How To Freeze Stuffing – What You Should Know
What is the best way to freeze stuffing especially when you have leftover Christmas dinner homemade stuffing?
Stuffing may be cooked up into an appetizer dish or main course. It’s usually served during holidays such as Easter Thanksgiving, Christmas, and family reunions. In addition, stuffing is often served at weddings and other special occasions. Stuffing can also be used to stuff a turkey for the holiday meal.
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The word “stuff” has been in use since around 1450. The first recorded usage of the term “stuffing” was in 1584. The word “stuff” comes from the Old English word stofu meaning “to fill”. This came about because people would stuff animals with herbs and spices before cooking them.
Nowadays stuffing is made with bread mixed with onions, butter, and fresh vegetables, and herbs plus seasoning.
Stuffing can also be called “dressing” , or dressing the bird.
How to Freeze Stuffing
Stuffing made from a bread base stores well. Plus and they are easy to reheat. Cooldown the stuffing first by placing it in the refrigerator. It will keep for five days at 40F or less.
Nevertheless, I have found that if you want to freeze your stuffing, do so after it has cooled completely.
Stuffing freezes well and will last in a freezer for six months.
Key steps for freezing leftover stuffing.
First, divide it into portions that you will use.
- Put the stuffing into airtight plastic zip lock bags designed for freezing or into a good quality container. This will help reduce stuffing freezer burn.
- If you’re using a container, put some sort of covering (foil or plastic) on top before putting the lid on.
- Do not forget to Label and date
You can store stuffing in a freezer for 6 months. As long as you don’t thaw it, the stuffing will be fine to use.
Do not to re-freeze stuffing a second time.
One way of reheating after freezing – I like to use my slow cooker as a way of making and reheating stuffing. Plus you can make it ahead of time and just heat it up when needed.
What Can I Use Leftover Stuffing For?
Using leftover stuffing can be made really tasty when added as layers in a casserole.
- Other leftover stuffing ideas are?
- Peppers filled with stuffing
- Hamburger or meatball -the stuffing pads them out with a great taste.
- Make a Breakfast stuffing hash
- Breakfast bacon and stuffing cakes
- Stuff your bread with the leftovers!
I have been making my own stuffing for years now and the above are only some ideas for leftover stuffing. Get creative and create your own stuffing treats.
How To Reheat Stuffing After Freezing
Reheating your stuffing in either the oven, toaster oven or microwave are the most common methods.
For smaller portions then the microwave works best and is the quickest.
For larger amounts of stuffing then the oven is best.
You do not have to thaw first, you can reheat straight for the freezer. However, I find it reheats best when thawed in the refrigerator overnight.
How to use an Oven or toaster Over to Reheat Frozen Stuffing
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Put the stuffing on a baking tray or oven safe dish and cover it with aluminum foil.
- To keep the stuffing moist and stop it from drying out drizzle some water or broth on the top before covering with the foil and baking.
- Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes.
Stoping Stuffing from Becoming Soggy?
Do not put too much liquid on, if you are concerned just use a little bit of soft butter spread thinly over the top of the stuffing.
Can You Freeze Uncooked Stuffing
You can make the stuffing ahead of time and freeze it without cooking. Just follow the same instructions above but cook your stuffing before freezing.
Uncooked Stuffing Freezer Storage Time: 3 Months
Can You Add Egg to Stuffing?
Yes, adding eggs will act as a binding agent.
Can I freeze stuffing that contains eggs?
If the egg stuffing has been cooked you can freeze it as normal. But I do not recommend putting uncooked egg-based stuffing into the freezer.
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