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Old 01-05-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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when reheating a frozen homemade lasagna. Should you defrost first and then cook? Or just put in oven and cook?

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Old 01-05-2014, 05:44 PM   #2
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You can do it either way, but I prefer to thaw it first overnight in the refrigerator. Heating it from frozen takes much longer, especially in the center. Depending on how thick it is, it should take about 35-45 minutes at 350 F from thawed. Keep it covered until the last 10 minutes or so for browning.
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:55 PM   #3
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I agree. You will end up with an inferior product if you reheat it from frozen. While the center is still frozen, the edges will be drying out.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:33 PM   #4
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I would at least let it partially thaw before sticking it in the oven. If the portion is small enough and in a glass container you might defrost it in the microwave using the defrost setting.
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I'd thaw it completely. If you try to reheat it with the center frozen, it will overheat the outside without cooking the inside.
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Well, I disagree I make two 8×8-inch pans of lasagna, then eat one and freeze one. When I cook the second one, I put it in the cold oven, turn it on, and let the lasagna heat up with the oven. It usually takes about 90 minutes to defrost and bake.
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Sounds good, GG. What temp do you use?
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Sounds good, GG. What temp do you use?
350ºF.
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I'm with GG. If I thaw it first, it tends to get mushy. I'd rather plan the longer time and still have good lasagna. I do make saucy lasagna though so that might make a difference. If your lasagna is drier, you might get away with thawing overnight then baking.
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You can do it either way, but I prefer to thaw it first overnight in the refrigerator. Heating it from frozen takes much longer, especially in the center. Depending on how thick it is, it should take about 35-45 minutes at 350 F from thawed. Keep it covered until the last 10 minutes or so for browning.
Exactly what I was about to say.
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