How to Freeze Cheese Straws
Freezing cheese straws is about as easy as it gets. Although, there is a little preparation involved to ensure they stay fresh, delicious and don’t freeze together in a lump that makes it impossible to eat them later.
You have two options when it comes to freezing. The first is to freeze them unbaked, and this is the method to use for optimum results. The second is better suited for freezing leftover cheese straws, and these won’t taste quite as good as they were when they were fresh. It is still worth doing if your only other option is to waste those tasty cheese straws.
How to Freeze Unbaked Cheese Straws
This is the best approach to take when freezing cheese straws as it ensures the pastry remains flakey and the cheese flavour remains prominent:
Make your cheese straws using your usual recipe. Make them right up until the point you would bake them.
- Lay Out On a Baking Tray
Take your unbaked cheese straws and lay them on a baking sheet that has been covered in parchment paper. You need to ensure that the straws are spaced apart, and none of them are touching. The idea of doing this step is to freeze each cheese straw individually so that it makes it easy to grab out the precise number of cheese straws you need at a later date.
Put the baking tray containing the cheese straws into the freezer for an hour or two or until the cheese straws are frozen.
- Transfer to Bags
When you are happy that the cheese straws are solid, you can take the baking sheet out of the freezer and transfer the cheese straws into a freezer bag.
Seal the bag tightly, making sure you squeeze out as much air as possible beforehand.
Label the bag with the date and the contents and then pop it into the freezer.
How to Freeze Baked Leftover Cheese Straws
If you have already baked cheese straws, have a few leftover and now want to freeze them, then use this method:
Make sure your cheese straws are completely cooled before you freeze. You can also freeze cheese straws you bought in a shop. Just be aware that the pastry is very delicate and can easily damage in the freezer. Your cheese straws are unlikely to be quite as nice once they have been frozen, too due to the texture change in the pastry.
- Lay Out On a Baking Tray
Lay a sheet of non-stick parchment paper out onto a baking tray and place the cheese straws onto this. You need to ensure that each cheese straw is separate and not touching any of the others.
Put this into the freezer for a couple of hours. You need the cheese straws to be solid before you pack them into their container.
- Place into Containers
Next, you need a suitable container to put the cheese straws in. You need one that you can place the cheese straws in so that they are tightly packed enough to not move around too much. A container works best because it will help to avoid the cheese straws becoming damaged in the freezer.
Once your cheese straws are neatly packed into their container, pop a lid on and make sure it is sealed tightly.
Label the container with the date and contents and put it into the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Cheese Straws
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing cheese straws to have the best results:
- Use Cling Film, Paper Towels and Bags – If you don’t have a suitable container to pack your baked cheese straws into then, you can use a combination of cling film, paper towel and freezer bags instead. This is a little more complicated but can be done.
You still need to freeze the cheese straws individually on a baking tray. Then instead of putting them into a container, you can wrap each one in clingfilm. Then place the wrapped cheese straws next to each other and wrap them all together in more clingfilm. Add layers of paper towel around this and then wrap them again in cling film.
You may find that some damage still happens but wrapping them this way should help minimise it.
- Seal Fully – Your unbaked cheese straws need to be kept protected from the air. If you find that you can’t get enough air out of the freezer bag, you can use the straw method. This is where you seal the bag almost all the way and then pop a straw into the corner. Suck out the air, then remove the straw and seal the bag.
- Write Labels – If you have frozen different types of cheese straw (parmesan ones and cheddar ones, for example), then make sure you write a clear label of the type of cheese straw in the bag.
How Long Can You Freeze Cheese Straws?
You can freeze unbaked for up to three months. When it comes to baked cheese straws, it gets a little difficult. In theory, you should still be able to keep them stored in the freezer for up to three months. However, you should try and eat them as soon as possible to avoid them becoming too damaged in the freezer.
You Can Freeze Cheese Straws for up to 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Cheese Straws?
Defrosting cheese straws is super easy. Whether you have frozen them baked or unbaked, you can follow the same method.
Take your cheese straws out of the freezer and lay them on a flat baking sheet. Pop the baking sheet on the kitchen counter and cover it with a tea towel to keep the cheese straws protected from flies. Let the cheese straws defrost for a couple of hours until they are completely thawed.
This is where things start to differ a little depending on if you have baked or unbaked cheese straws.
For unbaked, you just need to pop them into the oven as usual to bake. For baked cheese straws, you will need to pop them into a preheated oven for roughly ten minutes to crisp them up again. Luckily, warmed through is the tastiest way to eat cheese straws.
Can You Refreeze Cheese Straws?
No, you shouldn’t refreeze your cheese straws. Whilst these are a fairly safe food to eat when it comes to bacteria it is important to note that all food can grow bacteria and this can make you sick.
On top of this, cheese straws are delicate and are unlikely to survive the process more than once and remain tasty and intact.
Do Cheese Straws Freeze Well?
Whether or not cheese straws freeze well is largely dependent on how you froze them. Unbaked cheese straws freeze very well and you shouldn’t notice any difference at all between fresh and frozen cheese straws once you have baked them.
This is a little different for baked cheese straws.
You may find they damage easily when frozen and the pastry can also become a little soft and mushy once you thaw them out. To help with this you can pop them into the oven or under the grill to crisp up once they are completely thawed. They will still be delicious, they just won’t be quite as nice as fresh cheese straws.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing cheese straws or cheese straws in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Cheese Tuiles?
Cheese tuiles tend to be very delicate so are not something we would advise freezing. Freezing can also cause them to become either soft or brittle depending on the type of cheese you have used.
Can You Freeze Jus-Rol Cheese Straws?
If you have made cheese straws using Jus-Rol (or other shop-bought) pastry, you can also freeze these cheese straws in much the same way as the method outlined above for leftover cheese straws.
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