Can You Freeze Enchiladas? Freezing Enchiladas For Optimal Storage

Freezing Food

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Sure, you can **make your enchiladas last longer** by freezing them. When done right, freezing **keeps their taste and feel just right**, and they stay good for a longer time. Freezing enchiladas could even make them **yummier over time** compared to just keeping them in the fridge for the same amount of time.

While freezing enchiladas in their original packaging might be convenient, it might not offer the best protection against freezer burn. Freezing enchiladas individually or in smaller serving sizes allows for better portion control and ensures that each enchilada maintains its freshness and flavor. Individually wrapping enchiladas is the best method for preserving their freshness and longevity.

How To Freeze Enchiladas Safely

  1. It doesn’t matter if you have leftovers or freshly made enchiladas, pick your storage method. We typically recommend freezer bags or inside airtight containers for long-term storage freshness.
  2. Transfer it to where ever you plan on keeping it.
  3. Be sure to leave about 1-2 inches of space inside to allow for expansion. Don’t leave too much room though because best practice is to limit oxygen exposure as much as possible when freezing food.
  4. Label your freezer bags or containers as ‘Frozen enchiladas’ with today’s date.
  5. Lay the bags flat in the freezer so they freeze quickly. If you’re using containers instead, place them in the freezer upright. Once completely frozen, both the bags and containers can be stacked and/or positioned upright.

Defrosting Tips

When you’re ready to eat the enchiladas you just froze, do not thaw it at room temperature. Read our guide on how to thaw enchiladas safely. Not only will it help you avoid foodborne illnesses, using the proper defrosting techniques keeps its quality & texture intact.

How Long Can You Freeze Enchiladas?

You can freeze enchiladas for up to 1-2 months as long as it’s frozen correctly. Freezing enchiladas slows down spoilage, extends expiry, and allows you to store it for an increased time but even frozen food expires eventually.

Freeze smaller enchiladas portions within 1-2 days of purchasing for optimal freshness. Store leftover enchiladas in an airtight container after it’s initially opened.

Removing & defrosting frozen enchiladas within 2-3 months of freezer storage helps to prevent freezer burn, off-flavoring, and food poisoning. Anything longer than that risks the following:

Consequences Description Recommendation
Texture Degradation Extended storage might cause enchiladas to lose their structural integrity, making them mushy or soggy when thawed. Use thawed enchiladas promptly and consider reheating in the oven to restore some crispiness and texture.
Flavor Dissipation Over time, enchiladas might begin to lose their original flavors, especially if not stored in airtight containers. Ensure enchiladas are well-wrapped and consumed within the ideal timeframe to maintain flavor quality.
Freezer Odor Absorption Enchiladas can absorb odors from other foods in the freezer, affecting their taste and aroma. Store enchiladas in airtight containers and keep your freezer clean to avoid cross-contamination of odors.

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