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Stuffed Mushroom Question

Arlene Dec 6, 2004 01:12 PM

Can one freeze meat stuffed crimini mushrooms for baking at a later time? If so, what is the max length of time it can stay in the freezer? My meat stuffing is composed of ground lamb with parsley and onions (kofta). I was planning on preparing and stuffing the mushrooms and freezing in advance to save time. Thanks much!

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    Cynthia RE: Arlene Dec 6, 2004 05:47 PM

    I would freeze the stuffing on it's own and then thaw it out and fill fresh mushroom caps...I would be worried that the mushrooms would get all watery. Maybe someone has some experience with that? Love to hear if it works.

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      Arlene RE: Cynthia Dec 6, 2004 08:05 PM

      A friend just phoned to tell me she prepped and stuffed mushrooms in advance and froze them. You can either thaw and bake for 15 minutes or if frozen, bake for 20-30 mins. Works for all kinds of stuffing (veggie or meat). She recommended flash freezing them on a cookie sheet, and when frozen, transfer to a ziplock bag.

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        Dorothy RE: Arlene Dec 6, 2004 11:30 PM

        But I'd cook the mushrooms (saute, perhaps) first. I would imagine that raw mushrooms, if frozen, would be mushy when defrosted.

        Incidentally, I just got back from a couple weeks with the in-laws. MIL is a great cook and I helped her with some hors-d'ouvres for a party. One was sauteed mushrooms filled with purchased frozen creamed spinach, which she refrigerated for a day. Prior to taking them to the party, she topped them with shredded cheese, and then at the party popped them in the oven for a few minutes -- tasty and easy!

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      lucia RE: Arlene Dec 7, 2004 09:14 AM

      Mushrooms get rubbery if frozen. How long do you need to keep them? Maybe the fridge would be okay.

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        Arlene RE: lucia Dec 7, 2004 09:52 PM

        About a week.

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