Things you should know by now, but only just discovered

Deadmonkeys wrote:
BadKen wrote:

If you put tomatoes in the fridge, I have nothing to say to you. It's just wrong.

What about half-tomatoes?

Bread in the fridge... what?

PRG013 wrote:

We used to get those 5lb blocks of government cheese and we kept them in the freezer for over a year.

Government Cheese is the name of my nu-ska band.

That's funny... According to you're bands Myspace page government cheese is an indie/punk/post punk band from Bowling Green Kentucky.

Bread in the fridge... what?

I keep bread in the fridge. Living alone can mean a lot of food goes to waste if you like variety.

Bread will actually go bad quicker in the fridge. Best place to keep it is a bread bin.

Rallick wrote:

Bread will actually go bad quicker in the fridge. Best place to keep it is a bread bin.

I've heard this stated around here before but, as a life long bachelor I must have a different definition of bad. I keep a loaf of bread in the fridge for months on end. It gets a little dried out but, it doesn't bother me as I usually toast it anyhow.

TigerBill wrote:
Rallick wrote:

Bread will actually go bad quicker in the fridge. Best place to keep it is a bread bin.

I've heard this stated around here before but, as a life long bachelor I must have a different definition of bad. I keep a loaf of bread in the fridge for months on end. It gets a little dried out but, it doesn't bother me as I usually toast it anyhow.

Same here. If I leave bread in my cupboards for a week it gets moldy. If it's in the fridge it gets dry, but lasts 2-3 weeks. I always toast it too, so the dryness isn't a concern for me.

Still Tasty

It's worth noting, if you're going to any of the grocery stores that belong to the company I work at, that Best By date is really a quality thing. I just can't recommend you eat it after that date because it may not be at its best anymore in terms of taste, texture, appearance etc... Working the Product line though has taught me a lot about food I never knew before.

What is the best way to keep uncooked hamburger in the freezer? I picked up a hamburger press to make my own for freezing and, whats left of the first batch is freezer burned.

TigerBill wrote:

What is the best way to keep uncooked hamburger in the freezer? I picked up a hamburger press to make my own for freezing and, whats left of the first batch is freezer burned.

In my experience, it's hard to keep patties of any kind from getting freezer burned. What's worked best for me, is putting it in the freezer still shrink-wrapped from the store.

Your goal with freezing is to eliminate as much air as possible from the product. So, assuming you don't have a vacuum sealer, put it in a ziplock bag and try to squeeze out as much air as possible. With patties, they always want to freeze together. You could use some wax paper to fully separate them to keep them from freezing together.

kaostheory wrote:

In my experience, it's hard to keep patties of any kind from getting freezer burned. What's worked best for me, is putting it in the freezer still shrink-wrapped from the store.

Your goal with freezing is to eliminate as much air as possible from the product. So, assuming you don't have a vacuum sealer, put it in a ziplock bag and try to squeeze out as much air as possible. With patties, they always want to freeze together. You could use some wax paper to fully separate them to keep them from freezing together.

Done and done already.

TigerBill wrote:

What is the best way to keep uncooked hamburger in the freezer? I picked up a hamburger press to make my own for freezing and, whats left of the first batch is freezer burned.

Put parchment paper in between and vacuum-seal it. Stacking them in a long bag like a bread bag is good, because it minimizes air exposure to just the sides.

Yeah, just be diligent with your freezer Ziploc Bags, get the air out, and you should be good. You could try just freezing them in pound chunks and thawing them later instead of making patties.

TigerBill wrote:
kaostheory wrote:

In my experience, it's hard to keep patties of any kind from getting freezer burned. What's worked best for me, is putting it in the freezer still shrink-wrapped from the store.

Your goal with freezing is to eliminate as much air as possible from the product. So, assuming you don't have a vacuum sealer, put it in a ziplock bag and try to squeeze out as much air as possible. With patties, they always want to freeze together. You could use some wax paper to fully separate them to keep them from freezing together.

Done and done already.

Watch this video for a really good way to eliminate all the air from a ziplock (or other freezer bag)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...!

DanB wrote:

Watch this video for a really good way to eliminate all the air from a ziplock (or other freezer bag)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...!

Crap, I've done that for other things why didn't I think to do it for this.

NSMike wrote:

Yeah, just be diligent with your freezer Ziploc Bags, get the air out, and you should be good. You could try just freezing them in pound chunks and thawing them later instead of making patties.

