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For those of you who do freezer cooking, do you prefer to freeze the meals cooked or uncooked? Why?<br><br>
I ask because I'm looking into doing more freezer cooking...I've done it meal by meal lots of times before but always cooked my stuff first...I just feel more comfortable freezing it cooked. But is freezing it uncooked just easier because it takes less time to initially prepare? Is the safe freezing time different for cooked vs. uncooked?
 

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Anybody? Or did I post this in the wrong place?
 

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Try "meal planning" in the Nutrition forum-you'll find your answer there. Plus, there is a huge "Feed the Freezer" thread. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I usually freeze stuff cooked because it's easier, but a lot of stuff tastes better when you do it uncooked, and the bonus is then you can re-freeze it (after y ou cook it). Sometimes I do <a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php?bookid=83959" target="_blank">Dump Chicken</a> and I always do that uncooked.
 

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The problem is that each recipe is different. For some you take to a certain point (for example, up to before adding the breadcrumb topping) and freeze then. Some, you cook then freeze, some you have to freeze the pre-cooked ingredients separately, and many other scenarios. There is just no pat answer. If you are comfortable with the way you are doing it, I'd just continue. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Some stuff I freeze is "par-cooked" meaning, the insides are cooked, but I don't cook the overall meal. For example:<br><br>
Mac & cheese<br>
Pot pies<br>
Lasagne<br>
Casseroles<br><br>
Meaning, the stuff I put in the pan has been partially cooked, but the meal needst to be cooked more to be edible, kwim?<br><br>
Oh, and fwiw, if you're freezing lasagne, make them small or you'll be waiting a long, long time to eat. Like 5 hours!
 
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