Believe it or not. You can, in fact, freeze this delicious Turkish delicacy easily and with no effort at all.
The sooner you place the Baklavas in the freezer, the fresher they are going to be once they are taken out of the freezer. However, you can freeze Baklavas a couple of days after baking them.
Does Baklava freeze well?
If you are worried about whether or not the Baklavas texture will be affected from freezing or whether it will soften a bit, then you shouldn’t worry much since Baklavas tend to soften anyways if they aren’t refrigerated for a day or two. So really freezing, just preserve it for a little longer.
On the other hand, you can protect Baklava from turning soggy while defrosting it by brushing all the ice crystals on the Cling film after taking it off the freezer and placing the baklava on a dry cloth to absorb all the excess moisture.
How to store Baklava
Generally speaking, you don’t always have to freeze Baklava. Quite the opposite, actually. Since it contains a high sugar content, it tends to stay at room temperature for some time without spoiling, for up to a week. But don’t expect it to be as fresh as it was freshly made as the syrup will seep through it and soften it up.
Does Baklava need to be refrigerated?
Well, it mostly depends on the room temperature. Like I mentioned before, Baklava can, in fact, stay at room temperature for up to a week. However, if it is too warm, then you might want to take precautions and refrigerate it, instead of letting the butter go rancid.
I do love how chewy it turns out to be after refrigerating. But, if you want it to return it to its previous state before refrigeration, then I suggest you take it out of the fridge an hour or two before serving it so that it can warm up a bit.
How to freeze Baklava
Here’s an easy step-by-step guide on how to properly freeze Baklava:
- Before you attempt to freeze the baklava, make sure that it is completely cold or at least has the same room temperature.
- You can freeze the Baklava as a whole or even cut it into small portions. I prefer to freeze it in small portions as it allows me to defrost just the amount I need, instead of the whole thing at once.
- Wrap each portion tightly with cling film. Better to double wrap it to avoid freezer burns, then place the wrapped Baklavas in a plastic container to prevent it from being damaged in the freezer with the surrounding food.
- Label the container with the date of freezing and the contents of the container before you place it in the freezer.
How long can Baklava stay in the freezer?
Baklavas typically lasts in the freezer for up to 2 months, keeping its delicious, fresh taste.
How to defrost Baklava?
Ideally, I prefer to allow my Baklavas to defrost slowly overnight in the fridge. However, you can allow it to defrost on the countertop for 3 – 4 hours.
Never attempt to freeze Baklavas again if they have already been frozen once.