Can You Freeze Dumplings?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Dumplings?

Yes, you can! Whether homemade or store-bought, dumplings can be frozen excellently for up to 4 to 6 months! This is a significant step-up from their shelf life when kept in the refrigerator, which is barely around one or two days. Freezing dumplings is a great way to preserve them for a long time, and all you need is some quality materials, and to have made sure that your dumplings have actually been cooked quite well and are fresh.

This guide tells you how to freeze dumplings easily and successfully at your home.

Taking from time-tested experience along with expert opinion and hours’ worth of research, this guide tells you everything when it comes to freezing dumplings successfully!

Without further ado, read on right into the first method!

How to Freeze Dumplings

How to Freeze Dumplings

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

The advantage of working with store-bought dumplings over their homemade counterpart is that the former is usually known to have a significantly longer shelf life in the refrigerator in comparison to the latter.

However, if you are looking to store your dumplings 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 fail-safe.

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

Materials

  • Cling film

Tools

  • Large airtight resealable airtight freezer bag or container

Instructions

    Wrap each dumpling tightly and securely in cling film – Wrapping individually gives them the essential protection they require in the freezer, and also helps you to take and use only the few you require at a time without having to thaw and then refreeze the rest.

    Pack them in tightly in the airtight freezer bag or container – Packing them in tightly will ensure no space remaining for any excess air.

    As for what you will be packing the dumplings in, I would recommend using a rigid, freezer-safe, airtight container over a freezer bag, but in case your freezer does not have the space to accommodate a whole Tupperware, you can use a large freezer bag as well.

    Seal tightly and freeze – Sealing the airtight freezer bag or container is essential in making sure the dumplings freeze well. Squeeze out all the excess air from the bag before sealing, and snap the lid tightly on the container. Label and freeze!

Freezing Homemade Dumplings

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Aluminum foil/plastic wrap
  • Airtight resealable freezer bag

Freezing homemade dumplings works quite well as you can prep the ingredients on your own to an extent and make them more suitable for freezing.

This obviously includes making the dumplings 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:

Note that because homemade dumplings will not have the preservatives that are in a lot of cases added to store-bought dumplings, homemade dumplings will have a pretty short shelf life. Freezing is your best option for long-term storage.

Prepare your dumplings as per recipe

Once baked, make sure the dumplings cool down completely before you prep to freeze it. Tossing hot dumplings into the freezer will lead to spitting and will ultimately ruin them for good.

Allow the dumplings to cool down entirely on a cooling rack.

Wrap the dumplings individually tightly in aluminum foil

Once cooled down, your dumplings have to be packed in and wrapped individually, very tightly and securely in aluminum foil for them 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 dumplings into an airtight resealable freezer bag

Once wrapped securely in aluminum foil, pack the dumplings inside an airtight resealable freezer bag or container.

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 or container with the storage date, and it is ready to freeze!

Freezing Flash-Frozen Dumplings

Time Taken: 7-8 hours

What You Need:

  • Aluminum foil/plastic wrap
  • Airtight resealable freezer bag or container
  • Baking tray

Lots of experts recommend flash-freezing the dumplings before freezing them. Aside from that the method is quite similar to the ones described before, and can be used in case of both homemade as well as store-bought dumplings.

Just in case these different methods are a little confusing to you and you would like a more visual guide, feel free to refer to:

And now, on to the method!

Flash-freeze the dumplings in a single layer on a baking tray

If prepared at home, wait until the dumplings are cool. Then, arrange them in a single layer with adequate space between each, on a baking tray.

Then, place the baking tray inside the freezer and allow the dumplings to flash-freeze for at least four to five hours. You can also leave them to flash-freeze for longer.

The flash-freezing ensures added, utmost protection for your dumplings. Once flash-frozen, it should be safe to keep your dumplings in the freezer for up to even 3 months.

Wrap the dumplings individually tightly in aluminum foil

Once frozen hard, your dumplings have to be packed in and wrapped individually, very tightly and securely in aluminum foil.

