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Homemade pesto sauce in ice cube trays.
Is awful!

Basil does NOT like to be frozen!

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Old 13.09.2012, 16:04
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Is awful!

Basil does NOT like to be frozen!

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Sorry, we've been doing it for years, it tastes great.
You don't freeze the Basil leaves, rather the finished pesto which is olive oil based. Better than anything you can buy in a store, even when frozen.
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Old 13.09.2012, 16:06
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Sorry, we've been doing it for years, it tastes great.
You don't freeze the Basil leaves, rather the finished pesto which is olive oil based. Better than anything you can buy in a store, even when frozen.
I've tried it, and find it inedible. And yes, I'm talking about freezing pesto, not about freezing just the basil. Oil or not, the basil doesn't like being frozen.

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Re: Food that freezes well

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Rice (microwave 3 minutes, and it's as good as freshly made)
And then thaw and warm up? Wouldn´t taking another 3 minutes be, at the very least, more efficient?

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Neither does Basel from what I´ve heard.
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Re: Food that freezes well

Its a bit "cheffy", but you can clarify stock by freezing it, rather than faffing about with egg whites.

Freeze it in bulk, then thaw it through coffee filter paper, and it will be good enough for a consomme.

Also - freezing left over cheese rinds (like parmesan or stilton) and chucking the frozen bit into soup works well
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Old 13.09.2012, 16:18
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Ah yes, tomatoes!
I had a huge quantity this summer, and an old farmers wife told me to just put the in the freezer, as is, skin and all. Good for sauces.
They may freeze well but you normally don't need to, as tomatoes aren't really seasonal and you can have good fresh ones basically all year round, except maybe during the coldest of the winter months. If you have a heated greenhouse you can grow decent ones even then. You can also grow them indoors in containers (but they don't turn out as big). I always have a bush or two in my kitchen window.
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Old 13.09.2012, 16:33
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Re: Food that freezes well

Freeze grapes and they make refreshing little 'ice-lollies'. I'm pretty sure they'd be hideous defrosted though...
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Old 13.09.2012, 16:42
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Re: Food that freezes well

You can make your own ratatouille for a fraction of what the frozen bags cost in the stores. Chop all the veg and blanch everything except the tomatoes. Cool and then bag and freeze. Easy to heat up for any meal and the chopping was done all at once.
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Old 13.09.2012, 16:50
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You can make your own ratatouille for a fraction of what the frozen bags cost in the stores. Chop all the veg and blanch everything except the tomatoes. Cool and then bag and freeze. Easy to heat up for any meal and the chopping was done all at once.
Making and eating ratatouille can be filed under "Life is too short to...."

Its one of the only foods I know where the total of the end product is smaller than the sum of the parts
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Old 13.09.2012, 16:53
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Re: Food that freezes well

To get around the rice bacteria thingy you have to cool it fast. Run the rice under cold water till it's cold then straight into the fridge or freezer.

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Be very careful with freezing / reheating rice. There is a weird characteristic about rice whereby when all other foods are heated, the bugs on them and in them die, but with rice, the bugs sort of develop an armour to heat and cold which means that reheating rice that has been cooked can be quite risky.

Incidentally, when we Brits get poorly stomachs after "a bad Indian" or "a bad Chinese", it is rarely the meat that caused it and almost always bad handling of rice where in the restaurant it is usually precooked, held at room temperature, then reheated.

I've often read that freezing milk is a bad idea, but we do it all the time
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Making and eating ratatouille can be filed under "Life is too short to...."

