Can You Freeze Cooked Samosas?
Preventing food waste is something I’m very passionate about and knowing when food should be frozen, refrigerated or binned is key. Whether you’ve made them from scratch or bought them from the store, you may be wondering whether it’s safe to freeze cooked samosas.
What Are Samosas?
Samosas are typically baked or fried pastry that has been filled with a savoury filling such as spicy potatoes, cheese, meat, vegetables, or lentils.
They are usually triangular in shape but sometimes other shapes are used such as a half-moon, depending on the region they originated from.
Samosas are traditionally served as a snack, although here in the U.K we tend to eat them as a side dish as well.
How Long Do Samosas Last In The Fridge?
Samosas only last for a few days in the fridge, so should be consumed quickly if you want to prevent them from becoming food waste.
Can You Freeze Cooked Samosas?
Yes, you can freeze cooked Samosas.
However, freezing them can change the taste and texture slightly and it can be hard to get that crisp, freshly cooked taste back.
Do Samosas Freeze Well?
Yes, generally speaking, samosas do freeze well and they reheat well too. Try not to freeze them for longer than six months and ensure they are well-wrapped before freezing.
Can You Freeze Shop Bought Samosas?
Yes, you can freeze shop-bought samosas. However, you may want to double-check that they haven’t been previously frozen (if they have it should say on the packaging) as cooked samosas should only be frozen and reheated once.
Can You Freeze Homemade Samosas?
Yes, you can freeze homemade samosas provided none of the ingredients has been previously cooked and frozen.
How To Freeze Cooked Samosas
If you’re freezing Samosas, follow these simple steps.
- You’ll need to make the Samosas are fully cooled before getting them ready to go in the freezer.
- Wrap them in foil or cling film or place in a freezer bag or plastic tub. Always think about the portion sizes you’ll need later on when doing this.
- Ensure the Samosas are well wrapped to avoid freezer burn.
- Label each packet or tub with the date they were frozen and the content so you’ll no what’s in them and when they need to be used up by.
How Long Do Samosas Last In The Freezer?
Cooked Samosas will last for up six months in the freezer. After this time, they might start to deteriorate. The pastry can become more brittle and the filling might lose some of its flavour.
Food that’s left in the freezer for a long time can also become more susceptible to freezer burn.
How To Defrost Samosas After They Have Been Frozen
Samosas should be defrosted in the fridge. As they are quite small the process should only take a few hours, however, I always recommended getting them out of the freezer the night before you intend to use them to ensure they have time to fully thaw.
How To Reheat Cooked Samosas
The best way to reheat Samosas is in the oven at around 180 degrees c for 10 to 15 minutes. Always check they are piping hot all the way through before serving.
If you’re worried about the Samoas colouring or the pastry looking burnt, cover them with foil. Pop with a few holes in the foil to allow steam to escape and stop the Samosas from becoming soggy.
Samosas should only be frozen and reheated once.
Can You Reheat Samosas In The Microwave?
Samosas can be reheated in the microwave but they do tend to lose their crispness if you do this.
Can You Reheat Samosas By Deep Frying?
They could also be deep-fried again, however, the pastry is likely to burn and turn very dark before the centre of the Samoas is hot enough to ensure all bacteria has been killed so I would not recommend doing this.
There we have it, everything you need to know about how to freeze cooked samosas!
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