Here is a guide on everything you need to know about freezing and storing chicken liver pate for the long term.
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- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Chicken Liver Pate?
- How to Freeze Chicken Liver Pate?
- Freezing Chicken Liver Pate in Muffin Trays or Silicone Molds
- How Long Can You Freeze Chicken Liver Pate?
- How to Store Frozen Chicken Liver Pate?
- How to Defrost Chicken Liver Pate?
- Can You Refreeze Chicken Liver Pate?
- Does Chicken Liver Pate Freeze Well?
- Chicken Liver Pate
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- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bag
- Prep and Portion: Whether it is homemade or store-bought chicken liver pate, divide the pate into small portions that you can easily manage to consume in one go.
- Wrap: Using some cling wrap, thoroughly wrap the portioned chicken liver pate. Ensure that no part of it is exposed to air.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the wrapped portions of chicken liver pate into a freezer-safe air-tight container or a Ziploc bag and seal them in. When using a Ziploc bag, make sure to squeeze out all the excess air before sealing it.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the container or bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freezing the chicken liver pate till you need it next.
Freezing Chicken Liver Pate in Muffin Trays or Silicone Molds
If you want to freeze small and easy-to-manage portions of chicken liver pate, here is a great way to go about it.
Fill the Tray
Spoon in the chicken liver pate into a muffin tray, silicone mold, or ice cube tray, depending on the portion of pate that you would like to freeze and eat.
Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let the pate freeze solid. If there is stuff in the freezer that gives out a strong odor, it would be best to leave the tray of chicken liver pate covered.
Take out the frozen chicken liver pate from the freezer and wrap each frozen portion with some parchment paper or wax paper.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the wrapped frozen chicken liver pate into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them in. If you are using Ziploc bags, take care to remove all the excess air in the bag before sealing.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the container or bag with the best before date, and you are good to go for a couple of months.
How Long Can You Freeze Chicken Liver Pate?
You can freeze chicken liver pate for 2 to 3 months. The key to freezing chicken liver pate for long is to make sure that it is thoroughly wrapped.
The pate is highly prone to freezer burns. So, wrapping it and then packing them into air-tight containers or bags is the right way to do it.
To keep the pate fresh for longer in the freezer, it is best to freeze it as soon as you have bought or made it.
Though the chicken liver pate can last for a week or so in the fridge, if you don’t plan to use it up within a week, it is best to prep and freeze it sooner rather than later.
How to Store Frozen Chicken Liver Pate?
You can store frozen chicken liver pate in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. As long as it is air-tight and can keep freezer burns at bay, you are good to go.
When looking for the best storage option, consider how much freezer space you have. If you are running out of freezer space, then the Ziploc bags are your best bet.
They allow you to pack big or small portions into thin flat packs that you can stack over each other and store compactly.
How to Defrost Chicken Liver Pate?
The best way to defrost chicken liver pate is to take out the portion you need and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw gradually.
Then an hour or so before you are ready to eat, you can leave it on the kitchen counter to bring it to room temperature.
If the pate has a high amount of butter, you could thaw it right on the kitchen counter without leaving it in the fridge overnight. You could also leave it in a bowl of cold water for an hour or so to thaw it quickly.
Do not leave the pate out for too long once it thaws because it can increase the risk of bacterial buildup, making it unsafe to eat.
Can You Refreeze Chicken Liver Pate?
No, it is best recommended not to refreeze chicken liver pate. Repeated freezing and thawing will change and deteriorate the texture and taste of the pate.
Moreover, if the pate was left out for long before refreezing, there are high chances of bacterial buildup that can spoil the pate faster.
To avoid having to refreeze or waste the chicken liver pate once it thaws, you can portion them beforehand into small and manageable measures and wrap them up individually.
You can then pull out just the right amount of pate and freeze the rest back in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag.
Does Chicken Liver Pate Freeze Well?
Yes, chicken liver pate freezes well and is a great way to extend its shelf life over a week. But that being said, the chicken liver pate will have slight changes in texture and taste.
The chicken liver pate can separate a little as it thaws.
If the change in texture or taste is bothersome to you, you can fix it by giving it a quick blend or mashing it together with a fork. The change should be less noticeable once you do this.
Yes, you can freeze homemade chicken liver pate, and it can last in the freezer for a couple of months. You can follow any of the steps mentioned above.
The key is to portion and wrap them thoroughly before packing them into Ziploc bags or containers for freezing.