Fortunately for us, you can, in fact, freeze Pepperoni. I mean, this was essential for me to know because of how much I love to use Pepperoni in almost everything.
I tend to put a lot of it and since I know that it doesn’t keep well in the fridge for longer than a couple of weeks, I found that if you freeze Pepperoni, it will retain its taste and texture for a much longer time.
Can you freeze sliced Pepperoni?
Yes. In fact, it is an even better alternative than freezing whole Pepperoni. Whether you bought it already sliced, or you sliced it yourself, it doesn’t matter. Sliced Pepperoni tends to last even longer in the freezer than the whole one.
Plus, of course, you get to separate your slices into portions so that you only take out the portion you need from the freezer.
Keep in mind, though, that you shouldn’t freeze previously frozen Pepperoni slices. So, make sure to check the back of the package before you attempt to freeze the sliced Pepperoni.
What is Pepperoni?
Pepperoni is a perfect blend between both, minced beef and pork with the addition of some flavorful spices, mostly paprika, which gives the Pepperoni its signature bright red color.
It is originally made in America and is considered a type of Salami, which is usually cut into thin round slices that curl from the edges and darken in color when cooked.
How to freeze Pepperoni
You can freeze any type of Pepperoni you like, whether it was sealed, sliced, whole, or even the unsealed one. Just follow this step-by-step guide to freezing Pepperoni!
- In case you broke the seal of the package of the Pepperoni slices, all you have to do is to just wrap the sliced Pepperonis tightly with Cling film before you place them in the freezer. As for the already sealed ones, just place them right ahead in the freezer.
- Another alternative to freezing Pepperoni as it is, is to flash freeze them.
Place the slices of Pepperoni away from each other on a tray, then place the tray in the freezer for 1 – 2 hours, until the Pepperonis hold their shape.
Once they solidify a bit, they can be transferred to a freezer- friendly plastic bag or container to be stored in. It is better to divide the slices into portions in separate freezer bags so that you won’t have to defrost all of them at once.
- As for whole Pepperoni sausage, just wrap tightly in cling film and place it in the freezer.
Label Pepperoni before you place it in the freezer with the date of freezing and the name so that it is easier for you to later distinguish it from all the food in the freezer.
How long can Pepperoni last in the freer?
Pepperonis can withstand the freezer for up to 3 months without any change in taste or texture.
How to defrost Pepperoni?
The one method I prefer to use when it comes to defrosting frozen meat of any kind is to just transfer the frozen food from the freezer to the fridge and allow it to thaw overnight without rushing it in any way.
Sliced Pepperonis won’t even require the whole night to defrost. Just a few hours will suffice.
Once they completely thaw, you can cook them however you normally would. Don’t attempt to refreeze the defrosted Pepperonis though.
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