Can You Freeze Cream Pies?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Cream Pies?

Yes, cream pies can be frozen. This is especially helpful considering how cream pies have a very short shelf life when kept in the refrigerator; but when frozen correctly following the right method and appropriate instructions, cream pies can be kept in freezer storage for up to even 6 months!

This comprehensive, step-by-step, detailed guide has been put together to help you learn how to freeze cream pies easily at your home, along with all other tricks and hacks you need to know.

We have used our time-tested experience, in addition to expert opinion as well as those of freezing enthusiasts, topped off with hours’ worth of research to put together this guide such that it leaves no stone unturned in helping you efficiently freeze cream pies!

Read right on to learn the first method of how to freeze cream pies.

How to Freeze Cream Pies

How to Freeze Cream Pies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

In case you are making cream pies in advance, for maybe an upcoming occasion, I would strongly recommend that you hold off the cream filling until you are prepared to serve the cream pies.

In this method, you can safely freeze the cream filling and pie crust separately, independent of each other. At that point when you need the cream pies, all you have to do is defrost the cream filling and covering.

Amassing and baking the pie once the pie crust and filling have thawed well, will take no more than a few minutes, so it is quite helpful and convenient.

Materials

  • Wire rack
  • Aluminum foil

Tools

  • Resealable airtight freezer bag

Instructions

    Pre-bake the pie crust and covering and allow to cool – Once made, it is essential that you allow the crust to cool down totally before you attempt to freeze it. You can leave it to cool on a wire rack.

    Meanwhile, you can prep the filling, but more on that later.

    Wrap the pie crust tightly in aluminum foil – Your pie crust has to be packed in and wrapped very tightly and securely in aluminum foil for it to freeze well.

    Make sure no part of its surface is exposed and that it becomes completely airtight and watertight as well.

    Pack the wrapped cream pie crust into an airtight resealable freezer bag – Once wrapped securely in aluminum foil, pack the pie crust inside an airtight resealable freezer bag. This protects the pie from freezer burns.

    Seal securely and freeze – Make sure you squeeze out any excess air from inside the freezer bag and then seal it securely. Label the bag with the storage date, and it is ready to freeze!

Freezing Cream Pies Made in Advance: Freezing the Pie Filling

Time Taken: 15-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Large airtight heavy-duty resealable freezer bag
  • Sturdy spoon

Now that we have covered how to freeze the crust of your cream pie securely, let us get into how to freeze the cream filling.

The method is quite simple, and as long as you use good quality materials (in this case, a heavy-duty airtight freezer bag) and follow the instructions carefully, you have nothing to worry about.

Your cream pie crust and filling will both keep well in the freezer for up to 6 months!

Prepare the cream filling as per recipe

In case you require a quick refresher on the recipe, you can go right ahead and refer to this very simple and helpful visual guide on how to prepare a tasty cream pie:

Spoon the filling into a large airtight freezer bag

Utilize an enormous, airtight resealable freezer bag and spoon the cream filling into it very carefully. Be sure to not fill to the brim-leave at least half an inch of space for it to expand while freezing.

Seal tightly, label and freeze

Squeeze out as much air as you can, and then seal the airtight bag very tightly and securely. Label it with the storage date, and stick the cream pie filling in the freezer!

Freezing Leftover Homemade Cream Pies

Time Taken: 15-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Aluminum foil/plastic wrap
  • Airtight resealable freezer bag

Note that because leftover homemade cream pies will not have the preservatives that are added to store-bought cream pies, homemade pies will have a pretty short shelf life.

Freezing is your best option for long-term storage. Remember to always prep the crust the right way.

Wrap the pie tightly in aluminum foil

Your pie has to be packed in and wrapped very tightly and securely in aluminum foil for it to freeze well. You can also use plastic wrap or cling film.

Make sure no part of its surface is exposed and that it becomes completely airtight and watertight as well.

Pack the wrapped cream pie into an airtight resealable freezer bag

Once wrapped securely in aluminum foil, pack the cream pie inside an airtight resealable freezer bag.

Seal securely and freeze

Make sure you squeeze out any excess air from inside the freezer bag and then seal it securely. Label the bag with the storage date, and it is ready to freeze!

Freezing Store-bought Cream Pies

Time Taken: 15-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Resealable airtight freezer bag

The advantage of working with store-bought cream pie over its homemade counterpart is that the former has a significantly longer shelf life in the refrigerator in comparison to the latter.

However, if you are looking to store your cream pie for longer than that time period (always check the manufacturers’ instructions and advice regarding the ‘use by’ and manufacture date), freezing is a considerably safe bet.

