Are you tired of your food sticking together when you try to freeze it? Then it’s time to start flash freezing your food. Let me show you how!
A TECHNIQUE TO KEEP FOODS FROM STICKING TOGETHER WHILE FROZEN
Flash freezing, also known as “quick freezing,” is the process of rapidly freezing food items to preserve their freshness, texture, and flavor. It’s also a great way to ensure sticky textured food (like cookie dough) can be “pre-frozen” on a tray to start the freezing process then put into a freezer bag for further freezing without it sticking together in the container. I use this a lot for not just cookie dough but biscuit dough and fruits.
HOW TO FLASH FREEZE COOKIE DOUGH AND BISCUIT DOUGH:
Time needed: 1 hour and 10 minutes
- Prepare a baking sheet
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface. This will also make it easier to remove the dough once it’s frozen.
- Add cookie dough balls for freezing
Place the cookie dough balls or biscuit dough on the baking sheet (making sure they have enough room in between them) and put them in the freezer for about an hour. This will help the dough to firm up slightly, making it easier to handle and less likely to stick to each other.
- Storing dough
Store in airtight container or bag: Once the dough is mostly frozen (or at least firm on the outside), transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. Label the container or bag with the name of the dough and the date it was frozen. This will help to protect it from freezer burn.
- Thaw and bake
To bake the frozen dough, simply take them out of the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Once they are thawed, bake them according to the recipe instructions.
HOW TO FLASH FREEZE OTHER TYPES OF FOOD:
Step 1: Choose the right foods to freeze
Not all foods are suitable for flash freezing. Generally, foods such as fruits, vegetables and meats freeze well. Some foods, like lettuce and cucumber (with really high water content), will become limp and watery after freezing, so it’s best to avoid freezing them. Before you start, make sure the foods you want to freeze are fresh and of good quality.
Step 2: Prep the food for freezing
Before you start the flash freezing process, you’ll need to prep the food items. For fruits and vegetables, wash and dry them thoroughly. For pieces of meat Iike stew meat that you want to make sure don’t stick together in one giant blob when you freeze it), trim any excess fat or gristle and slice or chop them into smaller portions. Place the food items on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Make sure to leave some space between the items so that they freeze quickly.
Step 3: Freeze the food
Now that you have prepped the food items, it’s time to freeze them. Place the baking sheet with the food items in the freezer and let them freeze for about 1-2 hours. Once the food items are frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag. Label the container with the name of the food item and the date it was frozen.
Step 4: Thaw and use the frozen food
To use the frozen food items, simply take them out of the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature. A lot of items can be used straight from frozen like some fruits and vegetables. They can be used in smoothies, sauces, and soups. Some meats can be cooked from frozen or thawed in the refrigerator.
By following these tips, you can easily and safely flash freeze many foods. Remember to use parchment paper, keep the food separate, freeze for about an hour then store in an airtight container or bag. With these tips, you can begin flash freezing like a pro!