Can You Freeze Canned Mushrooms?
Can you freeze canned mushrooms? Let’s take a look and see what you can do with a can of mushrooms once they’ve been opened.
Canned mushrooms are a great option if you don’t want to use fresh. They last for a long time, there are no worries about them going slimly and horrible at the back of the fridge if you don’t use them.
Mushrooms are a versatile ingredient – from being a great side dish for steaks to the perfect addition to a stir fry, having canned mushrooms in your storecupboard will always be handy, especially as they are already cut up and cooked, so no prep is required.
Can You Freeze Canned Mushrooms?
Yes, you can freeze canned mushrooms. This is a great way to prevent food waste if you’ve opened a can of mushrooms but won’t eat all of them.
Canned mushrooms are already cooked, so they don’t need any preparation before being frozen, although you may want to pat them dry to prevent ice build-up while they are in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Canned Mushrooms Once Opened?
Opened a tin of mushrooms by mistake?
Only need a small amount for a recipe?
Once opened, canned mushrooms can either be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days or they can be frozen.
If you plan to freeze canned mushrooms, it’s best to do it on the day they were opened, rather than leaving them in the fridge for a few days first. This will give them the best shelf life once out of the freezer.
Always transfer the mushrooms into a new container before placing them into the fridge or the freezer as open tin cans can contaminate food.
Can You Freeze Leftover Canned Mushrooms?
Yes, you can freeze leftover canned mushrooms. This means they can be frozen either straight from the tin (although I’d recommend rinsing off the brine and allow to drain a little first) or even if you’ve made them into another dish, such as sauteed garlic mushrooms.
How To Freeze Canned Mushrooms?
Freezing canned mushrooms is easy with these simple steps. Before freezing, ensure the mushrooms are cold if they’ve been heated.
- Pat the mushrooms dry and transfer them to a freezer-safe container, such as a glass jar or Tupperware container.
- Freeze in small portions for easy thawing later.
- Label and date the mushrooms.
How Long Do Canned Mushrooms Last In The Freezer?
Once frozen, canned mushrooms will be good for around three months. After this time they are safe to eat be may be less flavourful.
The texture of the mushrooms after freezing can be a little softer so it is preferable to use them in sauces and casseroles rather than as a side dish in their own right.
How To Defrost Canned Mushrooms
Time to defrost those frozen canned mushrooms? The easiest and safest way is to do this in the fridge for 4-6 hours, or overnight if easier.
Thawing the mushrooms in the fridge is the best way to ensure they don’t spend any time in the temperature danger zone, where bacteria can start to grow. Once defrosted, the mushrooms can be served either hot or cold.
There are some dishes you may not even need to defrost the mushrooms for. For example, if you’re making a stew or soup, just add the frozen mushrooms to the top and allow them to come up to temperature as the dish cooks.
How To Reheat Canned Mushrooms
Once defrosted, just treat the canned mushrooms as you usually would be reheating on the stove or in the microwave, or by adding to another dish, such as a stroganoff.
The main thing to remember here is that if reheating the canned mushrooms, you need to ensure that are piping hot before serving.
Freezing canned mushrooms is a great way to preserve them, prevent food waste and save money. Why not try it next time you have some leftover canned mushrooms?