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How to best dig through frozen ground to put in raised flower beds?

We'd like build and replace some raised garden beds for a school in Chicago. We've had an unseasonably cold winter and the ground may still be frozen. We have the last weekend in March dedicated to this project. How much can we reasonably dig out and how? What are some rental tools to look into? How long would it take to thaw the ground with fires and heat lamps?
posted by jadegenie on Mar 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Inherited Chicken Bricks

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]
posted by WasabiFlux on Feb 21, 2014 - 28 answers

It's cold back here

How would I ship snowballs to my friends in Los Angeles, CA without their melting, and how much would I have to pay for it? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 13, 2014 - 14 answers

How to start a frozen car.

Both of my Hondas are frozen and won't start. Help! [more inside]
posted by archimago on Jan 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Power is out! So, how long until my pipes burst?

I have a small weekend cottage. I am currently 2 hours away from said cottage and the power there went out 3.5 hours ago. The temperature there is currently -2 F. Power company estimates return of power around midnight. Are my pipes going to freeze? [more inside]
posted by minervous on Jan 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Will my partially frozen soda be OK?

I happened upon an extremely good sale on 2-liter bottles of soda yesterday, and stocked up for entertaining this holiday season. Like a big dummy, I forgot they were in my trunk over night, and when I went and retrieved them this morning, they were partially frozen. [more inside]
posted by mzwz on Nov 30, 2013 - 14 answers

A microwavable Thanksgiving

My son and I are both gluten-free and incredibly sensitive to cross-contamination. We are going to a big family thanksgiving where the food will not be GF and cross-contamination will ruin the food that normally is. (a serving spoon being shared between dishes or someone dropping bread crumbs on an open dish would leave me very sick). I would like to bring dishes so my son and I can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. I don't mind spending this whole weekend cooking and freezing so he has a nice Thanksgiving. The only problem is that everything we bring has to be microwavable... So help me MFites. What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes that would hold up well to being warmed up from frozen in a microwave. (Don't worry about the recipe being gluten-free -- I'm pretty good at converting recipes).
posted by LittleMy on Nov 21, 2013 - 8 answers

More than one tab would be just great

Laptop freezing semi-regularly with internet use, need suggestions. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on Aug 20, 2013 - 9 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

Is it safe to drink? Trading Places edition

How old is too old to drink frozen concentrated orange juice? [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 on Mar 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Fingerfood dessert recipe using frozen strawberries?

I have been freezing strawberries from my garden and currently have about 6-8 cups of them. I need to take a dessert to a Christmas party this weekend. I would like to use the strawberries, but it needs to be something that can be eaten with fingers (probably no bowls or utensils will be available) and work well with berries that have been frozen. Any ideas?
posted by lollusc on Dec 5, 2012 - 18 answers

Slightly eggy smelling cooked then frozen chicken ok to eat?

Is cooked then frozen chicken with a mild eggy smell ok to eat? [more inside]
posted by 1024x768 on Nov 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Power's out, how long will the cold last?

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]
posted by gracedissolved on Sep 11, 2012 - 11 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

Guys: He froze up in front of me, but does he have a girlfriend?

Guys: He froze up in front of me, but does he have a girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by fan_of_all_things_small on Jun 1, 2012 - 30 answers

Why does my Macbook freeze all the time?

Why is my Macbook so slow and constantly freezing? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on May 13, 2012 - 29 answers

Yay or nay? Ceviche made with previously frozen fish.

Yay or nay? Ceviche made with previously frozen fish. [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Mar 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Freezer full of frozen water. Please advise.

Definitive answer please. Why does ice smell? [more inside]
posted by tigrefacile on Mar 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Can frozen river horses exist?

A recent Spanish film, Silence in the Snow, begins with a striking images of horses' heads sticking out of a frozen river. Apparently a herd has run into the river and the water has frozen instantaneously around them, freezing them into it. It is a beautiful image, not dissimilar from one in Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg, and it is just a movie and all, but I've been wondering: could it really happen?
posted by Holly on Jan 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Making the most of frozen salmon

I just ordered some wild Alaskan salmon online, partially in hopes of being able to prepare sushi for myself at home. But the fish feels a little spongy when I eat it raw after defrosting it. Is this because of how long it's been frozen? Is there any way to revitalize fish that has been frozen for a period of months? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Jan 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Traveling with frozen soup.

Can I fly domestically carrying frozen soup? [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Dec 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me ward off winter scurvy!

What do you do with frozen vegetables and fruits? (other than use them for ice packs?) [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Dec 1, 2011 - 45 answers

Delicious Fruit Foods Are Waiting to Come To Life

I get a box of fruit & veggies delivered to my house every two weeks. Let me tell you something. IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE. However, I rarely finish all of the apples and pears and bananas. I stuff them into the freezer when I don't eat them, but... my freezer is overflowing with frozen apples and bananas, and I think a few pears. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Oct 10, 2011 - 33 answers

How do I thaw a half-frozen, half-unfrozen steak?

