Month: October 2016

Dairy

Can You Freeze Half-and-Half?

Can you freeze half and half? Yes, despite what others say, it’s possible to freeze half and half and other dairy products! That said, cream-based food items are tricky to freeze. The thinner consistency of half and half means it is prone to breaking or splitting once it is defrosted, giving the thawed half and half a curdled appearance.

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Although thawed half and half is safe to eat, it’s better used in cooking and baking rather than mixing with coffee. That said, we know a trick that could help retain the original consistency of thawed half and half. When stored in the freezer properly, half and half can keep for up to 3 months. Below is the guide on how to freeze half and half

How to Freeze Half and Half?

Freezing Unopened Half and Half

The best way to freeze half and half is to chuck it in the freezer unopened and in its original packaging. Because it’s unopened, the product is not exposed to oxygen so once thawed, the half and half won’t split.

Freezing Leftover Half and Half

If say, you are freezing leftover half and half, we recommend transferring the product into a  clean plastic jug with an airtight lid. Just pour the liquid into the jug, making sure you leave an inch of space to allow half and half to expand in the freezer.

Freezing Small Servings of Half and Half

If you’d like to freeze half and half in smaller servings, you can. Get several ice cube trays and start pouring the liquid gently to fill each tray. An ice cube of half and half is equal to 2 tablespoons. Stick the ice trays in the freezer and just pop a couple of cubed half and half whenever!

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How to Defrost Frozen Half and Half?

The best way to defrost frozen half and half is to transfer the frozen product from the freezer to the fridge. Leave the frozen half and half to thaw for several hours. Once thawed, it’s normal for dairy to split because the butterfat has clumped.

To restore its original consistency, get a whisk and start whisking the half and half away until all ingredients are incorporated nicely. After whisking the thawed half and half, it is now ready to use in your coffee, or in baking or cooking!

Summary

Just like any type of dairy-based foods, it’s not a good idea to re-freeze thawed half and half. If you are planning to use up your stock gradually, then consider freezing the half and half in smaller servings.

This way, you don’t have to defrost the whole jug just to get several spoonfuls of the product. Now that you know how to freeze half and half properly, you can keep leftover product in the freezer for future use!

Bread & Baked Goods

Can You Freeze Donuts?

Donuts have notoriously short shelf life. When kept at room temperature, donuts can only keep up to two days. That begs the question – can you freeze donuts? You can always store leftover donuts in the fridge but it will only keep fresh for 5 days. A great way to keep this popular dessert fresher for longer is to freeze it. Yes, you can freeze donuts and enjoy it at a later date but you have to do this properly. Otherwise, you’ll end up with tough, unpalatable results.

Donuts are literally fried dough and when kept at room temperature, the oils will start attracting bacteria. That bacteria could hasten spoilage. When it’s kept in the fridge too long, the oils will start solidifying, causing the dough to toughen. To maintain its original texture, you have to thaw it properly too! When kept in the freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, donuts will keep fresh for up to six months.

Frosted donuts with sprinkles

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How to Freeze Donuts

The proper way to freeze donuts is to prep them one by one. Get a large piece of plastic wrap and lay it on the table. Put the cooled donut on the center of the plastic wrap and cover the dessert completely, tucking the edges of the plastic wrap under the donut. The plastic wrap will protect the donut from freezer burn once it’s kept in the freezer.

Stick the wrapped donut in the freezer one by one, making sure that the tucked ends are secured. That prevents the donuts from sticking to one another. Apart from plastic wrap, you can also use tin foil or freezer-safe plastic bags to pack the donuts before freezing.

Donuts with sprinkles

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How to Thaw Donuts

The best way to defrost frozen donuts is to transfer it from the freezer to a plate and leave them to thaw at room temperature. It takes about an hour or an hour and a half to defrost a frozen donut completely. Once the donut is thawed, you can stick it in the microwave oven or preheated oven to warm it up. You can also use a microwave to warm the thawed donuts but limit the microwaving to 10 to 15 seconds to prevent the dough from hardening.

Summary
Donuts aren’t exactly health food but once in a while, indulging can be a good thing! Thawed donuts won’t look as good as their freshly-made counterparts but they’ll be just as tasty. Now that you know how to freeze and thaw donuts, you can store more of your favorite desserts for later use.