The reason I went for the patties route is my laziness; typically I just want to throw something on the George Foreman or, in the oven with zero prep time involved. I normally have a pound or two of loose browned hamburger in my freezer at all times for tacos, sloppy joes, etc.

The problem with ground meats is that it has a lot of air exposure... so even only a bit of air will still affect more surface area on the ground meat than it would a cut of meat.

Hehe, ground turkey patties are the absolute worst for freezing stuck together. Damn stuff is basically gelatinous.

Have you tried wrapping the patties in aluminum foil and then putting them into freezer bags?

When I freeze ground meat I try to freeze the entire package unopened, but foil + bag has worked well for me for steaks and such.

DanB wrote:
TigerBill wrote:
kaostheory wrote:

In my experience, it's hard to keep patties of any kind from getting freezer burned. What's worked best for me, is putting it in the freezer still shrink-wrapped from the store.

Your goal with freezing is to eliminate as much air as possible from the product. So, assuming you don't have a vacuum sealer, put it in a ziplock bag and try to squeeze out as much air as possible. With patties, they always want to freeze together. You could use some wax paper to fully separate them to keep them from freezing together.

Done and done already.

Watch this video for a really good way to eliminate all the air from a ziplock (or other freezer bag)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...!

Cool. I usually just zip up all but an inch, put the opening to my lips, suck out the air with my mouth, exhale through my nose, and repeat until almost all the air is out. Poor man's FoodSaver.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

Cool. I usually just zip up all but an inch, put the opening to my lips, suck out the air with my mouth, exhale through my nose, and repeat until almost all the air is out. Poor man's FoodSaver.

That sucks.

sometimesdee wrote:
Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

Cool. I usually just zip up all but an inch, put the opening to my lips, suck out the air with my mouth, exhale through my nose, and repeat until almost all the air is out. Poor man's FoodSaver.

That sucks.

Totally blows.

McIrishJihad wrote:
sometimesdee wrote:
Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

Cool. I usually just zip up all but an inch, put the opening to my lips, suck out the air with my mouth, exhale through my nose, and repeat until almost all the air is out. Poor man's FoodSaver.

That sucks.

Totally blows.

Food yoga.

That the guy who plays Vaas from Far Cry 3 is basically friggin' HIM. This video is insane with the effort they put into it. I can't believe how much he sounds, acts and looks exactly like the game character. NSFW language and violence.

Just this Friday, a woman at the clinic told me that the Shrine Circus is put on by the Shriners (the guys in fezzes that ride in parades). I have never made that connection.

Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen both share a very special distinction--they’ve both been killed by a Terminator, an Alien, and a Predator.

See here.

cheesycrouton wrote:

Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen both share a very special distinction--they’ve both been killed by a Terminator, an Alien, and a Predator.

See here.

That's awesome! I completely forgot that Paxton had a small role in the first Terminator film.

That is rarefied and dignified air.

Another way to deep freeze meats is to pour water into the bag prior to freezing. Someone I know does this for liver and apparently it preserves the liver for a long time.

MoonDragon wrote:

Another way to deep freeze meats is to pour water into the bag prior to freezing. Someone I know does this for liver and apparently it preserves the liver for a long time.

So does Vodka, oh, I thought you said drink.

Why would bacon have such a short counter life? Cold smoking provides a boost (notably smaller than dehydrating processes, but non-zero) to meat lifetimes, doesn't it?

RolandofGilead wrote:

Do not prepare Totino's Pizza Rolls like they say to in the directions, that leaves you with a product liable to burn your mouth and tastes like sh*t. Here's what you do to make them delicious.

An improvement over the original directions, and perhaps less liable to burn my mouth? I would believe it. But I'm still not convinced that the end result isn't going to be a product that tastes like sh*t.

psoplayer wrote:
RolandofGilead wrote:

Do not prepare Totino's Pizza Rolls like they say to in the directions, that leaves you with a product liable to burn your mouth and tastes like sh*t. Here's what you do to make them delicious.

An improvement over the original directions, and perhaps less liable to burn my mouth? I would believe it. But I'm still not convinced that the end result isn't going to be a product that tastes like sh*t.

They're great for people who are lactose intolerant in theory as there's very little cheese.
What can I say, if the rolls don't burst, you're just warming them up, but if they spill out, then you're cooking them.
Oh right, I should have mentioned, this advice is only for the Pepperoni Pizza Rolls. The rest I either have not tried or they taste like sh*t.