With 1% of the UK population alone suffering from coeliac disease, gluten free pasta is a complete godsend. But the question is can you make batch of fresh or filled gluten free pasta and can you freeze gluten free pasta? Let’s find out!
The good news is that you can freeze gluten free pasta. The bad news, however, is that it’s not that straightforward. It comes down to the type of pasta you want to freeze so keep reading to find out more.
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 gluten free pasta:
How To Freeze Fresh Gluten Free Pasta
If you want to freeze fresh gluten free pasta then we would first advise against freezing strands of pasta such as spaghetti or tagliatelle. They tend to clump together in the freezer making it hard to portion out. Instead, we’d opt for shapes such as farfalle or penne.
- You want to flash freeze your pasta first so line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.
- Place your pasta onto the sheet trying to ensure none of the pieces are touching.
- Next, place this tray in the freezer to flash freeze for a couple of hours.
- When the outside is frozen solid you can remove the tray and tip the pasta into an airtight container. Do this carefully as the pasta will be brittle.
- Place back in the freezer and you’re done!
Can You Freeze Filled Gluten Free Pasta?
Before you get to freezing your filled gluten free pasta you need to consider what those parcels are filled with. The pasta itself will freeze well but will the contents? If the contents contain a lot of dairy product then you might have an issue with texture when you come to thawing it out for example.
Have a browse around Freeze It to determine whether the contents will freeze well or not. If they will, then you can get to freeze your filled gluten free pasta:
- Grab a baking tray, line it with grease-proof paper.
- Place your filled pasta onto the tray ensuring none of them is touching.
- Put your tray into the freezer for around two hours to flash freeze the pasta.
- Remove the tray then carefully tip the pasta into a bag or airtight container.
- Seal up then return to the freezer.
Freezing your pasta in this way will ensure they don’t stick together and will make it far easier to portion out when you need to grab some from the freezer.
Can You Freeze Dried Gluten Free Pasta?
Well… You can’t really. Think about it. In order for anything to freeze it needs a liquid element. This liquid freezes and that’s what enables you to store something in the freezer. Dried pasta is what it says it is. Dry. That means you’ll struggle to freeze it.
Also bear in mind that dried pasta has a pretty extensive shelf life so you need to question what the point of freezing it would actually be.
How Long Can You Freeze Gluten Free Pasta?
The longer you leave pasta in the freezer, the greater it will degrade in texture. That’s why we would advise leaving gluten free pasta in the freezer for up to 3 months. If you’re freezing filled pasta then we’d actually advise even less – maybe 6 weeks maximum!
Remember the label your frozen pasta so you know when you need to eat it up by.
You Can Freeze Gluten Free Pasta for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Gluten Free Pasta?
The good news is that you can often cook your frozen pasta from frozen. Just grab a handful, add to boiling water and cook until al dente. If you leave it to thaw in the fridge it can actually become water so generally speaking it’s best cooking it from froze.
Does Gluten Free Pasta Freeze Well?
It freezes ok… Unfortunately, and like a lot of things, fresh will always trump frozen. There is a chance that the texture will be slightly different to what you’re used to with fresh pasta. Having said that, frozen gluten free pasta is a viable option for storing your pasta for the longterm. It’s certainly better than throwing it away!
Other Questions about Gluten Free Pasta
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to gluten free pasta – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about gluten free pasta then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Gluten Free Noodles?
Unfortunately, noodles aren’t the easiest thing in the world to freeze. You can freeze them with a bit of patience, however. Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper then create rings of noodles. You want to twist them into a pile where each pile is a portion. Flash freeze then store for the longterm in an airtight container. You can then grab a pile of noodles for each portion you need.