It is not too complicated a process and quite effortless.

Do note, that it is tricky and not recommended to freeze store-bought cream pie in the packaging or container it came in, as the chances are that the original packaging does not provide your dessert with enough protection during freezing.

Wrap the pie tightly in aluminum foil

Your cream pie has to be packed in and wrapped very tightly and securely in aluminum foil for it to freeze well. Make sure no part of its surface is exposed and that it becomes completely airtight and watertight as well.

Pack the wrapped cream pie into an airtight resealable freezer bag

Once wrapped securely in aluminum foil, pack the cream pie inside an airtight resealable freezer bag. This protects the pie from freezer burns.

Seal securely and freeze

Make sure you squeeze out any excess air from inside the freezer bag and then seal it securely. Label the bag with the storage date, and it is ready to freeze!

Freezing Cream Pies in Individual Slices

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Knife
  • Aluminum foil/plastic wrap
  • Small rigid airtight containers with tight-fitting lids

Whether store-bought or homemade, while you can definitely follow the methods described and freeze your cream pie whole as instructed, it is also a good idea and very advantageous to freeze the cream pie in the form of cut, individual slices.

Not only does it help save storage space; but by dividing the pie into individual pieces and freezing them separately, you also ensure that you only take out and thaw exactly the amount you need at a time, without having to thaw the rest and get into the whole hassle of refreezing.

This method also works best if you are freezing leftover cream pie, and is very convenient and highly recommended.

Cut the cream pie into slices

Use a sharp knife to cut your cream pie into slices. Do not make the slices/pieces too big or too small.

Wrap each slice/piece in double or even triple layer of plastic wrap

Again, it is very important that you wrap the pieces very tightly. The more you layer it with plastic wrap (you can also use cling film or aluminum foil), the better its chances of surviving in the freezer.

Put individually wrapped slices in small containers

Find small rigid airtight containers with tight-fitting lids, that can fit each of your pie slices without leaving too much space for air. Packing the individual slices in each container helps prevent them from crumbling.

Secure containers tightly, label and freeze

As mentioned, try to make sure the containers have tight-fitting lids that cut off any entry of air. Secure the lids tightly and properly. Label the containers. Your cream pies are ready to freeze!

How to Freeze Banana Cream Pie

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • All your necessary ingredients for banana cream pie according to your recipe
  • Small dish
  • Lemon juice
  • A sturdy spoon
  • Airtight freezer-safe container
  • Cling wrap

Freezing works significantly better if you are working with homemade banana cream pie, as you can prep the ingredients on your own to an extent, and make them more suitable for freezing. Read this step-by-step guide to find out how to go about this.

This obviously includes making the banana cream pie itself as a part of the method, so if you want a quick refresher on the ingredients and other things you need to remember, you can refer to this video:

Dip banana slices into lemon juices

Before you begin prepping to actually make your banana cream pie, dip the banana slices into a small dish containing lemon juice.

The citric acids in the lemon juice prevents oxidation from happening to the banana once it comes into contact with air after defrosting.

The banana will retain its natural light color instead of turning into a muddy, unappetizing brownish tint.

Make banana cream pie as per recipe

Make your banana cream pie as you would, closely following the recipe.

Transfer into airtight container

Once the cream pie has been made and is ready to freeze, transfer it immediately into an airtight freezer container, using a sturdy spoon. Remember, the fresher it is when kept in the freezer, the better it will freeze.

Cover container with cling wrap, secure lid and freeze

Once you have put the cream pie inside the container, cover the mouth of the container securely with cling wrap. Then secure the lid tightly, making sure it is airtight and watertight.

Ensure you have sealed it carefully. Label the container, and it is ready to freeze!

How Long Can You Freeze Cream Pies?

For best results, the cream pies should not be kept in freezer storage for beyond four to six months and should ideally consumed within that time frame.

Note that, in case of freezing leftover pies, it is recommended to make sure that you finish up your pies within no more than one of two months within freezing it. It is really not recommended to keep them in freezer storage beyond that.

This is also I always recommend freezing with the storage date labeled. This way, you do not end up forgetting about the cream pies and end up keeping them in the freezer for too long.

How to Store Frozen Cream Pies?

As discussed, cream pies can be kept in freezer storage in large, resealable airtight freezer bags or airtight containers with tight-fitting lids, whether whole or in portions, or even in separately in the form of the crust and the filling, or together if leftover or store-bought.

Whichever method you go with, the sealing and freezing needs to be done very carefully; good quality airtight and watertight freezer-safe containers or bags need to be used, and it needs to be ensured that the cream pie is frozen at the same, consistent temperature in the freezer.

