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Can You Freeze Mushroom Pate?

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By Ross Young

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Pate isn’t just limited to meat-eaters. A delicious, rich and meaty pate can be made from mushrooms. But can you make a batch of mushroom pate in advance of a big dinner party? And can you freeze mushroom pate with success?

Mushroom pate can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze mushroom pate, spoon the pate into an ice cube tray, freeze and then pop the frozen cubes out into a good-quality freezer bag before placing it into the freezer.

Does Mushroom Pate Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Mushroom Pate? No

How To Freeze Mushroom Pate

The process for freezing mushroom pate is quick and simple. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions below once you’ve made your pate (try this recipe, for example):

  1. Portion Into Ice Cubes
    Spoon the pate into each individual slot in an ice cube tray or a silicone mould, whichever you have handy. Use the back of the spoon to pat down the pate and make it nice and level.
  2. Freeze
    Pop the tray or mould into the freezer and leave it until it is fully frozen. The standard freeze time for mushroom pate is 1-2 hours.
  3. Wrap
    Once each serving size is completely frozen, take each one out of their slot individually and wrap them in wax paper. Make sure the entire piece is covered in wax paper to prevent freezer burn. You could also use clingfilm.
  4. Bag Up
    Take the wrapped portions of pate and place them into a freezer bag. You can use the same freezer bag for all of the portions. Be sure to squeeze out all of the air before closing it.
  5. Freeze
    Be sure to mark the bag with the date you froze it before storing it in the freezer. 

2 Tips for Freezing Mushroom Pate

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 2 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing mushroom pate to have the best results:

Freeze Individual Portions
You won’t want to refreeze mushroom pate so make sure you freeze it in individual portions to make it easier to defrost one or two portions at a time. 

Label Clearly
Mushroom pate will look like any other pate when stored in the freezer so make sure you label it clearly so you know what is vegetarian and what is not. 

How Long Can You Freeze Mushroom Pate?

Freezing mushroom pate has a much longer shelf-life compared to being in the refrigerator. You can typically store the pate for roughly 3-months. Just be sure to keep the pate in airtight containers while it’s in the freezer.

If you’re going to take out an individual serving size, remove it from the bag while it’s in the freezer. Don’t take the entire bag out and remove the section as the air and warmth can cause the rest of the pate to begin to defrost.

You Can Freeze Mushroom Pate for Around 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Mushroom Pate?

There are two common ways to defrost mushroom pate. The preferred method is defrosting in your refrigerator. If you know you’ll be using the pate the following day, take the pate out of the freezer and place it in the fridge the night before.

This will allow it to gradually thaw overnight.

Feel free to use the assistance of tap water if you’re in a hurry. Fill up your sink with tap water or you can use a bowl if it’s large enough. Keep the pate in an airtight container and submerge it in the water.

Your pate should be defrosted within a few hours. You may want to pop this in the fridge for a bit after it’s thawed to make sure it’s cold when you’re ready to serve it.

Can You Refreeze Mushroom Pate?

Refreezing mushroom pate is not something we would recommend. You’ll ruin the texture and the flavour will degrade at a faster rate. Instead, use our method above for freezing it as individual portions to make it easier to thaw one portion at a time. 

Does Mushroom Pate Freeze Well?

Yes, mushroom pate does freeze well as long as it’s kept in an airtight container. The flavour of the pate may slightly change while frozen depending on the recipe you used to make it.

Pates that are higher in fat may slightly alter in taste the longer they have been frozen. In this instance, you may notice a difference in taste between fresh and frozen pate.

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Chicken Liver Pate?

You can freeze chicken liver pate. The method remains fairly similar. You can freeze chicken liver pate either in ice cubes or you can use larger Tupperware pots if you know you’ll need to thaw out a larger portion. 

Can You Freeze Mackerel Pate?

You can freeze mackerel pate. Much like other pates, mackerel pate can also be frozen in much the same way. 

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