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Ask Tina: How far ahead can I make a 3-color gefilte loaf?

Q: Tomorrow I am planning on making your recipe for tri-colored gefilte loaf that appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Reform Judaism magazine. What is the maximum amount of time that it can sit in the refrigerator?

A:  Since we all know we eat leftovers for days...I suspect that you should have no problem making it two or three days in advance. Because of its vegetable content, I am not sure if it will handle freezing that well. The moisture in the vegetables could crystallize when frozen and create a grainy consistency, in your loaf, when defrosted. However, if you can't make it on Wed or Thursday to serve on Friday, I would just cool it, then cover it well, and keep it in the refrigerator and you should be fine.


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