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

Pack the wrapped dumplings into an airtight resealable freezer bag

Once wrapped securely in aluminum foil, pack the dumplings inside an airtight resealable freezer bag or container.

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 or container with the storage date, and it is ready to freeze!

Freezing Dumplings in Serving Portions

Time Taken: 2-3 hours

What You Need:

  • Cling wrap
  • Airtight freezer bags

I always recommend freezing any food at all in serving portions, because of all the ways it turns out to be so very convenient.

In case of dumplings as well; whether store-bought or homemade, if you freeze well and in portions, you can take, thaw and use only as much as you need at a time without having to touch the rest or get into the whole hassle of re-freezing, which is highly advised against.

Not only does this save time, effort and energy, it also helps prevent any wastage! I would definitely recommend this method the most, but of course, given you have the extra storage space in your freezer.

Wrap each dumpling very tightly and carefully in cling wrap

You then need to wrap each treat in cling-wrap, ensuring that they are completely covered so there are no exposed parts that can allow the freshness to escape and moisture to seep in.

Put into airtight resealable freezer bags

Once you have covered each dumpling, place them according to serving portions into small airtight resealable freezer bags.

Make sure that you squeeze as much air out as possible from the bags before freezing; this will reduce the risk of freezer burns.

Eliminating the risk of freezer burns and ensuring that your dumplings are protected entirely while airtight and watertight, is extremely important.

Label and freeze

Label the bags you are freezing the treats in with the storage date, and you pop them into the freezer.

Your dumplings are ready to freeze! Now, you can just take a few whenever you need; thaw and eat them up without having to bother the rest!

How to Freeze Dumpling Dough

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Cling film / plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sharp knife
  • Airtight resealable freezer bag or rigid freezer-safe container with tight-fitting lid

Freezing dumpling dough is also a great method to preserve it and then cook and eat your dumplings later! In fact, several experts recommend this method over actually freezing dumplings, as it yields better results.

If you need to freeze dumplings, definitely do so following any of the above methods, and otherwise, freezing dumpling dough to make and have later is also a viable option you should definitely consider!

This method teaches you to freeze it in serving portions, which, as mentioned, is usually the most highly recommended one. This method is also good to use for when you have made dumpling dough yourself from scratch.

Cut the dumpling dough into smaller chunks

Cut the dough, whether already in blocks or in one rigid block, into smaller chunks. I recommend cutting the dough into a size that you should be able to use in the dumpling size of your choice.

Wrap each block with plastic or cling film and then double wrap with tin foil

Make sure no part of it is exposed; wrap very tightly using plastic wrap or cling film, whichever is available. Re-wrap using aluminum foil. It is also highly advisable to flash-freeze the dumpling dough before freezing it.

Pack into airtight freezer bag

Once each block has been wrapped and re-wrapped carefully and tightly, pack it all in into an airtight heavy-duty resealable bag or container.

Seal carefully, label and freeze

Squeeze out all the air from the bag and seal it tightly. A vacuum sealer works great in this regard, it helps get all the air out, making it totally airtight and most ideal for freezing for extended periods of time.

If you are using containers, make sure the lid is snapped on tightly and securely. Label them. Your dumpling dough is ready to freeze!

How Long Can You Freeze Dumplings?

Strictly speaking, dumplings freeze fine, but it will not keep in the freezer for too long. Hence, it is recommended that you consume them within the earliest time possible for optimum flavor; from between three to at the most six months within freezing.

As with freezing most to all foods, the longer you keep the dumplings in the freezer, the more they are going to lose their texture, consistency, flavor, and taste as they may start to lose moisture, and their ingredients start to separate, and ultimately get spoilt.

Also note that how fresh the dumplings are at the time that you freeze it plays a huge role in how long you will be able to freeze it for. Fresh dumplings freeze best; older ones may not freeze so well.

In addition, make sure you seal the containers or freezer bags really well before putting them in the freezer. A vacuum sealer or straw could help with that. Also ensure that the temperature in the freezer remains constant.

How to Store Frozen Dumplings?

