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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.

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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.

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Can You Freeze Risotto?

Can you freeze risotto? Making a perfect pot of risotto takes time and effort. If you made too much, you have to store it in the fridge, where it’s good for only 2 or 3 days. What if you won’t be able to eat it within this time period? Or what if you wanted your perfect risotto for lunch on Friday, but can make it only on Saturday or Sunday? That’s when freezing risotto is an idea that comes to one’s mind.

Can You Freeze Risotto?

Hearty, creamy, and oh so decadent, Risotto is a northern Italian dish enjoyed all over the world. Risotto is made with a type of short-grain rice in a creamy sauce. That’s why it goes bad easily even when refrigerated.

Obviously, you can freeze risotto. But pretty much everyone agrees that a risotto that’s frozen and thawed is nowhere near as good as a fresh one. They might be right. Or are they?

Truth is, freezing and defrosting risotto will change its texture. Everyone will agree with that. The dish will lose some of its creaminess everyone is loving it for. Though thinner and definitely not as good as a fresh one, it’s safe to eat. And you can play with it by changing the recipe and the way you reheat it to try to get back some of the creaminess. In other words, to make it work. So, if you’re willing to exchange some of the taste for the ability to freeze this dish, read along!

Risotto

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How to Freeze Risotto?

The sooner you freeze risotto after cooking it, the better. If you freeze it the same day it’s cooked, you can eat it within 2 to 3 days after thawing. If you’re a little late to the party and freeze it 2 days after cooking, you should consume it the same day you thawed it for best results.

After cooking, let it cool down. You can leave it on the counter or maybe store in the pantry for an hour or two. Once it’s no longer hot, pour it into a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag.

Now it’s time to cool it down entirely before you chuck it into the freezer. Toss it into the fridge or give it an ice bath. Keep it there until its cool.

Tossing the risotto into the freezer is our next step. Before doing that, make sure you leave some head space in the container or freezer bag and close it tightly. If you’re afraid the freezer bag will get damaged in the freezer and leak its contents, put it into a container and leave in in there until it has frozen. You can then remove the bag from the container without the risk of spillage.

You can keep the risotto in the freezer for up to six months for best quality. You can pretty much keep it there indefinitely, but I cannot guarantee it will taste anywhere near it used to.

Risotto dish

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How to Defrost and Reheat Risotto?

The best way to thaw risotto is by doing that overnight in the fridge. If you’ve frozen it in a container, toss it directltly into the fridge. If you’re used a freezer bag, put it into a large bowl and then into the fridge. This way, if the bag god damaged in the freezer, you won’t have risotto all over your fridge.

Another way to thaw it is to toss the container or bag into cold water. If you’ve forgot to chuck it into the fridge yesterday, put it into cold water in the morning and you still should have it ready for dinner.

Thawing in a nonstick pan on the stovetop is a last resort option. Doable, but you should add water or stock right away and pay close attention to it and use very low heat.

Once thawed, give it a good whisk to mix the ingredients. Now it’s time to reheat it. You can do that in a number of ways.

The best option is to go with a nonstick pan on the stovetop. Set it over medium head, stirr often and add butter, stock, or water to achieve the texture you’re looking for. There are no magic tricks here – you might need a few runs to figure out what to add and in what proportions to make it work. So don’t dispair if it’s not that good after your first try. Reheating this way is best because you have the most control over the dish and you can adjust things as you go.

Another option, although not the healthiest one, is to microwave the risotto. It should be hot in 3 to 6 minutes on lowest setting. Microwave it in short, 30 to 45-second increments. Stirr and add stock, butter, or water between increments. Putting it into the microwave for the whole 3 minutes without stirring and extra liquids will result in an extremely dry risotto. You don’t want that to happen.

The third option is to rehead it in the over. Use a greased oven-safe dish and cover it. If it doesn’t have a cover, use tinfoil. Preheat the oven to 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit, stick the dish in and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. If it turns out to dry, next time add stock or butter and see how it goes.

Summary
Apart from serving it the traditional way, you can make risotto cakes and balls from your leftovers. Now that you know how to freeze risotto, you can store larger batches of the dish in the freezer and play up your everyday meals.

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Can You Freeze Pizza?

