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How To Freeze Pate
Pate is delicately made, and it can also be delicate to freeze. It has a high-fat content that can change in both texture and taste fairly easily when being frozen. If you follow these easy instructions, you should be able to freeze any leftover pate successfully.
How to Freeze Pate Whole
If you have a packet of pate that you want to freeze whole or if you have made pate yourself and know you’ll be eating the whole thing in one go then this is the method for you:
- Freeze It (Really!)
If your pate is still unopened and in its original packaging, you can pop it in the freezer as it is. No preparation is necessary! Make sure you write the date on the packet before freezing, so you know when you need to use it.
- Portion It
If your pate is opened or you have made it from scratch, then you need to make sure it is in an airtight container or bag before freezing. The best way to achieve this is to wrap the pate in clingfilm and then pop it into a freezer bag to be doubly sure it is airtight and won’t suffer from freezer burn.
How to Freeze Pate In Portions
If, however, you don’t think you’ll consume the full pate in one hit then you’ll be far better off portioning it out first and then freezing it in smaller portions:
- Prepare a Tray
You need to grab a silicone ice cube tray or small silicone cake tin. Choose a tin or tray with sections that match the size of pate portion you prefer. Spoon the pate into the different sections of the tray.
- Flash Freeze
Pop the tray into the freezer and let it freeze for a few hours. Once the pate has frozen, you can take it out of the freezer and transfer it from the silicone moulds into a freezer bag.
- Bag It
Label the freezer bag, seal it tight making sure you squeeze out any air. This helps to avoid freezer burn.
- Final Freeze
Pop it back into the freezer and refreeze. Now, whenever you want a portion of pate, you can take out the amount you need out of the freezer and defrost.
3 Tips for Freezing Pate
Now you know how to freeze pate, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:
- Flash Freeze Portions – We recommend freezing pate in portions to make it far easier to grab as much as you need. But to freeze portions efficiently, you will want to flash freeze them before placing them all into a bag. This will prevent them from sticking to one another.
- Protect – One of the most important things to do is protect pate in the freezer. It can become freezer burnt easily and will also absorb other odours. Wrap it in multiple layers of clingfilm before placing in thick freezer bags.
- Avoid Refreezing – Refreezing pate, especially those containing meat, can be dangerous and can cause huge textural changes. We would advise against refreezing pate.
How Long Can You Freeze Pate?
Kept fresh in a fridge, pate will only last for about a week. The best you get is about ten days which isn’t very long at all! Luckily if you freeze your pate while it is still fresh, then you can keep it in the freezer for up to three months. Make sure you don’t leave it in the freezer any longer than this as the dish’s high-fat content will cause it to separate and deteriorate.
You Can Freeze Pate for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Pate?
There are two ways you can defrost pate. The first is the most recommended as it is less likely to deteriorate the pate. This method is the slower thawing method, so it does take a little forethought. The night before you need the pate, take it out of the freezer and put it on a plate in the fridge overnight. This allows the pate to defrost slowly so it should be perfect by the time you need to use it.
Suppose you need the pate to be edible a little quicker, then you can speed up the process a little by defrosting it in room temperature water. Grab a bowl and fill it up and submerge the pate in the freezer bag until it has defrosted. Just make sure the pate is well wrapped before putting it in the water or you will end up with a very wet pate.
Can You Refreeze Pate?
Pate isn’t something that can be refrozen again and again. The delicate structure of the dish and the fat and moisture content means that crystals will form every time it has frozen, and this changes the overall texture.
Does Pate Freeze Well?
Pate doesn’t always freeze well, and you are likely to notice a slight change in the pate’s texture once it has been frozen and defrosted. As long as you don’t mind this slight change, then you should be able to enjoy your pate as much as you did when it was fresh!
If you notice any separating of the ingredients after it has thawed, then you can always give it a quick blend in a blender or even mix it back up with a fork.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing pate or pate in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Terrine?
A lot of the rules that we’ve written about here for pate apply to terrine. Generally speaking, terrine is the same as pate but is called a terrine because of the pan that it is cooked in and the shape it is served in.
Can You Freeze Chicken Liver Pate?
Chicken liver pate is a delicious and delicate treat with a strong flavour and ingredients that are really good for you. You can freeze it in the same way you freeze any pate. Just follow the instructions above to freeze any leftover chicken liver pate.
Don’t be too surprised if your pate separates a little when freezing but you can stir it back up again to blend it nicely back together.
Can You Freeze Mackerel Pate?
When freezing fish, you need to be a little careful, but there is no reason you can’t freeze mackerel pate successfully. Follow the same method outlined above, and you can enjoy mackerel pate whenever you like.
Can You Freeze Mushroom Pate?
Mushroom pate is one of the best types of pates to freeze. It still has a high-fat content which can cause a few issues and texture changes when freezing but it will still be delicious to eat and is the perfect way to store pate that would have gone to waste.