If you are looking to freeze and store some delicious pumpkin pie for the long term, this comprehensive guide has got you covered.
I have found these methods to work like a charm.
Here is how you can go about it.
- Pumpkin Pie
- Cling Wrap
- Foil Paper
- Prep and Wrap: Make your favorite pumpkin pie recipe and wrap it with some cling wrap.
- Double Wrap: Add an extra layer of cling wrap and a layer of foil paper to make sure that the pie is thoroughly protected.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the wrapped pumpkin pie with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the pie till you need it next.
Here is a fun video by “Jamerrill Stewart, Large Family Table” on YouTube to see how it is done -
Freezing Pumpkin Pie after Baking It
Whether it is freshly baked pumpkin pie or store-bought pie, you can try this method to freeze it.
Cook and Cool
If you are freezing freshly baked pumpkin pie, let it cool down to room temperature once you cook it.
Leave the pumpkin pie in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let the pie set solid. If there is stuff in the freezer that can give off a strong odor, it would be best to leave them covered.
Use some cling wrap and foil paper and double wrap the pumpkin pie, making sure to leave no part of the pie exposed to air or freezer burns.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the wrapped pumpkin pie with the best before date, and you are good to go.
Here is a video by “Heather Sheirre” on YouTube to help you out –
How to Freeze Pumpkin Pie Filling?
If you have some leftover pumpkin pie filling that you aren’t in the mood to use right away, you can always freeze them for later.
Prep and Portion
Once you have made the pumpkin pies and taken the leftover filling aside, portion it into quantities that you can easily manage to use in one go.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the portioned filling into a Ziploc bag and seal them in. Make sure to squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can before sealing it. You could also use a freezer-safe air-tight container if you prefer.
Label and Freeze
Add a label on the bag with the date, and you can freeze the pumpkin pie filling till you need it next.
How Long Can You Freeze Pumpkin Pie?
You can freeze pumpkin pie for a couple of months or maybe even a bit longer.
But to get the most out of its flavor and texture it is best to consume it within a couple of weeks. You can freeze the pumpkin pie filling for a week or two.
The key to making sure that the pumpkin pie lasts well in the freezer for a long is to make sure that it is wrapped thoroughly and no part of it is exposed to air.
Because the air can dry it out and ruin its texture and taste.
How to Store Frozen Pumpkin Pie?
You can store frozen pumpkin pie simply double wrapped in cling wrap and foil paper.
But you could also pack it into Ziploc bags or freezer-safe air-tight containers. As long as it is protected from air and freezer burns, you are good to go.
If you haven’t portioned the baked pumpkin pie or are freezing unbaked pumpkin pie, keeping it in freezer-safe air-tight containers might be bulky and can take up too much freezer space.
Also, finding a Ziploc bag to fit the pie and not crush it while keeping it well-covered, can be tricky.
So, double wrapping the pumpkin pie is the best option, especially if you are pressed for freezer space.
How to Defrost Pumpkin Pie?
The best way to defrost pumpkin pie is to leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw gradually.
Remove the cling wrap so that none of the condensations seeps into the pie.
It is best recommended not to thaw it on the countertop because the drastic temperature change and moisture can affect the taste and texture of the pie.
Once you have defrosted the pumpkin pie, you can place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake or reheat it as required.
You can thaw the pumpkin pie filling by thawing it in the fridge gradually or leaving it in a bowl of lukewarm water to thaw it quickly.
Can You Refreeze Pumpkin Pie?
No, it is best recommended not to refreeze pumpkin pie. Repeated freezing and thawing will change the texture and taste of the pumpkin pie and make it less appealing.
You could, however, bake a frozen pumpkin pie and then freeze the pie once it is baked.
To avoid having to refreeze or waste the pumpkin pie once it thaws, you can portion them beforehand into slices or cuts that you can easily consume in one go.
Does Pumpkin Pie Freeze Well?
Yes, pumpkin pie freezes well and is a great way to increase its shelf life for a couple of months.
But it is best not to keep it in the freezer for too long because the more it stays in the freezer, the more it will dry out and the less fresh it will be.
It is best to freeze the pumpkin pie unbaked so you can have freshly baked pie at the ready in the freezer.
Yes, you can freeze pumpkin pie bought from Costco. To make the most of it and keep it fresh for longer, freeze it as soon as you have bought it and portion it beforehand. You can freeze it in the Costco packaging but make sure that it is thoroughly air-tight.
No, it is best recommended not to freeze pumpkin pie in a glass or ceramic dish. There are chances it can crack or break in the freezer. So, it is best to transfer them into a freezer-safe container or wrap them in cling wrap and metal foil before putting the pie in the freezer.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store pumpkin pie for later.
If you have any doubts or would like to share some freezing tips and tricks of your own, it would be great to hear from you.
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