Perfect as a quick snack or a meal, pizza is one of the most popular of all Italian takeaways. You can either make one from scratch using fresh ingredients or order one from your favorite pizza joint. The beauty of pizza is that you can eat it warm or cold, no reheating necessary! However, if you really want to lengthen its shelf life, it’s best to freeze pizza.

Freezing pizza is a straightforward process. The fact is, while pizzas can be left at room temperature in their original boxes, they will turn rancid within a few short days. That’s because the mixture of cheese and pizza sauce, as well as the moisture that the pie generates, will quickly turn your favorite snack into a cesspool of bacteria!

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How to Freeze Pizza?

To prep the pizza for freezing, slice the pie into smaller pieces so it doesn’t take much space in the freezer. If you have several pizza flavors to freeze, do not mix them together! You don’t want the flavors to bleed into the entire batch.

We recommend wrapping each pizza slice in wax paper to prevent frost formation then, simply stick the wrapped pizza slices in the freezer. While pizza can last in the freezer for an indefinite period, you should consume your stash within 2 to 3 months. Storing pizza for longer than 3 months will lead to flavor loss and weird dough texture.

How to Defrost and Reheat Frozen Pizza?

There are two ways to defrost frozen pizza, you can thaw the product slowly or use a microwave. Let’s take a look at these methods below:

Slow Thawing

The best way to defrost frozen pizza is by transferring the cold slices to the fridge and leaving to thaw overnight. This process is slow but it ensures that the pizza will remain nice and chewy when reheated.

Microwave Thawing

The other way to thaw frozen pizza is through a microwave. Just stick a slice in the microwave and using the defrost or lowest setting, reheat it. We don’t recommend this method just because microwaving too long will cause the dough to toughen.

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Reheating

As for reheating, we recommend using an oven or an oven toaster to achieve a nice browned, crunchy slice! Just preheat the pie at 425 to 450 Fahrenheit, stick the pizza in and cook for 10 minutes or until the cheese is browned and bubbly!

Summary

Stored pizza makes a great snack especially if you have kids at home. Now that you know how to properly store and reheat this beloved pie, you can store larger batches in the freezer and come out with great tasting result!

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Can You Freeze Baked Beans?

Can you freeze baked beans? A homemade pot of baked beans brings comforting goodness to the tummy and satisfying flavor to the mouth. Also, there are usually leftovers. Tons of leftovers. Thankfully, freezing baked beans to eat them later is an option.

Can You Freeze Baked Beans?

You can freeze pretty much any food. The real question here is whether freezing baked beans makes sense. Fortunately, if you go about the freezing process the right way, the results should be good enough. In other words yes, you can freeze baked beans to use them later on. So if you ever see a sale or are able to get a decent deal on baked beans, don’t hesitate and stock up.

How to Freeze Baked Beans?

When it comes to homemade baked beans, it’s best to freeze them the same day they were made. This way they will retain their flavor and freshness. Plus you will be sure they are safe to eat, that is they didn’t start to go bad yet.

If you have leftover canned baked beans, the sooner you freeze them, the better. Remember to never freeze unopened cans of baked beans. The canning process does a great job of preserving the beans. But once you’ve opened the can and got some leftovers, feel free freeze them.

Baked beans

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Before packaging the beans make sure they are cold. That means if you’ve just made them, leave the leftovers on the counter until they cool down. You can speed up the process by putting them into the pantry or giving a cold bath. The last one makes sense if you really want to go through the whole freezing thing quickly and be done with it.

Okay, you have cold baked beans, now it’s packaging time. You can use freezer-safe containers or jars, or freezer bags. Choose whatever makes more sense. Bags will usually take less space in the freezer. If you’re short on space, they’re the obvious choice. Also, bags allow you to divide your baked beans into many portions. If you decide to go with freezer bags, consider how much beans you will need for future meals and pack accordingly. You can always pack half or third of a bag and squeeze out the remaining air so the bag takes as little space as possible. Speaking of space, if you use jars or containers, make sure they end up being almost full. Just an inch of head space so the beans won’t blow them up when the liquid expands.

Next step is to label the containers or bags. Make sure you put the name and date on them for future reference. That’s especially important if you have a lot of food in the freezer so it’s not an issue finding those baked beans when needed.

