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Feb 3, 2010 10:32 AM

Freeze cooked carnitas?

I have several pounds of cooked pork carnitas on hand that is too much for us to finish in the next few days. Can it be frozen? If so, what is the best way to freeze it? Any special considerations for safe temperature maintenance, etc. during the freezing or thawing process?

Thanks in advance for your ideas. This might be a silly question, but I have never really frozen cooked food before!

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  1. I freeze it all the time.
    Of course, the best way would be to get as much air out of the sealed package as possible. Thawed, the meat will have a little more moisture than it seemed to start with, just plan accordingly. Normally, I use frozen carnitas as a mix in for eggs. Hot pan, crispy edges if you want them like that. Freezing carnitas is fine.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      Exactly what gordeaux said; they'll also be good sauteed with some potatoes & onions in a hot skillet..

    2. Oh definitely. I put mine in a freezer ziploc. Thaw in the fridge the night before. I reheat and crisp back up in the convection oven for 20 mins or so.