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09-25-2008, 04:46 PM #1
Can you freeze lunch meat and sliced cheese?
There is a good deal right now on those individual packages of lunch meat if you buy sliced sandwich cheese. Can these be frozen in the packages? Is the texture the same? TIA!
- 09-25-2008, 05:04 PM #2
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I freeze it all the time. The sandwich sliced cheese will come out just fine from the freezer after being thawed. I always keep an extra pack of cheese in the freezer.
My only caution with lunch meat is this, if it's packaged tightly (think bologna, salami, ham and turkey packs similar to those) then they to will be just fine throwing them straight into your freezer and fine after thawing.
IF, it's deli sliced meat (or really thinly sliced, shaved lunch meat) or packaged loosely like deli meat usually is, then I would suggest you remove it from packaging and either vacuum seal it or place it in a ziplock type of bag and remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Also the thinly and shaved meat varieties tend to need to be squeezed a bit after thawing to remove excess moisture. but I freeze these as well just following those guidelines. I just recently stocked up on 6 packages of deli sliced meat myself. Take advantage of the good deal!
09-25-2008, 05:05 PM #3
Exactly what I do.
09-26-2008, 06:06 AM #4
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We freeze both of them here at school and they thaw just fine.
09-26-2008, 04:01 PM #5
I freeze all kinds of cheeses and lunch meat all the time. I stock up while they are on sale too! They come out tasting just the same.
09-26-2008, 04:07 PM #6
WOW - I never thought about freezing cheese like that - DUH. LOL Thanks everyone. I will have to try that.
09-26-2008, 04:32 PM #7
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I buy big pieces of meat and slice then portion into a weeks worth of sandwiches.
some of the meats - like ham have a really high water content so are a strange texture when they thaw, and really watery.
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