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Offline bolinao

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Can You Freeze Curry ?
« on: April 14, 2019, 09:03 AM »
Wife and kids are away for 2 weeks, so I just made a great lamb curry for myself, but have plenty left over, can I put it in a takeaway container and put it in the freezer for later ?

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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 09:31 AM »
Yes.

But it is wise to cool it as quite as possible, and get it in the freezer.

When reheating, aim for 70°C.

I have found that freezing does "dampen" spices and chilli heat, so if preparing curry specifically for freezing, you might want to up the spices/chili by 10%.


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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 09:55 AM »
Although I am normally risk-averse, when it comes to food I rarely if ever worry.  For me, storing a curry in the 'fridge for two weeks would be perfectly normal; I even store curries at room temperature for up to 72 hours.  I never freeze curries at all.

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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2019, 11:20 AM »
Yes.

But it is wise to cool it as quite as possible, and get it in the freezer.

When reheating, aim for 70°C.

I have found that freezing does "dampen" spices and chilli heat, so if preparing curry specifically for freezing, you might want to up the spices/chili by 10%.

Strange that, i have always found the curries to be hotter and put it down to some form of marination, it would be interesting to see what others have experienced.
As for freezing curries yes i do, like Phil i would also be happy to leave a curry in the fridge for a few days if the intention was to have a scoff

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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 03:44 PM »
Thanks for the replies, not sure about leaving in the fridge for 2 weeks though  :-\  :D

I have frozen a small batch to test it out and see how it tastes in a few weeks... thanks


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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 11:25 PM »
They live in a much colder climate than us B   ;).  1 week in the fridge for me or bin it.   I freeze curries all the time.  Up to 3 months is fine and possibly as long as 6.  There are time recommendations for frozen raw foods (meat, chicken, fish, etc)  but I've cooked food that has well exceeded these without issue.  Freezer burn is a problem if food is kept for too long or there is opening to the freezer atmosphere.

Those vacuum seal machines are great for freezing stuff but I don't have one.
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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 12:38 AM »
Great to know, I am now freezing my base gravy and uncooked naan balls which work well, but wasn't sure about the final product..

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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 08:11 AM »
Yes.

But it is wise to cool it as quite as possible, and get it in the freezer.

When reheating, aim for 70°C.

I have found that freezing does "dampen" spices and chilli heat, so if preparing curry specifically for freezing, you might want to up the spices/chili by 10%.

Strange that, i have always found the curries to be hotter

I'm glad you said that, because you've got me to question my self :)  Which is always healthy.

When I worked in the food industry, we used similar recipes for both chilled and frozen processed products. But we always added more spice to the frozen version, on the assumption that freezing dampened the heat level.

I no longer have my food science text books to reference and couldn't find anything to support my theory during a quick search on the internet. That makes my "add 10%" statement totally unsubstantiated, so I will withdraw it, if that's ok?

It could be one of those "swan breaking your arm" type myths, similar to the earlier discussion about leaving meat to warm up to room temperature. :)

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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2019, 10:08 AM »
No need to withdraw it JF, i think its one of those things that has a plethora of reasons as to why flavours do increase / taste better or do not.
Maybe because you cooked it one day your nose and head is full of the smells of the cook and you dont appreciate it as much as you do by eating it the following day, it could be discussed and chewed over until the cows come home. :)

As for your myth about swans

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3rd May 2012
BRITAIN’S most aggressive swan has explained the mysterious technique that allows his species to break your arm or leg.


He also sells pills and stolen electrical equipment

Swan Stephen Malley, dubbed ‘Mr Asbo’, has been moved from his home in Cambridge to a secret ‘safe pond’ after negotiating a deal with police to reveal his species’ much-discussed but seemingly implausible bone-breaking ability.


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He said: “It’s actually not that hard. The secret is to stand on your opponent’s hand or foot, then whip your head down onto the limb like a club.

“You should then hear a satisfying splintery crunch.”

Malley, who claims he once took four otters and a pike at once, said: “There is a common misconception that this techique involves wings. But you want to keep your wings folded up and out of the way.

“Wings are no use in a combat situation. You’re all about beak and feet.

“I can show you some other shit if you like. Pecks to secret pressure points, that sort of thing.”

Malley is to demonstrate the technique on Danny Dyer’s forthcoming television series Britain’s Hardest Wildfowl.

A spokesman for the show said: “Danny’s arm snaps like a Twiglet. If you thought swans were just massive ducks, prepare to think again.”


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Re: Can You Freeze Curry ?
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2019, 11:52 AM »
Fantastic!  :)


 



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