One thing that we didn’t cover is how long those beans can be stored in the freezer. The scientifically accurate answer is: indefinitely. As long as the temperature in the freezer is at 0 or below, nothing bad will happen to frozen baked beans. The real question is how long it does make sense to keep them in the freezer. There’s no good answer to this question. Frozen products tend to slowly deteriorate in taste and texture. So the sooner you thaw and eat them, the better. Generally speaking, baked beans should be fine in taste for up to six months in the freezer. Don’t expect them to be exactly as good as they were fresh though.

Remember, the longer you stored the baked beans before freezing, the shorter their shelf life once you thaw them. Freezing won’t magically make your food fresh and better.

How to Defrost and Reheat Baked Beans?

When it comes to baked beans, thawing overnight in the fridge is the way to go. Alternatively, you can toss the container or bag into cold water. In that case thawing should take 4 to 8 hours, so if you do it in the morning, beans should be ready to reheat for dinner.

Thawing in a saucepan on the stovetop or in a microwave are your tools of last resort. If using either of those, make sure to add some water and pay attention so your food won’t dry out completely. The results of thawing this way are less than optimal so use them only if you have to.

Once thawed, reheating on the stovetop on medium or low heat is the way to go. It shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes, depending on how much beans are there. Serve them as they are or as a side dish.

Important thing to note is that you should continue playing with the cooking, thawing, and reheating process until you master it. For example, if the beans are too dry after reheating, you can try adding some water next time. If you’re freezing your homemade baked beans, play with the recipe so they are more of less moist after cooking and see how that affects freezing and thawing.

One last note, never thaw and reheat food more than once. That means when you take something from the freezer and thaw it, you either eat it or toss it out. Freezing multiple times can cause food poisoning and you don’t want to experience that.

Summary
Freezing baked beans is safe and an effective method for preserving your baked beans to eat later when you are ready.

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Can You Freeze Spaghetti?

Can you freeze spaghetti? If you ever thought about freezing leftovers after a good spaghetti dinner, I have good news for you. You can freeze spaghetti easily just as many people do on a regular basis.

For taste, economy, and wide appeal, there’s nothing like a spaghetti dinner. With or without meatballs, spaghetti and sauce are great for a big family dinner, lunch for the kids, and even for a quick snack for the avid pasta lover.

The best of cooks will admit, however, that they often misjudge the amount of spaghetti they should cook for a meal. So much depends on package directions (which can be wrong about true serving size) or on grandma’s traditional plate of spaghetti and meatballs (which can be ‘way too much for even a football player to consume). This begs the question,” Can You Freeze Spaghetti?” in order to deal with the leftovers.

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How to Freeze Spaghetti

There are two ways of freezing cooked spaghetti. Some people prefer one, while others swear by the other. To find out which one works best for you, test out both of them and compare the results.

Freezing Spaghetti and Sauce/Meatballs Separately

Freezing the spaghetti noodles goes like this:

  1. Cook the noodles al dente. You will reheat the noodles later on so there’s no need to cook it through.
  2. Strain the liquids.
  3. Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil into the al dente spaghetti noodles. The oil will prevent the noodles from sticking together.
  4. Season the noodles if needed.
  5. Let the noodles cool.
  6. Divide the noodles into serving-sized portions.
  7. Transfer the noodles into freezer bag(s) or containers and into the freezer. If using freezer bags, squeeze as much air as you can before sealing the bag.

Meatballs or meat sauce should be frozen like this:

  1. Prepare the sauce or meatballs as you normally would and let it cool.
  2. Divide everything into serving-sized portions for easier thawing.
  3. (Optional) Coat the inside of freezer bags or containers with olive oil, so the tomato sauce does not stain it bright orange.
  4. Transfer everything into bags or containers. Add a label with name and date if needed.
  5. Put the bags or containers into the freezer.

Freezing Spaghetti with Sauce/Meatballs

Freezing everything together is as easy as it goes.

  1. Prepare spaghetti and meatballs or meat sauce as you normally would. Keep the noodles al dente.
  2. Combine everything and divide into serving-sized portions.
  3. Wait until the food is faily cold.
  4. (Optional)Coat the inside of freezer bags or containers with olive oil to avoid bright orange stains.
  5. Transfer the dish into bags or containers. If using bags, remove as much air as possible before sealing. Add labels with name and date if needed.
  6. Put the bags or containers into the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Spaghetti?

