Food for a Crowd
If you are hosting a crowd, you may want to cook in advance to save time. But are you able to store food in the refrigerator without losing quality?
Speed is important. If you get your food for a crowd frozen immediately, it will sound fresh when you feed it. Here are some tips to get you started:
Do not plan to freeze multiple items at once, and allow space next to the refrigerator. Once the food is solid, you can put it on top of other foods.
Choose shallow containers and casserole containers, to cool quickly and freeze.
The temperature of the refrigerator should be between 0 ° and 18 ° Fahrenheit, or -18 ° to 28 ° C.
Completely cool food before cold. To cool quickly, place the pan in cold water. You can cool the food in the fridge while it is still warm, and then move it to the fridge.
Fold the food carefully to keep the liquid inside, and let the air out. Place wax paper between layers so that they do not stick together.
Allow space in containers and bags for food to increase during freezing, but remove any air from plastic bags. Zipper bags work well in the end, and can be washed and reused.
Do not use aluminum foil to store tomatoes based on tomatoes or other acidic foods.
Allow plenty of time to cool in the refrigerator: 24-48 hours for casseroles. You can also heat frozen or frozen food in the oven. Do not try this with a glass container. Keep the loaves well wrapped while straining to keep the crusts clean.
Cutting casseroles into serving pieces before freezing saves time later, and allows for faster frosting and melting. But you run the risk of drying the pieces quickly, or turning them too brown in the oven. Rolls and mini-pizzas are easier to store and serve than larger loaves.
Reheat the cooked food, at an internal temperature of 165 ° F. (75 ° C.). Bring the soup to a boil.