How to Freeze Stuffing
We have covered both of the methods for freezing stuffing below so if you have cooked leftovers go with our first approach. If you want to get ahead and prepared then use the second method.
How to Freeze Cooked Stuffing
Have you gone a tad overboard with the food and found yourself with leftover stuffing that you refuse to throw away (and rightly so). Then the good news is that you can freeze your cooked stuffing and it’s not at all difficult.
- Prepare Containers
You need to first consider what portion sizes you want to use and then find suitable airtight containers that match these portions.
Scoop your stuffing into these airtight containers then seal them up. You can wrap them in a layer of clingfilm if you want to make sure no air can get in.
Place your containers in the freezer – and you’re done!
How to Freeze Uncooked Stuffing
If you’re planning to get ahead for your next roast dinner or dinner party so want to get the stuffing made well in advance then the good news is that you can freeze your uncooked stuffing so it’s ready to bung in the oven:
- Make Your Stuffing
First, you’ll need to make your stuffing. This recipe is particularly delicious.
Once you’ve got your stuffing made, you’ll want to place it into the tray you’re going to use to cook it. You won’t want to cook it inside the bird, unfortunately.
When you have scooped it into a suitable tray, wrap it in a layer of clingfilm following by a layer of foil. This is to prevent any air from going in.
Place it in the freezer and you’re done!
Freezing your uncooked stuffing in a tray means you don’t need to faff around with defrosting it and then placing it in a different dish. Instead, it’s ready to go in the tray that you’re going to cook it in – that means less washing up!
There you have it – the two options for freezing stuffing. The best-case scenario is to freeze it before you cook it. This will ensure the stuffing tastes its best. However, we fully understand that this is simply not always possible.
3 Tips for Freezing Stuffing
Now you know how to freeze it – both cooked and uncooked – we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing stuffing to have the best results:
- Opt for Uncooked Stuffing – By freezing uncooked stuffing, you don’t risk overcooking it when you finally come to serve it up as you can cook it from fresh.
- Cook from Frozen – With uncooked stuffing, the other advantage is that you don’t need to thaw it to cook it. Take it from the freezer in the tray, throw it into a hot oven and cook.
- Label It – If you have frozen a few different stuffings then make sure you include the flavourings on the label before you freeze it.
How Long Can You Freeze Stuffing?
Your stuffing, both cooked and uncooked will keep for roughly 3 months in the freezer. This does come down to the ingredients you have in your stuffing, however.
Some people choose to add an egg to the mix and this can reduce the time it will last in the freezer, for example.
It’ll be safe beyond the 3-month mark in most cases but it’s this 3-month point where the flavour will begin to degrade.
You Can Freeze Stuffing for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Stuffing?
The good news is that you don’t really need to thaw your stuffing out. This can actually affect the texture. Instead, whether it’s cooked or uncooked, you should reheat it or cook it straight from frozen in a hot oven.
It’ll take around 45 minutes to an hour to get really hot and thawed.
You can also use the microwave to thaw and reheat small portions of stuffing but it can quickly dry out.
Finally, if you have frozen your stuffing already then don’t consider refreezing it. That’s why having proper portions in the freezer is very important.
Can You Refreeze Stuffing
No, you cannot refreeze stuffing. Unfortunately, you will completely change the texture which will make it unenjoyable.
There is an exception, however. If you have frozen uncooked stuffing and then cooked it, you can freeze this now cooked stuffing even if it was previously frozen when it was uncooked.
Does Stuffing Freeze Well?
Provided that you don’t throw any obscure ingredients in your stuffing then it does freezer pretty well. In fact, you’ll usually be hard pushed to tell the difference between a frozen stuffing and a freshly baked stuffing if you use the same recipe.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing stuffing or stuffing in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Stuffing Balls?
Some people prefer to portion their stuffing into balls. If this is you and you want to freeze stuffing balls then it’s good news! All you need to do is place your cooked OR uncooked stuffing balls into an airtight container.
If you want to be sure that air won’t get to your stuffing balls then you can wrap the container in a layer of clingfilm.
There is a small risk that the stuffing balls will stick to one another when freezing so to avoid this you can flash freeze for an hour or so on a baking tray first but they will usually break apart fairly easy so this isn’t absolutely necessary.
Can You Freeze Paxo Stuffing
Paxo is probably the most recognised brand of stuffing, but can you freeze it? You certainly can. If you’re unsure whether you can freeze Paxo or any other branded stuffing then the best place to check is the packaging.