Poultry

Can You Freeze Turkey?

Traditionally, roast turkey is served during Thanksgiving and most households tend to have a lot of leftovers once the festivities are over. The good news is, you can freeze turkey, along with its sauces, and use whatever’s left of the bird for new dishes, including stews, casseroles, and sandwich fillings. It doesn’t really take much to freeze turkey properly especially if it’s uncooked.

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However, the cooked turkey must be stored with care and should be separated from its sauces to stay fresh longer. When frozen, roasted turkey can keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Uncooked frozen turkey will stay fresh longer, about 6 to 12 months.

How to Freeze Turkey?

The proper way to freeze cooked turkey is to separate the meat from the bones before freezing.

Freezing Cooked Turkey

Freezing cooked turkey is a little more complicated than that. Start by picking the pieces of meat with a carving knife, making sure to separate those with a smattering of sauces from sauce-free meat.

Work on the sauce-free meat first, carefully removing the bones and then placing the shredded meat in a bowl and set aside. Then, work on the meats with sauces, removing the meat that has been in contact with the sauce. Put the sauce-free meats in the bowl of shredded meat. On the other hand, the shredded meat with sauces must be kept in a separate bowl

Once the meat has been shredded, get several freezer-safe Ziploc bags and store the meat inside, squeezing as much air as you could in the process. Use a different bag for sauce-free shredded meat and meat that’s been exposed to the sauce. After filling the bags, get a marker, label the bags with the freezing date, and then stick them in the freezer, ensuring that the temperature is a constant 0°F.

Freezing Uncooked Turkey

Uncooked turkey is usually sold already frozen in a freezer-safe packaging. If are not ready to cook the turkey just yet, just stick the product in the freezer, original packaging and all. There is no need to repack the bird for freezing.

How to Defrost Frozen Turkey?

There are several ways to thaw frozen turkey properly and we will outline these methods below:

Slow Defrosting

If it’s uncooked, you can defrost the turkey by transferring it from the freezer to the fridge and leaving it to thaw for 24 hours. Make sure the fridge’s temperature is set at 40 °F or below for faster and even thawing.

As for cooked turkey, you can thaw a bag by letting it thaw in the fridge overnight or sticking it in the fridge to defrost.

Cold Water Thawing

Another method of thawing a uncooked turkey is cold water thawing. Essentially, you will submerge the frozen turkey – packaging and all – in a basin of cold water. Make sure the packaging is leak-proof before submerging the turkey.

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Microwave Defrosting

If you’re in a rush, you can also remove the frozen turkey meat from the Ziploc bag, transfer it to a covered ceramic bowl and then stick it in the microwave. Set the microwave on high and microwave for about 3 to 5 minutes.

Summary

Having frozen turkey in stock – regardless if it’s cooked or uncooked – gives you plenty of opportunities to whip up special dishes that the whole family will enjoy. Now that you know how to freeze turkey, you can store the bird properly for future uses.

Dish

Can You Freeze Potato Soup?

Can you freeze potato soup? Nothing hits the spot like a hearty bowl of potato soup on a cold day. But if you made too much, you have to store the leftovers for later use. If your family will eat the soup within a few days, it can stay in the fridge just fine. What if you won’t consume all of it within this time period? That’s when freezing comes into play.

Can You Freeze Potato Soup?

Everyone knows that potatoes don’t freeze that well. What about a potato soup? It depends on the recipe and how you will go about the whole process. That means there are a few things you can do to make sure your potato soup freezes and thaws well. Oh, and it tastes really good afterwards too!

First, if you use chopped potatoes in your soup, puree them instead. Pureed soups freeze better than chunky soups. Freezing and thawing changes the texture of potatoes. They become mushy afterwards. Pureeing them solves this issue.

Potato soup

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Second, if you add dairy products such as milk, cream or cream cheese to your soup, add them them after thawing. Freezing causes products like milk or cream to separate. So if you add them before freezing, they might separate and you will have to do more stirring to bring the soup to its original texture. It’s much easier to add those when reheating to achieve that smooth, creamy texture you’re looking for. Plus you usally have them on hand, so that’s not a big deal.

