Can You Freeze Stuffed Mushrooms?
Do you want to know if you can freeze stuffed mushrooms? This post covers everything you need to know about freezing stuffed mushrooms before and after they have been cooked.
Stuffed mushrooms are a popular choice to serve as an appetizer or as a light lunch. They can be stuffed with a range of ingredients making them perfect for using up any odds and end you might have laying around at the back of the fridge that need using up.
If you’re planning a vegetarian or vegan menu, stuffed mushrooms make a great addition as they can easily be made meat-free.
The popular fillings for stuffed mushrooms include cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic, herbs, and bacon.
This post takes a look a whether you can freeze stuffed mushrooms so they are easily available at a later date.
Can You Freeze Stuffed Mushrooms?
Stuffed mushrooms can absolutely be frozen. If you’re freezing stuffed mushrooms that have already been cooked you may find the texture is a little softer when defrosting and reheating.
Can You Freeze Uncooked Stuffed Mushrooms?
Yes, you can freeze uncooked stuffed mushrooms. In fact, freezing stuffed mushrooms before cooking them actually produces the best results when it comes to thawing and reheating.
This makes stuffed mushrooms a perfect make-ahead dish for dinner parties and the busy festive period.
How Long Do Stuffed Mushrooms Last In The Fridge?
Wondering whether you need to freeze your stuffed mushrooms at all? Once made, stuffed mushrooms should last for around 24 hours in the fridge before they need freezing, so if you want to make them the day before you plan to cook and serve them, just popping them in the fridge should be fine.
How To Freeze Stuffed Mushrooms
Freezing stuffed mushrooms is easy following these simple steps.
- If you’re freezing stuffed mushrooms that have already been cooked, make sure they are completely cooled before freezing.
- Carefully place the stuffed mushrooms inside a freezer-safe container such as a freezer bag or Tupperware box. Freeze in small batches for easy defrosting later.
- Label and date the stuff mushrooms and note any ingredients that might be different if you’re freezing different flavours, especially if some are vegan or vegetarian and some contain meat.
How Long Do Stuffed Mushrooms Last In The Freezer?
You can keep stuffed mushrooms in the freezer for around three months. After this time they will still be fine to eat but may have started to lose some of their taste or texture. The mushrooms may also become more susceptible to freezer burn after this time.
How To Defrost Stuffed Mushrooms
When you’re ready to use the stuffed mushrooms, simply defrost them in the fridge overnight or for four to six hours before you plan to use them.
Avoid defrosting the stuffed mushrooms on the countertop as this means they could end up spending too long in the food danger zone, meaning harmful bacteria could start to breed without you realising it.
Can You Cook Stuffed Mushrooms From Frozen?
While you’ll get the best results cooking the stuffed mushrooms once they’ve been defrosted, you can cook them from frozen too.
You’ll need to add roughly an extra 10-15 minutes to the original cooking time and may need to cover them part way through cooking to prevent the tops from burning.
Reheating / Cooking Stuffed Mushrooms Once Thawed
If you’re reheating stuffed mushrooms that have already been cooked, I would advise covering them before cooking to prevent the tops (the bit with the cheese or breadcrumb topping) from becoming too dark.
For stuffed mushrooms that were frozen before cooking and have now been thawed, you can simply follow the cooking instructions from the original recipe that you used. As a rough guide stuffed mushrooms typically take around 25 minutes to cook in the oven on a medium heat.
As with cooking any food, ensure that it is piping hot all the way through before serving.
Can You Cook Stuffed Mushrooms In The Air Fryer?
Don’t fancy cooking stuffed mushrooms in the oven? Why not try cooking them in the Air Fryer instead. As air fryers typically cook food more quickly than a traditional oven or grill, you’ll probably need to reduce the cooking time by around 10 minutes
Do check the stuffed mushrooms often during cooking, just to make sure they’re not becoming too coloured or overcooked and again always check they are piping hot before dishing up.
And there we have it, everything you need to know about freezing stuffed mushrooms!