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Query from: Enthusiast, United States, 10/12/04
Topic: COOKING      Submitted on:
Paneer question - paneer usually tastes good and soft, if fried in ghee and then put in water until it is added to any gravy curry.

I like entertaining people and would love to know if I can freeze the fried paneer in bulk. Would it loose texture or taste? Any other paneer tips are most welcome :)

Thanks in advance.

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Response from: r k,   
Council Member on
Hi enthusiast, i dont think it makes much difference in texture or taste of the panner if fried paneer freezed in bulk. Here r some tips for paneer. source:-… Bulk cheese will keep longer when it's wrapped in a paper towel dampened with vinegar and placed in a sealed plastic bag. The vinegar will inhibit mold growth. Re-moisten the paper towel every few days, as needed. Cheese won't harden if you'll butter the exposed edges before storing. Hard Cheeses - When storing hard cheese such as Parmesan, Romano or Asiago, store in the coldest spot of your refrigerator. It lasts much longer than freezing. Freezing the cheese makes it "spongy" after a certain   period of time. Soft paneer - Add curd or lemon or vinegar to the boiling milk & you will get soft paneer which is specially good for those with weak stomachs. Softening the cream cheese - Remove it from its wrapper and microwave it on MEDIUM for 30-40 Seconds.

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Response from: anushka ,   
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The tips given as follows is generally used for paneer that is not fried. Cut cubes ad fry them as and when required. Wrap paneer in blotting paper before storing in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for a long time.

Immerse paneer completely in water and put it in the refrigerator. Change the water once in 2 days.

For storing fried paneer Put the paneer in boiling water for a few minutes and its softness is restored.

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Response from: JM ,   
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It is better to freeze soft cheese instead of fried cheese as I feel it will loose the texture & taste. If you keep fresh paneer refrigerated it will last for five to seven days. You can freeze it for about a month - but once it has defrosted don't freeze it again.

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Response from: Bhargavi Kethineni,   
Council Member on
Dear Enthusiast,

I have stored paneer maximum for a week or 15 days and it stayed fresh.Usually when I want to fisnish off within a week or so I store it in the water and change it for every two days.For longer time I wrap it in a blotting paper and it is good both texture and taste wise.I guess in restaurants/Indian stores they generally freeze the paneer for longer time as it's quite difficult to prepare it every other day.But I read somewhere that the paneer gives a better taste when it is used within a week from the date of opening the pack.

Hope it helps!

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Response from: Haritha ,   
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It is best advisable to store paneer as it is instead of frying. Wrap paneer in a kitchen towel and put in fridge, it would stay for 7-10 days. Alternatively you can put it in freezer for more time, but do not freeze it once you thawed it. GL

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Response from: a a,   
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u can freeze paneer, But be careful while defrosting it. Defrost it just 10 seconds in microwave. more than thatwill change its texture.

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Response from: Yogi Gupta,   
Council Member on
Yes, you can freeze both fried as well as un-fried Paneer. The only thing you have to do is make sure it is wrapped double wrapped, plastic foil and then the aluminum foil. When de-frosting, do it over-night in the refrigerator. When defrosted, rinse away in cold water. Use per your recipe. Once, put in a "temperature hot" gravy, you will not be able to tell difference. The frozen Paneer will be good for about 3 months.

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Response from: Manchu ,   
Council Member on

Wrapping panneer in a blotting paper and keeps it in fridge helps to preserve the paneer for long days.

You no need to fry the paneer before keeping it in fridge. Immerse it in boiling water makes the paneer soft.


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Response from: Rupa Balachandar,   
Registered Member on
Sure...panner freezes very well. To thaw the frozen paneer zap(microwave) the paneer in a dish with some water(covering it) for 5-10 mins on high depending on the power level of your microwave.

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Response from: Saraswathi Thiagarajan,   
Council Member on
Dear Enthusiast,You need not even fry the panner. YOu boil it in water for 2 minutes and add the paneer to any dish.If you prepare the paneer at home be sure you remove all the whey befor boiling it in water.

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Response from: p g,   
Council Member on
hi u can freez fried paneer in bulk.but it is better that before frying paneer keep paneer in warm water then fry &then add to the that u can get fresh &tasty paneer.

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Response from: Nazneen Khwaja,   
Council Member on

You can very well freeze fried paneer in bulk if you are not opening the freezer often. You can stock it in air tight container. It will not lose texture or taste.

One easy sweet dish out of paneer is as under:

Break paneer pieces finely to form soji type substance. Fry in little ghee. Add sugar and cardamom powder. Stir well till the sugar is dissolved and mixed well in paneer and paneer turns golden.

Remove from heat and eat.

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Response from: Badshah .,   
Council Member on
Dear Enthuiast, Paneer can safely be fried and kept in the freezer but keep in a freezer bag.

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Response from: Usha Gurnani,   
Council Member on
You can freeze the paneer. It does not lose its taste.

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Response from: Sridevi ,   
Council Member on
Hey there, I usually cut them into pices and then fry them and freeze them in plastic containers putting wax paper between each layer.I thaw them at the room temperature or defrost them in the fridge over night. They doo taste good in the garvies and also don't break into pieces. So when you are freezing them, just fry them and don't put them in water.I also cut them into bite size pieces and Bake them on a single layer in the oven on a aluminium foil sprayed with oil or ghee and have frozen them and they tasted good and did not break when i put them into the gravy. Good luck with paneer freezing!

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