You can use the links below to jump through this article if you need help with how to go about freezing barfi, how to defrost it or whether it’s actually worth doing in the first place:
How to Freeze Barfi
When it comes to freezing a sweet such as barfi you are best freezing it already portioned out to grab out just what you need. When it comes to freezing it, use this simple method:
- Place on a Baking Tray
Pop your barfi onto a baking tray. Keep the portions separate and not touching.
- Flash Freeze
Put the baking tray into the freezer and freezer for a couple of hours.
- Transfer to Container
When the barfi has frozen, transfer it from the baking tray into a freezer-safe container with a lid. If you don’t have a suitable container, then you can wrap it in foil instead. Then, pop the wrapped barfi into a freezer bag.
- Final Freeze
Label the container with the date and contents. Pop the whole thing into the freezer until you need the barfi.
3 Tips for Freezing Barfi
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing barfi to have the best results:
- Portion It – It’s a good idea to portion your barfi before freezing it. This will make it far easier to grab one, two or three cubes at a time and ensure there is no need to refreeze them, which we advise against.
- Flash Freeze – Flashing freezing will also help prevent the need for refreezing. By flash-freezing barfi, you’ll ensure they do not clump together, making it far easier to grab a portion at a time.
- Avoid Refreezing – As you’ve probably guessed by now, refreezing barfi is a big no-no. Instead, focus on ensuring you can defrost the amount you need at any one time to avoid refreezing. Refreezing will dramatically (and negatively) impact the texture.
How Long Can You Freeze Barfi?
Barfi freezes fairly well for up to three months. This is perfect if you have lots of leftovers after a special occasion or want to get ahead with your next celebration and have your sweets cooked and frozen in advance.
You Can Freeze Barfi for up to 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Barfi?
To defrost your barfi, you need to take it out of the freezer and pop it onto the kitchen side to thaw out. Keep it covered while it thaws out and keep it at room temperature. Once it has defrosted, then you do need to eat it within that day.
This isn’t a sweet that you can speed up the thawing process, unfortunately. So, you are stuck waiting for it to thaw out fully. But don’t worry, it shouldn’t take too long to thaw out. Portioned barfi should be ready to eat within two to three hours from pulling it out of the freezer.
Can You Refreeze Barfi?
No, it isn’t recommended that you refreeze barfi. Freezing, thawing, heating and all the processes involved change the structure of food, and the more times you freeze, the more chances you are giving the food to spoil or become inedible.
It isn’t worth the risk – just more excuse to eat up that delicious barfi rather than let it go to waste.
Does Barfi Freeze Well?
On the whole, barfi does freeze fairly well.
If there is any change, it will be in the texture and structure of the barfi. That delicious fudgy texture may become a little more crumbly and grainy, which does change the whole taste of the sweet.
However, this doesn’t mean it still isn’t delicious! It is as delicious after it has been frozen, it’s just slightly different from how it would have been if eaten after being freshly made.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing barfi or barfi in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Mishti?
Much like barfi, mishti is a popular Indian dessert often eaten to celebrate Diwali. But, like barfi, can it be frozen? Unfortunately, it’s not something we would advise freezing. Mishti needs to be the perfect texture for it to be enjoyable. By freezing it, you will ruin this texture.
Can You Freeze Other Indian Sweets?
You need to consider whether the texture is an important aspect of the sweet. If a textural change will ruin the eating experience, then we would avoid freezing them. If a slight change will still keep them tasty, then it is perfectly safe to freeze them.