Falafel is a fantastic vegan-friendly meal that is packed full of protein and goodness. On top of that, it tastes great too! Baked or fried and mixed with your favourite veggies this is a meal you can serve with pride at a dinner party or just to your family in the evenings. This meal could only be improved if you could freeze it! So, can you freeze falafel?
We have some awesome news! You can freeze falafel and you can freeze it either uncooked and ready to cook or cooked and ready to heat up for a quick and easy meal. So let’s take a look at how you freeze falafel.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing falafel:
How To Freeze Falafel
As we already mentioned, you have a couple of ways to freeze falafel and both ways are easy to do. So it all depends on whether you are freezing leftovers that have already been cooked or are trying to get ahead and prepare freezer meals that you can thaw out and cook at a later date.
Both of these methods allow you to freeze the falafel individually so that when it comes to using it you can grab out just the amount you need. Perfect for batch cooking and reducing your food waste.
How to Freeze Uncooked Falafel
- Make your falafel in the way you normally would using your favourite recipe and ingredients. Make sure you don’t throw away the water from the chickpeas, also called aquafaba because you can freeze aquafaba and them make meringues or mousses with it.
- Shape your falafel and get it ready for cooking, just don’t cook it.
- Grab yourself a baking sheet and put some parchment paper on the top.
- Place the falafel on the baking sheet making sure that you leave a gap between each falafel. You want to freeze each one individually so that they don’t stick together and become difficult to use later.
- Place the baking sheet and falafel into the freezer and freeze for a couple of hours.
- Once the falafel is frozen solid, you can take it out of the freezer and pop it into a freezer bag.
- Label the freezer bag with the date and name of the contents. Make sure you write that it’s uncooked too so that you don’t get a surprise when it’s time to eat it!
- Seal the bag and pop it back into the freezer.
How to Freeze Cooked Falafel
- Prepare the falafel as usual and then cook in the method you prefer. Try to use the best quality chickpeas you can get hold of as they are the key ingredient.
- Allow the falafel to cool completely.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the falafel to the baking sheet keeping each one separate so they don’t stick together.
- Put the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze for a few hours.
- Prepare a freezer bag by labelling it with the date and contents.
- Take the baking sheet out of the freezer and transfer the falafel into the freezer bag.
- Pop the bag back into the freezer.
Can You Freeze Shop-Bought Falafel?
If you have bought some delicious falafel from the shop then you can also freeze this! You can freeze it using the same methods outlined above.
One thing to be careful of with shop-bought falafel is buying frozen falafel and then freezing it. It isn’t recommended that you refreeze falafel so if your shop-bought falafel has been frozen already then you should try and use it up instead of freezing again after cooking.
How Long Can You Freeze Falafel?
How long you can freeze your falafel will depend on which method you chose to freeze it. Uncooked falafel will keep frozen for up to about six months, as long as you have frozen it well and the bag is sealed tightly to protect it from freezer burn.
Cooked falafel has a shorter freezer life and should be used within three months. This is because cooked falafel has already changed the ingredients and they can start to degrade a little more quickly.
You Can Freeze Falafel for Around 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Falafel?
The best way to use your frozen falafel is to allow it to defrost in the fridge slowly. Just take out the amount of falafel you need and pop them into a bowl in the fridge and let them defrost overnight.
You can speed up the process a little if you need by popping a bowl of falafel into the microwave and using a defrost setting until the falafel has thawed out.
If you really need to speed up the process then you can cook the falafel from frozen! All you need to do is put the falafel in the oven and bake as you normally would. You may need to adjust the temperature and time a little because the falafel may take a little longer to cook than normal.
Can You Refreeze Falafel?
We wouldn’t recommend that you thaw out falafel and then refreeze it. This process does deteriorate food a little each time and you are at risk of spoiling the food too much to enjoy it.
Does Falafel Freeze Well?
Falafel does freeze fairly well and makes for an enjoyable meal. However, you might notice a slight change in the falafel texture with the falafel being a little softer than normal. You can always crisp them up in a pan or toast a little to combat this. Either way, it’s a delicious meal!
Other Questions about Falafel
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to falafel – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about falafel then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Falafel Mix?
If you have bought a falafel mix to make falafel with then you can freeze this too! You do need to make up the falafel first and then freeze as either uncooked or cooked falafel using the same instructions above.
Can You Freeze Beetroot Falafel?
If you didn’t know already then you can freeze beetroot. That means you can use the exact same approach for both cooked and uncooked beetroot falafel to freeze them successfully.