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Old 11-15-2007, 10:01 AM   #1
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Lasagna Must Travel

I need to go from Sarasota, Fl to West Palm Beach, Fl on Thanksgiving. I will be taking Lasagna. My question is do I bake the Lasagna the night before and reheat or bake when I get to WPB. Please help me.

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Old 11-15-2007, 10:04 AM   #2
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I believe lasagna is best eaten after it has had a second cooking, so I would opt for the reheat every time.

There was another thread recently about this for a wedding five hours away from the chef's home. Here's the liink for it:

http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...ner-38618.html
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:37 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help. I see this is a problem with many solutions. I'm still concerned about transporting the lasagna to West Palm Beach. Should I freeze it for one night?
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:47 AM   #4
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Guess that depends somewhat on the weather and how long it takes you to go from A to B. (Sorry but Florida distances mean nothing to me - different country!)

If the weather is hot and you will take several hours to get there, then I would freeze it but start to defrost it before leaving so that it stays cool while travelling but isn't frozen when you get there.

If the temp will be cool and only takes an hour or so, ice packs in an esky would probably be fine.

Whichever the situation, freezing isn't going to hurt it. Just allow for the defrosting time or defrost it in a microwave when you get there.

Other issue to consider if you freeze it is whether the container you will cook it in can go into the freezer and then back into an oven while still cold, without damaging your dish. Minor point in a way but you don't want to be transferring lasagna between dishes in case you rip the sheets. Ways around it though if you have to.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:26 AM   #5
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I made one 3 days ahead of time last week and worked very well. I did not bake it, I assembled and froze it, it took at least 6-8 hours to thaw on the counter, so I bet the ride would be just fine.

The only change I would make is the pan.... Gladware makes a 9x13 (or so) disposable that can be frozen AND baked in. I would use that next time, I used a non-stick brownie pan and the coating sorta stuck to my lasagna.

Now I have to go bakeware shopping. Bummer!
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:34 PM   #6
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May I ask was the lasagna watery at all? My husband doesn't like it when there is water in the lasagna.
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No not at all, in fact it was a bit dry.... well not dry. but for a lasagne it was. I'm not really helping am I......
I used the no-boil noodles, I also wont do that again I don't think. I also make my own spaghetti sauce in big batches and freeze it, and I don't care for a watery sauce, so my sauce is rather thick.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:30 PM   #8
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Lasagna when reheated becomes much less watery than after the original baking. I do not why. Also it could be specifick to the lasagna I make.
As far as your first question goes if you read that wedding thread you'd seen that i am a big proponent of baking, freazing (if needs to be kept for a while) and then reheating.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:41 PM   #9
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How long of a trip is it? If you can bake it the night before and refrigerate and just reheat it the next day.
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I need to go from Sarasota, Fl to West Palm Beach, Fl on Thanksgiving. I will be taking Lasagna. My question is do I bake the Lasagna the night before and reheat or bake when I get to WPB. Please help me.
According to Mapquest, it's almost 200 miles, about a 3.5 hour trip. I would make it the night before and refrigerate without baking. When you leave, put it in a cooler with ice packs; it will be fine till you get there. Then bake it for at least 1 hour, maybe 1 hour and 15 minutes, till bubbly.
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