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Can You Freeze Spotted Dick?

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It may have fallen out of fashion somewhat but there’s no denying that spotted dick is both classic and delicious. But what do you do with the leftovers? Can you freeze spotted dick?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze spotted dick. Spotted dick can be frozen for between 2 and 3 months. It should freeze fairly well due to its high-fat content and minimal water. It may not be quite as good but it will definitely still be good enough to eat.

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How to Freeze Spotted Dick

The secret to the successful storing of spotted dick is keeping it airtight and protected in the freezer.

The best way to do this is to use freezer-safe containers with lids that seal tightly. This ensures that the pudding doesn’t get too damaged and is protected from the air and getting freezer burnt.

  1. Divide Into Portions
    To start the freezing process, you should divide your spotted dick pudding into portions. Then put a portion of spotted dick into individual containers. You will need enough containers to put one portion of spotted dick in each. If you don’t have these available, you can use freezer bags, but you need to ensure they are airtight.
  2. Seal Tightly
    Put the lid on tightly or use freezer bags, squeeze out the excess air, and seal the bags tightly. To be extra sure that the spotted dick is protected, you can add a second bag and seal that tightly too.
  3. Label and Freeze
    Label the containers with the date and contents and put them into the freezer to freeze. It really is this simple!

3 Tips for Freezing Spotted Dick

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

  • Keep it Whole – If you want to keep your spotted dick whole, then you can. Instead of separating into portions, you can keep it whole, and in the dish you cooked it in. If this dish is freezer-safe, then wrap the spotted dick in the container with cling film. Then pop this into a freezer bag, label and put it into the freezer.
  • Try Reheating in the Microwave – When it comes to reheating your spotted dick, you can use a microwave, but this can make the pudding a little rubbery and tough. Instead, pop it into the oven to heat through. Unfortunately, this can also cause problems with the pudding drying out, so make sure you have some custard, ice cream or cream to add to make the pudding a little extra delicious and make it a little moister to eat.
  • Keep it Airtight – Keeping your pudding airtight is important to ensuring your pudding tastes as good as possible. So if in doubt, double wrap or bag the spotted dick and make sure everything is sealed as tightly as possible.

How Long Can You Freeze Spotted Dick?

Most puddings can be frozen for a few months, but to ensure optimum taste and minimum degrading of quality, we would recommend that you eat up that delicious spotted dick within two and three months from the date of freezing.

You Can Freeze Spotted Dick for up to 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Spotted Dick?

For best results when defrosting your spotted dick, you can take it out of the freezer and pop it into the fridge. Allow it to thaw out slowly for several hours or overnight. Reheat once it has fully thawed out.

You may be able to reheat the spotted dick right from frozen but be careful because it can make the spotted dick overcooked and rubbery to eat. Pop it into the microwave and defrost and then reheat if you want to try this method. 

It should go without saying but once defrosted and warmed through, you’ll want to serve it up with double cream, clotted cream or custard – all of which can actually be frozen too! 

Defrost Spotted Dick

Can You Refreeze Spotted Dick?

No, you won’t be able to refreeze spotted dick pudding once you have thawed it out and reheated it. This process can cause considerable changes to many foods, which is true for puddings like spotted dicks. If you try and freeze it more than once, it won’t taste as good, and you may find it inedible.

Does Spotted Dick Freeze Well?

Spotted dick is one of those foods that it isn’t easy to answer the question of whether it freezes well. In theory, there is no reason why you shouldn’t freeze it. It freezes successfully and is safe to do so. The problem is that it will never taste quite as good frozen as it once did fresh.

The texture of the spotted dick is the thing you will notice the most because the pudding is likely to become denser and a little tougher to eat. Once it has been heated up, it will still be good enough to eat, though, so don’t let these changes put you off freezing those leftovers.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing spotted dick or puddings in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Steamed Puddings?

Other steamed puddings, like a spotted dick, can all be frozen in much the same way. The most important aspect to consider is the container you’re going to use to freeze it in. You need to ensure it is airtight, so choose good-quality freezer bags or airtight Tupperware containers. 

Can You Freeze Suet?

Store-cupboard, dried suet will keep for months and months in the cupboard, so there should be no need to freeze it. If you have fresh suet, then grate it into freezer bags before freezing. It will last in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

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