Can You Freeze Gelatin?

Gelatin is the ingredient you add if you want to make jelly or any jelly-like food product. It is added to mouses, tarts and all sorts of desserts. You often buy it in powder or leaf form and mix with water to make the gelatin. It isn’t always easy to judge how much gelatin you need and putting too much into a recipe can be disastrous for the texture of the food. So, what do you do with any excess? Can you freeze gelatin?

The Quick Answer

Can You Freeze Gelatin?

Unfortunately, gelatin cannot be frozen. It doesn’t freeze well and in most cases, it won’t even set fully solid in the freezer. It isn’t worth it so if possible use up your gelatin instead.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much to talk about when it comes to freezing gelatin because the short and long answer is no you can’t freeze gelatin!

Gelatin is most commonly made from animal hide, and it is boiled up to create this clear jelly-like substance that can be added to food to give it structure. Without getting too deep into the science of it, gelatin can be frozen initially, but it won’t ever fully freeze solidly.

But there is a much bigger reason you shouldn’t freeze any excess gelatin you have. This is because of how the molecules stick together before freezing and what happens when they are changed by the freezing process. When frozen, these gelatin molecules break down and lose their structure. When you thaw out your gelatin, you will end up with a liquid mess instead of the jelly substance you are looking for.

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 gelatin:

How To Freeze Gelatin

As mentioned already, we wouldn’t recommend that you freeze gelatin. Gelatin is a great product, but it just isn’t suitable for freezing. There is no need to worry though you can always keep it in its powder or leaf form for ages! So when you use gelatin in a recipe try and mix up a little at a time to ensure you don’t let any go to waste.

Made up gelatin can be kept in the fridge for a few days, so you do have time to use up any gelatin you have leftover.

Can You Freeze Jelly?

Jelly contains gelatin, and you can’t freeze this either for the same reasons as you can’t freeze gelatin. Unfortunately, this is a shame because it would be awesome to keep jelly in the freezer for snacks and treats!

However, all is not lost because you can keep your jelly made and in the fridge for a long time. It should remain good for up to a week! Plenty of time to eat up all that jelly.

Does Gelatin Freeze Well?

Gelatin doesn’t freeze well, in fact, it doesn’t freeze at all! The structure of the gelatin, the stuff that makes it hold together, is destroyed when frozen and by the time you come to thaw it out, it becomes a liquidy mess rather than jelly-like.

This is the same if you have added gelatin to any of your recipes. Whether your recipes can be frozen once you have added gelatin will depend on how much gelatin you have added. If you have only added a little to a mousse, then you may find that it survives. However, foods like jelly have a lot of gelatin added and don’t freeze well at all.

It’s best to pop your foods containing gelatin into the fridge instead and eat them within about a week to ensure they don’t go bad.

Other Questions about Gelatin

Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across regarding gelatin – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about gelatin, then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.

Can You Freeze Mousse with Gelatin?

Provided that gelatin is only used sparingly, you should be ok to freeze mousse desserts. Be warned, however, that you are most likely going to notice a drastic change in the texture of your mouse once it has been frozen. It may no longer be light and fluffy. Instead, you may find it somewhat grainy and inconsistent in parts.

Can You Freeze Mousse with Gelatin

Can You Freeze Cheesecake with Gelatin?

The same applies for cheesecake: Provided that you haven’t used too much gelatin, it should freeze, but it won’t freeze particularly well. Cheesecake, like most dairy products, will always have a textural change that usually noticeable when it is frozen then defrosted.