Its one of the only foods I know where the total of the end product is smaller than the sum of the parts
Aww, come on Cav. It is yummy stuff and good for you. But you have a point about the end product. Still, I'd rather make my own than pay CHF 7.50 for a measly 500g bag at the store.
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Aww, come on Cav. It is yummy stuff and good for you. But you have a point about the end product. Still, I'd rather make my own than pay CHF 7.50 for a measly 500g bag at the store.
Then I have an excellent plan to save you CHF7.50
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Incidentally, when we Brits get poorly stomachs after "a bad Indian" or "a bad Chinese", it is rarely the meat that caused it and almost always bad handling of rice where in the restaurant it is usually precooked, held at room temperature, then reheated.
I find that disconcerting. Freezing and reheating stuff may be fine for at home, but when I go to a decent restaurant I expect the food to be fresh and prepared to order. The above would suggest that even such restaurants are re-heating stuff from the freezer.
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I've tried it, and find it inedible. And yes, I'm talking about freezing pesto, not about freezing just the basil. Oil or not, the basil doesn't like being frozen.
Not sure I've tried it, as Basil is one of those herbs that happily lives for ever in a windowsill pot if watered regularly. But some herbs can go very bitter if frozen, and some people, including myself, are very sensitive to that sort of bitterness, whereas other don't seem to notice it.

The curse of the super-taster strikes again?
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I find that disconcerting. Freezing and reheating stuff may be fine for at home, but when I go to a decent restaurant I expect the food to be fresh and prepared to order. The above would suggest that even such restaurants are re-heating stuff from the freezer.


Sure they do

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So far, I don't think I've found anywhere in Switzerland (at least in this neck of the woods) where they sell proper fresh fish. It stands to reason that it needs to be frozen from the point of fishing to when it travels all the way up here so I guess most of the "fresh" fish has been frozen at some time or other before it reaches the shop.
While this might be true for seafish it's not true for freshwater fish. There are many places (including most bigger Coop and Migros) where you can buy fresh freshwater fish. We usually eat fish at least once a week when I was little and my mum never bought frozen fish always fresh freshwater fisch like Egli, Felchen etc. Maybe you shoudl try those. If you go to the markets in Zurich there is even fishermen who sell them directly.
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Incidentally, when we Brits get poorly stomachs after "a bad Indian" or "a bad Chinese", it is rarely the meat that caused it and almost always bad handling of rice where in the restaurant it is usually precooked, held at room temperature, then reheated.
I find that disconcerting. Freezing and reheating stuff may be fine for at home, but when I go to a decent restaurant I expect the food to be fresh and prepared to order. The above would suggest that even such restaurants are re-heating stuff from the freezer.
I don't think that was implied, as the same is said to be true for cooked rice stored in a fridge. I've been doing this for years, and find it lasts a week or more with no ill effects, but I've certainly seen it stated that this is a bad idea.

Then again, of course some restaurants use some previously cooked and frozen ingredients. Nothing wrong with that in principle.
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They may freeze well but you normally don't need to, as tomatoes aren't really seasonal and you can have good fresh ones basically all year round, except maybe during the coldest of the winter months. If you have a heated greenhouse you can grow decent ones even then. You can also grow them indoors in containers (but they don't turn out as big). I always have a bush or two in my kitchen window.
Tell me your secrets! I would love to have success with tomatoes here - had bad luck so far, I think maybe I needed to have them covered? Anyways, appreciate any tips!

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Not sure I've tried it, as Basil is one of those herbs that happily lives for ever in a windowsill pot if watered regularly. But some herbs can go very bitter if frozen, and some people, including myself, are very sensitive to that sort of bitterness, whereas other don't seem to notice it.

The curse of the super-taster strikes again?
Again, secrets, please? The stuff from the store I can't keep alive more than a few weeks. I thought maybe they needed to be re-potted and given more space and I did great all summer while the weather was warm, but have now lost all my basil with the colder temps...Unfortunately, our windowsills aren't deep enough for pots but I do have space by large windows that I could put some stuff on for indoor growing.
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The curse of the super-taster strikes again?
Is that the new name for "fussy bugger"?



Grabs coat, leaves thread...
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While this might be true for seafish it's not true for freshwater fish. There are many places (including most bigger Coop and Migros) where you can buy fresh freshwater fish. We usually eat fish at least once a week when I was little and my mum never bought frozen fish always fresh freshwater fisch like Egli, Felchen etc. Maybe you shoudl try those. If you go to the markets in Zurich there is even fishermen who sell them directly.
Our local Saturday morning market in Wadenswil always has fresh local fish from Lake Zurich and other lakes.

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