Need Advice on Lasagne
My father asked me to make him lasagne. I've made it many times before, but it has always been eaten the same or next day. I'll need to freeze it for him, because he won't be able to eat it all within a week. I've heard that it freezes well, but is it better to bake it first, then freeze? Or freeze before baking? I will need to portion it out for him into several meals.Also, what do you think of no boil lasagne noodles? Thanks in advance for your advice.
I just did this for the first time. Although i would have preferred to bake smaller portions and freeze them for later reheating, it's hard to figure out a good smaller container to bake lasagna in. Moreover, the noodles usually come in 'large' sizes not easily divided up into smaller pieces.
So, I went with the 1) assemble in large pan, 2)bake, 3)cool, 4)cut into smaller portions (and I did what Quine suggested, making some portions smaller and some larger!) 5) put into inexpensive freezable container 6) freeze away for later reheating.
I haven't yet reheated any of them, but I plan to just do it in the microwave. It won't be as nice as doing it in the oven, but I think it will be easier.
(sorry, can't answer noboil question, I made the pasta fresh)
The no-boil noodles are iffy, I have found- your lasagna needs to be very 'saucey', you know, something for the noodles to sort of swim around in, or they won't get cooked all the way through. My aunt made one with no-boil the other day, and we literally couldn't cut through the noodles with a fork.
I prefer to freeze the lasagna before baking, but that's just me. It tastes fresher to me that way.
When making lasagne I always make 2 trays of it using half sheet pan size foil pans. I bake it, cool it and cut it into 9 pieces. I then individually wrap each one. It takes only about 3 to 4 minutes to heat a piece in the microwave.