How To Freeze Sausage Rolls
When it comes to freezing sausage rolls, there are two approaches you can take. You can choose to freeze them cooked or, if possible you can freeze them uncooked which is a better approach to take.
How to Freeze Uncooked Sausage Rolls
First, we’re going to look at freezing uncooked sausage rolls. This is a great way to go about freezing sausage rolls because you can then bake them fresh and they’ll remain crispy and golden.
In fact, with this approach, you’ll struggle to tell the difference between fresh and frozen sausage rolls! So here goes:
- Prepare Your Sausage Rolls
Make your sausage rolls up to the point where you have cut them into sausage rolls. You can egg glaze them at this point or you can do it when you cook them in future.
- Flash Freeze
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place your sausage rolls on the tray – it’s important to make sure none of them are touching one another as they will stick together. Place the tray in the freezer for a few hours until your sausage rolls are frozen solid.
- Final Freeze
At this point, you can remove it from the tray and place in an airtight container or freezer bag. Return the container or bag to the freezer.
How to Freeze Cooked Sausage Rolls
If you have the choice, then we would actually recommend freezing sausage rolls uncooked – they seem to come out a little better when baked almost fresh from the freezer as opposed to just being warmed up.
When it comes to freezing cooked sausage rolls, the method doesn’t change an awful lot. Before you do anything though you need to allow your sausage rolls to cool completely to room temperature.
- Flash Freeze
Once cooled, you can line a baking tray with baking paper before topping with your cooked sausage rolls. Place the tray in the freezer to flash freeze them for a few hours. You want the outside to be frozen solid.
- Final Freeze
Once frozen, tip them into a freezer bag and seal. Try to remove as much air from the bag as possible when sealing the bag up. Return to the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Sausage Rolls
Now you know how to freeze sausage rolls cooked and uncooked, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:
- Uncooked is Best – By freezing them uncooked, you can essentially cook them fresh. This will ensure they are super crispy, flaking and delicious. If you can choose, then freeze them before baking them.
- Don’t Bother Defrosting – You don’t need to defrost them if you haven’t cooked them. Cook them at the temperature you normally would and add 10 minutes to the usual cooking time.
- Flash Freeze – You don’t want your sausage rolls to clump together. That’s why you need to flash freeze them beforehand. This will make it super easy to grab 1, 2, 3 or more at a time.
How Long Can You Freeze Sausage Rolls?
We wouldn’t recommend freezing sausage rolls for too long. Try to use your frozen sausage rolls up within 3 months. This will require a little planning ahead to avoid wasting them but will be worth it when it comes to eating them.
Beyond 3 months, they should remain safe to eat, but the texture may degrade somewhat.
As always, you must label your frozen sausage rolls with what they are (especially if you’ve frozen vegan ones too!) and the date that they need to be consumed by.
You Can Freeze Sausage Rolls for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Sausage Rolls?
When it comes to defrosting and warming up your sausage rolls, it comes down to how you have frozen your sausage rolls. Below we have outlined what you need to do depending on what form the sausage rolls are frozen in:
Uncooked Sausage Rolls: If you want to defrost uncooked sausage rolls then the good news is you don’t need to! Grab your sausage rolls from the freezer, place on a baking tray and then egg wash.
If you can remember the recipe you used then you need to use the same oven temperature but cook them for an extra 10 minutes.
If you can’t remember the recipe, then 180c for 45 minutes will usually be plenty, but this will come down to the size of your sausage rolls of course.
Cooked Sausage Rolls: If you have frozen already cooked sausage rolls then defrost the sausage rolls on the kitchen worktop for around an hour and then warm through in a hot oven for just 5 to 10 minutes.
Can You Refreeze Sausage Rolls?
You certainly can! You can even cook frozen sausage rolls from frozen and then freeze them once they’re cooked. When you reheat them though you must ensure they are piping hot throughout.
It’s also worth remembering that the more you reheat/refreeze something, the more you will ruin the texture and degrade the flavour so try to avoid refreezing them when possible.
That’s why you flash freeze them to avoid them sticking together so you can grab as many or as little as you need at a time.
Do Sausage Rolls Freeze Well?
Sausage rolls do freeze particularly well – especially if you choose to freeze them uncooked. By freezing them uncooked, you do all of the cooking after being frozen, which gives you golden, flaky pastry which is exactly what you want from sausage rolls.
Frozen cooked sausage rolls do also freeze well but can sometimes become a little soggy and the pastry may not crisp up fully.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing sausage rolls or sausage rolls in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Vegan Sausage Rolls?
The simple answer is yes. In fact, everything we have outlined above for meat sausage rolls can be applied to vegan sausage rolls. That means you can freeze vegan sausage rolls cooked and uncooked.
Either way, it’s important that you flash freeze (or open freeze) them before storing them for the longer term to ensure they don’t stick together in the freezer.
When it comes to reheating or defrosting your vegan sausage rolls, you can use the same instructions as above, also.
Can You Freeze Greggs Sausage Rolls?
Greggs sausage rolls are most likely to be frozen and then cooked in-store. The problem with a lot of bakery chains, such as Greggs, is that there is no traceability for you to know how many times a product has been frozen and reheated.
For this reason, we would recommend that you avoid freezing Greggs sausage rolls.
If you’re desperate to have Greggs sausage rolls at home then there is a bit of good news. Iceland now sells them. They’ll set you back less than £2 for 4.
Can You Freeze Store-Bought Sausage Rolls?
This is quite an open-ended question that doesn’t have a straightforward answer, unfortunately. It ultimately comes down to the store you have bought them from and in what form.
Generally speaking, all packaging will state whether or not it is suitable for home freezing and for how long. The safest and quickest approach to take is, therefore, to check the packaging.