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Freezing lasagna - please help

THewat Apr 4, 2012 04:31 PM

Have several beautiful lasagnas - fresh noodles / béchamel - that I'd like to freeze. They are supposed to bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Anybody have suggestions for freezing & re-constituting the things? Should I cook them partially or totally before freezing? They do have raw egg in them now. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. BananaBirkLarsen RE: THewat Apr 4, 2012 04:49 PM

    I always freeze my lasagne raw and just stick them frozen into the oven. I usually bake at 350 even when frozen, but it will probably take longer than 35 minutes. You could turn the oven down a bit if you're worried about the outside cooking before the inside has thawed. The one time I tried to freeze a cooked lasagne, the cheese separated and became horribly grainy, even after reheating.

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      todao RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 4, 2012 05:03 PM

      Ditto ....

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        THewat RE: todao Apr 4, 2012 05:06 PM

        Thank you guys. You always save me.

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        THewat RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 8, 2012 08:24 AM

        Word for the wise - "longer than 35 minutes" turned out to be over two hours last night. It was kind of hysterical - I didn't realize ANYTHING could stay frozen that long in a 350 oven... It was oddly ok when it finally got hot - a little the worse for wear, but ok. (Cheers for profoundly forgiving dinner guests & plenty of hors d'oeuvres...) Next time I'm thinking I'll thaw first, and go to a hotter oven for at least part of the cooking time.

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          hotoynoodle RE: THewat Apr 8, 2012 08:38 AM

          i'd thaw it overnight in the fridge. then leave at room temp at least an hour before popping in the oven. that has always worked best for me.

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            BananaBirkLarsen RE: THewat Apr 8, 2012 10:33 AM

            Wow... I don't think I've ever had it take more than an hour. Cheers for forgiving dinner guests indeed! :)

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            Njchicaa RE: BananaBirkLarsen Apr 8, 2012 11:03 AM

            I freeze raw and then thaw overnight in fridge. I also let it sit on counter for an hour or so before putting it into the oven.

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            travelerjjm RE: THewat Apr 8, 2012 09:16 AM

            I have never tried freezing it uncooked. I'm glad to read it takes so long to cook!

            I always freeze cooked lasagna. I cover with non-stick foil and plop into the freezer (after cooling, of course). It reheats beautifully: I thaw in the fridge, than 350 oven until hot.

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