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#1 Old 05-28-2007, 07:03 PM
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I just got a deep freezer (early bday gift from my parents) and hubby is getting me a dehydrator. So, does anyone have some good tips as to what you can/can't freeze? I plan on making the majority of our baked goods now, but would also like to par cook beans to freeze (I cook lentils and have been freezing them). It should be cheaper than buying cans of kidney beans. I was also thinking of freezing rice/homemade pasta. Does that work? It's a big freezer and I would love to take full advantage of it.

As far as the dehydrator, what is good for that. My mum just always made jerky. I would like to do fruits and maybe some veggies. Can you dehydrate frozen fruits? even after thawing them out?

I appreciate any inputs/ideas.

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#2 Old 05-28-2007, 09:28 PM
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I freeze, literally, everything.
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#3 Old 05-28-2007, 10:34 PM
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Rice freezes well, I think. You might try freezing pasta once and then warming it back up. I am just wondering if that wouldn't make it mushy.
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#4 Old 05-28-2007, 11:56 PM
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Don't freeze corn on the cob. Yuck.
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#5 Old 05-29-2007, 02:52 AM
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Mom successfully froze corn on the cob, but I think she cooked it first. You might want to look that up somewhere. I can't exactly go ask her, and I don't remember. I do remember it was good.

I have a dehydrator. There are places on the web that can give you the latest updates on drying. I know sliced tomatoes, bananas, fruit rollups, were all easy to do. I think mixed veggie chip slices mildly seasoned would be delicious. I would dry them seperately, then mix. If they didn't work out for snacks, they would be a great way to store fresh veggies for soup.
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#6 Old 05-29-2007, 01:45 PM
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My mom did corn on the cob as well, and it was great! She cooked it/blanched it for maybe 8 minutes or so, then wrapped the cobs individually in plastic, and put several wrapped cobs in a freezer bag.

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#7 Old 05-29-2007, 02:33 PM
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I use to freeze corn with the husks and all ...seemed o/k when cooked up
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