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    why fishballs cannot be frozen?

    I put some fishballs from fresh market into the freezer.
    Couple of days later, use them for soup but they lose the bounce and very hard/brittle.
    what happened? how to make them soft and bouncy again.

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    Hard? Maybe not cook long enough.

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    If u see the shop, they chill it or its in a bag of clean water, then soaked in cold water to maintain a constant temperature for a few days.
    Einstein say..kenot freeze. Sure rosak wan!

    BTW..sometimes this usj forum have the darndest questions..FISH BALLS pulak? What next? Ping Pong ball punctured, how to repair? Feng Thau!

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    [QUOTE=bslee;592162
    BTW..sometimes this usj forum have the darndest questions..FISH BALLS pulak? What next? Ping Pong ball punctured, how to repair? Feng Thau! [/QUOTE]

    Lee, recently you have been very active promoting home cook food and jimat here and there,sure ppl ask these question.Since Zing is still sleeping ,you take over.

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    Need to spice things up in usj.com.my. Seriously, I try to cook at home, no MSG and to beat the GST-mah.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jan tomaswaki View Post
    Lee, recently you have been very active promoting home cook food and jimat here and there,sure ppl ask these question.Since Zing is still sleeping ,you take over.
    Hmmm.. I think you may not recognize the difference between "sharing and telling" (since this is an open forum as long as its not with malice) certain practices I have to follow for valid reasoning, AND a promotional exercise. There's a thick line between those 2. A promotion is to entice people to buy what you've to sell. I don't entice anyone. Of course what I practice could serve as some encouragement. Its up to any reader's own judgement, just the same as I share any DIY tips. I don't sell nor promote services. As someone implied, many are senior and can judge for themselves, and in this case its up to them in their spending habits, RM25/fried rice wouldn't affect me at all. As for Zing, I think it was clear he was promoting anti-MSG consumption and all know he's a restaurateur. Of course its a logical and good measure if one choose to follow what he promote or advise.

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    So, WHY is it fishballs cannot be deep frozen?

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    I deep freeze fishballs and they turn out ok.

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    So true. Some fishballs change texture after being frozen. Become like sponge. But there are some that turned out ok. Maybe type of ingredient used?
    A wise man refrains from talking but a fool utters rubbish.

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    It has to do with the flour that was added on. I suggest that you let it be at room temperature before you cook it instead of directly from the freezer. Perhaps it might help

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    Quote Originally Posted by cml View Post
    It has to do with the flour that was added on. I suggest that you let it be at room temperature before you cook it instead of directly from the freezer. Perhaps it might help
    yeah, help a bit if I defrost it properly but still like sponge. I buy fishballs in Australia, they are frozen in the supermarkets but when cooked, they are boucy. But our wet market parang fish balls looks very lovely but now I know you cannot deep freeze them. i just dump and made soup with them but cannot eat them now.

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    If I'm not mistaken, soft tow foo when frozen will change texture and be spoiled. It won't be the same again even after full defrost or at room temperature. Deep Freeze isn't applicable for every type of food. There's a limit one can do to preserve it. Surely there's a scientific explanation for this.

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    I think it's the water element in the food. Water expands as it freezes, destroying the cell walls, making the food lose it's texture .... unless you circumvent that by freezing your food really cold, really fast, so the ice crystals don't form.

    Just thinking aloud ....

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    Maybe it is a good idea to ask our local hawkers how they "store" their fish balls ? After all, they must be doing something right
    As one grows older, one has to eat healthier. So, add more vegetables into the mix

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    I think it is just like fruits. try to freeze a mango or orange. It will be spoilt after you take it out of the freezer.

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