Can You Freeze Jackfruit? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Jackfruit?

Yes, you can savor the taste of jackfruit throughout the year by freezing it! There are different ways to freeze jackfruit, based on whether you are freezing it raw, cooked, or tinned; whole or in portions. Some people also freeze it by pureeing it and then storing it as cubes; you can also freeze jackfruit by making it into chunks first.

This comprehensive, detailed step-by-step guide has been put together to ensure you are armed with everything you need to know about freezing jackfruit!

Let’s get right into it! For the first method, we will discuss freezing jackfruit raw.

How to Freeze as Jackfruit Puree?

How to Freeze as Jackfruit Puree?

Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This method is the most helpful if, say, you have some leftover jackfruit scraps after making a fruit salad. It is also helpful if you need the jackfruit blended anyway for a recipe you are freezing it for; doing it before freezing ensures saving time and energy once thawed. Pureeing is a safe, healthy option and also quite easy. All you have to do is essentially blend and freeze. Pureed jackfruit can also be used in a multitude of ways after freezing and thawing, and it usually holds up quite well in the freezer too.

Materials

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Blender
  • Airtight containers/freezer bags

Tools

  • No special tools needed

Instructions

    1. Blend the jackfruit into a puree – Once washed, shaved, and cut into small pieces, put the jackfruit inside a blender, and puree until it is smooth. You can also use a food processor.
    2. Transfer into airtight container/freezer bag – Once your jackfruit puree is ready, you can carefully put it inside either an airtight heavy-duty resealable freezer bag or an airtight freezer-friendly container.

      Be careful not to fill the bags or containers to the brim with the jackfruit puree; leave around an inch headspace for the liquid to expand while freezing.

      If you would prefer freezing the puree in portions to use a small amount at a time over a period of time, simply pour the puree portions-wise into several small, airtight freezer bags.

      Again, do not fill to the brim.
    3. Seal, label, and freeze – Seal the bags or containers very carefully, making sure they are both airtight and watertight. Label them, and they are good to freeze for up to three to four months!

Freezing Jackfruit Raw in Chopped Pieces

Time Taken: 5-6 hours

What You Need:

  • Knife/hatchet
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment / wax paper / silicone mat
  • Airtight freezer bags / containers

This is the best method to go about it if you are not sure about how you will be using the jackfruit in the future after freezing.

Freezing jackfruit raw gives you a little more freedom with it after defrosting.

Chop the Jackfruit

Once you have carefully washed and thoroughly cleaned your jackfruit, use a knife or a hatchet to carefully chop the jackfruit into sizeable pieces.

Prep for Flash Freezing

Take a baking tray, and line it with either some parchment, wax paper, or a silicone mat, whichever is readily available.

Put the jackfruit pieces on the tray, in a single layer.

Make sure that the pieces have some distance between each other.

Place the baking tray in the freezer and allow the jackfruit pieces to flash-freeze for at least three to four hours, even longer if possible.

Transfer into an Airtight Resealable Freezer Bag or Container

Once the jackfruit pieces have frozen hard, either bag them carefully into an airtight freezer bag, or you can also use an airtight, rigid container with a tight-fitting lid.

Seal Carefully

Whether you are using a freezer bag, or a freezer-safe container, it is of utmost importance that you seal them tightly and securely.

Otherwise, your jackfruit may not last for beyond even a few weeks in the freezer.

The trick is to squeeze out all the excess air before sealing a freezer bag. Make sure your bag or container is totally airtight and watertight.

Label and Freeze

Label the bag or container with the storage date. It is ready to be frozen for up to 2 months!

Freezing Jackfruit Raw Whole

Freezing jackfruit in this method requires no prepping as such, owing to how the thick, tough rind does as good a job as any airtight container or freezer bag.

Freezing a whole jackfruit raw is not a bad idea as the rind does indeed preserve the integrity, flavor and taste of the fruit.

However, consider the other issues involved here: defrosting the whole, frozen jackfruit is going to be quite a task.

And once you do, it is important that you finish up the whole jackfruit within as early as possible, as thawed foodstuff cannot be kept out for too long.