Third thing is herbs and other ingredients you usually add right before you finish cooking. Similarly to milk and cream, add those when reheating the soup if possible. It will taste better.

Now that you know what you can do to help the soup freeze better, let’s proceed to the freezing process.

How to Freeze Potato Soup?

For starters, we need to cool down the soup. You can wait until it’s cool or speed up the process in a number of ways like storing it in the pantry or putting the dish into the fridge. Don’t ever put a warm dish into the fridge, though. It will up the temperature in the fridge and the products there won’t like it. You can also put the dish in a cold bath to speed up the cool down process too.

Once cooled, now it’s time to transfer the soup to a freezer-safe container or bag. If using a bag, make sure you put it in a deep bowl before pouring in the soup. This way if the bag is leaky, you won’t have to clean up half of your kitchen. Plus the bowl supports the bottom of the bag, which makes pouring that much easier. Leave some head space in the container or bag to allow the soup to expand. Label the bag with the name of the soup and current date for future reference.

Just a heads up: freezer bags take less place in the freezer than containers, so if you’re short on space, choose bags. The only downside is that bags are much more prone to leaking.

Now that our containers or bags with potato soup are ready to go, wen can lay then in the freezer. If you’re using a freezer bag and are anxious that it will spill the soup all over the freezer, put the bag into a container. You can take the bag out of the container once its contents freeze.

Keep the soup in the freezer for no more than 6 months to keep the best quality possible. It won’t go bad in the freezer by any means, but its quality will slowly deteriorate over time.

Bowl of potato soup

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How to Defrost and Reheat Potato Soup

Thawing in the fridge overnight it the best way to go. If your soup is in a container, just chuck it into the refrigerator. If it’s in a bag, put the bag into a container and then into the fridge. This way, if bag got damaged in the freezer, it won’t spill the soup all over the place. As usual, better safe than sorry.

If you need the soup thawed as soon as possible, submerge it in a container with cold water for a few hours. That should do it too.

Once you thaw the soup, transfer it to a pot and heat over medium fire. Make sure tos tir it well to combine all the ingredients. At this point, you may add the milk, cream, or herbs. In a few minutes it will be ready.

A couple more things to remember as we finish up this article. First, a serving of thawed potato soup should never be frozen a second time. That means you should eat the thawed soup within 2 to 3 days for best results.

Summary
Now that you know how to freeze potato soup properly, you can store as much of this delicious soup in the freezer and enjoy it at a later date.

Grains

Can You Freeze Oatmeal?

If you’re like me, a bowl of oatmeal is a delicious and nutritious way of starting the day. While preparing oatmeal can take anywhere between 5 to 25 minutes, depending on what oats you use, there’s not always enough time in the morning. Many people, like me, prefer old fashioned oats instead of quick oats, and that means about 25 minutes of cooking time. What if you could make the oatmeal ahead of time and just reheat it in the morning? That would be a lifesaver, right? And it is.

Oatmeal is one of the dishes I prepare on a regular basis. It can easily last 5 days in the fridge and you can freeze the rest for later. Freezing doesn’t require any additional effort, besides transferring the oatmeal into containers and chucking them into the freezer. That means you can try it with your next batch of oatmeal and see how you like the results.

Oatmeal with strawberries and yogurt

How to Freeze Oatmeal?

  1. Cook the oatmeal. Follow the recipe you normally do. I do mine in a slow cooker with some chopped apples, but the recipe doesn’t really matter that much. If you like adding fresh fruit to your oatmeal while cooking, don’t add it right away. Freezing the fruits will change their texture and the taste will suffer. Instead, add the fruit when reheating.
    Just cooked oatmeal
  2. Cooldown. Let the oatmeal cool down to room temperature. If the freezer container’s you’re going to use can handle warm food, feel free to transfer the oatmeal to the containers right away. Oatmeal will drop temperature faster in small containers than in a big pot.
  3. Portion oatmeal into containers. Since you cannot thaw half of a container, make sure each container has a meal-sized amount of oatmeal. The easiest way of dividing the oatmeal into portions is by multiplying your recipe by X and then dividing the cooked oatmeal into X containers. Leave a bit of head-space in each container in case the oatmeal expands when frozen. Add a label with name and date to each container if needed.
    Oatmeal in containers
  4. Throw the containers into the freezer.