When you decide to use your frozen spaghetti, there are a couple of ways you can go about it. Just keep in mind, as with thawing any frozen food, that slowly is best.

  • In the fridge. Put it into the refrigerator in the evening. It will be ready in the morning. Plus, you can reheat some of it and re-freeze the rest.
  • Bring it with you to work. For single serving sizes of spaghetti and sauce, simply taking them to work in the morning and leaving them at room temperature will pretty much guarantee to thaw by lunchtime. Then, reheat in the microwave.
  • On the countertop. If you have only a few hours to thaw the spaghetti, putting it on the countertop should do it. Please note that this way is suggested only if you plan on using all of the spaghetti right away after thawing. To speed things up consider submerging the freezer bag or container in cold water.
  • Microwave. If pressed for time, microwaving it is the best option.

FAQ

How to Freeze Leftover Spaghetti with Sauce or Meatballs

If you’ve cooked too much spaghetti for you and your family to eat, freezing is the way the easiest way to avoid wasting it. Since the dish is already prepared, the only thing to do is to transfer it into freezer bags or containers and into the freezer. Consider dividing the dish into serving-sized portions, so you can easily thaw as much as you need for your next meal. Consider adding a label with the name and date, especially if you’re using a freezer container.

Can You Freeze Cooked Spaghetti Noodles?

Sure, you can freeze cooked spaghetti noodles as well as leftover spaghetti noodles. One thing to keep in mind, however, is the doneness of the noodles before freezing. If you are making spaghetti ahead of time, you have to cook the noodles al dente or only halfway through doneness. This way, the spaghetti noodles won’t turn to mush once they are thawed and reheated. Also, don’t forget to drizzle olive oil and then toss the noodles so they won’t clump together as they cool.

As for leftover spaghetti noodles, there is no choice but to freeze them as is. Just check if you need to add more olive oil to the cooked noodles before packing them for freezing. Then, you can either divide the batch into manageable portions or pack the entire batch of cooked spaghetti noodles for freezing.

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Can You Freeze Quiche?

Quiche, which is essentially an egg-based pie, is a popular treat. But what about preparing it in advance and freezing? If you’re looking for an answer to this question, read on.

Quiche can be made extremely healthily and can include just about any vegetable you can imagine. Because quiche is a rather versatile dish, many people have wondering if you can freeze quiche for use at a later date.

Can You Freeze Quiche?

The simple answer is yes, you can freeze quiche. Because a quiche is made primarily of egg, freezing can be accomplished with both a cooked and an uncooked quiche, although uncooked quiches have a shorter lifespan in your freezer than ones that have been previously baked.

Quiche

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Frozen quiches that are unbaked can generally last up to one month in the freezer. Frozen quiches that are pre-baked can be left frozen for up to two months before they should be used. Remember, however, that when dealing with vegetable heavy quiches, freezing an unbaked version may lead to a texture that seems off. Because vegetables have a high water content that seeps out, especially during the thawing process, they can lead to a thinner, more watery quiche. For vegetable-heavy quiches that you’d like to freeze, it is best to pre-bake them, or, at the very least, blind bake the crust to ensure it doesn’t end up overly soggy.

What is the Best Way to Freeze Quiche?

Now that you know you can freeze quiche, you might be wondering what the best freezing method actually is. Opinions on this topic vary, but many people have success with tray freezing the items until they are firm. Tray freezing food is the process of freezing the item until it is firm on a tray, uncovered. Once the quiche is firm, it can be wrapped in freezer paper, aluminum foil or in a freezer bag. Some find that wrapping it in freezer paper, the sliding the quiche into a freezer bag helps to protect the item from freezer burn for longer than one or the other. Both pre-baked and unbaked quiches can be frozen this way with great success.

When freezing a quiche it is important to write down the date it was frozen as well as the date it must be used by on the bag or paper you are using. This will help ensure you know exactly when a particular item was made and how long you have to use it. This will significantly cut down on waste and is the best method of ensuring the safety or frozen foods.

How Do I Heat Frozen Quiche?

When it is time to pull your frozen quiche out of the freezer, you needn’t thaw it before hand. In fact, most experts agree it is best not to thaw your quiche before cooking, regardless of if it was frozen before or after baking. If your frozen quiche is unbaked you’ll want to place it in the oven at the temperature you would normally bake it but extend the time for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or so. Each oven’s true temperature varies, so simply keep an eye on the item. No additional steps are needed with a frozen, unbaked quiche.