The other issue I feel the need to remind you about is freezer space.

Maybe you have quite a bit of space now, so the whole, raw jackfruit looks like it can be frozen just fine in your freezer.

But keep in mind that it will be there for a while.

Are you willing to sacrifice and use up so much of your freezer space? Jackfruit is, after all, one of the largest fruits in the world.

Hence, if you are looking to freeze raw jackfruit, do keep in mind all the possible issues associated with freezing it whole.

I personally advise you to freeze jackfruit in chopped pieces, instead of freezing it whole.

In fact, I actually always recommend freezing in portions, 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.

So, do that.

And just in case you feel a little confused with these methods and would also appreciate a more visual guide, check this one out, it gives lots of helpful advice too about working with jackfruit:

Freezing as Jackfruit Cubes

Time Taken: 7-8 hours

What You Need:

  • Food processor/blender
  • Ice cube trays
  • Resealable airtight freezer bags

Freezing with the help of ice cube trays is a very popular method for freezing liquid food items.

So yes, you need to puree your jackfruits for this method, following the same method as before.

Then, you can freeze your jackfruit into cubes. Read on for details.

Puree your Jackfruits

Pureeing fruit is a fairly easy process that just requires a blender or food processor.

Follow the guide given for the previous method, and make sure you puree the jackfruits till they are completely smooth and fluid.

Pour the jackfruit puree into ice cube trays.

Do this carefully, and be sure not to fill the cubes to the brim with the jackfruit puree as the liquid may expand while freezing.

Transfer the Trays into the Freezer and Flash-Freeze

Let the jackfruit puree cubes flash-freeze for at least 5 to 6 hours.

Remember that the top of the cube may have frozen, but not the entire cube.

So be generous with the amount of time you keep the jackfruit cubes in the freezer. To be safe, you can even leave them to flash-freeze overnight.

Transfer the Cubes to Airtight Freezer Bags

Once they have frozen hard, pop the cubes and transfer them into airtight freezer bags. Do this as fast as possible so that the frozen jackfruit puree cubes do not start to thaw.

Seal securely, label and freeze. Once the bags are sealed securely and labeled, they are ready to freeze.

These jackfruit puree cubes can also be frozen up to four to five months.

You can use the cubes in a number for different ways, in beverages or even cooked recipes.

Freezing Cooked Jackfruit

Time Taken: 8-9 hours

What You Need:

  • Knife/hatchet
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment / wax paper / silicone mat
  • Airtight freezer bags / containers

If you are planning on using the frozen jackfruit for cooking, cooking before and then freezing the cooked jackfruit is also a great idea.

It ultimately saves you a significant amount of time, effort and energy in the future.

Prep, Chop, and Cook your Jackfruit as per Recipe

There are lots of options of recipes to choose from! Prep, chop and cook your jackfruit according to your favorite recipe.

Allow the Cooked Jackfruit to Cool Down

This can be skipped if you are freezing leftover cooked jackfruit, but for freshly cooked jackfruit, it is mandatory that you let in cool down entirely before you attempt to freeze it.

Prep for Flash Freezing

Similar to the first method, take a baking tray, and line it with either some parchment, wax paper, or a silicone mat.

Put the cooked and cooled down jackfruit on the tray, in a single layer.

Make sure that the pieces have some distance between each other.

Place the baking tray in the freezer and allow the jackfruit to flash-freeze for at least three to four hours, even longer if possible.

Transfer into an Airtight Resealable Freezer Bag or Container

Once the jackfruit has frozen hard, either bag them carefully into an airtight freezer bag, or you can also use an airtight, rigid container.

Seal Carefully

Seal the bag or container tightly and securely.

Label and Freeze

Label the bag or container. It is ready to freeze for up to 2 months!

Freezing Tinned Jackfruit

Time Taken: 6-7 hours

What You Need:

  • Parchment / wax paper / silicone mat
  • Airtight freezer bags / containers

Tinned jackfruit is just really advantageous in itself a sit is already prepared for you.

However, do keep in mind that unopened tinned jackfruit has a significantly long shelf life in the cupboard, so you do not need to freeze it unless absolutely necessary.