Dumplings can be kept in freezer storage in airtight freezer bags or in airtight containers, as has been discussed earlier. They can also be frozen if flash-frozen first or otherwise; and both homemade as well as store-bought dumplings can be frozen, as described.

Whichever method you go with, the sealing and freezing needs to be done very carefully; good quality airtight and watertight freezer bags or containers need to be used.

It needs to be ensured that the dumplings stay frozen at the same consistent temperature in the freezer.

Remember that your dumplings 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 Dumplings?

To defrost the dumplings, you can simply transfer the frozen dumplings from the freezer to the fridge. Leave them to thaw for at least a few hours. Keep in mind that you can reheat completely frozen dumplings directly, no thawing needed.

As for reheating the dumplings, you can either steam the dumplings using a steamer.

For this method, you need to simply prep the bamboo steamer and place the dumplings in one by one, with some distance between them so they do not touch, and do not stick together.

To boil the dumplings, what you need to do is to heat a large pot of water over high heat. You can then add as many frozen dumplings as you like, and then cook until the dumplings float.

Can You Refreeze Frozen Dumplings?

Refreezing frozen dumplings is not a good idea at all and I strongly recommend against it.

This is because there are very high chances of the dumplings losing their taste, flavor, quality and texture entirely when frozen a second time.

This is why freezing in portions is the most recommended method as it lets you defrost and use only as much of it as you need, at a time, without having to go into the hassle of refreezing.

Try your best to use up all of the dumplings that you have thawed at one go without having any leftovers.

In case you do end up with some, it is best to discard them as the chances are that they are simply not fit or safe for consumption anymore.

Do Dumplings Freeze Well?

If you choose to freeze uncooked dumplings, maybe in the form of dough, then you should find it quite easy to do. There would not be too much difference between fresh and frozen dumplings, especially once they have been cooked into a delicious stew.

However, when it comes to freezing cooked dumplings as leftovers, then chances are that the texture will undergo certain changes.

If you are using them in another stew, then by the time they are reheat well and popped into the stew, there should not be too much difference.

FAQs

Is it better to freeze raw and uncooked dumplings or cooked ones?

I would say freezing raw and uncooked dumplings definitely tend to yield better results, additionally, you can also freeze them for longer.

That said, there are no major concerns when freezing cooked dumplings – they also freeze quite well provided you store them carefully, and encounter very little change in texture, taste or quality.

How do I ensure better preservation of my homemade dumplings in the freezer?

A trick I recommend is to add a small amount of cooking oil and spritz with the homemade dumplings before freezing them. This essentially helps protect the outer covering during freezing and thawing.

It is also known to help prevent the dumplings from sticking to each other, so you can avoid flash-freezing if using this method.

Is it better to freeze homemade or store-bought dumplings?

I think both have their advantages! Homemade dumplings have the advantage of allowing you to control the quality and control of your ingredients, making freezing less worrisome.

However, as mentioned, store-bought dumplings are usually known to have a significantly longer shelf life in the refrigerator in comparison to the homemade ones. So, it really depends on the circumstances and your own convenience.

Can I refrigerate uncooked dumplings before freezing them?

While you can safely keep cooked dumplings in the fridge for a day or two before freezing them, this is a strict no-no when it comes to uncooked dumplings.

This is because dumpling fillings tend to be moist. When you refrigerate uncooked dumplings, the moisture gradually seeps into the dumpling skins, resulting in them turning soggy. The next day, the dumplings can get stuck to your container or each other and lose their shape.

Can I defrost frozen dumplings directly on the pan?

Yes, sure. Please note that the dumplings will require a good extra 1 to 3 minutes to cook when taken directly without thawing.

Bottom Line

We hope this comprehensive, step-by-step guide covering the best methods to freeze dumplings as well as dumpling dough successfully at the safety and ease of your home has helped you!

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

If you have any other tips and tricks that you have discovered that you would like other people to also know, 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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Pooja is a foodie who likes experimenting with different cuisines every day. Cooking for Pooja is not just about following recipes, but also adding something of herself into it making each dish unique as well as delicious!

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