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  • sgmchef commented on Lorddrake's instructable Making Mushrooms Last (Duxelles)2 months ago
    Making Mushrooms Last (Duxelles)

    Hi again,For me, whether to home freeze or not depends on how much damage is done during ice crystal formation. A duxelle would not suffer, too much, from cell damage. I always freeze flat. It's all about the surface area. My freezer looks like a library. Stacks of gallon, quart, pint bags. My chicken soup has onions, carrots, celery and chicken only. Then when I pull it for use I can make Chicken dumpling, Chicken Rice, Chicken Noodle, Cajun Chicken, etc. I do the same for tomato sauce.When I want to freeze small quantities like 10 cloves of roasted garlic or maybe two Tablespoon of Duxelle I am cheap enough to cut a sandwich bag in two, and use each corner with a twist tie. Air is the enemy of frozen food. You can't seal an ice cube tray.If you still want to use an ice cube tray, it m...

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    Hi again,For me, whether to home freeze or not depends on how much damage is done during ice crystal formation. A duxelle would not suffer, too much, from cell damage. I always freeze flat. It's all about the surface area. My freezer looks like a library. Stacks of gallon, quart, pint bags. My chicken soup has onions, carrots, celery and chicken only. Then when I pull it for use I can make Chicken dumpling, Chicken Rice, Chicken Noodle, Cajun Chicken, etc. I do the same for tomato sauce.When I want to freeze small quantities like 10 cloves of roasted garlic or maybe two Tablespoon of Duxelle I am cheap enough to cut a sandwich bag in two, and use each corner with a twist tie. Air is the enemy of frozen food. You can't seal an ice cube tray.If you still want to use an ice cube tray, it may indeed crumble. I would suggest using a complementary liquid to help seal air space to slow freezer burn. Ideally, the rehydration water from some dried mushrooms but any broth would work as well.

    Hi again,For me, whether to home freeze or not depends on how much damage is done during ice crystal formation. A duxelle would not suffer, too much, from cell damage. I always freeze flat. It's all about the surface area. My freezer looks like a library. Stacks of gallon, quart, pint bags. My chicken soup has onions, carrots, celery and chicken only. Then when I pull it for use I can make Chicken dumpling, Chicken Rice, Chicken Noodle, Cajun Chicken, etc. I do the same for tomato sauce.When I want to freeze small quantities like 10 cloves of roasted garlic or maybe two Tablespoon of Duxelle I am cheap enough to cut a sandwich bag in two, and use each corner with a twist tie. Air is the enemy of frozen food. You can't seal an ice cube tray.If you still want to use an ice cube tray, it m...

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    Hi again,For me, whether to home freeze or not depends on how much damage is done during ice crystal formation. A duxelle would not suffer, too much, from cell damage. I always freeze flat. It's all about the surface area. My freezer looks like a library. Stacks of gallon, quart, pint bags. My chicken soup has onions, carrots, celery and chicken only. Then when I pull it for use I can make Chicken dumpling, Chicken Rice, Chicken Noodle, Cajun Chicken, etc. I do the same for tomato sauce.When I want to freeze small quantities like 10 cloves of roasted garlic or maybe two Tablespoon of Duxelle I am cheap enough to cut a sandwich bag in two, and use each corner with a twist tie. Air is the enemy of frozen food. You can't seal an ice cube tray.If you still want to use an ice cube tray, it may indeed crumble. I would suggest using a complementary liquid to help seal air space to slow freezer burn. Ideally, the rehydration water from some dried mushrooms but any broth would work as well.

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  • sgmchef commented on Lorddrake's instructable Making Mushrooms Last (Duxelles)2 months ago
    Making Mushrooms Last (Duxelles)

    Duxelles are a great and tasty addition to many dishes. (Mix with Pesto!)Please consider freezing in sandwich bags. Flatten contents and squeeze out excess air. Defrosts in less than a minute.Covering anything that "might" have soil on it with oil, is the only condition that Botulism likes. Yes, Botulism poisoning is "rare". But that particular microbe is present in soil all over the planet. Science says you are taking a small risk...It may seem alarmist to some, but I'm a chef, I cannot afford to take chances with what I serve to others.

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  • sgmchef commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Vaseline1 year ago
    Unusual Uses for Vaseline

    Nick! You should have read the last line!!!!!!!!

    Nick! You should have read the second line!!!!

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  • sgmchef commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses for Vaseline1 year ago
    Unusual Uses for Vaseline

    Well, just because no one mentioned it...You can use always Vaseline for better love making!Apply a generous amount to the hallway door knob to keep your kids out of the room!

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