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Can You Freeze Jam Tarts?

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By Ross Young

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There are few treats quite as delicious as a good jam tart. Whether they are homemade or shop-bought jam tarts are perfect for desserts, lunch boxes or even as a tasty snack in the afternoon.

If you have made a batch or gone a little overboard with buying them in bulk then it is no wonder you are wondering if jam tarts can be frozen or not?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze jam tarts. Jam tarts, of any flavour, can be frozen for up to around 3 months. They freeze really well and it’s easy to do. There really is no reason not to freeze those extra jam tarts and save them for whenever you need a tasty treat.

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How to Freeze Jam Tarts

Freezing jam tarts is about as easy as it gets to do! Although, we would recommend that you use the double freeze method outlined below to ensure they don’t get damaged in the freezer.

If you pop them straight into a freezer bag and throw them in the freezer to freeze they are likely to become squashed and stick together. So, follow this method instead.

  1. Cool
    If you have made the jam tarts at home then you need to let them cool completely before freezing. If you have bought them and they are still in the package and unopened you can just pop the packet straight into the freezer to freeze.
  2. Freeze Solid
    Pop the jam tarts onto a baking sheet or into a cupcake pan and put this into the freezer. Keep the trays flat and at the top of the freezer until the jam tarts are completely frozen.
  3. Wrap and Bag
    Once the jam tarts are frozen you can remove the tray from the freezer. Then add a layer of cling film around each jam tart and pop them into a large freezer bag.
  4. Freeze
    Label the bag with the date and name of the contents. Seal the bag closed tightly and then put it into the freezer.

How to Freeze Other Tarts

Jam tarts don’t have to be limited to strawberry or raspberry jam. There is a range of jam tarts you can make or buy. We’ve covered a few of these below and whether or not you can actually freeze them: 

How to Freeze Coconut Jam Tarts

Coconut jam tarts are a lovely tropical type of jam tart that is delicious and makes a lovely change to the traditional strawberry or raspberry jam tarts.

The great news is that you can also freeze these too. Just use the same method outlined above and you can have coconut jam tarts in the freezer for any time you need a sweet tropical treat.

How to Freeze Lemon Curd Tarts

Lemon curd is a popular alternative to your usual jam tart. Lemon curd was almost made for jam tarts and is such a popular alternative that it is one of the more common jam tarts you can find after strawberry jam tarts.

Lemon curd freezes super well too and this means you can freeze lemon curd jam tarts successfully and they will still be delicious once thawed out.

Can You Freeze Lemon Curd Tarts

3 Tips for Freezing Jam Tarts

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing jam tarts to have the best results:

  • Flash Freeze – Whilst it may seem like a bit of a hassle it is definitely worth flash-freezing using the method in this article. It helps your jam tarts stay as fresh as possible and avoid damage in the freezer.
  • Keep Them Protected – Cling film is great to use to keep the jam tarts protected from the air in the freezer. If you want to be double sure then you can use a double layer of cling film or add a layer of tin foil too.
  • Use Resealable Bags – When you choose a freezer bag for the final freezing of the jam tarts make sure you choose a type that can be opened and resealed easily. The method we use to freeze jam tarts means that each jam tart is kept individually wrapped. This is perfect for grabbing just one or two tarts out at a time rather than finding you need to thaw them all at once and then have to eat them within a day or two.

How Long Can You Freeze Jam Tarts?

You can freeze jam tarts for up to about three months – if they last that long before your family eats them all!

You may find that you can keep them in the freezer for a little longer than this but it is important to use them before they start to degrade or become freezer burnt.

You Can Freeze Jam Tarts for up to 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Jam Tarts?

Defrosting jam tarts really couldn’t be any easier.

  1. Remove Tarts from the Bag
    All you need to do is grab the number of jam tarts you need from the bag and then reseal it.
  2. Unwrap
    Unwrap the jam tarts you have taken out of the freezer. The cling film works great while the tarts are frozen but once they start to defrost the jam and cling film stick together and become really difficult to separate without losing the jam.
  3. Leave for One Hour
    Pop the jam tarts onto a plate and put them onto the kitchen side. Cover lightly with some kitchen towel and leave them there to thaw out for an hour or so.

Can You Refreeze Jam Tarts?

No, we would not recommend that you even attempt to refreeze your jam tarts. Whilst they tend to freeze well the first time we can’t promise it would be as successful a second time. The freezing process does cause some changes in any food and the more you freeze the more changes there will be.

Do Jam Tarts Freeze Well?

Jam tarts do freeze well! In some cases, you shouldn’t even notice any difference between fresh and frozen tarts. There will be almost no change in texture or flavour of the jam and if there is any change to the pastry it will be minimal if you have kept them protected and airtight in the freezer.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing jam tarts or tarts in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Jam?

If instead of making tarts you want to freeze jam itself then this is also possible. Consider the portions of jam you would normally consume then find containers of this size. You could even use an ice cube tray! Once portions out, seal the container and freeze.

Can You Freeze Puff Pastry Jam Tarts? 

If you’re feeling experimental in the kitchen then you may have made your jam tarts with puff pastry. But can you freeze these too? You can, but be prepared for the texture of the jam tart pastry to change somewhat. Puff pastry can be frozen, as can jam, but puff pastry will lose some of its crispness in the freezer. 

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