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Freezing fresh pasta for future raviolis

Our bumper crop of veggies is coming on and our neighbor's chickens are producing eggs at an amazing rate. I don't have time right now to complete assembly on raviolis, but could make large batches of frozen pasta and filling. What is the best way to store the pasta? [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Aug 23, 2014 - 6 answers

How to find a medically-reputable service/advice for cryo-storing tissue

The way modern medical therapies are going, it seems that decades from now it would be advantageous to have a source of your more youthful cells or tissue stored long ago and available if needed. So I should investigate storing some now, but know little about this. How do I find out which kind(s) of tissue would be the best choice to store, and how do I select a cryo-storage service with an excellent medical reputation for harvesting, storing and successfully delivering tissue in a medically-useful state? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc on May 12, 2014 - 1 answer

Does blowing in a video game cartridge actually do anything?

Since the first Nintendo game console came out in the 80's, I can recall everyone I know (myself included) blowing into the game cartridge and/or the Nintendo itself when something went wrong (freezing, etc.). What is the premise for doing this (I saw other people do it, and sometimes it seemed to work, so that's why I did, thinking maybe dustiness/debris was the issue...), and is there any legit evidence that this really fixes things?
posted by PinkPoodle on Mar 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Cooking ahead for really nice dinner parties

My wife and I really like cooking elaborate multi-course meals for guests. We are advanced home cooks, and greatly enjoy being in the kitchen. However, our kitchen is not lavish, and of course time is limited. What are your go-to recipes that can be prepared in advance (ideally, the weekend before and frozen) and then finished or reheated for a really excellent dinner party? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Non-freezing shipping

I'd like to ship glass containers carrying liquids to a friend in a Northern state (opening them up and placing them in another container is not an option, as they are carbonated.) It is currently winter and frequently well below freezing outside. Is this possible to do without the contents freezing solid and exploding? FedEx recommends placing thawed gel coolants in a package to prevent freezing as a "heat sink". How does this even work?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Jan 22, 2014 - 15 answers

What is the best way to preserve cinnamon buns for a several mornings?

Make, freeze, bake? Make, bake, freeze? Make, bake, refrigerate? [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Aug 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Freezing marinated chicken?

Hi! Quick question. My dear mother gave me more marinated chicken fillets than I can possibly eat at once. They've been marinating for a day, have not been frozen yet. Can I freeze some of them?
posted by mooza on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Why Does My Frozen Fish Smell... Fishy?

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]
posted by forallmankind on Jul 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Hard drive having occasional problems with startup

Sometimes (often?) my external hard drive seems to stall while spinning up. But it's not broken. So what is it doing, and is there a way to fix it? [more inside]
posted by Zelos on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Fixing an XBOX I just bought off eBay

So after years of using roommates' machines, and having finished a well-paying highly stressful recent job, I rewarded myself by buying an XBox Slim off of eBay. Which I guess was foolish of me. The thing arrived with only the 4GB hard drive, so I had to buy a decent-sized one in order for it to do anything, and even then it started freezing nearly constantly. If left off overnight it will start up and work for maybe an hour before freezing at first, and then quickly degrade to the point where it can't even start up properly. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Jun 15, 2013 - 16 answers

What's the best way to freeze green juice?

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]
posted by acidic on May 5, 2013 - 9 answers

This question is the opposite of "should I eat it?"

One of my favorite no-brainer meals is grilled chicken marinated in fat-free Italian dressing. Yum! I usually marinate and grill a whole pack of breasts and then grill them and save leftovers through the week. But I got to thinking about how I could get the freezer to help me out. Can it? [more inside]
posted by moviehawk on Apr 29, 2013 - 12 answers

How to make the softest, most chewable ice

How do I make the softest, cloudiest, most chewable ice at home? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Feb 4, 2013 - 16 answers

Frozen lysine supplements

So I left my lysine supplements in the car overnight, and the temperature dropped below freezing. Did I screw them up? Can I still take them? Sigh. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue on Jan 26, 2013 - 6 answers

What can I make for my widowed dad to eat who is on a salt restricted diet?

What can I cook my very old fashioned, CHF widowed dad? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Dec 6, 2012 - 23 answers

Can moldy books saved from flood be put in my freezer?

Can moldy books saved from flood be put in my freezer? [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Nov 27, 2012 - 6 answers

No more bursting bottles!

I like to keep a case of bottled water in my car, for emergencies and inconveniences. During the winter months, the bottles tend to freeze (and thaw). What is the most burst-proof brand of bottled water, or what sort of shape/style of bottle should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by mskyle on Oct 22, 2012 - 24 answers

I'm going to have an awesome freezer

BakingFilter: I'm trying to clean out the fridge and use up some things - and one thing I want to do is make up a whole bunch of turnovers using jam and puff pastry, and then freeze them. The question is: WHEN should I freeze them, before or after baking? (Bonus question - if after baking, how would I reheat them?)
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Aug 18, 2012 - 4 answers

How does a body look after two decades in a freezer?

CSI-filter: I'm writing a short story about the Mob and about a body that's been in a basement freezer for 20 years. I have some questions for anyone who might be in a position to know about these things. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Jun 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Yet anothing freezing Macbook Pro

A couple of weeks ago my Macbook pro started crashing, and I can't use it without it freezing every fifteen minutes. Any suggestions before I go to the Apple Store? [more inside]
posted by catwash on Jan 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Whats eating Gilbert Grapefruit?

Perhaps because of his childhood memories of selling fruit for his own highschool band, my boyfriend made an over enthusiastic grapefruit purchase. How are 2 people going to eat 10 lbs of grapefruit?  [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Dec 13, 2011 - 29 answers

Please, please help me get my Macbook Pro up and running again!

