The answer is yes. You can absolutely freeze cornbread. Beside the fact that it is so easy to successfully freeze cornbread, corn bread also freezes really well and retains its perfect taste and texture in the freezer.
The idea of freezing Cornbread was the perfect solution for me to avoid food waste. Of course, you must have experienced at least once, a large amount of cornbread leftovers after Christmas dinner or a big get together.
Not only did this help me preserve my leftover cornbread, it allowed me to make double the usual batch of cornbread and store it in the freezer for later. So that I wouldn’t make the same effort every time my family wants to enjoy Cornbread!
How to freeze cornbread
Cool it first
It is essential to first allow the cornbread to cool to at least room temperature before you wrap it in cling film and place it in the freezer. If you skipped this step, you will risk the condensation of all the vapor coming out of the hot cornbread, turning it into a soggy mess liable for bacterial contamination.
It is better to freeze your cornbread in serving-sized portions. That way, you will just defrost the portion you need instead of the whole batch, which will promote you to stick to your diet. I wouldn’t want to risk taking out cornbread more than I would eat since you can’t really refreeze cornbread.
Tightly cover every inch of the cornbread loaf with plastic wrap, cling film, or even aluminum foil. It is important to cover it well so that no part is exposed to freezer burns or dryness. Double wrap them if you have to. As for sliced portions. Make sure to wrap each slice individually.
Place the wrapped cornbread slices into a large zip-lock freezer bag. Squeeze as much of the air out of the bag before you tightly seal it.
You can also double wrap all the cornbread slices or the whole loaf in plastic wrap, cling film, or aluminum foil and place them in a plastic container.
Label the freezer bag or the plastic container with the date of freezing and the contents of the bag so that you know what you are keeping inside of it.
Place it at the bottom of the freezer. Make sure it is not being squished by the other food in the freezer.
The temperature of the freezer should be 0 degrees F.
How long does frozen cornbread last?
It should last for up to 3 months. After that, it will start losing its signature taste and texture.
How to defrost frozen cornbread
I prefer to just allow my cornbread to slowly thaw overnight in the fridge. You can also take it out of the freezer and leave it to thaw on the counter at room temperature.
Another quick alternative is to microwave it on “Defrost” function without removing its wrap.
Can you refreeze cornbread?
I don’t recommend refreezing cornbread. Although, it is technically possible to refreeze it, yet, it is not preferred, as it is liable to change in texture and taste upon refreezing.
Better to just freeze small individual portions so that you wouldn’t have to take out of the freezer more cornbread than what you would normally need.
Frequently asked questions:
Here are some related questions to freezing cornbread that might help you for a successful freezing process.
Does cornbread freeze well?
Yes, it does freeze exceptionally well and can help preserve your cornbread for as long as 3 months.
Can you freeze cornbread batter?
Yes. Without a doubt. However, expect the cornbread batter to be slightly denser when it is baked. That’s why it is important to allow the batter to slowly defrost in the fridge overnight, then bake it in a muffin tin or a baking pan. It will probably take a bit longer to fully bake than the warm batter.
How long is cornbread bread good for?
Homemade cornbread tends to stay for a bit longer in the fridge than store-bought ones. Homemade should last in the fridge for 5 to 7 days if tightly wrapped and stored in an airtight container. While store-bought cornbread can only last for a few days.
How long can cornbread be frozen?
If tightly wrapped and sealed inside a container, it can last for 3 months in the freezer.
Can you freeze cornbread muffins?
Yes. Same as the regular cornbread. Just seal the cornbread muffin in cling film and place each wrapped slice inside a freezer bag and leave it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How can you tell if cornbread has gone bad?
In the case that any change of color appears on your cornbread, either green, white, or even just a darker color, you shouldn’t overthink it. Just discard the bread. Better safe than sorry when it comes to spoilt food. A soggy or moist bread is a big no no. As well as a bread with a sour smell.
Can you refreeze cornbread?
No. you can’t really refreeze cornbread. You should eat the defrosted cornbread within three days though.
Can cornbread go stale?
The next level after bread turns stale is molding. That’s why, once bread turns stale, you shouldn’t keep it for long.
To sum up. Yes, you can freeze the delicious cornbread for as long as 3 months without expecting any change in taste and texture.
It is not advised to refreeze the previously frozen cornbread since it deteriorates in texture if refrozen.