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Feb 22, 2008 05:43 AM

Freezing Ina's Meat Loaf

I want to make two loaves of Ina Garten's turkey meat loaf, and freeze one loaf. Do you recommend that I freeze it after it is cooked, or after it is formed, but not cooked? Also, if I freeze it after it has been cooked (which I am leaning towards doing), and then wrap it in foil or put it in a freezer bag, won't all the topping come off when I unwrap it?
Any help would be aprreciated.

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  1. I would freeze it uncooked.

    1. I suppose you can freeze it uncooked, but I've frozen leftovers in single serve packages without too much detriment. Makes for easy meals sometimes.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        Agreed. I have cooked it and then frozen it is packets of 2 or 3 slices. Unless you plan to use the entire frozen meatloaf, you might want to think about that. The recipe as written makes a HUGE amount of meatloaf!

      2. I've been making this once every other month for about 2 years for my son's lunches for daycare. I've always cooked it fully before freezing. The meat is moist enough that it doesn't suffer at all from the freezing. I always freeze it in individual slices, but I would think freezing the whole would be even better - less surface to lose moisture from. I like to triple-wrap it - first wrap in plastic wrap, then heavy-duty foil, then put in a freezer bag.

        The ketchup topping forms a bit of a skin as it cools, so it usually doesn't come off for me. If it does, though, I just squirt more ketchup on top. Also, if you unwrap it when it's frozen, it's solid enough that it won't smear on the wrap.

        1. Thank you all for your reponses. I think I will cook it first, and then freeze it. I will also follow jvosoff's suggestion to triple wrap it, and then unwrap it while it is still frozen.

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          1. re: bxgirl

            Do you re-heat the frozen meatloaf in the oven?

            1. re: onefineleo

              I don't reheat in the oven because I'm only heating a slice or two at a time. I use the microwave in the defrost mode. This wouldn't be good for a whole meatloaf, though, and I would reheat that in the oven after letting it thaw in the fridge.