Here is everything you need to know about freezing and storing cooked mince for the long term.
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- Cooked Mince
- Ziploc Bags
- Cook and Cool: Once you prepare the cooked mince, let it cool down to room temperature before you get to work with it.
- Portion: Divide the cooked mince into portions that you can easily manage to consume in one sitting.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the portioned cooked mince into a Ziploc bag and seal them in. Flatten the meat as much as you can to get a flat sheet of cooked mince and squeeze out all the excess air in the bag.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the cooked mince.
Freezing Cooked Mince with Sauce
If you have some sauce or gravy with your cooked mince, you can go ahead and freeze it together using this method.
Prep and Cool
Once you have made the dish of cooked mince with sauce, let it cool down to room temperature before you get to work with it.
Divide the cooked mince with sauce into small portions that you can easily manage to eat in once go.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the portions of cooked mince and sauce into a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them in.
You can, optionally, add a film of cling wrap or foil paper over the dish before sealing the container with the lid, to give it added protection.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the container with the best before date, and you are good to go.
How Long Can You Freeze Cooked Mince?
You can freeze cooked mince for up to 4 months. Although you can keep the cooked mince in the fridge for a day or two before you decide to freeze it, it is best to freeze the cooked mince as soon as possible to keep it fresh for longer in the freezer.
If you have cooked mince and sauce to go with it, it is best to freeze the sauce and the meat separately to help freeze it for longer.
But even if you have the sauce mixed in, you can freeze it well for a couple of months.
How to Store Frozen Cooked Mince?
You can store frozen cooked mince in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag.
The key to finding the perfect storage option is to make sure that the cooked mince is thoroughly protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns.
If you are running out of freezer space and have a batch of cooked mince to freeze, the Ziploc bags are your best bet.
You can flatten the mince and freeze the Ziploc bags laying down flat over each other. This allows you to store large portions of cooked mince while saving precious freezer space.
How to Defrost Cooked Mince?
The best way to defrost cooked mince is to take out the portion you need then leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to let it thaw slowly.
Once it is defrosted the cooked mince shouldn’t be left out for more than 2 hours. If you don’t plan to use it right away, you can store it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
But if you forgot to keep the mince out the night before, you could microwave it or place the bag or container of cooked mince in a bowl of cold water to thaw it quickly.
But keep in mind that if you opt for this method, you should consume it immediately.
Can You Refreeze Cooked Mince?
Although you can safely refreeze cooked mince that was defrosted in the fridge, it is best advised not to.
It is better not to take a risk with the meat by repeatedly freezing and thawing it. It will not only affect the taste and texture of the meat but also increase its chances of spoiling.
To avoid having to refreeze or waste the cooked mince once it thaws, it is best to portion it beforehand into small measures that you can easily manage to eat in one meal time.
Does Cooked Mince Freeze Well?
Yes, cooked mince freezes well, and is the best way to increase its shelf life for up to 4 months.
If done right, you wouldn’t be able to make out the difference between freshly made and frozen cooked mince once you reheat it.
But if you are freezing cooked mince with sauce, it is best to add the spices and herbs after you thaw the dish. Because the herbs and spices don’t do well in the freezer and can get bitter.
So, you can make a bland sauce and freeze it and add the spices and herbs while reheating.
Yes, you can freeze cooked mince pie, and it can last in the fridge for three months or so. Once you make the pie, cool it down and wrap it thoroughly before packing it into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and freezing it.
I hope this article helped you make the most out of your cooked mince by freezing them for the long term.
If you have any doubts or would like to share some freezing tips and hacks of your own, it would be great to hear from you.
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