Can I freeze creamed dishes?
Almost any type of creamed casserole may be frozen except those containing hard cooked egg whites. Avoid overcooking. Cool rapidly in a pan of ice water. Then, line dish with heavy-duty foil, add food, seal, and freeze. When frozen, remove food from the container, wrap, and return to the freezer. Store up to 4 months.
To prepare for serving, heat frozen food in a double boiler. Stir occasionally. About 30 minutes is required for thawing and heating 1 pint. Creamed dishes can also be reheated in a heat-proof dish in a pan of hot water in a 350 degree F oven. Sauces and gravies made with wheat flour tend to separate or curdle and lump during thawing and reheating. Stir until smooth. To prevent curdling use waxy rice flour as a thickening agent.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional
Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009