Freeze tinned jackfruit only if you have already opened the package, and would now like to store the jackfruit beyond its shelf life.

Drain the Jackfruit

You need to drain the jackfruit from the juice which often comes in the tinned variety.

Dry the Jackfruit

Once drained, allow the jackfruit to dry for a while before you freeze it.

Prep for Flash-Freezing

Take a baking tray, and line it with either some parchment, wax paper, or a silicone mat, whichever is readily available.

Put the jackfruit pieces on the tray, in a single layer.

Make sure that the pieces have some distance between each other.

Place the baking tray in the freezer and allow the jackfruit pieces to flash-freeze for at least three to four hours, even longer if possible.

Transfer into an Airtight Resealable Freezer Bag or Container

Once the jackfruit pieces have frozen hard, either bag them carefully into an airtight freezer bag, or an airtight, rigid container with a tight-fitting lid.

Seal Carefully

Whether you are using a freezer bag, or a freezer-safe container, it is important that you seal them tightly and securely.

Squeeze out all the excess air before sealing a freezer bag.

Make sure your bag or container is totally airtight and watertight.

Label and Freeze

Label the bag or container. It is ready to be frozen for up to 2 months!

How to Freeze Fruit Salad with Jackfruit

Time Taken: 1-2 hours

What You Need:

  • Paper towels
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment/waxed paper
  • Plastic wrap
  • Airtight freezer bags

Jackfruit is a very popular and tasty addition to fruit salads, which make for delicious and healthy snack treats in any season.

The good news here is that you can also freeze fruit salads to excellence!

Not only does it save a lot of time and effort, but freezing fruits has also actually been proven to improve their taste and flavor!

Prep and Make your Fruit Salad According to your Recipe

Seriously, go all out. Remember to wash and dry the fruits carefully using paper towels and cut them properly into sizes suitable for a fruit salad.

Place Fruit Pieces on a Baking Tray Lined with Parchment/Waxed Paper

Once you have made sure all your fruit pieces are completely dry, spread them in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment or waxed paper.

Flash-freeze

Cover the tray with plastic wrap securely, and then transfer it into the freezer to flash-freeze for a good 6-7 hours.

Transfer the Fruit Pieces to Airtight Freezer Bags

Once they have frozen, transfer the frozen fruit into airtight freezer bags.

Seal securely, label and freeze. Make sure to squeeze out all the air from the bag possible, before sealing them.

Once the bags are sealed securely and labeled, they are ready to freeze.

You can keep your fruit salad in the freezer for up to 8 to 9 months. Enjoy!

How Long Can You Freeze Jackfruit?

If frozen following the right method and technique with all the steps having been followed properly and if made sure that the bags or containers have been sealed carefully and made totally airtight and watertight, your jackfruit can freeze for three to four months.

Please note, however, that it is strongly recommended that you do not keep jackfruit, of any state or kind, in the freezer for beyond a month.

Freezing it beyond that is safe, but for optimal results, try your best to finish up the jackfruit within a month of freezing.

However, to ensure that your jackfruit is actually able to survive in the freezer till then, there are a few things you need to take special care of.

For example, it works best if the jackfruit you pick to freeze are all fresh and ripe. The smell is usually a good indicator of this.

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 Jackfruit?

Jackfruit can be kept in freezer storage in airtight freezer bags (after chopping them) or in airtight containers, raw or cooked, as has been discussed earlier.

They can also be frozen into cubes first after pureeing and then kept in freezer storage or as the puree itself.

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 jackfruit is frozen at the same consistent temperature in the freezer.

Remember that your jackfruit 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 Jackfruit?

For a lot of recipes and uses, you will not need to defrost the jackfruit at all.

You can simply snack on some delicious icy jackfruit or throw a few chunks into a smoothie and blend.

You may also be able to add it into your stew or baking recipes frozen.

If you do need to defrost it, the best method is the time-tested method of transferring it from the freezer and into the refrigerator, and letting it thaw overnight, or at least for a few hours.

Put it into a bowl first to stop the liquid from making a mess in the refrigerator.

