I was trying to make a recipe that required pecans today, but when I went to get a bag of pecans from my freezer door, I found that the bag was strangely puffed up, as if someone had inflated it. The bag had never been opened and did not look like this when I originally put it in the freezer after purchase some months ago. Two questions: 1) What could have caused this? (Can things like botulism happen to nuts in a freezer?) 2) Would you still eat the pecans? They looked and smelled 100% normal.
I found the fridge and freezer in my (6 person) shared house turned off at the plug socket this morning. The freezer temperature had got to -6 degrees C. I read that it should be -18 degrees C. My breakfast milk from the fridge was room temperature. I don't know when the plug had been switched off. My housemates have meat in the freezer. To avoid the risk of food poisoning, should I tell everyone to throw all their food out? If not everything, what should we prioritise getting rid of?
Roommate moved out, I inherited four 15-month-old boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the freezer. I'm going to assume they won't taste optimal. Actually, I'm expecting them to not be very palatable to me without major work. What can I do to these chicken breasts to cover up any "old chicken" flavors and textures, without drying them out? Taking any and all ideas. [more inside]
Settle an argument about making stock for cooking. One half says that you should save every odd and end from vegetables and keep them in a big ziploc bag in the freezer for when you make stock so it can get the most varied amount of flavor possible and "recycle" kitchen waste. Other half says that since we're not making vegetable stock and only ever make stock with left over bones you should just keep to the basic recipie ( carrots, onion, celery, etc) and not introduce all these unknown cauliflower ends and parsnip bits and it's a false economy anyway. Who is right? Is anyone right? Are they both right?
I have a receipt (stating the model number) for a malfunctioning freezer which WOULD still be under warranty, had I not unknowingly removed the serial number upon it's arrival. That's just how brilliant I am. Is there any way to get Whirlpool to honor the warranty anyway? Or at least a way to get a repairman to fix it on my dime? So far no one will touch it and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
I am looking for the absolute most convenient, easiest to use, best, and well-engineered in ice tray/bin setups! Find me one like it was designed by Dyson! [more inside]
I work in a research lab and one of our most critical pieces of equipment is a large chest freezer that normally runs around minus-80-degrees Celsius. It is an older unit with audible alarms built in, but no in-built remote monitoring capability. We'd like to install a simple means of detecting out-of-range temperature conditions and sending out a text message, etc., if the unit starts getting too warm. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
The freezer (and only the freezer, not the fridge) smells. We have done everything we can think of and the freezer still smells. Help. [more inside]
My new mini fridge will not get colder than 43 degrees and I have it cranked up to max cold. I have gone through 2 of these fridges now and it seems they don't get colder than that. Is it safe to store food in there or will it make me sick. My fridge thermometer that I bought says than anything above 40 is in the "danger zone" .
My sister just had a baby two weeks ago and is breastfeeding, and I'm taking over cooking dinner for her, her husband, and me while I'm visiting. I'm looking for quick-ish, iron-rich vegan meals I can make for them that I can also make extra of to freeze for when I'm not around. Also taking suggestions for brands and types of pre-cooked meat that are healthy, good, and commonly available. [more inside]
Salmon was on sale at the store, so I bought 3 lbs, cut it up into approx 0.5lb pieces, and froze each piece in a ziploc bag for later use. A week later, the same thing happened with cod. And then, at some point (days - 1 week), my freezer began to smell of fish. Then my fridge too. And finally my kitchen. Where did I go wrong? [more inside]
We have a refrigerator/freezer shelf that fits in the door of our GE Profile fridge, but isn't shaped in a way that actually holds anything...if we put stuff in there, it just falls out. Dr. Google and the GE website are not helping me. What is this shelf for and can we use it for anything?
I bought a mini fridge today and the guy said not to put it on its side or If I do, not to turn it on for 24 hours. I was trying to fit it in my car and I put it on its side for a second but it wouldn't fit so I rented a truck and put it upright not sideways and took it home. When I got it home I turned it on right away. It is very loud, enough that I hope it doesn't stop me from sleeping tonight since it's in my bedroom. Is this because I put it on its side for a few seconds?
For some reason, I have 4 packets of shortcrust pastry in my freezer taking up what little room I have. Can you a) recommend delicious recipes that best make use of this instead of say, puff pastry, and b) also if possible include recipes that freeze well as I'm about to have a newborn and would like to clear this space in my freezer and fill it with meals we can just defrost and cook/eat once the baby comes. Could the recipe say at what point to freeze (before or after cooking). Savoury preferred but dessert ok in a pinch. Extra points if they're toddler friendly. Even if they can't be frozen, anything that uses it up will be appreciated.
I make a big batch of green juice each weekend and freeze it to enjoy throughout the week. The taste is fine, but I miss the velvety texture of fresh juice. Mine freezes into layers and, when defrosted, is more "water with a lot of pulp" than juice. [more inside]
I have had a couple combo mini fridge/freezer's (one was a kenmore) and after a couple weeks they start leaking water and they also make my room cold. I heard large fridges that you have in your kitchen actually make the room warmer so I would like to buy one that uses that cooling system. (and that doesn't leak).
