Whether you’re treating yourself with a roast dinner or are serving up Christmas dinner this year, pigs in blankets are a must! But can you get ahead and prepare your pigs in blankets in advance of the big day?
Can You Freeze Pigs in Blankets?
Yes, you can freeze pigs in blankets for up to 3 months. You can freeze both uncooked and cooked pigs in blankets, and the method is similar for both approaches.
Do Pigs in Blankets Freeze Well? Yes
Can You Refreeze Pigs in Blankets? No
How to Freeze Pigs in Blankets
Freezing pigs in blankets is fairly easy and this method can be used whether or not they are cooked or uncooked:
- Prepare Trays: Prepare a baking tray or two (enough for all your pigs in blankets) by lining it with greaseproof paper.
- Open Freeze Pigs in Blankets: Spread the pigs in blankets out onto the prepared trays and place them into the freezer for several hours.
- Portion into Bags: Remove the frozen pigs in blankets from the tray and place them into freezer bags. Do not overfill the bags as it can make it difficult to seal and hard to remove individual sausages in future.
- Seal: Seal the bags up tightly, removing as much air as possible when doing so. The best way to do this is to seal the bags up almost fully before squeezing the air out of the small gap.
- Label and Freeze; Label the bag clearly with the contents and the date on which you have frozen them then carefully place the bags into the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Pigs in Blankets
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing pigs in blankets to have the best results:
Open Freeze on a Tray
By freezing initially on a tray, you can freeze the pigs in blankets in one bag for the long term without any risk of them sticking or clumping together.
Make sure you write a clear label on the bag stating the contents. Once frozen, you’ll be surprised how tough it can be to tell what’s in the bag.
Opt for Uncooked Where Possible
Freezing uncooked pigs in blankets means you can cook them fresh in future. If you freeze cooked ones which you then want to warm through, you risk overcooking them and drying them out.
How Long Can You Freeze Pigs in Blankets?
We would recommend freezing pigs in blankets for up to 3 months. Beyond this point, they are likely to remain safe to eat but can degrade in flavour.
Pigs in blankets will only last for 3 to 4 days in the fridge once assembled. It is better to leave the bacon and sausages apart in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them.
How Do You Defrost Pigs in Blankets?
Defrosting pigs in blankets is simple but it takes time. You should remove the number of pigs in blankets you want from the freezer before placing them onto a plate and into the fridge.
Allow them to defrost slowly overnight (it may take up to 24 hours). Once thawed through, you can either cook them or warm them through.
Do not ever defrost meat at room temperature where it is most likely to harbour bacteria.
If you are thawing them in the fridge then they will take up to 24 hours to completely thaw through to the centre.
Can You Refreeze Pigs in Blankets?
We would avoid refreezing any meat products that have already been cooked. If you have frozen leftover pigs in blankets then do not refreeze them.
The exception here is if you have frozen uncooked pigs in blankets, defrosted them and then cooked them. You can now place these cooked pigs in blankets into the freezer.
Do Pigs in Blankets Freeze Well?
Pigs in blankets freeze remarkably well and, especially if you have frozen uncooked pigs in blankets, you’ll struggle to tell the difference.
The only thing to be careful of is reheating already cooked pigs in blankets. If you don’t keep a close eye on them then it’s fairly easy to overcook them and even burn them as they’ll already be cooked. You just need to warm them gently in the oven.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing pigs in blankets or pigs in blankets in general, then these may help:
Yes, it is possible to freeze leftover, cooked pigs in blankets but they may become overcooked when you reheat them. Raw pigs in blankets tend to freeze better.
Yes, you can cook pigs in blankets from frozen at around 190c for 35 minutes. It’s vital that the centre of the sausages is piping hot before serving them.
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