Can you freeze quiche? Keep reading to find out!
Have you ever had quiche for breakfast, only to find that the crust has pulled away from the filling?
It’s a common problem, but there’s an easy solution: freeze the quiche before you bake it.
This will help to keep the crust and filling together so you can enjoy every bite of your breakfast.
The next time you’re planning your menu for the week, don’t forget to add quiche to the list!
You can also freeze an already-baked quiche.
So if there are only a few people in your household, don’t force yourself to finish the entire quiche right away.
Give this article a read and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about storing this delectable dish.
Can You Freeze Quiche?
A lot of people think it’s not safe to do so because quiche contains eggs.
But as long as you stick with my instructions and tips, you’ll be fine.
So whether you have quiche leftovers or want to add to your list of make-ahead recipes, this article is a must-read.
There are a few ways to go about it, and I’ll teach you all of them so your frozen quiche stays fresh and flavorful for months.
I’ll also give you some tips on how to thaw it properly so you can enjoy your quiche anytime you want.
So, the next time you plan on making quiche, be sure to at least double the recipe.
Serve the first and freeze the next for another day!
How to Freeze the Crust and Filling Separately
If you’re planning on making quiche ahead of time, it’s best to freeze the crust and filling separately.
That way, when you’re ready to bake it, the crust will be nice and flaky and the filling will be perfectly cooked.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Cook and freeze the filling.
Cook the filling according to your recipe. Then, let it cool completely.
Once it’s cooled, place the filling in a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag.
If you’re using a bag, squeeze out as much excess air as you can before you seal it.
Also, leave 1 to 2 inches of headspace to make room for expansion.
Label the bag accordingly and freeze it. The quiche filling will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months.
2. Freeze the crust.
Roll out a single pie crust (homemade or store-bought, doesn’t matter) and fit it into a pie plate.
Freeze the crust for several hours, or until frozen solid.
Then, remove it from the pie plate and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap.
Label the plastic wrap accordingly and return it to the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
Tip: if you’re using a disposable pie plate, no need to remove the pie crust from the plate.
Just cover the pie with plastic wrap and freeze it right away.
Frozen pie crust will keep well for up to 3 months.
Keep in mind, though, that the longer it stays in the freezer, the less crisp it’ll be.
For the best results, use the crust within a month.
How to Freeze the Crust and Filling Together
If you find the first method to be too tedious, I hear you.
Here’s some good news: you can freeze the crust and filling together and still yield great results.
It’s a lot easier, as you won’t need to prepare separate containers and assemble the quiche before baking it.
The only downside is that the crust won’t be as flaky as compared to a quiche that’s been frozen using the first method.
If you don’t think that’s too big a price to pay, then this second method is for you.
1. Assemble the quiche.
Prepare the quiche’s crust and filling as instructed in your chosen recipe. Pour the filling into the crust, but don’t bake.
Place the pie plate on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
This will make it easy to transport the quiche, spill-free.
Tip: use a disposable pie plate. You won’t want your good pie plate to be stuck in the freezer, unusable, for months.
2. Freeze the quiche.
Place the baking sheet/quiche into a flat surface in your freezer.
Allow the quiche to freeze until rock solid. It will take several hours, depending on how deep your pie plate is.
3. Wrap the quiche.
Once it’s frozen solid, wrap the quiche tightly with plastic wrap.
Cover it with aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.
Label the foil accordingly and freeze the quiche. Frozen quiche with a crust will keep well in the freezer for up to 1 month.
You can still freeze it for up to 3 months, really, but the quality of the crust will start to decline after the first month.
Can You Freeze Cooked Quiche?
Definitely! If there are, say, only 2 to 3 of you in the family, don’t feel the need to finish an entire quiche in one go.
Take comfort in knowing that you can pop the leftovers in the freezer and reheat the next time you’re craving quiche.
1. Let the quiche cool.
Before freezing it, be sure the quiche has cooled completely to room temperature.
2. Double-wrap the quiche.
Wrap it tightly first with plastic wrap, and then cover it with aluminum foil.
The aluminum foil will protect the quiche from freezer burn, while the plastic wrap keeps the filling from sticking to the foil.
3. Label the quiche accordingly and freeze.
Frozen baked quiche will keep well for up to 3 months.
Can You Freeze a Crustless Quiche?
In case you’re not familiar, yes, there is such a thing as a crustless quiche.
It’s great for those who live with gluten intolerance and folks who are trying to stay away from carbs.
You might be thinking it’s impossible to freeze a crustless quiche since there’s nothing to hold the filling.
But you absolutely can. Here’s how:
Unbaked Crustless Quiche:
1. Cook the filling according to your recipe. Then, let it cool completely.
2. Store the filling.
Once it’s cooled, place the filling in a freezer-safe bag. Squeeze out as much excess air as you can before you seal it.
Also, leave 1 to 2 inches of headspace since liquids expand when frozen.
3. Label the bag accordingly and freeze it.
The quiche filling will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months.
4. Thaw and bake when ready.
Let it thaw in the fridge overnight, and bake according to recipe instructions.
Baked Crustless Quiche:
1. Let the quiche cool and set.
2. Double-wrap it.
Once the quiche is firm enough, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Be sure every inch is covered!
Then, cover the quiche with aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.
3. Label and freeze.
Label the foil accordingly and freeze the quiche for up to 3 months.
4. Reheat the quiche.
There’s no need to defrost it.
Just reheat it in the oven as you would normally do a regular quiche, and add 10-15 minutes to the total baking time.
Tips For Freezing Quiche
Let the quiche cool completely before freezing.
This is true for all of the methods above.
This will allow you to cover the quiche with plastic wrap without forming condensation, which, when frozen, will turn into ice crystals.
Pre-baked quiches can be reheated straight from the freezer.
Just add a few minutes to the baking time to compensate for not thawing it beforehand.
Freeze individual slices of a cooked quiche.
That way, you get to take out a few slices at a time without having to thaw the whole thing.
Follow the same steps as above, with the exception of wrapping the individual slices instead of the whole pie.
If your quiche has lots of vegetables in it, better to freeze it unbaked.
Vegetables get watery when frozen and reheated, altering the texture of the filling.
That said, the quality of your quiche will be so much better if you freeze it before baking.
If your quiche has cream in it, it’s better to freeze it after baking.
Uncooked cream has a higher likelihood of separating from the rest of the ingredients.
As such, in this case, it’s much better to just bake the quiche before you freeze it.
How to Thaw and Reheat
For Unbaked Quiches
Allow the filling and the crust to defrost in the fridge.
Keep in mind that the filling will take longer to thaw than the crust, so plan ahead.
Once thawed, pour the filling into the crust and give it a little mix. Bake it as instructed in your recipe.
If you’ve already pre-assembled the quiche before freezing, just let the whole quiche thaw in the fridge overnight.
Then, bake it according to the recipe instructions.
For Baked Quiches
Simply bake the quiche straight from the freezer.
Add an extra 10 to 20 minutes to the total baking time to compensate for not thawing it beforehand.
It’ll take about 25 to 30 minutes to reheat a frozen baked quiche.
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