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    Default Freezing lasagna

    Just wondering- if you are freezing a whole lasagna do you bake first? Or just assemble then freeze?

    And how long do you put it in the oven for when you are wanting to serve it?

    I'm making lasagna for my XMIL to serve to the kids when I'm not home. She doesn't cook at all so I need specific instructions to give her!

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    I cook, cut into portions and freeze in zip lock bags when I do mine

    Re cooking times just until the top cheese is golden - generally around 15 to 20 mins

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    Quote Originally Posted by crankyoldcow View Post
    I cook it first, but I make sure it is partially undercooked ie only a very light colour on top.

    To reheat, I whack in the oven still frozen with foil over the top (not sure how long though - until I can easily put a fork / skewer in) and then take the foil off and cook until it is nice and brown on top and I've tested it with a skewer and the skewer comes out of the centre hot.
    Essentially this, but I defrost it before putting it in the oven. The skewer test is the best way. It can take a while for the centre to come up to temperature depending how big your lasagne is.

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    If I am freezing a whole lasagne - I assemble it and freeze it unbaked. It does bake better that way.

    BUT anything uneaten from a whole lasagne that I baked, I also cut into portions and freeze, and its just fine.

    (so when making lasagne I usually make 2. Cook 1 and freeze 1 uncooked. Then whatever is uneaten of the one we cooked, I freeze in portions.)

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    Thanks! I did end up baking them.
    Then after very specific instructions to XMIL to put them in the freezer (she was minding the kids this arvo while I ducked out) she and the kids ate half of one. FFS. Why do I bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    If I am freezing a whole lasagne - I assemble it and freeze it unbaked. It does bake better that way.

    BUT anything uneaten from a whole lasagne that I baked, I also cut into portions and freeze, and its just fine.

    (so when making lasagne I usually make 2. Cook 1 and freeze 1 uncooked. Then whatever is uneaten of the one we cooked, I freeze in portions.)
    What do you find the difference is between the two methods?
    Does the cooked one dry out a bit? That's the main reason I was second-guessing myself this morning.

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    yep.

    exactly.

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    Oh bugger. Oh well, too late now!

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    it will still be yummy

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    I freeze single servings that have been cooked and never had a problem with it being dry but it's a small portion compared to large. Yum, lasagne :-)


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