For a quiche that has been pre-baked the warming process is relatively easy. Again, there is no need to thaw the quiche prior to reheating it. Experts suggest putting the item in the oven at 350 degrees for around 30 minutes. The crust of the quiche should be covered with a layer of aluminum foil to prevent burning.

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Can You Freeze Chili?

Can you freeze chili for later? Chili is satisfyingly delicious when made homemade in large batches. Large batches mean leftovers. That begs the question – can you freeze chili? Thankfully, you can freeze chili and heat it up later on when you need a quick satisfying meal that provides warmth and comfort.

There are different types of chili recipes and some will freeze better than others. Leftover chili dishes that seem to freeze well are ones made with ground meats such as chicken, turkey burger, and beef. Vegetable chili does not tend to freeze well and the vegetables tend to become so mushy that they become part of the chili sauce.

Vegetable chili is never best frozen so if that is the kind you have made up, it is best to eat as much up as you can the day you make it and place the leftovers in the refrigerator to eat up within the next few days for a quick satisfying lunch or dinner.

Other types of chili dishes that do not tend to freeze well are ones made from creams, milks, and cheeses to create a white chili. The flavors of white chili dishes tend to change drastically to the point they do not taste good. Tomato base chili seems to freeze the best and stay the freshest longest when kept in the freezer.

Chili kept frozen for longer than 2-months develops a freezer burn flavor and will mush up during the cooking process. Below is a simple guide on how to freeze chili properly:

How to Freeze Chili?

You can safely freeze leftover chili by scooping it into small portion freezer containers and placing them immediately into the freezer afterward. You should never freezer leftover chili if it is a day old.

Instead, always freeze leftover chili the same day you make it because it is fresher and will hold most of its delicious flavor and texture. The chances of harmful bacteria developing in it by freezing leftover chili the same day it is made preventing the likely hood of receiving food poisoning the next time you go to eat it.

With that said, anytime you freeze chili, it is best to eat it up within the first two months so it still contains the same fresh flavor and thick texture. The longer chili is kept frozen the more the flavor and texture changes.

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How to Defrost Frozen Chili?

The proper way to defrost chili is by taking it directly from the freezer and defrosting it in the microwave for about 3-minutes on the defrost setting. Next, you can empty out the chili from the containers into a saucepan and heat it up on medium heat until it is thick in texture with full satisfying flavor again.

If you do find the chili is a bit watery in texture and has lost a bit of its flavor you can add in a bit of cornstarch and seasoning. These help thicken and spice it up a bit, so it tastes just as delightful as when you first cooked it up.

After, you can serve it up hot and eat it as it is, or you can top it off with cheese or scoop it over tortilla chips and eat it that way. Sometimes leftover freezer chili makes the best chilidogs and burgers so go ahead and try these tasty meals out too with your leftover chili.

Summary

Leftover chili made with a tomato base is the best type of chili to freeze. White chili and vegetable chili dishes do not freeze well.

The next time you have leftovers, go ahead and freeze it up the same day. Now that you know how to freeze chili, you can enjoy this dish at a later when you want something warm, spicy and comforting on a cool dreary day.

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Can You Freeze Coleslaw?

Can you freeze coleslaw for later? There are many questions to whether or not you can freeze coleslaw or not.

The truth is you can as long as it is vinegar based and not mayonnaise based. Mayonnaise-based coleslaw spoils rapidly, which why when you make up a batch you should only make up enough to feed a number of people eating it. Trying to save mayonnaise-based coleslaw more than two days in the refrigerator to retain freshness is difficult enough.

However, vinegar based coleslaw remain freshest the longest and are safely frozen because the vinegar, sugars, and spices typically used to make this type of coleslaw actually help preserve the shredded blends of veggies used to make a coleslaw dish such as the cabbage, carrots, and broccoli.

The best way to eat coleslaw is fresh the day it is made. Trying to store coleslaw any longer than a day while retaining some crunch and flavor is almost impossible, which is especially true when it comes to coleslaw dishes made with mayonnaise dressing.