I love to bake cookies for the holidays. I'd like to do most of my baking the second weekend of December (8 & 9), but that's earlier than I've done my baking in the past. Do you have recipes for cookies that freeze well? Preferably after baking? [more inside]
I have a bunch of taters. I need to eat these taters. How should I eat these taters? [more inside]
Every year, the slow part of my pierogi making process is freezing them. Help me freeze them faster. [more inside]
Power went out... right as I'd gone to the grocery. I put all the must-stay-cold stuff away anyhow because the stuff I'd bought was worth more than what was already in there. So, it's been opened once, what was put in was still frozen/cold from the grocery. I'm not opening it again. How long can I expect stuff to still be good for? [more inside]
Is there a good way for my family to keep inventories of our refrigerator and freezers? [more inside]
Metafilter, please fill my new freezer! Double bonus points for teaching me how to freeze PIE. [more inside]
This month I will have a boatload of tomatoes at my disposal. In February I will have a new baby. Is there anything I can make and freeze now that (a) uses a lot of tomatoes and (b) will still be good in six months? [more inside]
What sauces, pastes, relishes or other partial meals can I prepare in batches and freeze? [more inside]
Is there a sensible reason that freezer drawers on the bottom aren't made out of a solid piece of plastic to keep the cold air in? [more inside]
Freezer disaster! I came home from a week long trip to discover that the seal on my freezer had failed, and that everything at the front of the freezer had thawed. Everything at the back was coated in ice. But what about the stuff in the middle? [more inside]
I was recently watching the 1985 Tom Hanks movie The Man With One Red Shoe. In it, a dead CIA agent is briefly hidden in Tom Hanks' refrigerator. Can you think of other movies with people in refrigerators? [more inside]
Definitive answer please. Why does ice smell? [more inside]
How do you divide frozen foods, especially meat, between two freezers? We have a regular refrigerator-freezer in the kitchen for items used daily. Then there's a back-up refrigerator-freezer in the garage for beer and meats that we buy in bulk and freeze until we need them. I can't figure out a good system for deciding which meats get stored in the kitchen freezer and which get stored in the garage. Every method I try gets all confused within a month or two. So how do you do it?
Should I freeze homemade lasagna in disposable tinfoil pans? If not, what else can I use? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for freezer-friendly recipes with lots of vegetables and less grains/carbs. [more inside]
Should we eat it... a year from now? [The Wedding Cake Edition] [more inside]
Went on vacay for three nights. Came home to see freezer open a tiny crack. Everything inside seems sort of 75% frozen, with a combination of dripping liquid water and solid icicles decorating everything. What can I salvage? [more inside]
I am looking for labels to put on food I store in the freezer. Requirements inside: [more inside]
Help me fix my refrigerator. [more inside]
Should you also put film in the regrigerator or freezer after it's been exposed? [more inside]
Piggy backing on my previous question about freezer friendly foods for a workplace drama fridge- now I need at home freezer help - how to freeze a variety of stuff so I can stop tossing out wilted celery, slimy mashed potatoes, etc. I have some ideas and need your input (or commiseration). What foods/ingredients do you freeze, amd how? Specifics inside, and begging for advice with freezables not listed. [more inside]
Help us decide what type of refrigerator to buy. [more inside]
What are the dangers of having a freezer that forms ice inside? My relatively new fridge/freezer has started to form ice inside. I have defrosted it using advice from previous questions. I am concerned about its safety. [more inside]
Food science, sort of: Why are the Otter Pops we purchased freezing unevenly and somewhat randomly? [more inside]
Why is there an ice age in my freezer? [more inside]
What are your favorite freezer-friendly recipes? Caveat: I'm diabetic and don't eat grains or legumes. However, things meant to be served over grains, legumes, or starchy vegetables are fine (I'm not always the only one eating at my table). Super bonus points for being able to freeze in portions. [more inside]
I think I've managed to puncture the piping on the freezer section of my fridge. [more inside]
My freezer has about 24 in (W) × 16 in (H) × 14 in (D) usable space. There's no internal shelving, so things are easily disorganized. Is there a good plastic shelf I could get to help? Other helpful devices or freezer organizational ideas?
We just moved into a new apartment, and our cat promptly decided to hide behind the fridge (~20 year old Inglis System 2000, freezer on top). When we pulled it out from the wall to get her out, we decided to give the back a vacuum. I'm not sure when or how the condenser coils popped out like this but now they won't lie flush with the back again. I'm assuming this is why our freezer is no longer freezing and our food has thawed (as we just moved in, we had nothing in the fridge). Any ideas? Thanks in advance?
How can I defrost bread without it getting stale? [more inside]
Green FlavorIce exploded in my freezer. It's disgusting. It's been there for years. How do I clean it? [more inside]
What kinds of food can't I freeze? Any tips about portioning? [more inside]
I've volunteered to reverse the doors on the office fridge (i.e., change them so that they open from the right, instead of from the left). I know the basics of how to do this, but I don't want to look like an idiot in front of coworkers. Any tips, tricks, or things I should know before starting to loosen the screws?
FridgeFilter: I recently overstuffed my freezer and blocked the cold airflow, which partially defrosted some of the food in the far corner, away from the air. I have since restored the freezer temperature, but after several days, the thawed food isn't re-freezing. Why? [more inside]
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