Can You Freeze Rhubarb Crumble?

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Yes, you can freeze rhubarb crumble. Not only can you freeze the raw ingredients (rhubarb, plus crumble mix) to cook at a later date, but you can also freeze leftover rhubarb crumble that has been cooked and partially eaten.

Let’s take a look at how to freeze rhubarb crumble for best results.

How to Freeze Leftover Rhubarb Crumble

If you have prepared, cooked and served a delicious rhubarb crumble, but you haven’t quite managed to eat it all, you can simply freeze the leftovers for later consumption.

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It is better to freeze your leftover rhubarb crumble in individual portions. This ensures you keep waste to a minimum. If you get the entire frozen crumble out of the freezer, heat it, and then still have some left over, you can’t re-freeze it. You would then need to dispose of it appropriately.

If you have enough smaller airtight containers (such as Tupperware containers), you can use those to freeze individual portions of your leftovers. You can also use freezer bags, providing you can seal them and make them airtight.

Before adding the leftovers to the bags or containers, write the date of freezing on the bag or container. In doing this, you can ensure it is eaten in a safe timeframe.

Next, add your leftovers in portion-sized amounts. Push the air out of the bag (if applicable) or pop the lid on the container. Then, store in the freezer.

You can also freeze an entire container of rhubarb crumble. To do this, you will want to wait for the rhubarb to cool down first. Once it has cooled, use cling film or a lid to make the container airtight. You should ensure the container you cooked the crumble in, is also safe to put in the freezer.

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How Long Does Rhubarb Crumble Last in the Freezer?

When stored in the right way, leftover rhubarb crumble can last for up to three months.

If you aren’t sure how long your rhubarb crumble has been in the freezer, or the three month deadline has passed, it is recommended that you dispose of the food appropriately. Quality of the crumble and fruit will start to diminish after that point.

How to Thaw and Cook Frozen Rhubarb Crumble

The best way to thaw frozen leftover rhubarb crumble is to leave it in the fridge to slowly defrost overnight.

You can defrost the crumble on the countertop, at room temperature, providing it is covered, but this is not recommended.

Can You Cook Leftover Rhubarb Crumble From Frozen?

Yes, you can cook leftover rhubarb crumble from frozen.

You will need to allow for a longer cooking time when reheating a frozen rhubarb crumble. You may also find that the texture or taste of the dish changes slightly.

Depending on the recipe you have used, cooking leftover rhubarb crumble from frozen can lead to mushier or drier fruit, a crunchier crumble topping, and a toughening or coming-together of the crumble topping.

For this reason, you may wish to consider serving your re-heated/cooked leftover rhubarb crumble with custard, cream, ice cream, or similar.


How to Freeze Leftover Rhubarb Crumble

Freeze in individual portions if possible, in airtight containers or bags. Entire rhubarb crumbles (cooked but uneaten) can be frozen in airtight containers or bags, also.

How Long Does Leftover Rhubarb Crumble Last in the Freezer?

Up to 3 months.

How to Thaw and Cook Frozen Leftover Rhubarb Crumble

Leave to defrost in the fridge overnight.

Can You Cook Leftover Rhubarb Crumble From Frozen?

Yes, but allow slightly longer for cooking/reheating time, and be aware that texture will change slightly.

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