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Can I Freeze It?: How to Use the Most Versatile Appliance in Your Kitchen Paperback – September 15, 2009
From Publishers Weekly
This collection of enticing, if not particularly ground-breaking recipes is notable in that almost every dish can be made ahead of time and then frozen. What could be better on a busy weeknight than to open up the freezer and find a few bags full of Lamb Shanks and Preserved Lemon Tagine ready to pour over a bowl of couscous or serve alongside crusty bread? Other tasty main courses include Marsala Beef Stew, a winy, hearty one-dish supper, and a Seafood Pie thick with scallops and shrimp. Some dishes aren't necessarily freezer-ready, but are still time-savers; the author recommends throwing two Lemon Roasted Chickens into the pan, since "it takes no more effort to cook two chickens than to cook one," and urges readers to make extra Roasted Pumpkin Soup to turn into Thai Pumpkin and Coconut Soup later in the week. Several desserts are standouts, including Ice Cream and Mixed Berry Phyllo Packages that go from freezer to skillet to table for a Baked-Alaska like showstopper. Just as good, although much simpler, is a Blueberry and Pear Pie constructed from pre-made frozen pastry dough. But best of all are Theodorou's six variations on traditional Icebox Cookies, tubes of frozen batter which couldn't be easier to slice, bake, and eat way too many of.
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“Beginning cooks, as well as those who have racked up multiple freezer-burn casualties, will appreciate the food writer and stylist’s practical knowledge, which comes with gentle do’s, don’ts, how-tos and how-longs.” (Washington Post)
“This guide is stocked with every piece of below-zero info you’ve ever wondered about: what foods you should never freeze, thawing times and delicious make-ahead recipes.” (Newsweek)
“Susie’s recipes are both practical and inspired.” (Frances Boswell - Food Director of Real Simple Frances Boswell, Food Director of Real Simple)
“This unusual cookbook offers both practical information on freezing food and a selection of appealing recipes.” (Library Journal)
“Shows you how to make the most out of your freezer.” (The State (Columbia, SC))
“A good resource for cooks. . . . A lot of very practical information. . . . Sections on how to choose which foods to freeze, techniques for freezing and thawing, and hints for maintaining and organizing a freezer are extremely useful and logically presented.” (Miami Herald)
“Susie Theodorou walks you through every step of the way to making delicious, satisfying food that you can enjoy on the spot or freeze for later with crowd-pleasing results.” (Lygeia Grace, senior food editor, Real Simple)
“[A] clever field guide to freezing that will keep you eating well without breaking the budget.” (Florida Times Union)
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Because the truth is 99% of foods can be frozen, but the storage times are vastly different. That was the only useful part of the book. In the previously y mentioned chapter the author gives "keep times" for various foods but it is random and incomplete. Like she mentions bread loves, and slices freeze well and in the next paragraph she says to slice up the loaves before freezing. ???? Why did you just tell me that loaves freeze well?
There are other inconsistencies like that, I would have overlooked if the book was complete thorough in answering the title question.
Unfortunately the book only covers this in about one page, and mentions only a handful of foods (and then, rather sloppily. Eg she says you can easily puree watermelon and freeze it. But what about actual watermelon? that isn't answered. also, she talks about making raw hamburgers and freezing them, but does not say whether making cooked hamburgers and freezing them would work as well). The rest of the book is recipes.
I would not have bought it if I had known this. If anyone knows of a good book which will list lots of foods and whether you can freeze them, please post here!