Can You Freeze Shop Bought Quiche?
Quiche makes a delicious meal. For me, I always associate it with lovely lunches eaten in the garden and family picnics. Making quiche from scratch can be quite a task, so people often by ready-made quiche 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 made one yourself, it should last for at least 3-4 days 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 things to do is check to box, which should have instructions for freezing.
If it 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.
Quiche freezes really well and is easy to defrost and reheat without losing any texture or flavour.
How To Freeze Shop Bought Quiche
Before freezing your shop bought quiche you’ll need to decide whether to freeze it whole or as smaller, individual portions. I find freezing smaller portions help 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.
- Shop bought quiche will last in the freezer for 3-4 months. It’s safe to eat after this time but may not be of the best quality.
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.
How To Reheat Shop Bought Quiche
Shop bought quiche can be reheated in the oven. This is the best way to keep the pastry crisp and prevent the quiche from going soggy.
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 it needs longer, cover 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 for mini quiches.
Place on a microwave-safe plate and cover with cling film. Reheat for one minute at a time on full powers until piping hot. While this is a quick way to reheat quiche, it can end up a little soggy.
Can I Refreeze Frozen Shop Bought Quiche?
If you’ve bought a frozen quiche that is ready cooked and defrosted it, it should not be frozen again.
Can I Freeze Homemade Quiche?
Yes, you can freeze homemade quiche. Allow to fully cool before freezing and then follow the steps up above for freezing.
Quiche is actually a great make-ahead dish for parties and gatherings as it freezes and defrosts so well.
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 usually would.