Help diagnose my ailing Macbook Pro! (VERY long—trying to provide as many details as possible.) [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Sep 10, 2011 - 11 answers

FIGZILLA

FIIIIIGS! We're moving to a house that has a fig tree! Looking for fig recipes, but also any information about preserving/canning/pickling/drying/freezing them. Also, how do I know if they are green figs or black figs (ours appears to have both) and what's the difference? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Aug 28, 2011 - 19 answers

Computer freezes, what do?

My computer freezes. I'd like it to stop doing that. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on Jul 31, 2011 - 25 answers

Alternatives to the bbq pulled pork

What else to do with pulled pork after tonight's bbq pulled pork sandwiches? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 4, 2011 - 22 answers

Downloaded videos on Computer Don't Play Steadily. They start and stop but the sound is fine. What is causing this?

Whenever I download videos onto my hard drive, they play at a halting pace. The sound will work well, continuing uninterrupted, but the video images start and stop catching up with the words of the characters in the shows. [more inside]
posted by lackadaisical on Jul 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Keep me from becoming a cube-sicle

It's 90 degrees outside yet I am shivering in my cube. Can you give me some ideas about what to wear that will allow me to transition between these two climates? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Jun 6, 2011 - 51 answers

Computer freezes while playing games - What could be causing this?

As the subject states, my computer freezes while playing games, and only while playing games. Am I right in thinking it's the graphics card? [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle on May 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Non-Costly Cryogenic Liquids?

How do I buy liquid nitrogen in New York City, or otherwize perform food-grade flash-freezing on a budget? [more inside]
posted by goingonit on Mar 8, 2011 - 13 answers

An iPod Touch won't restart.

An iPod Touch won't restart and appears frozen. [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Jan 31, 2011 - 12 answers

OS and a Browser, Two Bits

Will Chrome or Firefox play nicer with my Win-7 64 bit computer than IE 8 is? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jan 14, 2011 - 15 answers

A non-chef attempts to make delicious frozen meals.

Help me generate ideas for delicious meals that are designed to be frozen. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises on Jan 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Am I freezing my computer? Will it break?

How worried should I be about leaving a laptop in a car for a couple of hours at 35 below (F)? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Dec 17, 2010 - 24 answers

A home without water: aka camping.

Is it possible to set up a lightly-used house so that it's still usable in wintertime without keeping the heat on all the time? [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Foodstuffs for later?

Pesto, caramelized onions.... What other foodstuff additives can I make in advance that will freeze well and provide meal interest for months in advance? I'm a vegetarian (not vegan) but if you want to answer for the benefit of omnivores, that's okay, too.
posted by Morrigan on Nov 21, 2010 - 32 answers

Help me pack a lunch for the whole week.

Packing lunch with two restrictions: weekly bringing, and an office fridge that freezes things regularly. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Oct 23, 2010 - 18 answers

leftover chicken

why does refrigerated cooked chicken taste different than freshly-cooked chicken? i dislike the strong gamey taste that it acquires. is there anything I can do about it, except covering it up with spices or condiments?
posted by macinchik on Aug 1, 2010 - 24 answers

What kind of surgery is this involving freezing and burning nerve endings?

Freezing and burning nerves to help with back pain? What kind of surgery is this, exactly? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Feb 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Monopoly money

Paypal won't give me my money. How do I tell them to hand it over? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Invitation to my insulation installation aggravation.

I need advice on my chilly basement and where my money would be best spent. [more inside]
posted by thaworldhaswarpedme on Jan 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Why did only one bottle of water freeze?

Why did only one bottle of water freeze? [more inside]
posted by amro on Jan 4, 2010 - 19 answers

Don't freeze me, bro!

What kinds of food can't I freeze? Any tips about portioning? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Dec 31, 2009 - 29 answers

Ground Beef for dummies

IsitstillgoodFilter: Ground Beef Edition. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me wrap and present delicious but frozen food.

This Christmas, I'm giving everyone the gift of delicious and healthy home-cooked meals, but I'm blanking on how to wrap and/or present them at the Christmas Eve festivities. Everything will be pre-frozen, which probably rules out putting them by the tree with the other gifts, and the only other solution I can think of is leaving them in my car and letting everyone take theirs on the way home, which is lame. There must be a better way. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Dec 2, 2009 - 15 answers

Cooking Gurus: Educate me in the way of the freezer

I want to pre-make most of my meals ahead of time. How do I store them in individual servings? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jul 23, 2009 - 28 answers

Professional panic filter

I had a potentially damaging lapse of ability at work today and need some advice on how to keep it from happening ever again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2009 - 21 answers

Help us eat for the winter!

We want to freeze vegetables for the winter. Here's the trick: we don't want to use a refrigerator. [more inside]
posted by puckish on May 31, 2009 - 19 answers

iPod/iTunes freezing on song transfer

Newish iPod freezing during transfer from computer. Also HDScan not appearing in the diagnostics. Anything (additional) I should try before taking advantage of the service plan? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed on May 5, 2009 - 2 answers

How long does it take to freeze vodka, and what cool things can I do with it?

How long does it take to freeze vodka, and what can I do with it after that? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Mar 6, 2009 - 21 answers

Cold Curves

The heater in my 95 G20 is suddenly working intermittently. For the last three days, I get cold air through the vents for the first 20 minutes of highway driving, followed by the heat suddenly kicking in. Then, when I corner around a sharp right hand turn, the air suddenly goes cold, and then heat resumes when I straighten up. Ideas before I head to the mechanic?
posted by blue_wardrobe on Jan 16, 2009 - 6 answers

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