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Must I Freeze My Shepherd's Pie?

CurlieGlamourGirlie Oct 19, 2012 07:47 AM

Yeah, I know, I know, again with the shepherd's pie - what can I say, it's my son's favorite!

Made in on Sunday. Intended to bake it Tuesday. That didn't happen. Still in the back of the fridge where it's particularly cold. I intend to bake it next week on Wednesday - I'm guessing I should freeze it now and thaw Tuesday before??

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    Querencia Oct 20, 2012 08:20 PM

    I freeze shepherd's pie in installments, freezing the meatloaf mixture in a baking dish when I make other meatloaf and then adding the mashed potatoes when I make other mashed potatoes. When I eventually bake it the mashed potatoes do fine and get nice and brown on top.

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    1. re: Querencia
      CurlieGlamourGirlie Oct 22, 2012 06:51 AM

      Great idea!!

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      JudiAU Oct 20, 2012 07:36 PM

      Frozen mash isn't perfect but I wouldn't worry much about it. It helps to add some pool of butter and bake with a cover.

      1. Cherylptw Oct 19, 2012 08:31 AM

        Personally, I don't like the texture of frozen mashed potatoes once cooked (or thawed & cooked). If it were me, I'd just cook the shepherd's pie now but that's jmo

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          Harters Oct 19, 2012 08:28 AM

          Never had a problem freezing shepherd's pie or other potato topped pies (cottage pie and fish pie)

          1. alkapal Oct 19, 2012 08:06 AM

            to be nosy, why wait till next wednesday to cook it? why not sooner?

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            1. re: alkapal
              CurlieGlamourGirlie Oct 19, 2012 09:10 AM

              Not nosy! I have shared custody of my son and am trying to meal plan for the nights that I have him, and plan the leftovers for lunch. I guess I could bake it tomorrow night for dinner and then freeze the leftovers......

              1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie
                chefj Oct 19, 2012 05:05 PM

                Much better Idea.
                The cooking will kill any thing nasty, that would easily grow during the freezing, thawing and heating.
                You would be fine to just bake it and then freeze it. Then next week bake from frozen and have for dinner and, then you have the leftovers for the next day.

            2. melpy Oct 19, 2012 08:04 AM

              Mashed potatoes don't freeze well. Does yours have that?

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              1. re: melpy
                jjjrfoodie Oct 19, 2012 08:05 AM

                Freezing sounds like you only option,

                But as melpy states, mashed potatoes do not freeze well unless you freeze them alone, reheat and re-whip. Freezing tends to cause them to go watery and leech moisture until they are warmed back up and re-whiped back with the leeched moisture.

                Then they are all good.

                1. re: melpy
                  CurlieGlamourGirlie Oct 19, 2012 09:10 AM

                  The last time I froze it, it came out fine - the potatoes didn't leach or anything.

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