Do you plan to make stuffed mushrooms ahead of time and freeze them? Or did you just make a larger quantity of stuffed mushrooms, and you have some leftovers of stuffed mushrooms and wondering if you can freeze them to enjoy them after a while? Let’s find out what you should pay attention to when trying to freeze the stuffed mushrooms and how good they are freezing.
Nothing beats a full plate of stuffed mushrooms when you’re in the mood for a tasty snack. But what to do if you are limited on time? Can you make them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer?
If you freeze them correctly, you can easily prepare the stuffed mushrooms ahead of time to freeze and when you will need to serve them – to remove them from the freezer a night before and thaw overnight in the freezer. You should just pay attention to some tricks that will give you better results.
The most important thing is to ensure that the mushrooms are completely dry before starting the freezing process. Otherwise, you will completely ruin the texture of the dish.
Can You Freeze Stuffed Mushrooms?
You can freeze stuffed mushrooms, but do so before baking for optimal quality. Uncooked stuffed mushrooms retain their texture and taste better than cooked ones when frozen. Store in airtight containers or freezer bags for about 3-4 months for future use.
Quick Note: In order to avoid mushy stuffed mushrooms after thawing, you should cook them first because the mushrooms are high in water content and as a result, this inner water, will crystalize and after thawing, will destroy the texture of the mushrooms.
How to Freeze
- Clean the mushrooms carefully.
Quick Note: Don’t keep the mushrooms under the water for too long as the mushrooms absorb the water as a sponge and become mushy. If you freeze them uncooked, things will become even worse as the water from the mushrooms will crystalize and break the texture.
- Prepare your favorite stuffing mixture for them. Personally, I prefer using this recipe for stuffed mushrooms and cook the mushrooms.
- Cover the baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cooked stuffed mushrooms on the baking sheet. This will help the mushrooms to avoid sticking to each other later in the freezer.
- After a few hours when the mushrooms freeze, you can remove them from the baking sheet and move them into an airtight container.
Pro Tip: In order to avoid destroying the appearance of the mushroom stuffing mixture, you may consider putting the mushrooms in a single layer in the freezing containers. If you have more mushrooms to freeze, consider placing a layer of parchment paper on each layer of the mushrooms.
- Stick a freezing label with the expiration date — 3 months from now.
How Long Can You Freeze Them?
It is recommended to keep the stuffing mushrooms in the freezer for up to 3 months. That doesn’t mean that after three months, the stuffed mushrooms will go bad, but after that period, you may notice that their texture may change.
How to Keep Them for Longer?
When referring to improving the freezing time, we have a few enemies — air and water excesses.
Reduce Air Contact
If you know from the beginning that you will need to keep the stuffing mushrooms in the freezer for a more extended period, then I will recommend using a vacuum sealer and freezing bags. That way, you will reduce the air contact with the stuffed mushrooms.
The second thing that may decrease the quality of the stuffed mushrooms after freezing is the water that will later crystalize.
To avoid that, when washing the mushrooms under cold water, don’t keep the mushrooms for too long under water as the mushrooms will absorb this water.
Pro Tip: Use a paper towel to make sure that you removed all the water excesses from the mushrooms after you will put them under water.
Even if you are careful with the cleaning process of the mushrooms, you are still at risk of getting too much water in your stuffed mushrooms.
Another mistake that many make is that after cooking the mushrooms, they don’t give enough time for the stuffed mushrooms to cool down.
When you put the warm mushrooms in an airtight container, right after that, you will move this container into the freezer; there will be a more considerable temperature difference between the inner temperature of the mushrooms and the temperature in the freezer.
As a result, the condensation will form, later transforming into ice crystals that will break the texture of your lovely stuffed mushrooms.
Pro Tip: To avoid that, you can put the stuffed mushrooms for a few hours into the fridge to ensure that they completely cool down.
After that, you can safely freeze the stuffed mushrooms for a longer period without losing their original texture and taste.
Will the Taste Change After Freezing?
The taste will remain almost the same, but you may notice a few differences in the texture of the mushrooms, depending on the type of mushrooms you use, but the taste will remain in its place.
How to Defrost Correctly?
To avoid getting the mushrooms soggy, it is recommended to bake them directly from frozen. Otherwise, you may notice a difference in the texture of the mushrooms.
How to Know if They Go Bad?
You should pay more attention to the mushrooms. They should be firm, have a dry texture, and have a pleasant earthy smell. If you notice that the mushrooms become mushy and sticky, a few colored splashes appear on them, or just the mushrooms change their smell, please don’t eat them. They may poison you and your family.
Answering Your Questions:
Is It Better to Freeze Cooked or Uncooked Mushrooms?
It is recommended to freeze mushrooms cooked because if you will cook the mushrooms raw, after thawing the mushrooms will lose their texture and will become mushy as they are high in water content.
Can You Refreeze Stuffed Mushrooms?
No, it is not recommended to refreeze mushrooms. Even if they are not stuffed with a mixture, the texture and taste of the mushrooms will go completely off.
Should You Thaw Frozen Stuffed Mushrooms Before Cooking?
No, you can cook directly from frozen. Just make sure that you increased the cooking time in comparison with the time that was asked in the original recipe.
You can easily freeze the stuffed mushrooms for 3-6 months without losing much from the texture and taste if you pay attention to minor details. It is recommended to freeze the stuffed mushrooms in air-tight containers. If you need to keep them longer, minimize their contact with water and air. Consider freezing them in vacuum sealable freezing bags.