That’s it. The process is really simple and takes little additional time. Now let’s take a look at how to defrost and reheat the oatmeal.

How to Defrost Oatmeal?

Here are a few options when it comes to defrosting frozen oatmeal:

  1. Overnight in the fridge. The standard way of defrosting food works well for oatmeal too. Transfer the container from the freezer to the fridge in the evening. By the morning, the oatmeal has thawed completely. Put it on a plate so you don’t have to wipe the thawed water from the shelf.
  2. On the counter. If you forgot to put the oatmeal into the fridge in the evening, all is not lost. If you have an hour or so, depending on the amount of oatmeal and the shape of the container, you can leave the container at room temperature to defrost. To speed things up even more, you can submerge the container in cold or lukewarm water. Reheat the thawed oatmeal immediately after defrosting.
  3. Microwave. Defrosting in a microwave is always an option, although not the healthiest one. Use the defrosting setting and thaw in small time increments. Add a glass of water into the microwave so the oatmeal won’t dry out.

How to Reheat Oatmeal?

Reheating oatmeal on the stove takes a few minutes and there’s no point in rushing it. Trying to rush the process will only result in burned oatmeal.

  1. Start off on low heat and add a few teaspoons of water or milk. We start off on low heat so if the oatmeal is not completely defrosted, it has some time to finish the process. Some liquid in form of water or milk is needed so the oatmeal won’t burn. Add the oatmeal and use a fork to mash and mix it with the water or milk you added. Make sure it’s well mixed. Add more water or milk if needed to get desired consistency but make sure to add it in small increments, about 1 to 2 teaspoons at a time. If you add too much, you will end up with either runny oatmeal or a longer cooking time.
  2. Switch to medium heat and warm up the oatmeal to the desired temperature. Make sure to stir it as often as possible, so it doesn’t burn. No need to bring the oatmeal to a boil, just make sure it’s warm enough to eat.
  3. Enjoy your oatmeal.
Condiments

Can You Freeze Nutella?

Nutella is a classic hazelnut and chocolate spread with a lot of uses, especially in baking. Unsurprisingly, this American favorite is a hit among kids that’s why it’s always a good idea to keep a bottle or two in handy. While Nutella can keep for several months at room temperature, it can go rancid because it’s made from nut fat and dairy. You can freeze Nutella to avoid spoilage.

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According to Nutella’s website, this product should not be kept in the fridge much more frozen to extend its shelf life. However, any food can be frozen and Nutella is no exemption. So yes, you can freeze Nutella to help boost its longevity but after defrosting, the consistency won’t be the same. Still, there’s a trick to keep its smooth consistency after freezing.

How to Freeze Nutella?

There are two ways to freeze Nutella, one is to stick the product directly into the freezer or transferring it to a different container prior to freezing.

Freezing Unopened Nutella

You can stick the spread in the freezer while kept in its original packaging. Since Nutella is packed in a plastic container, it won’t break as the material freezes.

Freezing Opened Nutella

If you’re planning to store a large amount of Nutella, we recommend opting for a large plastic container. On the other hand, use small plastic bags if you’re only using a dollop of Nutella or two at a time.

To transfer Nutella to another container, simply spoon the nut spread in a freezer safe plastic bag with an airtight lid and seal it very well. Once it’s ready, just stick the spread in the freezer until it’s ready to use.  When you need Nutella, just get a bag or two and defrost away.

How to Defrost Nutella?

Because it’s largely made of nut butters and chocolate, Nutella will harden when frozen just like a stick of butter or a chocolate bar. And once you thaw it, Nutella becomes very soft. The proper way to defrost Nutella is to leave it to thaw at room temperature for several hours.

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When it’s thawed completely, Nutella’s consistency might be on the watery side. In some cases, the nut oils will separate from the chocolate solids. To restore its smoothness, get a whisk and start whipping the spread vigorously. The introduction of air into the spread should give Nutella body, restoring its texture once more.

