Are you looking at how to freeze enchiladas?
These are a great family meal and are even better if you make them in a batch or for a singular meal. I like the thought that even the leftovers can be easily saved and frozen for a later date.
Enchiladas are such a good meal to batch cook and make for one or for twelve.
Make sure you have a couple of dishes and plastic tubs available before making your enchiladas.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Enchiladas
There are a couple of ways to wrap and freeze enchiladas. The most effective is to store the enchiladas in a container with a lid.
The best way to create great enchiladas to reheat is to cook and prepare the enchiladas as normal but skip the last step with the cheese and sauce.
Freezing with the sauce can cause the sauce to develop crystals and won’t reheat as well. The cheese also won’t freeze as well and won’t cook and melt well when defrosted.
Let the enchiladas cool completely before placing a lid on the container and freezing. Place the enchiladas to one side and let completely cool.
Once completely cool before preparing to freeze place an airtight lid on the container.
If you don’t have an airtight lid for your container you can use 2 components.
Place cling film or plastic wrap over the top of the dish, making sure it goes down and encases the dish.
Try and get the plastic wrap as close to the enchiladas as possible to remove as much air as possible. Then place a lid of foil over the top as an added layer.
You can alternatively wrap them in parcels of foil. Placing 2 layers of cling film on a surface and place the enchiladas on the plastic wrap. Wrap the enchiladas tightly keeping them right way up.
Then place in 2 layers of foil and place into the freezer sat facing up right.
If you are saving leftovers to place in the freezer for another day, use the same instructions as above.
Make sure there isn’t too much room and empty space in a container for the freezer, this will affect the enchiladas and will result in freezer burn.
Remember to make a label with the contents and the dish name along with the date of freezing.
How To Defrost Enchiladas
The best way to successfully defrost enchiladas you will need to remove them from the freezer and let then thaw in the fridge overnight.
Remove the container or parcel from the freezer and thaw overnight in the fridge. This will give the best results for taste and texture.
Once the enchiladas are fully defrosted cook them following the original recipe and guidelines.
Place on the sauce and cheese ready to cook in the oven and complete the final steps.
If you are cooking from the singular wrapped enchiladas move them from the cling film and foil wrappings. Place them into an ovenproof dish to reheat.