During special occasions, pumpkin pie is one of the specialties that I love to make. But due to other kitchen preparations needed, it’s not always easy to bake pies. I want to prepare special pies for my family, so it would be better if I could bake ahead of time and just freeze them for quick servings.
Indeed, preparing in advance can help manage food preparations during holiday rush. Hence, it’s important to know the best preservation techniques available to ensure food quality for the whole family.
So regarding the question “can you freeze pumpkin pie?” the answer is yes. This makes baking a breeze while you can freeze it for future serving. Home-baked pies are actually an all-time favorite no matter the occasion. It offers an excellent dessert for family, friends, and guests.
Can You Freeze Pumpkin Pie?
Unbaked pumpkin pies can be frozen without compromising quality. And they can last up to 5 weeks in the refrigerator.
Baking the frozen pie after 3 days provides no noticeable difference in appearance and taste as in freshly baked one.
A two-week frozen pie may degrade in texture and flavor so it’s advisable to freeze pumpkin a few days before the occasion.
After assembling, pumpkin pies must be immediately frozen to preserve flavors. Use an airtight container for the custard mixture.
Don’t thaw the pie first to protect it from sogginess. The crust begins to firm up as it bakes, preventing off flavors.
Fruit pie is more lenient compared to custard pie (pumpkin) due to firm-textured ingredients like pears and apples. So they maintain better moisture than pumpkin pies even after baking.
How to Freeze Pumpkin Pie?
Due to fat content, fully baked pumpkin pies freeze more beautifully than unbaked ones. It also helps the custard fillings to remain flavorful and finely textured. But the best advantage is that pumpkin pies can be kept in the freezer for one good month. So here are the steps in freezing pumpkin pies:
- You don’t need special recipes to make pumpkin pies. Follow the usual baking process for homemade pies.
- For bake pumpkin pies, use appropriate pie pans like the aluminum type for better freezing.
- Once the pie is baked, let it cool completely for several hours at room temperature.
- Wrap the pumpkin pie tightly using a plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- Don’t forget to label the container with freeze date before putting it in the freezer.
- Thaw the pie by removing the foil or plastic wrap. But, make sure to keep it in the refrigerator (not in the freezer) to slowly defrost it and avoid sogginess.
Pumpkin Pie Recipes
With the “best pumpkin pie ever”, families, friends, and guests can enjoy a classic pie dessert for all types of occasions especially during holidays.
The “easy pumpkin pie” is the simplest to prepare for pie enthusiasts and novices. This pie is naturally flavorful and offers a rich custard filling.
The mini pumpkin pie bites are beautifully baked with fine crust, tasty filling, and toppings that kids will surely love.