Summary

Nutella is a fabulous treat, especially if you have chocoholic kids. Now that you know how to properly freeze and thaw Nutella, you can keep more of this beloved chocolate spread in the fridge and turn it into a delicious treat any time!

 

 

Dips & Sauces

Can You Freeze Tomato Paste?

Can you freeze tomato paste? Tomato paste is a kitchen staple with a lot of uses. That’s why it won’t hurt to save whatever’s left for later use. Of course, once a can of tomato paste has been opened, you have to store it carefully to prevent spoilage. You can freeze tomato paste and store it until it’s ready to use again.

One of the most important things to remember when you freeze tomato paste is to transfer it to a clean container. Never freeze the product in an opened can. When stored properly, frozen tomato paste will keep fresh for up to 4 to 5 months.

Tomato paste in a dish

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How to Freeze Tomato Paste?

The best way to freeze tomato paste is to transfer the product into a glass or rigid plastic container and store the paste at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also use ice cube trays to store your tomato paste.

To freeze tomato paste, start by lining the container with cling wrap. The plastic wrapper ensures that the paste will not stick to the bottom of the container. After lining the container with cling wrap, start spooning the paste into the container. Make sure to leave about an inch of space in the container for freezing. Finally, cover the container with an airtight lid, mark the date of freezing and stick it in the freezer.

Another method to freezing tomato paste is spooning a dollop in a cling wrap lined glass tray. Freeze the dollops solid and then transfer to a sturdy plastic wrap before chucking them back in the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Tomato Paste?

To defrost a large batch of tomato paste, just transfer the frozen paste from the freezer to the fridge and thaw overnight. It will be ready to use in the morning. For smaller batches of tomato paste, get several dollops of the paste and put it directly into the dish during cooking.

Summary
Tomato paste makes any tomato-based dishes even more flavorful so stocking up is always a good idea! Now that you know how to freeze tomato paste properly, why not save excess products for later use so you’ll always ready for a cookout?

Dairy

Can You Freeze Sour Cream?

Can you freeze sour cream? Just like any dairy product, sour cream does not keep well even if it’s stored in the fridge. If you have excess sour cream and you’d like to keep it for longer, you’d have to freeze it to make it last for months.

Yes, you can freeze sour cream but do not expect the texture to remain the same. Because the ingredients tend to break down during freezing, frozen sour cream will turn chunky once it’s defrosted. Thankfully, we know a tip that could help restore sour cream’s original texture. When frozen properly, sour cream can keep for up to six months.

Sour cream and red potatoes

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How to Freeze Sour Cream

The best way to freeze sour cream is to store it in an airtight container. Start by whipping the sour cream using a whisk or a spatula. You want to make sure that the ingredients are mixed together evenly with the moisture. This way sour cream won’t turn watery or chunky once it’s thawed.

Once you’re done whipping the sour cream, it’s time to transfer it to a freezer-safe, airtight container. You can also use a plastic zip lock bag to store the cream. Just spoon the sour cream directly into the container. If you’re using a rigid plastic container, leave an inch of space for the sour cream to expand as it freezes. On the other hand, if you’re using Ziploc plastic bags, squeeze as much air as you could before sealing the bag.

After transferring the sour cream, get a marker and write the date of freezing on the container. Place the sour cream in the freezer and you are done!

Sour cream topping

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How to Defrost Frozen Sour Cream?

The best way to defrost frozen sour cream is to transfer the container in the fridge to thaw for a few hours. If the sour cream has taken on a chunky or watery texture, you can restore its original texture by whipping a teaspoon of cornstarch into the cream.

Summary
Regardless if the thawed sour cream has turned watery or chunky, it is still safe to use. Use it in all sorts of dishes, particularly baked potatoes, tacos, soups, and casseroles. Now that you know how to freeze sour cream properly, you can stock up on this perishable and never run out!

Vegetables

Can You Freeze Vegetables?

Most recipes require fresh vegetables but not all produce are available all season long so what to do? You can always freeze vegetables to ensure a steady supply of your favorite produce! Freezing vegetables properly will require more effort than simply sticking them in the freezer. Just like fruits, vegetables are extremely delicate and sticking them in the fridge haphazardly could cause bruising, which will inevitably lead to spoilage and waste.

