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nissenpa Jan 22, 2007 09:12 PM

Do I have to cook them first?

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: nissenpa Jan 22, 2007 09:30 PM

    you'll have much better results if you do.

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      Kagey RE: nissenpa Jan 23, 2007 12:19 AM

      I don't. I cook mine, whether frozen or not, in tomato sauce without frying first. I find it's easy just to drop them, still frozen, into the simmering sauce. Works for me!

      1. mels RE: nissenpa Jan 23, 2007 06:36 AM

        I have had better results cooking them first. I just cook them in a bit of olive oil to the point where they are browned but not cooked through. I them chill them completely uncovered in the fridge them wrap and feeze them. I take them out frozen, throw them in the sauce and simmer them which finishes the cooking process but you still get the extra flavor from browning them.

        1. RShea78 RE: nissenpa Jan 23, 2007 06:38 AM

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          I do not recomend freezing uncooked ground meats at home. Ground meats need frozen ever so shortly after being ground or we loose in texture, flavor, and a degree of safety not being able to flash freeze at home.

          Secondly, I precook (mostly baking, rarely frying) them because it sweats out the grease that way.

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