Here is everything you need to know about how to freeze and store jam tarts with ease at home.
These methods and tips have worked wonderfully for me.
Let’s dive right in.
- Jam Tarts
- Cling Wrap
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Ziploc Bags
- Prep and Cool: Once you bake the jam tarts, let them cool down to room temperature before you start to work with them.
- Lay Out: Line up the jam tarts on a baking sheet with parchment paper on it. Make sure to space them evenly and not let them touch each other.
- Flash Freeze: Leave the tray of jam tarts in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let them freeze solid. Cover the tray if there is stuff in the freezer with a strong odor.
- Wrap: Using some cling wrap, cover the frozen jam tarts thoroughly. Take care not to leave any part of the jam tarts exposed to the air.
- Pack and Seal: Place the wrapped jam tarts in a Ziploc bag and seal them in. Try and squeeze out all the excess air in the bag before sealing it.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you should be good to go for a couple of months.
How Long Can You Freeze Jam Tarts?
You can freeze jam tarts for up to 3 months. If done right, you will not be able to make out any difference between a freshly baked or frozen jam tart once it thaws.
The key to freezing it for long is to ensure that it is not exposed to air or freezer burns.
If you plan to eat the jam tarts within a couple of days, you can keep them in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. But freezing the jam tarts as soon as they are made helps keep them fresh in the freezer for long.
Although the jam tarts can last for long in the freezer, it is best to consume them sooner rather than later to avoid any changes in flavor.
How to Store Frozen Jam Tarts?
You can store frozen jam tarts in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. Even though you can dump all the jam tarts into the container or bag, it would be best to wrap them individually to freeze them better and make it easier to pull them out when needed.
If you are pressed for freezer space, storing the wrapped jam tarts in Ziploc bags is the best idea.
You can freeze large batches of jam tarts in it without taking up too much space, unlike bulky freezer-safe containers.
How to Defrost Jam Tarts?
The best way to defrost jam tarts is to take out the portion you need and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to let it thaw gradually.
The slow temperature change will help avoid a drastic change in taste or texture.
But in case you forgot to take the tarts out of the freezer beforehand, you could opt to microwave the jam tart.
But keep in mind that there might be changes in texture, and it is best to eat it immediately.
Once you have defrosted the jam tarts, you could reheat it and serve it warm to get the best of its flavor.
Can You Refreeze Jam Tarts?
Although you can refreeze jam tarts that were defrosted in the fridge, it is best advised not to.
Repeated freezing and thawing will most likely ruin the lovely texture and taste of the jam tart. So, it is best to consume the tart right away, once it thaws.
To avoid having to refreeze or waste jam tarts, you can portion and wrap them individually beforehand.
Flash freezing and wrapping each jam tart with cling wrap will make it easier for you to grab just the required number of jam tarts instead of thawing a big batch to take out a few.
Do Jam Tarts Freeze Well?
Yes, jam tarts freeze well, and if done right can last for long in the fridge without going through many changes in texture or taste. But that being said, the dessert is best eaten sooner rather than later.
Although most jam tarts freeze well, you might want to rethink freezing puff pastry with jam.
The flaky crispy texture of the pastry will be lost once it freezes and thaws, although it will still taste good.
Once it is baked, you can leave the jam tarts in the fridge for three days, definitely not more than five days. Keep it wrapped thoroughly so that it does not dry out in the fridge or absorb the odor from other stuff in the fridge.
In short, yes, you can freeze jam tarts with puff pastry. But they might not have the same taste or texture as before. The puff pastry can lose its crispy flaky texture once it thaws. That being said, if you wish to freeze it, you can wrap it up and freeze it in air-tight containers for up to 2 months.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store some delicious jam tarts for the long term.
If you have any doubts or would like to share some freezing tips and tricks of your own, feel free to let us know.
You can share this with your family and friends with a sweet tooth to help them make the most out of their jam tarts.