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Ziti--- cook before freezing, or after?

esetterlvr Oct 31, 2010 04:32 PM

I just made a double batch of ziti and cooked half for a party. The rest is assembled yet not cooked and I plan to freeze it. Which will give the better results, cook then freeze, or freeze then cook? TIA.

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  1. monavano RE: esetterlvr Oct 31, 2010 04:40 PM

    Is the pasta pre cooked? Personally, I'd bake then freeze.

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      Babyducks RE: monavano Oct 31, 2010 05:32 PM

      I would freeze, then bake.

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        toomuchfat RE: Babyducks Nov 1, 2010 03:19 AM

        Agree with babyducks. Freezing tends to dessicate and burn. I think those would be accentuated if cooked before and obscured if cooked after.

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          monavano RE: toomuchfat Nov 1, 2010 05:27 AM

          That hasn't been my experience. To me, it's just easier knowing the dish is baked and all I have to do is thaw and re-warm.

    2. bushwickgirl RE: esetterlvr Nov 1, 2010 04:05 AM

      Freeze then bake, freeze then bake, thawing dish first for even baking. Here's what the National Pasta Association has to say on the subject (scroll down to bottom of page for the make and freeze first and bake later advice:)


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        esetterlvr RE: bushwickgirl Nov 1, 2010 07:07 AM

        I will take the advice of ilovepasta and freeze first, then bake after thawing. I know over the years I've done it both ways, not remembering which way works best. Come to think of it, frozen dinners in the grocery freezer case of pasta dishes are not cooked first, are they?

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          bushwickgirl RE: esetterlvr Nov 1, 2010 07:12 AM

          No, I believe absolutely not cooked first, although I don't remember the last time I bought a frozen pasta meal from the supermarket, maybe Stouffer's Lasagna, about 15 years ago! Anyway, I prefer the freeze uncooked, thaw and bake method, as it just seems that the dish is fresher, being freshly baked, but to each his/her own.

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