If you have a deliciously tasty leftover pudding you may be wondering whether or not it can be frozen.
There is nothing worse than having to throw out leftover pudding, especially if it has been homemade!
If you planning on devouring the pudding over a few days, popping it in the refrigerator is the best option.
But, if you have self-control and want to save your pudding for a later date, freezing it would be the solution to all of your problems.
But can pudding be frozen, and will it taste as good when it has thawed out?
Thankfully, you will be glad to know that pudding can indeed be frozen. It also tastes great once thawed out too!
In this article, we will be letting you know how to safely freeze and defrost pudding. We will also be discussing important factors to consider before you decide to freeze it.
How To Freeze Pudding
To safely freeze your pudding, all you need to do is follow our simple steps.
If you are freezing a baked pudding, you will need to ensure that it has completely cooled down before you pop it into the freezer. If it is too warm, this can affect how safely your pudding is frozen. T
Typically, larger baked puddings will need to be separated or cut to ensure that they will fit in your freezer. While this may ruin the overall look of your pudding, it will save you a lot of freezer space. Oatmeal and rice puddings are fairly easy to separate.
If you split your pudding into smaller containers while it is still warm, this will help to quicken the cooling process and save you time overall. You can then freeze the pudding in these smaller containers.
Ideally, you want to freeze pudding that has as little liquid as possible, this will help to prevent any separating from occurring when the pudding is defrosted.
Bread puddings are the easiest to freeze as they can be cut up into smaller pieces and will defrost well without any risk of separation.
To make the freezing easier, you could try freezing your pudding into ice molds. This will help to save space in your freezer. It will create some fun shapes too!
How To Defrost Pudding
Defrosting pudding is simple to do and the process does not take too long.
When you are defrosting your pudding it is always best to do so in the refrigerator. This will help to keep your pudding nice and cool. By using a refrigerator you are keeping the pudding at a safe temperature, it will be less soggy and it should maintain its shape too.
If you leave your pudding on the counter to defrost, it can quickly go bad or lose its shape. In addition to this, your pudding is likely to absorb the moisture that is created during the thawing process. This will cause the pudding to become soggy and can potentially ruin it.
We recommend taking your pudding out of the freezer and popping it into the fridge the night before you are planning on consuming it. This will give it plenty of time to safely defrost and will avoid any potential disappointments of a partially thawed out pudding!
Before serving, always ensure to take the time to check over your pudding. If you notice that the ingredients have separated or some of the pudding has gone bad, do not consume it.
Factors To Consider Before Freezing Pudding
As with anything you freeze, there are some important factors to consider before you decide whether or not you should freeze your pudding.
What Your Pudding Is Made Out Of
What your pudding is made out of is an important factor to consider. If your pudding has a cookie base, it may become quite soft when it is defrosted. Although it will be perfectly safe to eat, it will not give you the crunch that you desire.
It is worth remembering that cakes and pies that have a high liquid volume when frozen may not remain as solid when defrosted. If you are freezing a pudding that has baked components, try to keep liquids to a minimum.
Puddings that are higher in fat content and low in liquid volume will freeze much more successfully.
You may find that some puddings will have an ice-cream like texture once they have been defrosted.
The toppings that are on top of your pudding are important to take into consideration. If you are going to be using fresh fruit or cream, we would recommend putting these on your pudding once it has been defrosted.
When fruit is thawed out it can potentially become soggy and mushy. Although the fruit would still be perfectly edible, it may not taste as good as if it was fresh. Given this, we would recommend adding the fruit just before you are ready to serve.
If you are going to be using whipped cream on your cake, this may not defrost well. It has the potential to separate and melt. Given this, it would be better to add your cream before serving too.
We hope this article has reassured you that pudding can indeed be safely frozen. There are a few elements that you will need to consider before freezing, such as the liquid content of your pudding.
Too much liquid can lead to a soggy dessert that might potentially lose its shape. As long as you keep the liquid content of your puddings to a minimum, and the fat content high, you are on to a winner!
Once frozen, pudding can be kept in the freezer for up to three months before it will need to be consumed. We always recommend putting your fruit and cream topping on to the pudding after it has been defrosted to ensure that they are fresh and not separated or soggy.
Thankfully, you no longer have to worry about not having any pudding for dessert because you can now safely freeze it in advance!