I have two gorgeous bistro steaks that I was hoping to cook tonight, but my fridge was temperamental this weekend and froze half of each steak solid (the other halves are a non-frozen, safe temperature). Is there any way of thawing the frozen halves out? Do I just cut the steaks in half? Feed me, Metafilter!
posted by Stephanie Duy on Aug 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Scrumptious. Or not.

Can-we-eat-it filter: frozen pizza, thawing in the car trunk. Edible? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Aug 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Desperately Seeking Soft Serve

A local yogurt place has a non-dairy, soft serve "pink lemonade" flavor that is amazing. How can I recreate it with my new Cuisinart ice cream maker? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Aug 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Can I eat these frozen shrimp?

Can I eat this? Pre-cooked frozen jumbo shrimp left in my bag at room temperature for 3-4 hours, then thrown back in the freezer last night. When I put them back in the freezer, they were still very cold to the touch. (I just started eating shrimp after a decade of not, so there is much I don't know about shrimp safety, but surely pre-cooked is better than uncooked?)
posted by c'mon sea legs on Jun 17, 2011 - 8 answers

beef beef

Have I ruined my organic beef? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Mar 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Half-baked Cake filter

Is it healthy or sensible to half bake a cake, cool it, freeze it, thaw it, and finish cooking it? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl on Feb 6, 2011 - 11 answers

The big meaty chill

Please share your best recipes that utilize frozen (unthawed) poultry and meat. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Jan 16, 2011 - 13 answers

What to do with ripe but frozen persimmons?

I have 7 very ripe hachiya persimmons in my freezer, frozen solid. They were READY TO EAT! when I got them (all delicious and snotty), but had to go out of town for the holidays and didn't know what else to do with them. Now I'm back and at a loss as to how to proceed. Can I thaw them? Will they shatter my blender as-is? I've made ice cream with persimmons before, but am still fairly new to this glorious fruit, so all suggestions are welcome.
posted by carsonb on Dec 30, 2010 - 9 answers

A freezer for your thoughts.

I want to start batch cooking my lunches for the month. I want to create delicious, HEALTHY individually-portioned frozen meals that I can pop in the microwave. Other catch: they have to be relatively cheap to make. Suggestions for recipes that fit the bill?
posted by corn_bread on Sep 25, 2010 - 14 answers

froze and thawed a bottle of coca cola. now half of the content is missing. is all that just the carbonation?

froze and thawed a bottle of coca cola. now half of the content is missing. is all that just the carbonation? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Sep 17, 2010 - 15 answers

How to cook a flank steak frozen post marination

I froze a flank steak after it was marinated. How will this affect the texture of the cooked steak? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on Sep 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Is PayPal legally obligated to suck?

I'm curious about PayPal freezing accounts because of "suspicious activity" - large or rapid donations. Why does this happen? Specifically, are they legally obligated to do this, or are they just jerks? [more inside]
posted by komara on Sep 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Is it safe to eat?: A Metafilter Standard

I defrosted farmer's market catfish in the refrigerator 48 hours ago. It's still sitting in the fridge now. You know what's coming, don't you? Is it safe to eat?
posted by josher71 on Sep 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Put my dinner on ice

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]
posted by catlet on Jul 30, 2010 - 18 answers

Popsicle: it must be possible

Help me make the finest popsicles available to humanity. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Jun 5, 2010 - 43 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

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

Frozen Egg White Recipe?

Help me find the recipe of a delicious frozen dessert I had years ago? [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies on Sep 23, 2009 - 10 answers

How much am I hurting the environment when I have a sushi tuna roll?

What are the thermodynamics of frozen sushi-grade tuna? [more inside]
posted by underwater on Sep 21, 2009 - 7 answers

I guess TCBY were ahead of their time...

Everywhere I look there's a brand new little self-serve yogurt place with a different but strangely similar name. Pinkberry. Red Mango. Yogurt Circle. Yocup. Sogreen. Freshberry. Yogen Fruz. Tuttimelon. Nubi. One can expect a certain degree of copycatism with food trends, but it seems that there must have been some sort of catalyst for so many of these places to spring up so quickly with such similar products and business models at the same time. What brought this on?
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Sep 2, 2009 - 14 answers

At the risk of looking like a kitchen idiot

How can I take care that when I'm reheating glass jars of frozen sauce (or any food) on the stove, they won't shatter? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on May 25, 2009 - 25 answers

how safe is this chicken

I just found a frozen chicken dish in the freezer that is one year out of date. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on May 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Can I Eat This? If So, Got Any Recipes?

3 pound package of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts accidentally thawed to room temperature (out of freezer 10 hours). Yes I'm an idiot. That's not the question. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by wendell on May 14, 2009 - 34 answers

Will my spigots freeze?

Do I need to wrap my outdoor spigots to prevent freezing? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Dec 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Tasty, nutritious and healthy frozen food wanted

Need recommendations as to tasty prepared frozen meals available in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 19, 2008 - 36 answers

How do you recover an unresponsive desktop under Mac OSX?

Is there any way to salvage a frozen/unresponsive desktop under Mac OSX? [more inside]
posted by stevanl on Nov 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me stop eating raw french fries

I need a healthier snacking alternative to raw frozen french fries. Help? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Nov 6, 2008 - 19 answers

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