If you are in a hurry, you can also run the bags containing the frozen jackfruit under cold water.

This should speed up the thawing process significantly, but note that it is not preferred over the normal refrigeration method.

You can also simply use the jackfruit cubes in smoothies.

In that case, there is no need to defrost the jackfruit.

Just go ahead and stick them right into making your smoothie.

The frozen jackfruit will make your smoothie iced and tasty.

If you would like to reheat the thawed preserved jackfruit, you can use the microwave.

Just transfer the right amount of jackfruit on a plate and microwave for a few seconds.

You can also reheat the thawed canned/preserved jackfruit in a skillet, simmering the jackfruit for a few minutes.

Can You Re-freeze Frozen Jackfruit?

It is never a good idea to refreeze fruit.

Thawed fruits like pineapples and jackfruit can suffer significantly with regard to their texture, flavor, taste, and appearance.

Therefore, it is best to avoid refreezing jackfruit.

Even for freezing, freezing in portions, is the most recommended 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 the entire amount 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 for consumption anymore.

Also remember that you must use up the jackfruit mandatorily within a maximum of one month of freezing.

Keeping it in the freezer for beyond that is safe, but would still pose challenges to its flavor and even taste.

Does Jackfruit Freeze Well?

Yes, like all fruits, jackfruit freezes quite well.

If prepped carefully following the right methods, it can even be kept in freezer storage for up to one to two months.

That said, do note that the longer you keep jackfruit in freezer storage, the greater are its chances of slowly getting mushier and poorer with regard to their texture, and even taste and flavor.

So, freeze jackfruit accordingly, with plans to consume it by the earliest.

FAQs

Can I freeze jackfruit curry?

Yes, absolutely. Just portion the curry into airtight containers or freezer bags after it has cooled down and freeze. We advise using airtight freezer bags over freezer containers in this case to avoid the curry staining the containers.

Can I use frozen jackfruit for smoothies?

Absolutely! Frozen jackfruit is an excellent ingredient for a smoothie, and you don’t even necessarily need to defrost the jackfruit in this case. Just toss it in to have a chilled, icy jackfruit flavor.

Just in case you would like a quick refresher on a super easy and positively delicious recipe for jackfruit smoothie, feel free to go through this guide.

Is jackfruit healthy?

Yes! Like most other fruits, jackfruit is loaded with healthy vitamins and nutrients.

The fruit is exotic and has a bit unusual, but absolutely delicious flavor that is typically described by many as a mango, banana and apple mix.

The seeds of the fruit are extremely healthy with plentiful amounts of and high contents of protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. The fruit itself is high in vitamin C.

Can I use frozen jackfruit in vegan recipes?

Yes, of course. Jackfruit is actually growing in popularity as a delicious addition to vegan recipes. With its mild yet delicious flavor, it is used in several recipes as a substitute for meat.

For example, pulled barbecue jackfruit is a delicious, healthy and very popular way to cook with the fruit.

The texture of the fruit closely resembles cooked pulled meats.

Additionally, sauces absorb well, giving it a similar and yet uniquely delectable taste.

Can I freeze canned jackfruit in its original packaging?

Never freeze canned jackfruit in its original packaging.

Get a rigid, freezer-safe container with an airtight lid and pour the jackfruit. Leave about an inch or two of headspace to let the liquids expand while freezing.

Then, snap on the lid and add the label and storage date before keeping in the freezer.

Can I freeze freshly extracted jackfruit pods?

Yes, you can. For freshly extracted jackfruit pods, use an airtight container and put the pods inside.

Then, close the lid, label with the storage date, and then stick it in the freezer.

You can also use heavy-duty airtight resealable freezer bags to store the pods instead of the freezer-safe containers. Squeeze as much air as you can before you seal the bags.

Bottom Line

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

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

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

If this guide has helped you, please do share it with your friends and family so that they can also use it.

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About Pratibha Singh

Pratibha is a popular home chef and loves to prepare some amazing Indian dishes. A foodie to the core she enjoys other cuisines too. She has been cooking since childhood and often prepares meals for her family, friends, and even strangers. Her motto in life: “Always be prepared!”

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