How to Freeze Meringues
There are three types of meringue: French, Italian and Swiss. We’ve covered the method for freezing each of these below.
How to Freeze French Meringue
French meringues are the most common. It’s French meringues that make a pavlova or Eton mess. It’s French meringues that are crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. But how do you freeze these meringues?
- Flash Freeze
Once cooled, place the meringues onto a clean baking tray and cover with a layer of clingfilm. Place the baking tray in the freezer – try and keep it as level as possible at this stage.
After a few hours, check the meringues to see if they have frozen solid on the outside. If they have, remove the tray.
- Line Container
Grab a container and line the base with some greaseproof paper. Add as many meringues to the container as you can fit in one single layer.
- Cover and Repeat
Cover the first layer of meringues with further greaseproof paper and repeat.
Keep layering them up until you have all your meringues in the container. Tightly fit the lid and then wrap the box in clingfilm if you want to avoid other smells getting into the meringues and place in the freezer.
Freezing them in this way will make it easy to remove just one or two meringues from the freezer as and when you need them. Just make sure you’re careful with how you handle them, as they will be quite brittle and will, therefore, break easily if you’re not careful.
How to Freeze Italian Meringue
Italian meringue is a little easier to freeze, but you don’t want to colour it. When using Italian meringue, you’ll often spoon it atop lemon meringue pies and tarts, then blowtorch to add colour. Instead, make it up to the point where you would colour it and then follow the instructions:
You need to allow the meringue to cool to room temperature.
Spoon the mixture into bags. Once you have placed a portion into a bag, seal it up. You want to remove as much air from the bag as possible.
Finally, place it in the freezer.
You’ll then need to defrost it slowly overnight then use the meringue as you normally would. The other option, of course, is to freeze egg whites and then make the meringue fresh.
How to Freeze Swiss Meringue
Swiss meringues tend to sit between the two. They’re softer and denser than French meringues but are cooked in a similar way to Italian meringues. The method for freezing Swiss meringues is the same as French meringues.
Cool, flash freeze and then wrap if you have made individual Swiss meringues. If you have made a large Swiss meringue base, there will be no need to flash freeze. Just wrap it, so it’s airtight, place it into a bag and freeze.
3 Tips for Freezing Meringues
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing meringues to have the best results:
- Be Gentle – Meringues are delicate. Frozen meringues become even more brittle. So when it comes to removing them from the freezer and thawing them, make sure you’re gentle as they will break easily.
- Try Freeze Egg Whites – Meringues can be a little temperamental when frozen, so why not try to freeze egg whites instead and then mixing up a batch of meringues fresh.
- Moisture is an Enemy – Moisture and air are both enemies of meringues in the freezer. That’s why you must do all you can to protect them.
How Long Can You Freeze Meringue?
Homemade meringues can be kept in the freezer for about one month. Sometimes, they can last even more, depending on the quality of the eggs put into your meringues (and older eggs are easier to mix in, to begin with).
Generally, if the meringues have any odd smell or taste, you might want to toss them away. Until that happens, it doesn’t matter how much time has passed.
As for fresh, raw meringue batter, if sealed tightly right after mixing – you can keep it in the freezer for up to ten months.
You Can Freeze Meringues for up to 10 Months
How Do You Defrost Meringue?
Place your meringues in the fridge to thaw out overnight. If you need this to happen a little quicker, then place them on your worktop where they’ll need 3 hours at room temperature. If you want them warmed up, you can place them in the oven or enjoy them.
Can You Refreeze Meringue?
Refreezing meringues is not something we would advise. It can break down the meringues significantly, causing them to dry out and become excessively brittle. They’ll also lose their chewiness. Instead, try only to defrost the amount you need at a time.
Does Meringue Freeze Well?
If properly stored and defrosted, you can’t really tell the difference between fresh and frozen meringue, especially if you freeze batter or re-heat your ready-frozen meringues. The key is not to allow any excess moisture to come in contact with your meringue.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing meringues or meringues in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Pavlova?
We wouldn’t advise against freezing a fully made pavlova. The berries (or other fruit) and meringue will freeze well, but the cream might struggle. You’ll also ruin the texture by freezing it as one.
Instead, why not consider freezing each of the elements on their own. Then, when the time comes, defrost everything and construct. You’ll still save yourself plenty of time.
How Do You Freeze Meringue Kisses?
You can actually use the same method we have used for standard size meringues above. With meringue kisses being so much smaller, you will need to be delicate when moving them in and out of the freezer.
Can You Freeze Aquafaba Meringue?
If you’ve made a vegan-friendly aquafaba meringue, then you might be thinking, can you freeze it in the same way as a traditional meringue. Well, the simple answer is yes, and all you need to do is follow the same method we’ve outlined in this article.