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Old 12-21-2009, 08:08 PM   #1
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Smile Freeze Pasta Salad?

Can pasta salad be frozen?

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Old 12-21-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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Yes, it can.

Do you have any extra?

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Old 12-21-2009, 08:24 PM   #3
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You bet, just swing by!!
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:30 PM   #4
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the pasta consistency wont change when rethawed ?
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:41 PM   #5
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Thin pasta, such as spaghetti or linguini may turn soft if not cooked al dente, but the thicker pasta, such as the spirals or shell noodles used in pasta salad, hold up better.
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:12 PM   #6
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Really Selkie? I thought freezing pasta salad was a real no no. Have you done it?
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Old 12-21-2009, 10:53 PM   #7
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It would depend on what else is in it. When thawed, vegetables lose their original texture. Crisp celery becomes soggy and limp. It would also depend on the dressing as well.
I certainly wouldn't freeze a pasta salad.
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:00 PM   #8
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I've never frozen spaghetti, but I have frozen a Greek pasta salad. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad either. I used a couple of individual portion freezer bags, although I don't know if that would make a difference, and I thawed it for lunch at room temperature within two weeks of freezing.

[It was so good I couldn't stay away from it - (One of those happy accidents where everything comes together just right!) It hasn't happen since.]

And I haven't given it any thought about it not coming out right until you mentioned it, so I did a little research, and there are a number of on-line artcles about freezing pasta, not that I endorse any of them, but at least I'm not alone in doing it successfully.

Maybe it was just a happy accident!?
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:38 PM   #9
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I don't know. I have to say though, I completely relate to the happy accident that you can't stay away from. I'm glad it worked out for you. I wonder if it was because it was in small portions that it worked out? Whatever the case, I'm more willing to try it myself now. I will just make sure I don't do it with cucumbers or other veggies that get icky.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:36 AM   #10
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Mayo will break if it's frozen and cannot be brought back together. So you should not freeze a pasta salad with a mayo-based dressing.
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