Can You Freeze Pork Pies?

The traditional pork pie is a meal or snack that is loved by many and they come in all kinds of sizes, from the mini-snack size right up to the huge pies where just a slice of is enough to fill you up.

This food can keep quite nicely in the fridge for a few days so you don’t need to worry about eating it all in one go, but if you do want to keep your pork pie for longer than about five days then it is worth considering freezing it.

But can you freeze pork pies? Is it safe to do? And do pork pies freeze well?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze pork pies. Pork pies can be frozen for around 5 months. You can freeze pork pies, whether they’re big, small, fancy or plain. All you really need to do is wrap them to ensure they’re airtight then stick them in the freezer.

How to Freeze Pork Pies

There are just 4 steps to freezing pork pies and they’re super easy to follow:

  1. Cool Your Pies
    If you have just cooked your pork pies using your favourite recipe then you will need to wait for them to cool fully before freezing.
  2. Wrap Them
    The secret to successfully freezing pork pies is in the wrapping. You will need three layers in total. Firstly you will want to make sure they are well wrapped in parchment paper.
    Once you have ensured you have the pies well wrapped in parchment then add a layer of tinfoil to keep the flavour and freshness inside.
  3. Bag Them
    Finally, pop the wrapped pork pie into a freezer bag and tie it so it is airtight.
  4. Freeze
    Write the date and name on the bag or airtight container and pop it into the freezer.

3 Tips for Freezing Pork Pies

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing pork pies to have the best results:

  • If In Doubt, Wrap Again – You need to ensure your pork pies are stored in the freezer airtight. If you’re in doubt that your bag or container is airtight then wrap your pork pies again in a layer of foil. 
  • Label Them Clearly – If you’ve got a variety of pork pies then make sure you freeze them in their own bags, labelling each with the type of pork pie such as Melton Mowbray. 
  • Patience is Key – When defrosting pork pies, you need to be patient. Place in the fridge to defrost overnight and then allow it to come up to room temperature for an hour or so to enjoy it as its best. 

How Long Can You Freeze Pork Pies?

Pork pies can be kept frozen for about four to five months. After this, they will start to deteriorate and could get freezer burn which would change the taste and texture of the pies.

Five months is plenty of time to make up a batch and have a constant supply of delicious snacks and lunchtime meals.

You Can Freeze Pork Pies for up to 5 Months

How Do You Defrost Pork Pies?

How long a pork pie takes to defrost will change depending on the size of the pie and you will want to make sure it is fully defrosted before eating it.

Luckily the traditional way to eat this food is chilled or at room temperature so you don’t need to worry about heating it back up again.

Just make sure you are happy that it is fully thawed out and safe. You also need to make sure you eat it on the day you defrost it.

  1. Remove and Unbag
    Remove the pork pie from the freezer and remove the freezer bag or the outer layer.
  2. Place Into the Fridge
    Leave the pie in the parchment and foil and pop it in the fridge to defrost.
  3. Wait for 24hrs
    Let them thaw for 24 hours then take it out of the fridge and let it rest at room temperature for an hour before eating.

Can You Refreeze Pork Pies

As with all meat products, we would highly recommend erring on the side of caution when it comes to refreezing pork pies. There is a risk that the pork pie will turn bad during the initial defrosting period if not stored correctly.

When you refreeze bad pork pies, you won’t kill any bacteria.

Does Pork Pies Freeze Well?

You shouldn’t be able to tell much of a difference between a fresh pork pie and a pie that has been frozen at all.

The texture and taste changes are minimal if at all and because you traditionally eat pork pies cold this works brilliantly for freezing and then defrosting and eating with very little effort!

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing pork pies or pies in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Melton Mowbray Pork Pies?

Melton Mowbray pork pies are some of the best you can buy in the world. So, if after buying some you’ve managed to save a few, you want to know whether or not you can freeze them?

Well, of course, you can. They’ll freeze just like any pork pies. You can use all the advice on this page for freezing them.

What about Gala Pie?

Again, you can use the same techniques. You might want to slice the gala pie into portions beforehand to make it easier to grab a slice or two from the freezer without having to defrost the whole thing.

Can You Freeze Gala Pie

2 thoughts on “Can You Freeze Pork Pies?”

    • Unfortunately, the method above is for homemade pork pies. Shop-bought pies may have previously been frozen so it’s always a good idea to check the packaging.

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