Can You Freeze Shop Bought Quiche?
Quiche makes a delicious meal. I always associate it with lovely lunches eaten in the garden and family picnics. Making quiches from scratch can be quite a task, so people often buy ready-made quiches from the supermarket. If you have some leftover, you may be wondering if it’s safe to freeze shop bought quiche.
What is Quiche?
Quiche usually consists of pastry crust with a set egg filling. It can be flavoured with a variety of ingredients but most commonly contains cheese, onion, bacon, ham, and vegetables.
Quiche is perfect to make when you have lots of odds and ends that need using up as you can throw lots of different ingredients together.
How Long Does Quiche Last In The Fridge?
If you’ve bought a quiche from the store or even if you’ve made one yourself, it should last for at least 3-4 days in the fridge.
Don’t forget to make sure it’s fully cooled before placing it in the fridge.
Can You Freeze Shop Bought Quiche?
The good news is that yes, generally speaking, you can freeze shop-bought quiche.
The best thing to do is check to box, which should have instructions for freezing.
If the quiche box says ‘do not freeze’ this is usually because one or more of the ingredients or the whole thing has previously been frozen and shouldn’t be frozen again.
Does Quiche Freeze Well?
Both homemade and shop-bought quiche freezes really well and is easy to defrost and reheat without losing any texture or flavour.
Quiche is actually a great make-ahead dish for parties and gatherings as it freezes and defrosts so well.
Can I Refreeze Frozen Shop Bought Quiche?
If you’ve bought a frozen quiche that is ready-cooked and defrosted, it should not be frozen again.
Can I Freeze Homemade Quiche After Baking?
Yes, you can freeze homemade quiche after baking. Allow to fully cool and then follow the steps listed below for freezing.
Can I Freeze Crustless Quiche?
You can also freeze crustless quiche using the instructions provided in this post. Make sure it’s cold before freezing and label and date as you usually would.
Can You Freeze Mini Quiche?
Yes, you can freeze mini quiche. Freezing mini quiches is a great party food option as they defrost really quickly and are quick and easy to reheat too.
How To Freeze Shop Bought Quiche
Before freezing your shop-bought quiche you’ll need to decide whether to freeze it whole or in smaller, individual portions. I find freezing smaller portions helps reduce waste and they defrost quicker too.
- Check that the quiche and its ingredients haven’t been previously frozen.
- Wrap your quiche in freezer bags, cling film or tin foil. If it remains whole in the unopened shop packaging it should be fine to freeze as it is, in the box.
- Label and date the quiche so you know what it is and when it needs to be used up before placing it in the freezer.
How Long Does Quiche Last In The Freezer
Both Shop-bought quiches and homemade quiches will last in the freezer for 3-4 months. It’s safe to eat the quiches after this time but may not be of the best quality – the flavour can begin to deteriorate and you might see signs of freezer burn.
How To Defrost Shop Bought Quiche
Quiche should be defrosted in the fridge, ideally overnight, although smaller portions may only need 4 or 5 hours.
Allow extra time for a whole quiche to defrost, especially if it’s very large it may take up to 48 hours to thaw in the fridge.
Once defrosted, you can eat your quiche cold or reheat it using the instructions below.
How To Reheat Shop Bought Quiche Or Homemade Quiche
Shop-bought quiche can easily be reheated in the oven. This is the best way to keep the pastry crisp and prevent the quiche from going soggy.
Baking for around 15 minutes at 160 degrees C should do the job for individual portions but always check the quiche is scalding hot before serving. For a whole quiche, it may need 30 to 45 minutes.
If the quiche does need longer, cover it with foil to prevent the top from burning.
Quiche can also be reheated in the microwave, although I would only recommend this for individual slices rather than a whole quiche. It would also work well for mini quiches.
Place the quiche slice on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with cling film. Reheat for one minute at a time on full power until piping hot.
While this is a quick way to reheat quiche, it can end up making the pastry a little soggy.
Can You Reheat Quiche Twice?
Rehetaing quiche more than once is not recommended.
Tips For Freezing Quiche
Here are some of my top tips for freezing quiche.
- Always allow the quiche to fully cool after baking before wrapping up to freeze.
- Cut the quiche into triangular portions before freezing, this helps to reduce the time needed for thawing and means you can remove just one portion from the freezer at a time.
- Quiche is a great make-ahead dish – we often bake a few and then freeze in the run-up to Christmas as they make an excellent party food.
- If freezing a shop-bought quiche, check the instructions to make sure that it has not been previously frozen.
- Always label the quiche you are freezing, not just with the date but with the flavour, fillings and any allergens.
Freezing Other Pastry Dishes
It’s definitely true that some pastry dishes freeze better than others so if you’re wondering if you can freeze pasties or baklava, take a look at some of the other guides below.
Can You Freeze Cooked Pasties?
Can You Freeze Cooked Samosas?
Can You Freeze Pain Au Chocolat?