Since there are a lot of people who often wonder about whether or not they can freeze the signature and delicious Sunday dinner roast. I decided to share the good news, that, yes. You can, in fact, freeze a roast dinner easily, and I am going to share this detailed article on how to successfully freeze your roast dinner and enjoy it like the freshly made one with minimal effort.
People are rightly so to question whether they can freeze roast dinner. Nothing feels better than to start my week with a heavenly home-cooked Sunday roast dinner. And I know how discouraging it could get to cook this big meal once every week. That’s why freezing might be the best option you have to keep this flavorful tradition alive.
Can you freeze a plated roast dinner?
You absolutely can. Just make sure it is cold enough or at least has the same room temperature before placing it in the freezer.
All you have got to do is place it in a foil tray or any regular dish, cover it, then put it into the freezer.
How to freeze a roast dinner?
When it comes to freezing roast dinner, you will have one of two options. Either freeze a roast dinner plate as a whole including all its different components (meat, roasted potatoes, vegetables, and gravy) which will be ready once you want to take it off the freezer. Or you can freeze each of these components separately so that you can make other meals with them instead of roast dinner.
- Once you have made sure that your roast dinner is at least at room temperature, cover the plate containing the roast dinner with cling film or aluminum foil. Or you can just pour the contents of the plate into a microwave-safe container and cover it tightly.
- Label the container or the plate with its contents and date of cooking so that it is easier for you to later distinguish it from the other food stored in the freezer.
How long can roast dinner stay in the freezer?
You can keep the roast dinner in the freezer for 3 months without any change in taste. However, some of the component’s texture might be affected a little. For example, gravy can turn a bit runny after reheating. As well as the roasted potatoes, which might not be the same as before freezing. But they do retain the same delicious taste and warmness!
How to defrost a roast dinner?
Just transfer the plate or container containing the frozen roast dinner from the freezer to the fridge to thaw overnight.
I prefer to allow the frozen roast dinner to defrost completely before reheating it so that I don’t risk any chance of shattering my plate or dish due to extreme heat changes.
How to reheat a roast dinner?
The oven is my favorite option because it guarantees the perfect heating of every component of the dinner roast. However, it might be the slowest one, as I have to wait for the oven to first preheat before I place my defrosted dinner roast.
Make sure to cover the roast with aluminum foil before heating it to avoid its drying. Also, notice that some things like the Yorkshire pudding, might take slightly less time to reheat than other things like the meat. So, bear in mind to remove it once it reheats enough.
Reheating roast dinner in the microwave is also another option that you have. It is also quicker than the oven method. Just don’t forget to cover the plate with cling film before placing it in the microwave.
You will know your roast is ready and safe to eat once the internal temperature reaches 75°c for at least 30 seconds or 80°c for at least 6 seconds.
Don’t attempt to freeze and reheat your roast dinner more than once!
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