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Can You Freeze Injera?

Can you freeze injera? Injera is a type of Ethiopian sourdough-risen flatbread. This bread is typical in the East African region and is traditionally eaten with stews, soups, and salads.

Injera – which is the national dish of Ethiopia and Eritrea – is an incredibly thin bread yet has a spongy texture and mild flavor. This type of bread is quite rare so if you found some in your local supermarket and you love flatbread, stock up on injera! Of course, you can also make your own injera using teff flour and a skillet.

Injera does turn moldy much more quickly than other flatbreads so it must be stored properly. It is possible to retain the soft, chewy texture of the flatbread as long as you prepped the injera prior to storage.

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When kept at room temperature, injera could keep fresh for up to 2 to 3 days only. In the fridge, injera is safe to eat for up to 7 days. And when frozen, it will keep fresh for 2 to 3 months. However, we recommend consuming the flatbread as soon as possible even when it’s frozen. The longer the injera is kept in the freezer, the higher the chances of texture and flavor change.

If say, you overestimated the amount of flatbread you bought, here is a step by step guide on how can you freeze injera:

How to Freeze Injera?

Depending on the state of the injera, there are different ways to prep the flatbread prior to freezing.

Freezing Unopened Injera

If the flatbread’s packaging is unopened, you can simply stick the injera into the freezer as is. Just make sure to label the product with the storage date.

Freezing Homemade  Injera

For homemade injera, leave the flatbread to cool for an hour or two on a cooling rack prior to freezing. Then, wrap the injera in tin foil.

Wrapping the bread in aluminum foil, there should never be a spot exposed or the bread won’t freeze properly. Water crystals will form into exposed bread and this will affect the shelf life and texture of the injera once it’s been defrosted. Once wrapped, stick the bread in the freezer.

Freezing Leftover Injera

To prep leftover and/or homemade injera, wrap each flatbread in cling wrap or aluminum foil completely but layer a sheet of wax paper on each bread. This will keep the injera from sticking to one another as it freezes.

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After wrapping the bread in protective cling wrap or aluminum foil, place the whole thing in a freezer-safe, resealable plastic bag. Squeeze as much air as possible before sealing. Get a marker, label the product with the storage date, and stick in the freezer.

How to Defrost and Reheat Injera?

Defrosting the Injera

Injera is easy to defrost but do so gradually so the texture and taste won’t change at all. To thaw injera, transfer the frozen flatbread from the freezer and onto the kitchen counter. Do not put the frozen injera in the fridge because once you reheat the flatbread, it becomes dry and tasteless.

Once the injera has been thawed for an hour or so, get several damp paper towels. Place the paper towels on top of the injera and then stick the flatbread in the microwave to reheat. The damp paper towels will protect the injera from heat while also keeping it moist as it is heated.

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Reheating the Injera

Once you’re done reheating, you can now serve and enjoy this delicious flatbread. You can also reheat the injera in oven toasters for a minute or two, depending on how you like your flatbread.

Summary

There’s no doubt about it, injera is one of the best types of flatbreads to use for stews and saucy dishes. The flatbread has a mouthwatering smoky flavor that’s totally unique and delicious! Now that you know how can you freeze injera, you can store more of your favorite flatbread for future meals.

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Can You Freeze Muffins?

We could all use a dose of sweetness in life and nothing satisfies the sweet tooth than a warm batch of muffins. Muffins come in an array of flavors too, some savory others are sweet. Whichever type of muffin flavor you like, did you know that you can always freeze muffins and fresh batter for later use?

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That’s right, baked muffin and batter keep well in the freezer. By storing your extra muffins and batter in the freezer, you’ll never run out of delicious snacks to whip up! Frozen baked muffins and batter will keep fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to Freeze Muffins?

The best way to freeze muffins is to do so once the baked goods have cooled down to room temperature. To prep the muffins, get a re-sealable plastic bag and start wrapping the muffins one at a time. You want to make sure all muffins are wrapped individually so they don’t get stuck together in the freezer as well as to keep freezer burn at bay!

Once all the muffins are packed in a container, get a marker and label each one with the freezing date. To enjoy optimum flavors and texture, use up your stock within the recommended storage time. Also, make sure the freezer is set at a steady 0°F or lower for best results.

How to Defrost Frozen Muffins?

The best way to defrost muffins is by transferring them from the freezer to a plate and letting the muffins thaw at room temperature. Once the muffins have been thawed completely, stick them in the preheated toaster oven or conventional oven.

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Get a small plate, unwrap the muffin and wrap it in tinfoil before putting it on the plate and sticking it in the oven or toaster oven.  Heat for about 10 to 15 minutes at 350°F. If you’re using a microwave, heat it on high for no more than 30 seconds.

