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May 28, 2013 09:07 PM

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Has anyone successfully (quality maintained) freezed Roasted Turkey Breast? Have read to include broth. Thanks

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  1. I love to roast a large turkey and freeze leftovers. Usually I will freeze in broth and try to get as much air out as possible and it works well.

    1. Frozen roasted turkey breast freezes well. I often roast a breast for our sandwiches, freezing half for later. I try to keep the frozen breast for no more than a couple of months, more than that and frozen cooked poultry develops off flavors, IMO. Wrap it really tightly once cooled, in two or three layers of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil, again wrapped tightly. Thaw in the refrigerator for two days.

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      1. re: janniecooks

        I do this all the time and agree with you that it freezes well and holds up nicely for sandwiches or turkey salad. However, I never put sauce on it and cannot speak for how peach glaze will affect the turkey. I usually slice it and freeze in small packages and then freeze the center with enough meat on the bone to make a stock.

      2. Many thanks. I'm roasting it with a peach glaze.
        It's 9 or 10 pounds. Do you think that will be ok
        to freeze as well?

        Appreciate your help. For a big party.

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        1. re: MjDematteis

          It will be fine, as long as it is handled properly. Let it cool completely, then freeze it asap. Considering the size it might be wise to let it cool for an hour or so before refrigerating to cool completely before freezing.

        2. It freezes fine but not if you're wanting to use it for a sandwich. I pretty much use it for soups. The dark meat fares a little better though.

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          1. re: letsindulge

            Why do you say "but not if you're wanting to use it for a sandwich"? When I've frozen half a turkey breast the express purpose is for sandwiches and there is no problem. It tastes fine, it slices fine, there is no loss or gain of moisture, no impact on texture. Please explain.

                1. re: janniecooks

                  I just defrosted some a week ago and ate it with salt and lots of pepper, and no bread, added some butter and crisped up the skin, delicious.

          2. Many thanks to everyone for sharing your turkey techniques.