With vinegar based coleslaws freezing is really only recommended when you want to make the batch up ahead of time for a cookout or dinner party to have on hand as an extra side dish later on when enough time isn’t available to you to make up a batch.

Otherwise, freezing coleslaw is not recommended. Coleslaw always tastes best fresh and stores the best in the refrigerator for the shortest amount of time possible. Below is a guide on how can you freeze coleslaw:

How to Freeze Coleslaw?

It is always important to freeze vinegar-based coleslaw after it has been freshly made. You should never fresh coleslaw that is a couple days old because the chances of bacteria growing in it increase the risk of receiving food poisoning after eating it.

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To freeze a fresh batch of vinegar coleslaw simply scoop it into a freezer-safe container, seal it shut well to prevent frostbite from occurring and place a label with the date you made the coleslaw onto the container.

After, place the container in the freezer where it should stay fresh for up to 1-month. Trying to keep coleslaw longer than a month with drastically change the flavor and texture of it. Freezing coleslaw as it makes it watery than usual because the veggies extract their juices the longer they are coated with a vinegar dressing.

FAQs: Freezing Coleslaw

Can you freeze shredded cabbage for coleslaw?

Most leafy vegetables do not fare well in the freezer and that includes cabbage. More so if the cabbage is shredded. Since leafy vegetables are prone to browning and wilting, exposure to freezing temperature could shorten the shelf life of the fresh produce even more. But if say, you are making coleslaw in advance and you’d like to shorten the process of making this side dish by freezing the shredded cabbage, you can freeze the vegetable as long as you will use it right away.

You can freeze the shredded cabbage raw or blanched. Blanching is a great idea but you might lose the shredded cabbage’s crunch. As such, we suggest freezing the raw cabbage but you have to immerse the vegetable in a salt and water solution to delay oxidation. When cut, cabbage tends to discolor and wilt. The salt and water solution will extend the appearance and texture of the vegetable.

Just peel the wilting leaves of a cabbage head then rinse the vegetable in running water. Remove deep-seated dirt in the base of the cabbage head. Cut the cabbage in half, remove the core, and start slicing the vegetable in thin slices to shred it.  After cutting the cabbage head into shreds, prepare a salt and water solution in a small bowl. Submerge the cabbage shreds and let sit for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drain the water and shake the excess water off the cabbage shreds. Lay the cabbage shreds on a clean dishcloth or paper towel and air dry for a few minutes. After air-drying the vegetable shreds, they are ready for freezing.

Just pack the cabbage shreds in a resealable plastic bag. Do not pack the vegetable bits too tightly to prevent bruising. Squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer.

If you decided to blanch the cabbage shreds before freezing, you can skip the salt and water solution. Just prepare a pot of boiling water and an ice bath. Start by preparing the cabbage shreds and then submerge the vegetable in boiling water for no more than 2 minutes. After blanching the cabbage shreds, submerge the cabbage shreds in the ice bath. This will stop the cooking process. Then, shake the excess water off the cabbage shreds. Lay the cabbage shreds on a clean dishcloth or paper towel and air dry for a few minutes. After air-drying the vegetable shreds, they are ready for freezing.

Just pack the cabbage shreds in a resealable plastic bag. Do not pack the vegetable bits too tightly to prevent bruising. Squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer.

Can you freeze coleslaw without dressing?

Yes, you can freeze coleslaw without the dressing. Most culinary experts actually recommend this method to retain the quality of the veggies after freezing and defrosting. A classic creamy coleslaw dressing is sensitive to temperature changes. By skipping the dressing, you can store the vegetable in the freezer without fear of the dressing going bad after defrosting the coleslaw.

Can you freeze coleslaw made with mayo?

We don’t recommend freezing coleslaw with mayonnaise because again, mayo is a temperature sensitive ingredient. Also, the risk of food poisoning is too high if you are freezing dishes that contain eggs or mayonnaise. But if you have lots of coleslaw leftovers then you can freeze the leftovers if left with no other choice.

Mayonnaise is made with eggs, which tend to have a short shelf life. If you must freeze coleslaw made with mayo, do so quickly while the side dish is freshly made. This will help lock in the freshness of the slaw, minimizing cross-contamination and bacterial growth.

Don’t expect the texture of the cabbage to remain crunchy once you stored the coleslaw leftovers in the freezer either. The freezing temps will alter the texture of the vegetable no matter how carefully you pack the slaw.

