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Unexpected Freezable Foods

I've been fascinated by the recent threads about foods that don't spoil, foods that don't need to be refrigerated, etc. and was wondering if there are foods that people would be suprised to learn that you can freeze (ginger and nuts come to mind.) Everyone knows it's okay to freeze meats, but would never dream of freezing a block of cheese... is there anything unexpected that you can throw in the freezer and not risk quality or taste?

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  1. You can certainly freeze a block of cheese. The only thing is that the texture will change and it's no longer great to eat plain. But in a casserole or mac and cheese - no difference from fresh. Tofu freezes well too - but it also changes texture after thawing. In the case of tofu, it becomes more granular and meat-like, so is actually better to crumble into a recipe like vegetarian shepherds pie or whatnot.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      Just like in the movie "Mother," when she pulls the giant block out of the freezer and starts feeding him slices.

      1. re: Nyleve

        And it needn't be a hard cheese. I froze a whole Vacherin a year ago and thawed it recently to have melted on roast potatoes - it was still great! I'd read that this was ok to do, though I wouldn't try serving it for eating - as Nyleve mentions.

      2. i keep flour, nuts and back-up dried spices in the freezer.

        1. I had an abundance of lemons and limes this summer so I tossed them (whole) into the freezer. They're better than fresh! Put in the microwave for a couple secs and they're so juicy that it's unreal.

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            1. re: orangewasabi

              Yes, the only difference that I can tell is that they're easier to squeeze and juicier.

              1. re: ncs821

                I think the "jucier" part is a result of the pulp sacks rupturing during the freeze. Perhaps being intact isolates them from off flavoring as I put lemonaid in the freezer for making freezer pops came out rather nasty, "freezer like taste".

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                1. re: ncs821

                  that's a wicked tip then! thank you!
                  I can see them being juicier, I often pop a lemon in the microwave for a few secs since warming it up makes it juicier even when fresh.

            2. Did you put them in freezer bags, or naked? Can you use the frozen rind?

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              1. re: pikawicca

                I put in freezer bags so they don't get freezer-burned. They'll last a lot longer in there that way.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  I just put them in there "naked". I haven't used the rind; it's a little discolored and seems softer than when they're fresh.

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    I forget what magazine I was reading just the other day (maybe Fine Cooking?) and they recommend saving the rinds after you've juiced them, and freezing them to use later for zest. I have some in the freezer right now to try it out- I guess we'll see!

                  2. Leftover cooked rice freezes very well.

                    I assumed this was one of those "everyone knows this" tips, but when I stated this last week at a work luncheon, I may have well have said "I love photocopying my butt!".