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Food that freezes well

Very useful if you cook in bulk and have a large freezer, we have discovered that these items freeze quite well:

- Rice (microwave 3 minutes, and it's as good as freshly made)
- Cooked pasta
- Lemons & Limes (for juice purposes)
- Ginger (microwave 15 seconds and it slices easily)
- Chili & Jalapeno peppers for cooking purposes
- Hard cheeses, also mozzarella, grated cheese
- Pate

Anyone else have good experience with freezing food?
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I can only say don't freeze fish which you buy here in the supermarkets (unless you buy it ready frozen). Turns to a blancmange-like mess when defrosted and cooked. Nasty...
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Re: Food that freezes well

Okra, after it's been partially fried in oil.

Raw fish, meat, sausages, etc.

Bratwurst.

Cooked tomatoes, sauces, etc.

Breadcrumbs, grated cheese (to keep out bugs/mold)

Cooked pumpkin (for soup, pie).

Corn tortillas.

Cooked lasagne, eggplant parmagiana, etc.

Cooked enchiladas.

Roasted and peeled chiles.

Cooked chile rellenos.

Fruit (cherries, plums) that have been seeded and some sugar and ascorbic acid added.

Bread.

Fresh mushrooms.

Parsley.

Probably more, but that's most of what I've got in the freezers at the moment.

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Re: Food that freezes well

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I can only say don't freeze fish which you buy here in the supermarkets (unless you buy it ready frozen). Turns to a blancmange-like mess when defrosted and cooked. Nasty...
This only happens if it was previously frozen then defrosted, no problem freezing fresh fish!

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Re: Food that freezes well

Despite what folk have told me, Liver freezes well and emerges good as new when defrosted. Easier to slice when still half-frozen.
Breads freeze well.
Fruits, destoned, also do well. I`ve just done batches of Plums. Quarter them to save space.
Himbeeren is good too.
Cherries not so good - lose their plumpness when defrosted.
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I did not know that pasta freezes ok, really?
If so, that`s good news for me.
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Re: Food that freezes well

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.
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Re: Food that freezes well

And berries (blue, black, cranberries, cassis, bananas, etc.) for cooking.

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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.
I peel and seed them, then cook them for 15 minutes (saves a lot of space).

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This only happens if it was previously frozen then defrosted, no problem freezing fresh fish!

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I would have agreed if I hadn't seen a recent TV cooking programme. Yes, frozen fish doesn't re-freeze well but most domestic freezers don't "fast-freeze" food (including fresh fish) which forms relatively big ice crystals. Industrial freezing freezes food very quickly which forms tiny ice crystals which doesn't break down the cells of the food.

The domestically frozen fish doesn't do you any harm, despite it being a bit mushy, but it's just got a nasty texture.

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.
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Re: Food that freezes well

I usually buy fresh fish in Italy, and there they indicate if it's been previously frozen.

If I bury it at the bottom of my chest freezer, it freezes quickly, but probably not if all you've got is a freezer box as part of your fridge!

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We love stews in the winter, and I usually cook a huge quantity so I can freeze some of it.
However, I find that potatoes don't freeze well: the rest of the stew is fine, the chunks of potato are dark and not very nice looking.
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How does fast freezing improve the quality of frozen foods?
Rapid freezing prevents undesirable large ice crystals from forming throughout the product because the molecules don't have time to take their positions in the characteristic six-sided snowflake. Freeze food as fast as possible to maintain its quality. Slow freezing creates large, disruptive ice crystals. During thawing, they damage the cells and dissolve emulsions. This causes meat to drip--lose juiciness. Emulsions such as mayonnaise or cream will separate and appear curdled. Ideally, a food 2-inches thick should freeze completely in about 2 hours. If your home freezer has a quick-freeze shelf, use it. Never stack packages to be frozen. Instead, spread them out in one layer on various shelves, stacking them only after frozen solid.
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Anyone else have good experience with freezing food?
You mention hard cheese, which I heartily endorse, but also butter (J likes salted butter which is more difficult to find in CH, so we generally bring a few packets from France and freeze them).

Any cooked meat stew, including Indian, Mexican, Chinese and Thai dishes. Or even non-meat ones if you must.

Chinese fried rice. A bit of a faff to make in small quantities, so I generally make up a large batch and freeze two or three extra servings.

Fruit. Berries from the garden freeze well as long as you're intending to cook them afterwards. Likewise our other soft fruits like Mirabelles, but those are so full of liquid that they're quite difficult to work with if you want them to retain any shape after defrosting. Apples in chunks (must go and harvest some - there must be a couple of hundred kg ready for the taking two fields away from us by now.

Fresh herbs, finely chopped.

And meat, of course, when you buy in bulk and/or it's on special offer.
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We love stews in the winter, and I usually cook a huge quantity so I can freeze some of it.
I do the same for Indian curries, especially ones where the meat/chicken is cooked on the bone. It's often my Sunday lunch/dinner...
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I do the same for Indian curries, especially ones where the meat/chicken is cooked on the bone. It's often my Sunday lunch/dinner...
Aaahhhhhh did you have to mention Indian Curries?! (wiping drool off keyboard) I`m conjuring up memories of that "meat on the bone", swimming in juicy spicy yellow-ish-red sauce
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Re: Food that freezes well

Pizza freezes well, stack the slices and layer in plastic wrap so you can remove individual slices for microwaving.
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Re: Food that freezes well

Water freezes well, especially when poured into little plastic cubes, a fact often overlooked here.

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Re: Food that freezes well

I have a tiny freezer compartment inside a tiny fridge. You should all just shut up. You probably have washing machines in your apartment too. Go back where you came from. People don't come to Switzerland for a convenient life.
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Re: Food that freezes well

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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Re: Food that freezes well

Homemade pesto sauce in ice cube trays.
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