Question on freezing meals
- Eric_Cartman Jul 7, 2012 05:54 PM
I have some duck breasts that I already crusted in herbs and spices and would like to freeze for later. Being that it has fresh herbs, im questioning whether or not I should cook it now or if it would be fine freezing it as is.
Since it has fresh herbs I would cook now then freeze. Otherwise the herbs will turn brown and lose their flavor. You might be able to get around this if you coated the breasts with oil to protect the herbs.
Herbs like basil, oregano, tarragon tend to hold their flavor when fresh frozen. Others; not so well. Spices are less of an issue. Depending on the herb you've selected, you may find that your plan will work just fine. Inasmuch as you've already blended them into a rub/crust I assume they're mixed into an oil (e.g. olive oil). If that's the case they'll freeze better.
I would strongly recommend vacuum packaging your crusted duck breasts before freezing to reduce any flavor losses you might otherwise experience.
And do NOT, I repeat, NOT store in the freezer section of a freezer for more than a few days. It may be ok, it may freezer burn or sit in a "hot spot" and partially thaw/refreeze repeatedly. Best not to take the chance with something like this. If I had my druthers I'd have a fridge with an ice box only (just big enough for making ice cubes basically) and everything else would go into a deep freeze. Even popsicles, LOL!
If its not going to be removed and consumed in a few days, a fridge freezer is no place for good food.
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