Wondering how to freeze nut roast? The good news is a nut roast freezes very well.
You can prepare it and freeze it uncooked or cook it through. Let it cool completely and freeze.
It is easier to freeze it in an airtight, freezer-safe tin. Defrost it overnight before cooking.
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 Nut Roast
Once cooked, allow the nut roast to cool completely.
Place your roast nut into sealable freezer plastic bags with zip-close tops or freezer-friendly tin. Glass and plastic jars are better than a plastic bag. The storage containers should be semi-permeable.
Vacuum sealers can be used when packaging your nut roast in plastic bags which remove all air from a package, and this helps in keeping the flavour fresh.
Vacuum seal the bags tightly and make sure you wrap them well. When frozen foods come in to contact with air, bad flavours can develop.
Pack the nut roast in glass or plastic containers. Make sure the storage container is very clean and also dry, and the cover lid of whichever container you are using screws or snaps on with a seal that is airtight.
Nut roast tend to absorb odours, so the container must have a tight seal and also made from a material that is not permeable. Failure to observe these can make the flavour of your nut roast to taint during storage.
You can choose to put them in the refrigerator set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) or below for three days before transferring them to the freezer or you can place them directly into the freezer.
Store them in the freezer set to zero degrees Fahrenheit or -18 degree Celsius or below for up to six months.
Both heat and light can make nut roast go rancid at a much faster pace. Storing your nut roast in a freezer reduces its exposure to light and heat, making this storage method the best for long storage.
How To Defrost Nut Roast
Defrost your nut roast in the refrigerator overnight or just leave it out overnight to defrost. This step reduces the baking time by about 15 minutes.
Put it in a baking tray, and loosely cover with an aluminum foil and bake your nut roast until it is thoroughly heated.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes until heated through.
Ensure the nut roast is thoroughly heated before serving. Reheat until it is piping hot.
Once defrosted do not re-freeze your nut roast again.