Can You Freeze A Roast Dinner?

Can You Freeze A Roast Dinner?

While roast dinner remains a very popular meal, it can be one that takes quite a lot of effort to prepare. It’s also one of those meals where it’s easy to prepare far more food than you actually need, so you might be wondering whether you can freeze a roast dinner.

Can You Freeze A Roast Dinner?

Yes, you can freeze a roast dinner. This means if you have lots of leftovers from your Sunday roast, you can simply plate them onto a dish or into a foil tray and pop them in the freezer to be eaten another day.

Doing this is great for reducing food waste and can also mean you have a tasty home-cooked meal waiting for you on a busy day when you might not have the time to cook anything from scratch.

You can freeze any type of meat with your roast dinner, beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey.

Freezing can affect some components of a roast dinner. For example, gravy can be a little watery and roast potatoes are never quite the same after being frozen.

However, these changes are minimal and shouldn’t prevent you from freezing a roast dinner or enjoying it, it’s just something to be aware of.

Can You Freeze A Plated Roast Dinner?

Yes, you can freeze a plated roast dinner, just ensure it’s cold and covered before placing it in the freezer.

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It's also one of those meals where it's easy to prepare far more food than you actually need, so you might be wondering whether you can freeze a roast dinner. 

How To Freeze A Roast Dinner

There are a few ways you can go about freezing a roast dinner.

You could put all of the component parts (meat, gravy, vegetables etc) into a dish or other freezer-safe container, essentially creating your own ready meal.

Another option would be to freeze all the parts separately, such as meat in one container, vegetables in another and so on. This works better if you might want to use the meat and vegetables separately for other dishes.

  1. Before freezing anything, make sure your roast dinner is completely cold.
  2. Place the roast dinner in a freezer-safe container, or you could freeze your roast dinner on a plate covered with foil or cling film.
  3. As when freezing any cooked food, it’s time to add a label and the dates the food was cooked and needs to be used up by.
  4. A roast dinner will keep in the freezer for around three months.

How To Defrost A Roast Dinner

For best results, it’s definitely best to defrost your roast before reheating it. This should be done in the fridge, overnight. So, if you want the roast for tomorrow nights dinner, it’s best to get it out the day before.

Set a reminder on your phone if you think you might forget!

It’s worth noting that if you decide not to defrost your roast dinner, extreme heat changes can cause some types of plates and dishes to shatter.

So placing a frozen, plated roast dinner into a pre-heated oven could cause problems!

How To Reheat A Roast Dinner

There are a few ways to reheat your roast dinner.

For quickness, the microwave is probably your best option. Remember to cover the dish with fresh cling film or plate it if it was previously in a foil tray.

Another option is in the oven. This will of course take a little longer. Make sure your roast is covered to prevent it from burning before it reaches the correct temperature.

Some items on a roast dinner, Yorkshire puddings, for example, take less time to heat up so remove them from the plate and heat separately.

Before serving, ensure your roast dinner is 75°c for at least 30 seconds or 80°c for at least 6 seconds. You can check this using a digital food thermometer or probe.

You should only freeze, defrost and reheat your roast dinner once.

There we have it, everything you need to know about freezing a roast dinner!