This is a comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store gravies for the long term, to make the most out of it.
These time-tested tips methods and tips have worked like a charm for me.
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- Benefits of Freezing Gravy
- Pre-Freezing Preparations for Gravy
- Methods of Freezing Gravy
- How to Store Frozen Gravy?
- Bottom Line
Benefits of Freezing Gravy
Before we get started, let’s look into why we should bother freezing gravy in the first place. Turns out freezing gravy can save time and reduce food waste.
It Gets Meal Prep Out of The Way
Whether you are expecting guests over the weekend or you have a busy schedule, preparing big batches of gravy and freezing it will be one less thing to worry about at the last minute.
With just a couple of hours of effort, you will have ready-to-eat meals in the freezer for over a few weeks.
Freezing Reduces Food Waste
In case, you made a few extra portions or have a lot of leftovers to deal with, you don’t have to worry about using it all up within a couple of days. Instead of refrigerating them, you can freeze them and use them up at your convenience.
Freezing Preserves the Nutrition of the Food
Unlike when you keep the food on the kitchen counter or in the fridge, food kept in the freezer will have the same amount of nutritional value like a freshly made batch.
Pre-Freezing Preparations for Gravy
Before you get to freezing gravy, let’s go through a couple of things to keep in mind to ensure that the gravy stays fresh and for longer in the freezer.
Let it Cool Down
If you are looking to freeze a freshly made batch of gravy, always be sure to let it cool down to room temperature before you pack them to freeze.
Freezing warm food can affect the texture and taste of the gravy later on.
Avoid Adding Cream to the Recipe
Gravy made with cream or milk will not freeze well for long.
The dairy element can split and change the texture of the gravy, making it unappealing. So, it is always best to add cream or milk once the gravy thaws.
It is strongly recommended not to refreeze gravy.
So, it would be best to portion it beforehand into quantities that you can easily consume in one go, to avoid having to refreeze or waste frozen gravy.
Methods of Freezing Gravy
Now that we have taken care of the precautions and prep for freezing gravy, let’s dive right into the methods.
Method 1 – Freezing Gravy in Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Containers
This is a quick and hassle-free way to freeze gravy, especially if you plan to freeze large quantities together.
- Once you make and cool the gravy, portion it and pour it into a freezer-safe air-tight container
- Leave an inch or two of space at the top to allow for any expansion of the gravy when it freezes.
- Seal the container and add a label on it with the best before date. Now, you are all set.
Check out this video by “SooperChef” on YouTube to get a clearer picture.
Method 2 – Freezing Gravy in Ziploc Bags
Another great way to freeze gravy is in Ziploc bags. It is the better alternative if you are pressed for freezer space.
- Prep and cool the gravy. Then portion and pour it into a Ziploc bag.
- Seal the bag after squeezing out as much air as you can.
- Add a label on the bag with the best before date.
- Freeze it laying down flat, on a baking sheet if you like, and once it freezes, you can stack them up on top of each other and freeze them compactly for the long term.
Here is a video tutorial by “Serious Eats” on YouTube to show you how it is done –
Method 3 – Freezing Gravy in Ice Cube Trays
If you are looking to use only very tiny portions of gravy at a time, you can freeze them in ice cube trays to get the most of a big batch.
- Once you let the gravy cool down to room temperature, pour it into an ice cube tray or silicone mold.
- Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight till the gravy freezes solid. Leave the tray covered to avoid any odor from seeping in.
- Transfer the frozen cubes of gravy into a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag and seal them in. If you
are using a Ziploc bag, make sure to squeeze out all the air before sealing.
- Label the bag with the best before date, and you are ready to freeze the gravy cubes till you need them next.
How to Store Frozen Gravy?
You can store frozen gravy in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. The key is to make sure that it is well protected from being exposed to air or freezer burns.
Precautions before Packing.
Before packing the gravy, make sure that it has cooled down completely. Also, leave headspace in the container to make room for the gravy to expand as it freezes.
Another thing to keep in mind when freezing gravy is the freezer space. If you are pressed for freezer space, it would be best to opt for Ziploc bags as a storage option.
It allows you to store even big batches of gravy compactly as thin flat sheets, compared to bulky containers.
Also, be sure to portion it out beforehand, to avoid having to refreeze to waste the gravy.
Best Materials to Pack it In
Any freezer-safe container, be it plastic or glass, would work just fine. It would be best not to use metal containers because any acidic content in the gravy can react with the metal and cause it to spoil faster.
If you are using glass jars or freezer-safe mason jars, be sure to leave an inch or two of space to avoid the container from cracking and leaking its contents when the gravy expands.
Do not freeze canned gravy in the container that you bought it in. Always transfer it into a freezer-safe container because the cans might not be freezer space and can leave a mess to deal with later on.
Best Place to Store After Packing
A steady temperature is ideal to ensure that any food freezes well and for long. So, keeping the gravy in the coldest corner of the freezer is best for long-term storage.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store delicious gravy for the long term.
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