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ncmeg1118

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A good friend returns from ET with her son this weekend. I am going to make some Ethiopian food to stock her freezer in hopes that her little guy will have an easier food transition than our Sam did.
I have never frozen Ethiopian food, or injera (as we seem to eat it all instantly). Does it freeze well? Any particular dishes that freeze well? Does cooked injera freeze ok, or should I should stick it in her fridge?
Thanks for your suggestions!
Megan

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You're a good friend!

We freeze injera. I find it works best to thaw it on the counter, then "refresh" by heating it in the microwave under a few damp paper towels. It's not as great as fresh injera, but a suitable second choice. Injera dries out pretty quickly in the fridge.

When I make doro wat and have leftovers, I pull the chicken off the bone and freeze the meat and sauce together. Then I'll reheat the doro wat in a saucepan with an egg or two thrown in. It almost gets better with time!

Our son's favorite dish is yekik alicha. We never have enough of that left over to freeze!

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All of the stews freeze wonderfully. When I make Ethiopian food, I make vats of it and put the rest in the freezer. Thaw a bit, then microwave, and it's great.

Injera: we first thaw it somewhat on the counter or on very low in the micro, just enough to break apart into pieces, then wrap well in parchment/wax paper and then foil on the outside. Put it in a 250 degree (or less, down to 150) oven until it's warm and soft. Done this way, it tastes fresh like it was just made. It won't last through another reheat, though, so make sure to eat all you heat (not hard to do )
We live far from any source of injera, so we get like $80 worth at a time and stick it in our chest freezer. We just roll up pieces of it, put it in freezer bags (gallon ziplock or so) and put enough in a bag for about one family dinner.

Gomen doesn't freeze all that well, but that's one that I don't make in vats anyhow, and it will last a little while in the freezer if need be.

What a wonderful thing you are doing!!! And what a perfect way to help out a new family with too much to do and not enough time to cook! I'm sure it will be very much appreciated. I'm convinced it helped our kids with attachment by mitigating a little of the new food stresses with familiar tastes and smells, but it sure was tiring to cook all the time and get used to a new family dynamic. What a great idea for helping out.

Our kids ate almost nothing nutritious but Ethiopian food for the first few months---it was also a huge comfort to them. My daughter would literally pat me on the back and say "good mommy" whenever she smelled the Ethiopian spices cooking. She still does. 




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...in my experience - when saving dorowat - save the meat and sauce together to freeze - before you add egg - saving the egg doesn't work out - add fresh when you eat it.

So glad to hear how to freeze and re-heat injera... I make a short/easy version - but would love to buy the "real thing" in larger amounts and save since we can't get it anywhere close by to my knowledge.


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Where do you all purchase your injera online?  We have tried to make some several times, with little luck.  I may fall back on buying it.

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I've found two sites for injera online.

This one was less expensive, and the injera ships when you order it. Plus, there's a video on the website that I love!

http://www.zelaleminjera.com/index.html

I think this injera is better, but it's more expensive. It ships on Tuesdays.

http://www.ethiopianspices.com/html/products.asp?ItemID=1029

DianeL, I'll be trying your method for thawing our injera next time. It sounds more effective than my microwave method. I loved your "good mommy" story. At 3 1/2 years home my son is still comforted by Ethiopian food.

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We are local so we just get it from the store just make our own, but they also ship....delicious!


Thanks everyone for the advice on freezing

Megan

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