If you have an excess of pate to deal with and know that you won’t be using it any time soon, you could always freeze it with the help of this comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store pate.
All these methods and tips have worked out splendidly for me.
So, let’s get started with the first one.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Pate
- How to Freeze Pate?
- Freezing Pate after Flash Freezing
- Freezing Pate in an Ice-Cube Tray
- How Long Can You Freeze Pate?
- How to Store Frozen Pate?
- How to Defrost Pate?
- Can You Refreeze Pate?
- Does Pate Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bags
- Parchment Paper
- Portion the Pate: Divide the pate into portions that you can easily consume in one go.
- Wrap the Portions: Wrap up each portion of pate with some parchment paper to thoroughly protect it from freezer burns.
- Transfer and Seal: Put the wrapped portions of pate into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal it. When sealing a Ziploc bag, try to squeeze out as much excess air as you can.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label with the date on the bag or container, and you are all set to freeze the pate.
Freezing Pate after Flash Freezing
For better freezer life, flash freezing the pate beforehand is recommended.
Portion and LayOut
Divide the pate into portions that you can easily use in a single sitting and then place the portions on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the portions are evenly spaced out.
Wrap it Up
Use some cling foil to wrap up the tray thoroughly.
Leave the tray of pate in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it freeze solid.
Wrap the Pieces
Using some parchment paper, wrap up the individual pieces of frozen pate to give it some extra protection.
Pack and Seal
Put the wrapped frozen pate into a freezer-safe air-tight container or a Ziploc bag and seal them.
Label and Freeze
Add a label with the date on it, and you can freeze the pate till you need it next.
Freezing Pate in an Ice-Cube Tray
If you are likely to have really small portions of pate, you can use an ice-cube tray or silicon mold to portion and freeze the pate.
Fill the Tray
Spoon the pate into an ice-cube tray or silicon mold, which will give you the preferred portion of pate.
Wrap it Up
Using some cling foil, thoroughly wrap up the tray to avoid exposing the pate.
Leave the ice-cube tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it set.
Wrap the Portions
Wrap the individual frozen portions of pate in parchment paper.
Pack and Seal
Put the wrapped pate into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them after making sure to squeeze out all the excess air.
Label and Freeze
Add a label with the best-before date, and you are all set to freeze the pate.
How Long Can You Freeze Pate?
You can freeze pate for up to three months. Due to its high-fat content, the pate can easily deteriorate over time, so it is always best to consume it as soon as you can.
You could freeze pate for 6 months or so if done right, especially vegan options like the mushroom pate.
But for best results in taste and quality, the pate shouldn’t be left in the freezer for more than three months.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if the pate were freshly made or just bought, it would last longer in the freezer than one that has been left open for a while.
How to Store Frozen Pate?
You can store pate in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The key to freezing pate is that the container is air-tight and that it protects the pate from any external elements and freezer burn.
Hence double bagging or wrapping pate before packing is a great option.
In case you are running low on freezer space, the Ziploc bags would be the better option among the two. They can be placed one on top of the other and stored compactly, saving much-needed freezer space.
If you are freezing an unopened packet of pate, directly make sure that the packaging is freezer safe and will not burst or crack when frozen.
If you are uncertain, it is always best to portion and transfer them into a freezer-safe container.
How to Defrost Pate?
The ideal way to defrost pate is to do it slowly in the fridge. Leave the portion of pate you need in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw.
If you forgot to defrost the pate beforehand, you could defrost it on the kitchen counter by placing the bag or container of pate in a bowl of cold water for a couple of hours.
But if you have used this method, the pate must be consumed immediately.
Can You Refreeze Pate?
No, it is strongly advised not to refreeze pate. Because of its high-fat content, the pate can change its texture and quality once it’s frozen and thawed.
So, repeated freezing can drastically affect the quality of the pate and make it more prone to going bad.
To avoid wasting the pate once it is defrosted, you can portion them beforehand into serving sizes that you are confident you can use up in one go.
Does Pate Freeze Well?
Though fresh pate will trump the frozen one any day, pate freezes moderately well.
As long as great care is taken to keep it in an air-tight and freezer-safe container, it should do well in the freezer for three months or so.
The pate, once frozen and thawed, can go through changes in taste and texture. So, it is best not to keep the pate in the freezer for long and use it up as soon as you can.
Yes, you can freeze mushroom pate using the same methods mentioned above. In fact, mushroom pates last longer and better in the freezer than meat versions. The key is to portion and keep them in air-tight containers.
Yes, you can freeze chicken liver pate. You can portion them and wrap them up before freezing them in Ziploc bags or freezer-safe air-tight containers. They can last in the freezer for 3 to 4 months. You could double bag them to protect them from freezer burns.
Yes, you can freeze fish pate just like you would with any other kind. They can last well in the freezer for up to 3 months and are best kept in freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags.
Double bagging or wrapping in cling wrap to protect them from freezer burns will keep them lasting longer in the freezer.
Yes, you can freeze pate for dogs, and you can use the same methods and tips mentioned above. But it is best advised not to use onion in the pate recipe you will be giving your dogs. You can portion them, flash freeze, and then store them in freezer-safe air-tight containers.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store pate, whether homemade or from an artisanal deli.
If you have any queries or would like to share some freezing hacks of your own, it would be great to hear from you.
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