that you heat it through very well.

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Old 05-02-2006, 2:42 PM
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You are ok to freeze it, as the meat you are using, although frozen, was raw, and you then cooked it. This can be frozen a second time. If you used meat that had been cooked and frozen, then defrosted, that should not be re frozen. HTH
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Old 05-02-2006, 3:20 PM
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I've just made a cottage pie for the freezer, as others say, it is ok as you have cooked the meat.

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Old 04-02-2007, 5:29 PM
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Default Multiple shepherds pie to eat now and to freeze for later

Im sure the answer to this is proberly somewhere to be found but i have had a look about and cant find it so apologise if it is.

Anyway, i brought 10 foil trays to make shepherds pies to freeze. I have now made a mince and onion mix with herbs etc and done 8 of the trays with it and topped with mashed potato (all fully cooked).

Now what i would like to know is, 2 of these will be eaten within the next half hour so am i right to have them in the oven (as i have right now) on 200oc for 1/2 hour to heat and brown the top? Also the other 6 do i leave the foil lid off them until they are cold and then put the lid on and freeze? Then when we want to have them do we cook them from frozen, if so how long for and what temp. or do they have to be thawed out first? The size of the foil trays are a good single portion. (inner part of foil with actual contents measures 5' x 4' x 1 3/4 inch deep.)
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Old 04-02-2007, 5:33 PM
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I would not put the ones you are putting in the freezer in the oven. I would let them cool, pop lids on and freeze.

When you want to eat them I'd let them defrost and then put them in the oven until really hot (in the middle needs to be hot as well)

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I never cook anything from frozen, just to be safe. Always defrost first. Not sure if you'll brown the top successfully - it depends on your oven. I susually add a little cheese or dab of butter and finish under the grill for a crispy top.
Yes i know what you mean and i agree with what you are saying. How come though when you buy the boxes of say four individual shepherds pies you can cook those from frozen and they take about 35-40 minutes?

Thats what i would like to aim to be able to do, makes loads of different items/ dishes so that if you decide last minute to have a certain food you can do. Im not the greatest person for thinking ahead and deciding the day before what i will be cooking the next night. Mainly due to having two teenage daughters who necer seem to know what they are up to.

The other thing i have never been able to understand is how come you can buy frozen sausages from the shop and cook from frozen and yet if you buy fresh ones to freeze then you have to defrost before using? :confused:
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*holds up hand* I confess, I cook things like HM shep pie from frozen....but, I tend to put it in the oven at a lower temp to start with and then, when I have checked it has defrosted turn up the oven and again check it is really hot and bubbling before serving.
It takes longer than 35 mins though.

I don't do this with chicken though.
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Shepherd Pie is DH's favourite so I make them for freezing quite often, through experience I have found it is far better to let them defrost first otherwise it seems to take an age to get them to cook through so they are hot.
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I'd let it cool and then freeze it, and when you plan to have it, take it out the freezer the night before. We do this with all our home made food.
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I dont like Shepards Pie

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I cook up the mince mixture and then let it cool (quickly), I make the mash and slap it on top .... I then freeze it.

I then put it in the oven from cold and ensure it is cooked to bubbling throughout

DH and I processed a lot of mince last week .. and we've got a freezer full of shepherd's pie etc

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Old 04-02-2007, 8:14 PM
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Not quite shephards pie but I bought some taglatelle (sp??) the other week. They were on bogof and it said suitable for freezing so put one in freezer. Went to get it the other day, I put it in oven and it was still frozen after 25 mins.
I dug in the bin and found the packaging in tiny letters it said defrost before cooking. Tried to 'fix' it by putting it in the microwave but it ended up in the bin.
Was annoyed as I too am used to just putting these things straight in the oven as and when the kids decide what they want.

Totally off topic but you have inspired me to go and do the pie thing this week.
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I rarely cook Shepards Pie but when I do I double batch, cook them then wait for the other to cool, then freeze. I also freeze in portions in bags, as I find these easier to store. I thaw overnight, then cook through in the oven.

As I havent had SP for sooo long, Imay get some minced lamb out and do some batch cooking, for when I occasionally fancy it

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I make my SPs in pyrex dishes so I can defrost them from frozen. I make sure they are hot then finish them off under the grill. Do the same for fish pie and lasagnes too.
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This maybe a daft question but is it alright to freeze shepards pies in pot dishes and pyrex?Thanks
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This maybe a daft question but is it alright to freeze shepards pies in pot dishes and pyrex?Thanks
I do it. But I read somewhere that you shouldn't put the dish from the freezer straight into the oven as the dish can crack/break. I always defrost mine in the fridge overnight first before cooking.

The glaze on some of the (cheap) ceramic dishes I have now show faint lines in the glaze but the dishes are ok and sound. The proper pyrex ones have been fine - no problems at all.
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Thanks for the answer Newlywed
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