can I freeze paneer?
I'm interested in making a recipe from the Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything Veg. It's basically an Indian tomato base (makhani) topped with blanched spinach, cooked chickpeas and paneer and then baked for roughly 25min (if I had the page number I would give it, but I don't).
However, it's going to make far more food than I want and I would love to freeze a couple of servings for later consumption. I'm going to be making the paneer myself. Will the texture be ok after the freezer (ok doesn't mean "identical to immediately after cooking", it means, reasonably edible)? Will it be safe to eat (there won't be any preservatives or anything, after all)?
I think I'm overthinking this, but would love some input from other hounds. The recipe doesn't say anything like "freezes well" and I don't recall seeing anything about freezing paneer in my Indian cookbooks.
Paneer can absolutely be frozen; a lot of times they sell it frozen in Indian supermarkets, and it tastes fine.
My mother-in-law (who is Indian) freezes her homemade paneer dishes all the time.
We usually quick fry cubes of paneer (to give them a slight crust) and then freeze them in Ziploc freezer bags. Consider freezing the paneer seperate from the curry sauce, this way when you reheat it, it won't fall apart in the sauce.
I cut the paneer into bite size cubes and freeze it. To make it taste soft and fresh again, boil water, turn off the flame, then let your paneer cubes soak in the water for a minute or so, then strain.