Tiffin is a chocolatey treat that brings smiles to the faces of many lovers of all things sweet. So, if you’re a fan of this delicious thing, you might like to freeze a batch or two ahead of your next coffee morning. But is this possible?
Can You Freeze Tiffin?
Yes, you can freeze tiffin for up to 3 months. Wrap individual portions of the tiffin in cling film before stacking them up in the centre of your freezer. Ensure that the cling film forms a good seal otherwise moisture from the freezer will start to alter the texture.
Does Tiffin Freeze Well? Yes
Can You Refreeze Tiffin? Yes
How to Freeze Tiffin
Before you get to freezing tiffin, you must ensure that it is entirely set and cool before you do anything to it. The vast majority of recipes involve ensuring that the whole tiffin is hot and then allowing it to cool and set into a large, rectangular shape.
Once the whole tiffin is set and cooled, you can move onto the following freezing method:
- Check It Has Cooled: Before you slice and wrap the tiffin, make sure that the whole body of the tiffin is totally at room temperature. If there’s even a little warmth to it, condensation will form on the cling film, leading to ice, and freezer burn almost immediately.
- Slice: When cool, slice the tiffin into your desired shapes. These can be nearly any shape, though triangles and rectangles are more common than others.
- Wrap: Once sliced, wrap each tiffin in a layer of cling film. Place each piece of tiffin on top of a sheet of cling film, and wrap the film over all sides of the tiffin, ensuring that it’s completely smooth and pressed as closely as possible against the surface of the tiffin.
- Freeze: Lie them in the freezer, close together and away from the sides of the freezer itself. We recommend laying them out in such a way as that is that we want to limit the amount of air that can get between them.
You could also pop the wrapped tiffin into a labelled freezer bag so that they remain in one place and you don’t end up losing the odd tiffin piece to the back fo the freezer – we’ve all been there!
3 Tips for Freezing Tiffin
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing tiffin to have the best results:
Freezer Burn Will Turn Things Sticky
Freezer burn is the onset of ice crystals growing in and around food. In this case, ice crystals will dissolve sugar molecules in the tiffin and can make the cling film stickier when you thaw them out – bear that in mind when managing the treats in your home.
Ensure a Tight Seal
Ensuring the wrap is sealed will prevent moisture from coming into direct contact with the tiffins themselves, thereby totally limiting freezer burn.
Wacky Shapes Should Be Avoided
You could slice tiffins with cookie cutters, creating interesting shapes easily and quickly. However, that will increase their surface area, which also increases the amount of air flowing past them. Stackable shapes will minimize this, making for easier freezing over time.
How Long Can You Freeze Tiffin?
You can freeze tiffin for around three months before the quality of the tasty treat will start to decrease. You don’t want to ruin any treat so avoid going beyond this period.
This happens for several reasons, most commonly that freezer burn starts to set in, dissolving sugar in the tiffin, and making it a little crumblier.
Tiffin can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for around a week. Tiffin can also last for up to 2 weeks in the fridge but it’s not as enjoyable eaten cold.
How Do You Defrost Tiffin?
The simplest way to defrost tiffin is to place it on a cooling rack at room temperature for a few hours. This will allow for the ice in and around the tiffin to melt and drip away easily.
You can also thaw the in the fridge overnight but it’s a good idea to sit them on a cooling rack so that they don’t end up sitting in a puddle of melted ice turning the base soggy.
Can You Refreeze Tiffin?
Yes, you can refreeze tiffin. To do this, follow the steps above to minimize the quality of the thawed-out tiffin.
Of course, if you wrap individual portions of tiffin there should be no need to refreeze it as you can defrost one piece at a time, as and when you want to eat it.
Does Tiffin Freeze Well?
Yes, tiffin does freeze well – it maintains its structure and flavour very well during and after freezing. You may find that the base becomes a little softer during the freezing process, but most of the ingredients will hold up just fine.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing tiffin or tiffin in general, then these may help:
Yes, tiffin made with most ingredients will freeze just fine. This included tiffin made with Biscoff, dried fruit, marshmallow and biscuit pieces.
Yes, you can freeze tiffin cake for around 3 months. Wrap it in cling film, pop it into a freezer bag and then freeze.