Here is all you need to know about freezing and storing Tarte Tatin for the long term.
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- Tarte Tatin
- Cling Wrap
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bag
- Assemble and Wrap: Assemble the Tarte Tatin and then cover it with some cling wrap.
- Double Wrap: Wrap the Tarte Tatin with two more layers of cling wrap, making sure that no part of it is exposed to air.
- Pack and Seal: Transfer the wrapped dish into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal it in. If you are using a Ziploc bag, make sure that all the excess air in the bag is squeezed out before sealing.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the Tarte Tatin.
Freezing Baked Tarte Tatin
If you find yourself with some leftovers or have baked the dish beforehand, you can follow these steps instead.
Cool and Portion
Once the Tarte Tatin is baked let it cool down to room temperature. Then divide it into portions that you can easily manage to eat in one go.
Place the portions of Tarte Tatin on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that all the pieces aren’t touching each other. Then cover the tray with some cling wrap.
Leave the tray of Tarte Tatin in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it freeze solid.
Before you pack the Tarte Tatin for freezing, wrap the pieces with cling wrap, leaving no part of it exposed to air.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen and wrapped Tarte Tatin into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal it in.
Label and Freeze
Add a label with the date on it, and you are good to go.
How Long Can You Freeze Tarte Tatin?
You can freeze Tarte Tatin for a week or two at best. While the pastry gets better in taste once it is frozen, it does not fare well in the freezer.
If you want to keep the Tarte Tatin in the freezer for long, it is best to freeze it before baking it. Once baked, the freezer life decreases further.
In case you plan to eat the Tarte Tatin within a day, you could opt to refrigerate it instead of freezing it. But if you plan to freeze it, you should get the pastry in the freezer as soon as you have assembled or baked it for best results.
How to Store Frozen Tarte Tatin?
You can store Tarte Tatin in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. You could also freeze it in the baking dish, as long as it is thoroughly wrapped.
Double wrapping in cling wrap and an added layer of foil paper is best to ensure that the Tarte Tatin is well covered and protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns.
When choosing Ziploc bags, make sure that it is big enough to fit the dish without smushing or damaging it.
Otherwise, it would be best to use a sturdy container.
How to Defrost Tarte Tatin?
You can defrost Tarte Tatin in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw slowly.
Be sure to remove the wrapping so that the condensation doesn’t seep into the pastry. You could also thaw it on the counter for an hour or so and then heat it.
Although you can serve the Tarte Tatin cold, reheating it is best advised because once the pastry thaws, it can get a little soggy. Reheating it is the best way to get its crispy texture back.
Can You Refreeze Tarte Tatin?
No, it is strongly recommended not to refreeze Tarte Tatin. Although the dish may be safe to eat, if it was defrosted slowly in the fridge before, it will ruin the flavor and texture of the Tarte Tatin.
Also, if the pastry was left out for long, there are high chances of it having bacterial buildup, making it unsafe to eat.
To avoid having to refreeze the Tarte Tatin, you can portion it beforehand into sizes that you can eat in one go and pack them separately.
Does Tarte Tatin Freeze Well?
Although Tarte Tatin does freeze well, it is not a dish with a long freezer life. You shouldn’t freeze the pastry for more than a week or two. Especially, if it is baked.
The unbaked Tarte Tatin fares better in the freezer than the baked version.
Of the different types of Tarte Tatin, apple, pear, and tomato Tarte Tatin freeze quite well. But the banana Tarte Tatin will lose texture, color, and taste if it is left in the freezer. So, it is best not to freeze it.
I hope this article helped you make the most out of your favorite Tarte Tatin recipe by freezing it.
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