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    vizcacha
    Freezing - Tips and Quick Questions thread
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    • 25th Oct 06, 12:26 PM
    Freezing - Tips and Quick Questions thread 25th Oct 06 at 12:26 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 9:47 AM. Reason: add refreezing quickie
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  • Mariel
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    • 25th Oct 06, 12:34 PM
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    • 25th Oct 06, 12:34 PM
    Yes to all of the above - I've never had any problems anyway.
  • mags50
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    • 25th Oct 06, 12:35 PM
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    • 25th Oct 06, 12:35 PM
    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
    by vizcacha
    Don't know about the baked beans....sorry

    But...

    I often freeze curry sauce.... just make sure its well defrosted and heated up when you use it again.

    HTH
    • pol
    • By pol 25th Oct 06, 4:14 PM
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    pol
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    • 25th Oct 06, 4:14 PM
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    • 25th Oct 06, 4:14 PM
    I've frozen leftover baked beans and tinned spaghetti with no problems. I usually put them in a bag and then a tupperware container, when frozen take out the container, they take up less room and stack better.

    pol
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 25th Oct 06, 7:08 PM
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    thriftlady
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    • 25th Oct 06, 7:08 PM
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    • 25th Oct 06, 7:08 PM
    Yes, yes and yes
  • overlykeensaver
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    • 26th Oct 06, 10:57 AM
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    • 26th Oct 06, 10:57 AM
    Not sure about baked beans - could be worth trying it once to see how they fare in the freezer. I have frozen chickpeas (soaked and cooked) and they are fine so can't see why beans wouldn't be (unless they go to mush!)

    I freeze lots of sauces in freezer bags as they take up less space in the freezer than boxes and never have any problems,.
  • Queenie
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    • 26th Oct 06, 11:12 AM
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    • 26th Oct 06, 11:12 AM
    ...
    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
    by vizcacha
    I often put a freezer bag inside the pan/container that I will be reheating the food in - pop both into the freezer; then, once the sauce/soup/sloppy stuff is frozen, remove the bag from the pan/container and replace the bag in the freezer. I like solid shapes because I find they stack better in the freezer
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    • pollyanna24
    • By pollyanna24 26th Oct 06, 2:25 PM
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    • 26th Oct 06, 2:25 PM
    Sausage Casserole Sauce
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    • 26th Oct 06, 2:25 PM
    I use 8-10 sausages with Bisto Sausage Casserole Sauces for two people.

    Today I'm making it for 3 people. If I use double the sauces and double the sauce (so I don't have an open jar), can I freeze what's left over or leave it in the fridge and heat it up again?
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  • Gingham Ribbon
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    • 26th Oct 06, 2:46 PM
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    • 26th Oct 06, 2:46 PM
    Yes. You can freeze or refrigerate it.
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    • katglasgow
    • By katglasgow 26th Oct 06, 3:21 PM
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    katglasgow
    Great idea for a thread. I have 2 quickies I have always wanted to ask!
    1. Can I freeze red wine? I already do white wine in ice cube trays (great for gravy) but red wine would be good for bolognaise etc...
    2. Celery? Hubby will NOT eat, but I would find it useful for soups. If I bought a whole nunch and used 2-3 stalks for soup I would like to freeze the rest for another time. Do I need to par boil then freeze or do I freeze raw?
    Thanks for your help!
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    • cazziebo
    • By cazziebo 26th Oct 06, 3:27 PM
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    cazziebo
    Can I freeze fresh herbs? got some coriander left over from making carrot soup....

    Might want to make salsa soon and so don't want to chuck it just to buy another packet...

    Cazzie
    • bizzylizzy
    • By bizzylizzy 26th Oct 06, 3:30 PM
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    bizzylizzy
    I have a box of low fat Philly, use by date today, can I freeze it? Or mix it with something else and then freeze it?
    • katglasgow
    • By katglasgow 26th Oct 06, 3:47 PM
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    katglasgow
    Can I freeze fresh herbs? got some coriander left over from making carrot soup....

    Might want to make salsa soon and so don't want to chuck it just to buy another packet...

    Cazzie
    by cazziebo
    Hi Kazzie, I freeze lots or herbs (wash and chop first then go into labels tubs, just pick a handful out whenever I need them). Parsley, Corriander, Rosemary freeze really well. Basil need to freeze whole and try to put into pot without handling too much as goes mushy when comes out, but is OK. Chaives, and Sage I pick from garden all year round. I have an oregano plant now too its very pretty but I have no idea what to do with it!
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    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 26th Oct 06, 4:29 PM
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    comping cat
    I freeze fresh herbs, phillidelphia and red wine (if there is any left!!!) not sure about the celery tho, but i would think you could.
    • katglasgow
    • By katglasgow 26th Oct 06, 4:49 PM
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    katglasgow
    [QUOTE=catowen]I freeze fresh herbs, phillidelphia and red wine (if there is any left!!!) not sure about the celery tho, but i would think you could.[/QUO

    Thanks Cat
    Would you cook or blanch it first do you think?
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  • Queenie
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    2. Celery? Hubby will NOT eat, but I would find it useful for soups. If I bought a whole nunch and used 2-3 stalks for soup I would like to freeze the rest for another time. Do I need to par boil then freeze or do I freeze raw?
    by katglasgow
    Karyn, after freezing they really are only good for cooking (so right up your street! )

    Clean, chop into 1" pieces, blanch for 3 mins, cool, pack and freeze
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  • tawnyowls
    You should be able to freeze pretty much anything that has water in it. The worst that's likely to happen is it'll go mushy (soft fruit and some herbs).
  • Queenie
    Think I may have posted these before, but, might be useful to add them to this thread anyway

    Freezing Food - a US University site, but very informative.

    Food Freezing Guide - (PDF doc) another US University site and a very comprehensive guide. (Meats, veggies, fruits, herbs)
    Well worth printing off and keeping with your freezer log!

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    • gentlepurr
    • By gentlepurr 26th Oct 06, 6:50 PM
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    gentlepurr
    quick question re freezing apples. i have looked on the sites you recommended queenie, but they say use ascorbic acid for freezing apples (just in chunks or slices, to be cooked when thawed) i'm sure i've soaked them in salt water before drying off and freezing, but i can't remember!

    can anyone tell me how they freeze apple slices/chunks please?

    tia

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    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 26th Oct 06, 6:52 PM
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    cuddlymarm
    Crumble Mix
    Is it possible to make a big batch of crumble mix and freeze to just remove as much as I need at a time? Would it be OK or would it turn into a brick in the freezer?:confused:
    Also would I need to defrost it before use?:confused:

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