Learn how to flash freeze, why to flash freeze, and what to flash freeze, so you can keep your frozen foods looking their best!
Flash freezing. if a bare-skinned college winter prank comes to mind, it’s time to do a little kitchen-term makeover. *wink*
As far as we’re concerned today, flash freezing is the process of freezing something quickly in open-air, in order to “set” the appearance of the food item.
We’ve all wrapped a layer cake in foil, or tossed some ripe berries in a freezer bag, and shoved them in the freezer, only to pull out a big frozen mess on a later date.
Why do we do that? We’re in a hurry, I guess.
My thought on this, is that if it’s worth freezing to save for later, it’s worth taking the time to flash freeze so it looks appealing later. Don’t you agree?
So here’s how I do it…
How to Flash Freeze
Make room in your freezer for a full or half-sized baking sheet.
Line a a rimmed baking sheet with foil or wax paper.
Place the food item you would like to flash freeze on the baking sheet. This can include anything that you want to maintain the appearance of:
- Fresh Berries
- Chopped Produce
- Loaves of Loaded Garlic Cheese Bread
- Freshly Made Pizzas
- Frosted Cakes
- Mini Meatloaves
- Breakfast items
If the items have loose pieces that you want to stick firmly together, mist the top of the food with non-stick cooking spray. Then place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
If you have an older freezer, it may take up to an hour for the initial freeze to set.
My incredible KitchenAid Freezer optimizes humidity so the food doesn’t get freezer burn!
Once the food has set so that it’s hard on the outside, wrap and label the food item, as you normally would, and place back int he freezer.
I always put berries, produce, and small individually sized items like muffins in freezer zip bags. I wrap larger items like cakes and pies in foil, then again in plastic wrap to keep out the freezer burn.
It’s that easy.