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lucky14




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Jul 16 2019, 12:35 pm
I'm new to the whole freezing food thing. I'm trying to prepare and freeze meals in one or 2 people portions. Should I cook the food and then freeze? Is it safe to prep chicken with seasoning and then freeze and cook after defrosted? Hamburgers? Does it matter in terms of taste- does either raw or cooked food get freezer burned faster?

Basically- for me it's easier to cook it all now and then freeze in smaller portions. But if it will taste better if I freeze raw and cook later then I'll do that.
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yerushamama




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Jul 16 2019, 12:59 pm
I cook it until it is juuust barely cooked (or even slightly underdone) and then cook it straight out of the freezer. Once I prepared a lot of shnitzels and froze them raw, and when someone wanted a shnitzel sandwich for a tiyul, I forgot that they weren't yet cooked! Whoops! embarrassed
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SixOfWands




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Jul 16 2019, 1:04 pm
I prefer to freeze raw, but either way works.

I highly recommend investing in a Foodsaver. It vacuum seals the food and keeps it fresh in the freezer.
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cbg




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Jul 16 2019, 2:25 pm
Some things cook all the way
Some things cook 3/4 the way
Some things freeze raw

Cassarole type dishes I cook all the way
Meatloaf
Meat lasagna
Moussaka
Shepherds pie
Kugels all types
Roast beef and other whole cuts 1/2 -3/4 way
Seasoned Chicken I freeze raw
Seasoned Tilapia also raw
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lucky14




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Jul 16 2019, 9:41 pm
yerushamama wrote:
I cook it until it is juuust barely cooked (or even slightly underdone) and then cook it straight out of the freezer. Once I prepared a lot of shnitzels and froze them raw, and when someone wanted a shnitzel sandwich for a tiyul, I forgot that they weren't yet cooked! Whoops! embarrassed


oh yikes!
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lucky14




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Jul 16 2019, 9:43 pm
SixOfWands wrote:
I prefer to freeze raw, but either way works.

I highly recommend investing in a Foodsaver. It vacuum seals the food and keeps it fresh in the freezer.


Thanks. I'll add the foodsaver for my wish-list for the future :-) Purchasing the little freezer kinda maxed my budget for right now. It does make so much sense to vacuum pack the things though.
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lucky14




 
 
 


Post  Tue, Jul 16 2019, 9:44 pm
cbg wrote:
Some things cook all the way
Some things cook 3/4 the way
Some things freeze raw

Cassarole type dishes I cook all the way
Meatloaf
Meat lasagna
Moussaka
Shepherds pie
Kugels all types
Roast beef and other whole cuts 1/2 -3/4 way
Seasoned Chicken I freeze raw
Seasoned Tilapia also raw


Thank you! This is helpful.
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