How to Freeze Quesadillas
While it’s perfectly possible to freeze both uncooked and cooked quesadillas, we’re going to assume that you have some leftovers that you want to place in the freezer and reheat at a later date.
This is great for people who don’t have a huge appetite and can’t manage multiple quesadillas in one sitting. Below are the steps you need to take to freeze quesadillas:
- Allow to Cool
Set your leftover quesadillas to one side and allow them to cool completely to room temperature.
If you haven’t done so already, slice your quesadillas into individual serving sizes before freezing. This makes your life a lot easier when you thaw your quesadillas, as you can defrost only the portion that you require at any given time.
- Place on Baking Parchment
Position your sliced quesadillas side-by-side on a sheet of baking parchment, covering a tray. Then, transfer your quesadillas to the freezer for a couple of hours until they’re frozen solid.
- Remove and Transfer to a Freezer-Safe Bag
Once your quesadillas have frozen solid, remove the tray from the freezer, and transfer them to a freezer-safe bag. You should also wrap them in cling film to offer extra protection from freezer burn and to keep the ingredients secure.
- Label, Seal and Freeze
Write the date you prepared the quesadillas, as well as their use-by date, on the front of the freezer-safe bag, before sealing and transferring to the freezer. Remember, you can freeze quesadillas for around two months.
3 Tips for Freezing Quesadillas
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing quesadillas to have the best results:
- Freeze Uncooked – You can also freeze uncooked quesadillas; if you know in advance you won’t be able to eat a full serving to yourself. Simply follow the steps listed above (missing out on step one), and you’re all set. Some people prefer doing it this way, as it can result in fresher tasting quesadillas once thawed and cooked.
- Use Hard Cheese – When selecting the cheeses to include in your quesadilla, be mindful that hard cheeses (such as cheddar) freeze much better than softer cheeses or those with high water content. If you’re freezing uncooked quesadillas, you could always leave the cheese out before freezing them if you’re worried about their consistency.
- Avoid the Microwave – When reheating your quesadillas, it’s better to oven bake them rather than warming them through in the microwave. Reheating quesadillas in the microwave can make them go soggy, something that we’re sure you will want to avoid!
How Long Can You Freeze Quesadillas?
You can freeze quesadillas for around two months.
This is true for cooked or uncooked quesadillas. If you have leftovers that you think you might eat within a couple of days of cooking them, you can wrap them well and place them in the fridge instead of freezing them.
You Can Freeze Quesadillas for up to 2 Months
How Do You Defrost Quesadillas?
To defrost quesadillas, remove them from the freezer the night before you plan to enjoy them and transfer them to the fridge. By the following day, they will be perfectly thawed and ready to heat.
If you want to speed the process up, you could always defrost them in the microwave, but be careful not to reheat them for too long, or they will go soggy. We recommend reheating quesadillas in the oven, but it’s best not to reheat them straight from frozen.
Can You Refreeze Quesadillas?
We wouldn’t recommend reheating quesadillas after they’ve been thawed. Because they’re often filled with ingredients like cheese, egg, and meat, you need to be super careful with quesadillas, so you don’t upset your stomach!
Slicing them in preparation for the freezer ensures you can take out an appropriate serving size whenever you fancy a quesadilla, meaning you don’t need to worry too much about wastage.
Do Quesadillas Freeze Well?
Providing they’re well wrapped, and you freeze them initially on a tray before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag, quesadillas freeze really well. So, if you’ve made too much for your Mexican feast, you can freeze either uncooked or cooked quesadillas and enjoy them within two months of preparing them.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing quesadillas or quesadillas in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Chicken Quesadillas?
You can freeze chicken quesadillas along with any other fillings, thankfully. The important part of freezing any meat is to ensure it is not left on the worktop for too long. As soon as it reaches room temperature, get it frozen the avoid any bacterial growth.
Can You Freeze Salsa and Guacamole for Quesadillas?
If you like to dip quesadillas into salsa or guac then you may want to freeze them. Although it’s safe to do and possible, it’s something we would avoid. In this case, fresh is always better.
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