Summary

Microwaving muffins may affect the texture of the finished products so always keep an eye on the setting and heating time. Keeping a batch of baked muffins in the freezer means you’ll always have snacks ready for you and your family. Now that you know how to freeze muffins properly, you can store a large batch for future use.

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Can You Freeze Tortillas?

It’s hard to resist a good bargain and if you live for tacos and carnitas, then having tortilla shells in stock is a must! But if you ended up with more tortilla shells than you can handle, why not freeze them for later use? Yes, you can freeze tortillas, corn or flour-based alike!

Tortillas can be kept at room temperature for several days without going bad. However, extended exposure to oxygen will speed up the breakdown in the oils, causing molds to grow on tortillas.

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Freezing tortillas help extend their shelf life and reduce wastage. When frozen and defrosted properly, tortillas’ texture will remain the same as its original state. Of course, there are certain things you have to consider before freezing a bag of tortilla shells, which we will highlight in today’s article.

How to Freeze Tortillas?

To freeze tortillas, you can either keep it in their original packaging or place them in a large, rigid container. We recommend wrapping each tortilla shell with wax paper so they do not stick with each other once frozen.

Also, the wax paper will keep frost at bay, so by the time they are ready to use, the tortillas will retain their original texture. Frost will toughen the ingredients, causing the shells to become chewy when warmed.

Just stick the product in the freezer, no additional prep needed. Make sure that the packaging is tightly sealed for best result. When frozen, tortillas will keep for up to 5 months.

How to Defrost and Reheat Frozen Tortillas?

Thawing and reheating tortillas is so easy and fast! To thaw the tortillas, take as many frozen products as you need from the freezer and transfer to the refrigerator. Leave to thaw overnight or two.

Once thawed, put the still-frozen tortilla shells in the microwave in 30-second bursts until warmed. Repeat in batches until all tortillas are nice and warm.

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To reheat the thawed tortillas, you can use the oven. Start by preheating your oven to 350°. Then, stack several tortilla shells in a baking pan lined with aluminum foil and stick it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Summary

Freezing tortillas is a perfect method to preserving big batches of the product at a time. And as long as they are frozen properly, the tortilla shells will remain nice and crisp for longer. Now that you know how to freeze tortillas properly, you can start stocking up on more shells for future dishes!

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Can You Freeze Bread?

Can you freeze bread? Bread is a staple food known and used throughout the world. Commercially baked bread stays fine for just a couple of days. Is there a way to extend its shelf life? Can you preserve it to consume it after a week or two if you won’t be able to consume it within the next few days? Of course – you can freeze bread. It’s quite easy to do and many people do that on a regular basis.

Loaves of bread

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Freezing bread

The first thing to remember is that freezing can’t improve the quality of your bread. If it’s already stale, it’ll be stale when you thaw it. Fresh bread is best for freezing. Don’t postpone freezing if you know that you’ll freeze this loaf (or loaves) anyway. If you bake your own bread or buy fresh warm bread in a bakery, let it cool down before freezing.

If you plan to eat the bread within 2 to 3 weeks, you can put it in the freezer as is, in its plastic packaging. If your store-bought bread comes in paper packaging, you should repackage it into a freezer bag. Feel free to cut the loaf into slices, just remember to seal the packaging well.

To freeze bread for a period of time longer than 3 weeks, you need more wrapping. You need to wrap bread tightly and the wrapping shouldn’t let through any moisture and air. The easiest way to achieve that is to wrap it twice. First, wrap the bread tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Now you can put the wrapped bread into a freezer bag. When packaging the bread (both first and second layer) please remember to push out or suck out all air. The less air near the bread, the better it will freeze and preserve good quality for longer.

If you have a vacuum sealer, you can use it when freezing bread. But before sealing the package with it, you should flash-freeze the bread. To do that you need to put it on a tray or a cookie sheet and put it into the freezer for an hour or two. That will suppress flattening of the bread when sealing the package.

How Long Bread Can Be Frozen

In theory, you can keep bread frozen indefinitely. But after some time (like a year) its quality won’t be anywhere near acceptable. If you’ve frozen bread in its original packaging or other loose wrapping, you shouldn’t keep it in the freezer for more than 2, maybe 3 weeks. If you’ve packaged the loaf tightly and removed all air, it should remain of good quality for 3 months. If you’ve used a vacuum sealer, you can keep it in the freezer even for half a year. In reality, given periods of time depend on who is going to eat the bread. Some people don’t like its taste after only a week of freezing.

Thawing Bread

If you decide to thaw the whole loaf, do it in room temperature but don’t unwrap it until its thawed. A one pound (about 450 grams) bread will thaw about 3 hours. Take note that the bigger the loaf is, the longer it takes to thaw it. If you need to thaw individual slices, you can leave them unwrapped at room temperature. You can also use a microwave to defrost bread.

Summary
As you can see, you can freeze bread and it is easy to do that.