I am concerned about the safety of defrosting and baking this dish, as it was prepared over four months ago. If unsafe, I will just discard it unused. If safe, how should I defrost and cook it?
Sent by Laura
Editor: Laura, yes, I believe that this frozen dish is still safe to eat. If it has remained completely frozen then yes, there is no problem from a health standpoint. It may be slightly freezer-burnt, or a little stale, but most likely it will be delicious. If you bake it, I would suggest baking the frozen dish at the same temperature you bake the regular recipe, but covering it for most of the cooking time, and baking for 50% longer. (So, if you usually bake for an hour, bake for 1 1/2 hours.)
If you want, though, you can defrost the dish in the refrigerator overnight and bake for a normal amount of time.
Readers, any thoughts or cautions for Laura?
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