Pecan pie is one of those all-American classic recipes, serving sweetness and richness with a few simple ingredients. When you make a pecan pie for yourself or your family, it can be challenging to finish a whole pie before it starts to go stale and fall apart.
Could freezing your pecan pie be the answer to your pie-wasting troubles?
To freeze pecan pie, wrap a whole pie in cling film, then bag it up before popping it into the freezer. You can also freeze individual slices of pecan in sheets of cling film. Pecan pie can be frozen for around 12 months.
How to Freeze Pecan Pie
Some pies tend to be fragile and light, but the dense heaviness of pecan pie works in its favour when it comes to freezing the pie.
No matter if you want to freeze a whole pecan pie or just a few leftover slices, pecan pie is one of the easiest bakes to freeze when you follow one of the methods below:
How to Freeze Whole Pecan Pie
As tempting as it may be to sit down and finish a whole pecan pie in one sitting, neither your stomach nor your health will thank you for it.
To resist the temptation, you can freeze a pecan pie whole. This will not only make the pie last longer but also stop you or your family from eating the whole pie straight away. Here is how:
- Leave To Cool
Freshly baked pecan pie will need time to reach at least room temperature before being frozen. Store-bought pecan pie will not need the same treatment, so you can skip this step.
- Transfer To A Better Baking Dish
You could use the same baking dish that you used to make the pecan pie to freeze it. But you will probably want to move the pie to a pie box or less-used baking dish for convenience’s sake.
- Portion The Pie
Once pecan pie is frozen, it will be tough to cut individual slices to defrost. So cut the pie into pieces to save a lot of effort later.
- Double Wrap The Pie
Using plastic wrap, cover the whole pie twice as tightly as you can without squashing the pie. Leave no part uncovered if you want to prevent freezer burn.
- Cover With A Plastic Bag
Pecan pie will quickly pick up any strong odours from the freezer if you have failed to wrap the pie effectively. As an extra precaution, place the whole pie box or dish in your biggest freezer bag.
- Clear Some Room
You don’t want your pecan pie to get crushed when in your freezer. Clear out some room ahead of time to keep the pie safe.
- Time To Freeze
Place the whole pie in the freezer and leave it to freeze. You can enjoy your frozen whole pecan pie for up to 1 year.
Defrosting a whole pecan pie is just as easy as freezing it. Leaving the plastic wrapping on the pie, place it in your fridge to defrost for at least 8 hours before eating.
How to Freeze Pecan Pie Slices
Left-over pecan pie will last much longer when frozen than if stored in the fridge for a few days.
Better yet, you can still freeze the last few pieces of pecan pie you haven’t got around to eating, even if the pieces have been left in your fridge. Just follow this simple method:
- Wrap All The Pieces
Every piece of pecan pie that you want to freeze will need to be securely wrapped in plastic wrap at least twice.
- Portion Into Containers
Decide how many pieces of pecan pie you would like to defrost at once and separate the pieces into airtight containers. Ideally, use small containers with only 2 pieces of pie per container so that the structure of the pieces remains stable.
On each container, label what the container contains, how many pieces are stored and a use-by date of up to 1 year.
- Stack In Freezer
To prevent your pecan pie pieces from taking up too much room, stack the containers in your freezer. Leave the pie pieces to freeze for at least 48 hours before eating.
Take out a container or two from the freezer and place directly into the fridge to allow the pie pieces to thaw. Only remove the pieces and unwrap them once they have defrosted completely (which can take up to 10 hours).
How to Freeze Pecan Pie Successfully
Not many issues could arise when you are freezing pecan pie as the structural characteristics of the pie already do all the hard work for you.
Still, here are a few tips to make sure that you can successfully freeze pecan pie:
- Use Regular Plastic Bag – Freezer bags, while reusable, can be quite costly. Especially the larger bags. You can always use regular plastic shopping bags instead, but make sure to wrap the pie in clean plastic wrap first to prevent any contamination.
- Do Not Store Individual Pie Pieces In A Pie Box – When pecan pie is frozen as a whole pie, the pastry and filling are less likely to crumble away because there is still that structural support. However, individual pecan pie pieces will need to be kept safe in a container, so make sure you have enough freezer-friendly containers.
Does Pecan Pie Freeze Well?
Pecan pie is one of the best sweet pies to freeze. It is better when frozen as a whole pie or at least half a pie as it is more likely to hold its structure.
However, you can also individually freeze pecan pie pieces if they are kept in a container.
Freezing Pecan Pie FAQs
You now know how to freeze pecan pie. But, if you still have questions, check these FAQs out:
Homemade pecan pie will keep in the fridge for between 3 and 4 days. When keeping it in the fridge, ensure it is securely wrapped in cling film. Of course, store-bought pecan pie will need to be consumed by the use-by date.
We recommend not refreezing pecan pie. This can drastically impact the filling and the texture of the pastry. You’ll find it becomes rubbery and soggy.
Acacia may be a freelance writer by day, but they are a food fanatic by night. They are always trying out new recipes or finding different ways to elevate classical dishes. But their biggest culinary aim is to educate others on the basics of the kitchen so that they too can enjoy delicious food.