Crispy crust and a mouthwatering filling, embraced by a smooth egg and cream custard. You can picture that easily, maybe even feel its taste lingering in your imagination. Quiche is one of those easy-to-prepare dishes that few can resist.
You can like it very much (so you make extra, ahead of time) or you may just want to save some leftovers. In any case, you are probably wondering if you can freeze quiche. We bring you the answer to that question and much more. Check out today’s article for tips on how to freeze your quiche, plus some recipes to get you inspired.
Can You Freeze Quiche?
You may like quiche so much that you make extra, for cravings that pop up when you have less time. Or you may simply want to get things set ahead of time for a family meal, to avoid getting your whole kitchen messy.
Whether you want to save some leftovers or just have it all prepared to only pop in the oven, you need a way to store safely. As quiche contains eggs and cream, that makes it quite sensitive and prone to going bad, fast. The last thing you want is to get sick after eating quiche. You can keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days, but what about long-term storage? Can you freeze quiche?
The answer is yes, you can freeze quiche. It is a pretty simple process, but the steps vary. They depend on whether your quiche is already baked or not. Things change also if you have it all assembled or want to freeze the crust and filling separately. Find more details on the method for each case below.
Why Freeze Quiche?
Freezing is an accessible method allowing you to preserve food with no risks, for longer. So if you are wondering why should you freeze quiche, the main reasons would be:
- Reduce food waste.
If your guests got their tummies full and no more quiche can fit in, saving the leftovers can be a good idea. You can freeze the rest of your quiche whole or in slices and consume it later on.
- Save time.
There are always moments when you are short on time, so a quiche ready to bake sounds ideal. Whether you freeze it cooked or raw, all you have to do after is to put it in the oven.
- Control your portions.
If you feel too tempted by a large version of a quiche, you can try to make mini-tarts. Freezing the ingredients individually lets you thaw and cook only the necessary amount.
Unlike other foods, quiche preserves its taste and consistency pretty well after freezing. So you will not notice much of a difference in texture, as long as you do not leave it in the freezer for more than 3 months.
How To Freeze Quiche Properly?
The moment of truth has arrived. You want to know what is the best way to freeze quiche, so brace yourself. Here are the main methods you can use to preserve, with additional guidance for each case.
Remember! Quiche with meat or dry vegetables freezes and maintains its savory texture better. Opt for salmon, sausages, peppers, corn, dry tomatoes etc. to avoid unfreezing a soggy quiche.
The steps for freezing quiche depend on whether you assemble or bake it before placing it in the freezer. Find below the details for each scenario.
HOW TO FREEZE BAKED QUICHE
Allow your baked quiche to cool down completely at room temperature. You can even put it in the fridge for a few hours. Never put hot or warm foods in the freezer, as this can harm your appliance and affect the quality of the other food too.
Once your quiche has cooled off, tray freeze it until the filling becomes fully solid.
You may bake for later consumption or you can just have some leftover slices. Either way, you choose if you want to slice it up or freeze it whole. Freezing individual slices lets you unfreeze only what you can eat on a meal. In any case, you need to wrap the quiche in a layer of plastic foil and then in aluminum foil. You can even place it in a freezer bag, for extra protection. Label and put the date on it. Remember to eat it in the next three months, to enjoy the texture and taste most.
HOW TO FREEZE UNBAKED QUICHE
You can freeze your quiche unbaked and assembled. However, if you want a crispy crust, we recommend you keep the filling separately and add it prior to baking.
Prepare the filling and dough accordingly to the recipe. Frozen filling can last up to a few months. We recommend you to prepare the crust a few days ahead of baking, for better taste and texture.
Line a baking tray or tin with parchment paper. Place the crust inside, just as you would normally do before baking. Decide whether you want to assemble the quiche or leave ingredients separate.
- To freeze a pre-assembled quiche, pour the filling over the crust and place in the freezer for a few hours. Once the center is solid, wrap the quiche with plastic foil. Add an extra layer of aluminum foil, to protect the quality of your quiche. Seal as much as possible, to prevent air from infiltrating. Feel free to add it in a freezer bag too, for a more effective airtight sealing.
- If you want to freeze unbaked quiche ingredients separately, package them individually. Put the prepared filling into a sealing bag and place it in the freezer. Roll the crust dough into a tray or pie tin and put it into a freezer bag. Label the packages with the content and the date, so you keep track of the validity period.
How To Thaw Quiche?
When it is time to get your frozen quiche ready for serving, thawing is usually not necessary.
- For a pre-assembled quiche, all you have to do is to place it in the oven at the same temperature as you would bake it. Allow for some extra 15-20 minutes to ensure your quiche is fully cooked.
- For unbaked quiche ingredients that you froze individually, you should thaw the filling. Put it in the fridge two-three hours before baking, in order to regain a liquid state. Remove the crust from the freezer 20 minutes prior to baking and allow it to thaw in the fridge as well. Once thawing is complete, assemble and bake as usual.
- For baked quiche, thawing is not needed also. To heat it up and make it suitable for consumption, cover your frozen quiche with a layer of aluminum foil. Put it in the oven for about half an hour, at 350 degrees. The aluminum will prevent burning your quiche.
Avoid thawing in the microwave, as this can make your frozen crust soggy. Using only the oven to heat up the frozen quiche is enough to get it ready and keep that crisp texture.
A Slice Of Quiche Inspo
What better way to end today’s article than some savory quiche recipes? Check out three mouth-watering ideas that got us pondering if we should freeze quiche or just eat it all at once. What do you say?
Gluten and grain free is something many people opt for nowadays. Here is a low carb recipe that will win your taste buds and make your dietician happy. This Spinach & Goat Cheese Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust is hard to resist.
At breakfast or lunch, hot or cold, this classic quiche recipe saves the day. Try out this Classic Quiche Lorraine Recipe or add a twist to it. You can get creative with new combos of ingredients, just as you like.
Stop overthinking meals. This easy-to-do Bacon And Cheese Quiche is both tummy-filling and smile-bringing. Share it with your family or keep this savory dish all for yourself.
Now that you know how you can freeze quiche, you can start planning your meals better. Let us know in the comments more about your favorite recipes and tips. Ready to bring more delicious quiches to the table?