Stir fry's are an easy and healthy meal to whip up when you don't know what else to cook, but to make them even quicker, you might be wondering if you can freeze your stir fry veg beforehand or even the whole meal for reheating.
There is no reason why you can't freeze stir fry veg, but it is best if it's cut up and frozen before cooking, this will help it retains its nutrients and stop it from going bad as quickly, if you do cook your veg beforehand you should ensure you undercook it.
To help you out with freezing your stir fry veggies we've made a short guide below which will take you through why you should freeze a stirfry, how to freeze your veggies and stirfry contents as well as some tips and recipes to give you the best results.
You might be wondering why you would bother to freeze a stirfry meal and veg, well, freezing meals in advance are great for when your having a busy period and don't have time to cook, they offer an easy and healthy meal option in comparison to takeaways which don't require any effort.
We've listed a few reasons below as to why you should consider freezing your stirfry.
You can just freeze stir fry veggies rather than all of your components, simply cut up and portion your veggies then blanch them in boiling water for a few seconds before sealing them in freezer bags.
It's best if you do not cook your veggies beforehand by sautéing as they will go bad quickly and will not be as fresh in your stir fry, if you do have to cook them try to undercook them. They will also god bad quicker once cooked and should only be had for around 2 weeks max in your freezer.
To freeze an entire stir fry meal you will need to make sure the stir fry mixture is in different plastic freezer bags, for example, the stir fry sauce will need to be in one plastic bag while the stir fry noodles should be in the other.
You will need to make sure that leftover stir-fry is labelled so as you cannot get confused about which portion of the stir fry is which then lay the veggie portion of stir-fry out on a baking sheet in the freezer beforehand to make sure they don't mush together.
Ensure that all the air is out of your freezer-safe bags before storing freezer stir-fry meals otherwise it can cause frozen vegetables to get freezer burn and go bad quickly.
Making stir-fry freezer meals can require quite a bit of preparation as you have to keep the frozen vegetables fresh and stop them from becoming soggy vegetables.
We've listed out a few of our most helpful tips for freezing a stir fry mixture down below.
To have the best stir fry mix in the freezer, you need to make sure that you've made the best stir fry mix, to begin with.
We've made our best freezable stir fry recipe down below which explain cooking stir fry to be frozen step by step.
You might be wondering the best method to defrost your rice stir fry so as it tastes fresh, we've listed some steps for you to follow when it comes to reheating your Chinese food below.
How long will stir fry to keep in the freezer for?
Stir fry is best kept in the freezer and eaten within a month but it can last up to three months if properly sealed and stored.
What's the best frying pan to cook a stir fry in?
You need technically need a wok or another deep non-stick frying pan to cook a stir fry in.
How do I stop my stir fry veggies from getting freezer burn?
To stop your frozen veggies from getting freezer burn you need to ensure you are using airtight freezer bags and allow the veggies to cool down first before popping them into your containers or bags. The longer your veggies are left in the freezer the more chance they will also get freezer burn.
Is a rice stir fry okay to store in the fridge?
A stir fry will last about 3-4 days in a fridge before it starts to go bad.
Overall, you can freeze stir fry veg in advance as long as you have some freezer-safe bags or containers on hand for the job. Try to freeze your veggies raw to keep them fresh or undercook them to get the best results and make sure to store sauces and meat separate in their bags.