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Can You Freeze Rhubarb Crumble?

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By Ross Young

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Iconically British, the humble rhubarb crumble is a hearty dessert that is the perfect treat served with custard. Rhubarb is generally in season throughout the summer, but you can also get this tart fruit throughout the year. We love this beautiful dessert in autumn and winter. Its the perfect type of comfort food! If you have an abundance of rhubarb that you plan to make into lots of delicious rhubarb crumble, you must be wondering, can you freeze rhubarb crumble?

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Not only is the answer yes, but this is a dish that freezes well and is perfect to have on hand if you need a quick and easy dessert at a later date.

Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing rhubarb crumble:

How To Freeze Rhubarb Crumble

How you freeze your rhubarb crumble will depend on whether you are planning to premake a crumble to serve at a later date or if you are aiming to freeze leftovers. Luckily, you can do both. All you need to do is follow these instructions.

How to Freeze Unbaked Rhubarb Crumble

This is the trickier of the two methods as you do need to freeze it in the oven dish or pan that you intend to cook the dessert in. So, before you start, you do need to check that your dish is freezer safe.

  1. Prepare your rhubarb and crumble as you usually would. You need to ensure the rhubarb is cooled before freezing. If you have chosen to use raw rhubarb in your crumble, then you do need to be a little more careful as fruits such as this can suffer in the freezer.
  2. Assemble the rhubarb crumble in the oven dish you plan to bake it in.
  3. Wrap the rhubarb crumble and dish in several layers of cling film. It would be best if you aimed to have the dessert as airtight as possible.
  4. Label a large freezer bag with the contents and the date and pop the wrapped rhubarb crumble into the bag.
  5. Seal the bag and pop it into the freezer.

How to Freeze Baked Rhubarb Crumble Or Leftovers

  1. Prepare some freezer bags by writing the name and date on each bag. If you are freezing the rhubarb crumble in portions, then you need a bag per portion.
  2. Spoon a portion of rhubarb crumble into each bag. If you want to freeze a whole rhubarb crumble instead, then you can pop the whole thing into a bag or container. You will need to do this step carefully to keep the rhubarb and crumble separated.
  3. Squeeze out excess air from the bags then seal them tightly.
  4. Pop the bags into the freezer and freeze.

If you don’t fancy putting together a complete crumble, then you can also freeze stewed rhubarb which you can then use to build your perfect, ultimate crumble at a later date.

How Long Can You Freeze Rhubarb Crumble?

Your frozen rhubarb crumble should be safe and still delicious as long as you defrost and eat it within three months from the date of freezing. This is plenty of time to make and bake a crumble ahead of time or to use up any leftovers you might have.

You Can Freeze Rhubarb Crumble for Around 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Rhubarb Crumble?

Thawing out the rhubarb crumble is an easy process. You can take it out of the freezer and pop it into the fridge to defrost overnight before reheating and baking.

You could even cook and reheat the crumble from frozen! It will take a little longer to bake than usual, but this ensures the crumble is crispy in texture and the rhubarb crumble tastes as good as it did when it was freshly made.

Can You Refreeze Rhubarb Crumble?

Refreezing can be a tricky process that can have a negative effect on the crumble. Every time you freeze food, the texture changes, and you run the risk of the taste of the food deteriorating. This is one of the reasons it’s not recommended to refreeze your rhubarb crumble.

However, if you have an unbaked rhubarb crumble in the freezer and then bake it, you can then get away with freezing the baked results! Perfect for ensuring that no leftovers get wasted.

Does Rhubarb Crumble Freeze Well?

Whether or not rhubarb crumble freezes well is a difficult question as there is a danger of the fruit becoming a little mushier and the crumble becoming moist. However, if you reheat the crumble in the oven, this should crisp up the crumbly top well enough for there to not be too much of a difference between fresh and frozen crumble. It certainly freezes well enough to still be enjoyable!

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Rhubarb Crumble Cake?

Rhubarb crumble cake is a delicious alternative to a traditional rhubarb crumble. It has all the flavours but in a cake – perfect! You can freeze this just as well as you can a rhubarb crumble. You can use the same methods above. But instead of just popping the cake into freezer bags, it is worth wrapping it in cling film first. This will help keep the cake extra airtight.

Can You Freeze Apple and Rhubarb Crumble?

Much like a plain rhubarb crumble, apple and rhubarb crumble will also freeze really well. We’ve written about freezing stewed apples, and apple crumble before. As you can see, the process is the same as the one outlined here.

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