Can you freeze KFC coleslaw?

While vinegar-based coleslaw will fare better in the freezer, creamy coleslaws like KFC coleslaw can be frozen. Commercially made slaws tend to have a longer shelf life compared to homemade coleslaw. Still, you want to transfer the KFC coleslaw in a freezer-safe container to protect the side dish from frost and freezer burns.

One thing to keep in mind before freezing KFC coleslaw, the slaw will take on a watery consistency once it’s been defrosted. This won’t change the taste of the slaw but it could affect the texture of the greens. Just give the slaw a good stir if you are seeing a separation between the liquids and solids.

How to Defrost Frozen Coleslaw?

The proper way to defrost vinegar coleslaws is by placing taking the container of it from the freezer and placing it directly into the refrigerator where it will take about 12-hours to defrost.

Never place coleslaw dishes on the counter or in a bowl of water to defrost because this could increase bacteria growth in the coleslaw. Coleslaw must be kept at a constant cool temperature in order to remain fresh.

Once the coleslaw is defrosted, it should be eaten up within 3-days. After that, any coleslaw remaining should be tossed out since you do not want to risk food poisoning.

Summary

Freezing may not be the ideal way to preserve this classic dish but it works as far as extending the shelf life of coleslaw goes. Now that you know how can you freeze coleslaw, you can keep the leftovers in the freezer and enjoy it later! As long as the slaw is stored properly, it will keep well in the freezer.

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Can You Freeze Mashed Potatoes?

If you’ve ever wondered “can you freeze mashed potatoes?”, you’re in the right place to find out the answer. In short, you can freeze mashed potatoes and they do freeze pretty well. Quite on the contrary to whole baked or boiled potatoes. Because of that, if you’d like to cook a large batch of mashed potatoes and use it for a number of meals, you’re free to do that. Freeze the leftovers of the first meal and use whenever needed. If you’d like to know how to freeze mashed potatoes, please read on.

Mashed potatoes

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How to Freeze Mashed Potatoes

  • Prepare mashed potatoes using your favorite recipe. That’s up to you how you like this dish, so cook it however you most like it.
  • Cool the prepared meal thoroughly. If you’d like to cool it quicker, consider putting it in a slightly cooler place (e.g. the pantry).
  • Method 1 (less work needed). This method is simple – you need to transfer mashed potatoes into freezer bags, release all air in the bag and seal it. Yyou might want to use zip-lock bags, that’s probably the easiest way to do this. If you decide on using small freezer bags, preferably portion-sized ones, that’s even better. This way you’ll be able to easily thaw and reheat as much mashed potatoes as you need at a time. Instead of freezer bags you can use airtight containers. If that’s the case remember the container should be almost full (the more air in it, the worse the freezer burn).
  • Method 2 (a little more work). First thing you need to do is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then, using a large scoop, measure even portions of mashed potatoes and transfer them onto the baking sheet. Put the baking sheet into the freezer for at least a couple of hours (e.g. overnight). Make sure the portions are frozen thoroughly before getting them from the freezer. Now you need to transfer those frozen balls of mashed potatoes into a freezer bag and put it back into the freezer. Freezing mashed potatoes in small portions allows you to thaw only as much of it as you need.

Thawing and Reheating Frozen Mashed Potatoes

You can thaw and reheat frozen mashed potatoes in a microwave or an oven. If you wish, you can thaw it a little before heating by putting it into the fridge for a couple of hours. When heating, use about 50% of the power of your device and don’t forget to stir the dish from time to time. When using a microwave, microwave it for a minute, stir it, microwave for a minute, and so on. Heat it until it’s ready.

Things worth remembering

  • Label each bag of mashed potatoes properly. Remember to put there the name of the dish, its amount and the date.
  • Add a little sour cream (if thawed mashed potatoes are too watery) when heating. That will help achieve proper texture when the dish is ready.
  • Even though you can store mashed potatoes in the freezer for a long time, be careful. Keeping it in there for longer than 6 to 8 months isn’t recommended due to quality reasons.

Summary
As you should know by now, you can freeze mashed potatoes and it’s pretty easy to do that. Make sure to freeze it in small portions, so you will be able to thaw only as much as you need at a time.