Are you wanting to learn how to freeze lasagna? – Then you have come to the right place!
Lasagna is a popular dish across the world is a great family meal to make, even better if you can cook two at a time and freeze one for later right?
There is no denying that batch cooking saves time and money and comes in so handy when you need a quick meal to fill the family through the week.
Hopefully, some of these ideas will help you freeze lasagna of your own for use at a later date.
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 Lasagna
For best results freeze your lasagna before cooking, this keeps the texture and the ingredients from getting soggy.
It eliminates too much water content collecting in the cooked ingredients in the cheese and sauce in the lasagna.
Though you can definitely still freeze a lasagna that has been cooked.
To freeze a lasagna before cooking you must let it cool down completely before covering and placing in a freezer.
If you are to freeze a homemade lasagna I would suggest using either a glass dish with lid, tin foil tray or plastic container.
If you put the dish in the freezer before it is completely cool then this can cause bacteria to form and can even defrost some of the other items in your freezer.
You can leave it in the dish if you plan to reheat as a whole dish. Simply place an airtight lid on the top and place in the freezer.
The best way to wrap up your lasagna is by using an airtight lid that locks on all four sides.
Alternatively, if you are using a dish without a lid or tin foil tray you will want to use both cling film and foil.
Place the cling film on first to create an airtight cover. Try to get the cling film as tight to the lasagna as possible to make sure as little air is trapped as possible.
The next step is to cover the top and down both sides with foil.
Alternatively, if you are freezing a cooked lasagna first cut the lasagna into portions and wrap separately. Or you can freeze as a whole if you plan to reheat as a full dish.
You can do this while it is hot or cold, it will help it cool down better if it is still hot or warm.
This is helpful if you plan to reheat the lasagna as singular servings. If this is the case I would take each section out and wrap in cling film to create an airtight surround and then wrap in foil.
The other option is to use an airtight container. Place each piece into an airtight container and place in the freezer.
Don’t forget to label your lasagna pieces or dish with the name and date of freezing.
How To Defrost Lasagna
The best way to defrost a lasagna is to remove it form the freezer and place it in the fridge to naturally defrost over night.
When it is ready to reheat remove the coverings and replace the foil with new foil. Place in the oven and cook until ready.
Some may take longer than others but cook to your original recipe instructions. Cook for anything from 30 minutes in the oven or 3-5 minutes in the microwave.
Let the lasagna sit for 10 minutes before cutting into it.
To reheat a singular portion place in an oven or microwave-safe container and cook to original instructions.