Here's how to freeze stuffing so that you can prepare it in advance or save it for later without having to worry about it going to waste! This guide will walk you through exactly how to store this tasty side dish in the freezer. Whether it is cooked or uncooked, I'll show you what to do!
Guide To Freezing Stuffing
Preparing stuffing ahead of time is a great way to knock some items off your cooking to-do list, whether it be for the holidays or just a Sunday brunch! Simply make your stuffing when you have some time to spare and then freeze it for later!
Alternatively, you may have just enjoyed a delicious stuffing side dish and have some leftovers that you want to store for later. Either way, I'm going to show you the best ways to properly freeze your stuffing!
Can Stuffing Be Frozen
If you've ever wondered if stuffing can be frozen, the answer is a resounding yes! This side dish actually freezes incredibly well. Just make sure you reheat it properly so that it tastes just as good as when you first made it!
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How To Freeze Cooked Stuffing
This method is ideal if you are freezing some leftover stuffing that has already been cooked. Don't throw away those leftovers! Instead, freeze them for later!
- Cool. First of all, make sure your stuffing has completely cooled off before storing it.
- Portion. how you would like to portion your stuffing, and then transfer these portions into airtight Ziploc bags.
- Remove air. Squeeze out any excess air from the bags.
- Label. Label your bags with the date (so you know how long they're good for).
- Freeze. Pop them in the freezer!
How To Freeze Uncooked Stuffing
If you are preparing your stuffing in advance, freezing it before it has been cooked is a fantastic option. This helps to ensure that it doesn't get dried out during the reheating process.
- Make stuffing. Prepare your stuffing according to your favorite recipe and stop before baking it.
- Transfer. Place your stuffing into the same dish that you are planning to bake it in. *Or, you can portion and separate the smaller portions into sealable Ziploc bags.
- Wrap. Tightly wrap the dish in several layers of plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil (to prevent freezer burn).
- Label. Label and date the container so you know how long it can be frozen.
- Freeze. Transfer it to the freezer.
How Long Can Stuffing Be Frozen
In general, both cooked and uncooked stuffing can easily be frozen for up to 3 months (as long as you are properly storing it).
The stuffing will still be good for longer than 3 months, but the texture and flavor could begin to change at this point.
Tips For Freezing Stuffing
- If you are making your stuffing ahead of time, go for freezing uncooked stuffing. This way, you are less likely to dry it out during the reheating process.
- Frozen uncooked stuffing can simply be popped straight into the oven with no need to defrost it!
- Tightly wrap your tray so that all corners and edges are completely sealed and no air can get into the container.
- Make sure to label your frozen food so you enjoy it before it goes bad!
Now that you know how to easily freeze your cooked or uncooked stuffing! Are you wanting to meal prep or store leftovers for later? Leave a comment and let me know!
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How To Freeze Stuffing: Easy Stuffing (Best Methods & Tips)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a large pot over medium heat add the butter and allow it to melt.½ cup butter
- Once the butter is melted add the onion, celery, and garlic then saute until softened or about 3-4 minutes. Add the seasoning and stir into the sauteed veggies.2 ribs celery, 1 large yellow onion, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon herbes de provence, each, salt & pepper
- Remove from heat and add the stuffing cubes. Stir to coat with the butter and mix evenly with the sauteed onion, celery, and garlic.17 oz stuffing cubes
- Warm the chicken broth in a saucepan on the stovetop until it just begins to boil, or heat in a microwave-safe measuring cup in the microwave. Combine with stuffing mixture.2 cups chicken broth
- Transfer to a greased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes before serving.
- Alternatively, your fully combined stuffing can be stuffed into your turkey before roasting.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!