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motoeric
10-18-2013, 01:21 AM
This really isn't applicable to me until the Spring when the comp season starts again, but how long can you freeze a prepared but raw meatloaf?

Would 2 or 3 weeks be cool?

I'm thinking that it would make life easier to have as much prepared as possible ahead of time for team meals and snacks. If I can make 10 or so mini-loafs and then just defrost them and put them on the smoker, that would help.

Thanks,

Eric

caseydog
10-18-2013, 01:35 AM
Depends on how you freeze them, IMO.

If you vacuum seal the with something like a Foodsaver, you would probably be fine.

Air is the enemy when freezing food. You have to suck all the air out of any food that contains water, which is is almost all food, before you freeze it. Otherwise, it will freezer burn.

If you vacuum seal the meat loafs, you should be fine for months, so a few weeks is nothing.


CD

Crash
10-18-2013, 01:39 AM
I agree with CD. I think I would go with disposable mini loaf pans, throw a few in a foodsaver and suck n' seal. You won't have any issues.

buccaneer
10-18-2013, 02:44 AM
Me three^

legendaryhog
10-18-2013, 10:58 AM
I do this all the time with meatballs, usually when I have some odd pieces left over from whatever I'm trimming (deer, pork, beef, all mixed up, etc.). I make a huge batch of meatballs put them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper (not touching) and stick them in the freezer. Once they are frozen (so they won't stick together then) I throw them into ziplocks and try to push most of the air out (I have a vacuum sealer, but I don't bother for these). They last forever. Months. Even if you get some ice forming on them, it easily comes off and I have never had them freezer burn.

If you are looking for a quick hearty meal they fry up in no time. I just pull out whatever I want and put them in a cast iron skillet with a little oil. Don't even thaw them. Works great. You could easily do the same with mini meatloaf, but you would probably have to thaw before you cook as they would probably be too thick to throw on frozen.

thirtydaZe
10-18-2013, 12:21 PM
i had one vac sealed, we ate it last sunday (10-13). it had a seal date written on it of 8-11-13, all was good.

Jason TQ
10-18-2013, 12:57 PM
I try to not let frozen meat go longer than 6 months, but technically frozen food is safe indefinitely. Just the longer you let it go the more the quality deteriorates.