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The key to perfect freezing is blanching your veggies. Blanching requires “shocking” the produce in hot water for a few seconds before bringing the temps down with cold water. When properly frozen, vegetables can keep in the freezer for up to 14 months. Continue reading below for the step-by-step guide:

How to Freeze Vegetables?

The proper way to freeze vegetables is to do so when they are fully ripened. The fact is, freezing will inhibit almost-ripe produce from ripening fully so you want to make sure the veggies are at the peak of ripeness before they are frozen.

Prepping the Vegetables

Once you picked out the vegetables you want to freeze, clean each one thoroughly under running water. Remove unwanted bits, including stems, grit, dirt, and trim the produce one by one. After cleaning your veg, slice them up into the desired size or intended use. Once prep is done, you can start blanching the vegetables.

Blanching the Vegetables

Blanching your produce prolongs freshness because it prevents wilting, kills bacteria, and slows down vitamin and mineral deterioration.

To blanch your veggies, bring a large pot of water to a boil and with a colander, place your veggies in and submerge in hot water for 1 minute. Blanch quickly so you don’t cook the produce! Remove the colander from the hot water and transfer the produce to a bowl of ice water. Drain the vegetables using table napkins and you’re ready to pack!

Packing the Vegetables for Freezing

To pack your veggies, you can either use a freezer-safe, rigid plastic container or glass jars. The type of container you’ll use will depend on the type of veggie you’re freezing. If you’re packing the veggies loosely, you can use a baking sheet for freezing, just make sure each produce has enough space in between. Stick the container in the freezer and you’re done!

How to Defrost Frozen Vegetables?

The best way to defrost frozen vegetables is to cook it directly even if they are frozen solid. To thaw vegetables, bring about ½ to 2/3 cup of water to a boil (per 16 ounces of frozen vegetables) over medium heat. Add the frozen veggies, cover with the lid, and occasionally separate the veggies as they cook. Cook until the veggies are tender.

For larger batches of frozen vegetables, you can run the packaging under cold water until completely thawed.

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Summary

Freezing vegetables properly means you can keep seasonal produce in stock right at home. Now that you know how to freeze vegetables properly, you can store your favorite veggies for later use.

 

Dough & Batter

Can You Freeze Cookie Dough?

There’s something truly comforting about a plate of cookies, fresh out of the oven but who has time to bake? For busy folks, baking is a luxury that they simply cannot afford to do thanks to their packed schedules. But if you have kids or you want to keep instant treats to yourself, you can always make cookie dough for freezing. When done right, frozen cookie dough can last up to 6 months or more in the freezer!

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How to Freeze Cookie Dough?

Freezing cookie dough is a straightforward process especially if you made it from scratch. Below is the guide on how to freeze cookie dough the right way:

Prepping the Dough

Start by making cookie according to the recipe. Once the dough is ready for freezing, line a baking sheet with wax paper and grab a small piece of dough and place it on the sheet. Because you’re not baking, you can crowd the cookie dough portions as closely as you like. Then, stick the baking sheet in the freezer for 3 hours or more.

Packing the Cookie Dough for Freezing

Once frozen solid, you can start packing the dough in freezer-safe plastic baggies or a rigid plastic container. Just make sure you take out as much air as you could. Drop cookies are the best type of cookie dough to freeze. Finally, mark each bag with the date, recipe name and baking time before sticking them in the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Cookie Dough?

When you’re ready to bake yourself (or the kids!) a delish batch of cookies, transfer a baggie of cookie dough from the freezer to the fridge. Leave the cookie dough to defrost overnight in the fridge or take them out and leave them at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.

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Once softened, you can take out each portion and shape it according to the recipe, place them in a waxed baking sheet and stick them in the pre-heated oven to bake.

Summary

Freezing cookie dough is the best way to have a steady supply of baked treats without the hassle. Of course, do note that the freezing temps can affect the texture of the cookies once baked. The colder the cookie dough, the denser the cookie will be! Now that you know how to freeze cookie dough properly, you can make a large batch and save them for later use.