For all the processes and methods prescribed here, using heavy-duty, airtight, resealable, freezer-friendly bags and pouches to freeze the cream pie in is a must.

If you are using containers instead, ensure that they are freezer-safe and have tight-fitting lids.

And they need to be sealed really well. A vacuum sealer is actually a great investment for this purpose, especially if you freeze food often. It would help get all the air out.

Remember that your cream pies may not hold up well in the freezer even beyond a couple of weeks if the storage is not done properly, following all the instructions correctly and meticulously and making sure you use the best quality materials.

How to Defrost Frozen Cream Pies?

If the case of the first method where you freeze the cream filling and pie crust separately, just take them out of the freezer, remove the aluminum foil if any and transfer to the fridge. Leave the pie components to thaw for a few hours.

If you are in a hurry and would like to speed up the frozen cream pie’s thawing process, you can go ahead and immerse the sealed bag in a bowl of tap water. It should soften up in a couple of hours.

However, be sure to never thaw the pie components ahead of time, as this can have seriously negative consequences.

Bake the components into a pie as soon as they are thawed, to make sure that the integrity of the ingredients is maintained.

Once the pie components have been thawed, you can cut the corner of the bag and carefully pipe the cream filling into the piecrust.

Then, go ahead and bake the pie in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes at 350 to around 375 degrees Fahrenheit till it is ready to serve!

As for frozen leftover cream pie, there is no need to separately thaw the pie because it can be eaten as is.

But if you would like to soften the filling and crust a little bit, you could just transfer the pie from the freezer to the fridge and give it at least 2 hours to partially thaw.

Once the cream pie has thawed, it is ready to be relished!

Can You Re-freeze Frozen Cream Pies?

It is not recommended to re-freeze frozen cream pie, as, to freeze and thaw it once would already take a toll on its consistency, texture, and even flavor. But to repeat that whole process once more might render the cream pie ruined beyond salvation.

Try your best to use up all of the cream pie the first time around that it is thawed. In the case of leftovers, it is best to discard them as chances are that they are no longer safe or suitable for consumption.

This is also the reason that I advise you to freeze cream pies, or honestly any food for that matter, in serving portions, or together at once only if you are confident that you can use it all up at one go. Refreezing is really not worth it.

Do Cream Pies Freeze Well?

Strictly speaking, cream pies do not freeze well. Significant changes in their texture, favor and consistency are inevitable, so my advice is, unless absolutely necessary, don’t freeze cream pies. It is safe to, but not always a good idea to.

While you can freeze a cream pie safely, it does not really freeze well in the sense that the texture can change considerably.

Frozen cream pies will never have the same consistency as fresh cream pies.

Also remember that you must use up the cream pies mandatorily within a maximum of five to six months of freezing.

Keeping it in the freezer for beyond that will not improve it in any way; consuming the cream pies might even be dangerous to an extent.

FAQs

Should I use whipped cream in my cream pies before or after freezing?

I would definitely recommend that you keep adding the whipped cream until after your cream pie is thawed after freezing! Freezing your cream pie with whipped cream introduces a whole range of issues as whipped cream does not freeze very well.

Why is my frozen cream pie soggy?

The cream filling of cream pies is not firm, as it is mostly made up of liquid ingredients. Hence, once the cream filling comes in contact with the crust, the pie has very high chances of going soft and soggy.

This is an issue when you are in the process of thawing the frozen cream pie.

How long can I store my cream pies in the refrigerator?

Cream pies have a considerably short shelf life in the fridge. You can keep them refrigerated for not more than 3 to 4 days. So, if you are planning to use up the pies by then, there is no need to freeze.

However, to keep your cream pies in storage for longer, I would definitely recommend freezing to be your next best alternative.

Can I freeze an old, already soggy cream pie to extend its shelf life?

I would not recommend it. Chances are that the texture, flavor and even quality of the cream pies would only deteriorate if frozen. It will not be suitable to eat after thawing.

Try to finish it up, and if you absolutely cannot, I suggest discarding it, as freezing is not really an option.

Can I freeze coconut cream pie?

Sure, however, they are known to not freeze too well, so be extra cautious.

Bottom Line

We hope this comprehensive, step-by-step guide covering the best methods to freeze cream pies successfully at the safety and ease of your home has helped you!

For any further questions you may have regarding freezing cream pies, please do let us know by reaching out to us!

If you have any other tips and tricks that you have discovered, feel free to reach out and let us know; we will add them to this guide so they can help more people!

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

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