Freezing Pies

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Whether they are leftover from a get together or big day of baking, save your extra pies for later by freezing them. This is a page about freezing pies.
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July 22, 2006

Chiffon

Prepare as usual. Freeze unwrapped (sitting level). Once frozen, place a paper plate upside down over the top and seal it in heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Fruit

Unbaked: Prepare as usual only add extra thickening (1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch or 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour for each pie) and do not vent top crust. Tray-freeze until firm. Wrap airtight in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Label and freeze.

Baked: Prepare and bake as usual. Cool completely. Wrap airtight in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Label and freeze.

Filling: Prepare as usual only add extra thickening (1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch or 1 to 2 tablespoon of flour for each pie). Line pan with aluminum foil. Pour in filling and freeze until firm. Remove from pan, seal in foil. Label and freeze.

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Mincemeat and Nut

Prepare and bake as usual. Cool completely. Tray-freeze until firm. Wrap airtight in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Label and freeze.

Pumpkin

Unbaked: Prepare unbaked pie as usual. Tray-freeze until firm. Wrap airtight in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Label and freeze.

Baked: Prepare and bake as usual. Tray-freeze until firm. Wrap airtight in heavy-duty aluminum foil. Label and freeze.

Pies That Do Not Freeze Well:

Custard pies, meringue pies and cream pies. They will be watery and separate after thawing.

Suitable Packaging:

The best material for freezing pies is heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer-grade plastic wrap.

Maximum Storage Time at 0ºF

Baked fruit and pecan type pies-6 months; pumpkin-2 months; fully prepare chiffon pies-1 month; baked pie shells-4 to 6 months; unbaked pie shells-2 months.
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Thawing:

Leave fruit and pumpkin pies in their wrapping and thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes, or warm then in a 350ºF oven. Unwrap baked pie shells and thaw at room temperature. Thaw unbaked pie shells at room temperature, or bake them (frozen) for 8 to 10 minutes at 475ºF. Thaw chiffon pie at room temperature for 1 hour prior to serving.

Refrigerating:

Fruit and pecan pies stay fresh 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Chiffon and custard pies keep 2 to 3 days.
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Eliminate one step when baking pies, by freezing them individually "before" baking them. Most often, people bake more than one pie at a time and freeze the extras for another time. Why prepare, bake, freeze, and then reheat again when you can simply prepare and bake them once.

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June 7, 2019

I just made a strawberry Jell-O no bake graham cracker crust pie can this be frozen?

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June 8, 20190 found this helpful

If it is a cheesecake type of pie it will change the texture.

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June 8, 20190 found this helpful

Yes. Just wrap it very tightly in cling wrap and put it in a container. Thaw naturally to serve.

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June 8, 20190 found this helpful

Someone asked this question for No-Bake Strawberry Jello Pie. spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/.../ The OP wrote back she's always fridged hers but could be thawed out.

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However, I don't think the consistency is the same. Any reason why you'd like to freeze the pie?

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June 8, 20190 found this helpful

I have food texture issues (meaning I can't eat foods that have certain textures) and the texture changes when you freeze jello or pies with jello. So, the answer is you can freeze it, it is safe, but it will not remain in the same consistency--it gets (to me a rubbery, gummy, and almost slimy feel to it).

That said, I have friends who do not have food textures, and they don't seem to care.

My vote! Keep it in the refrigerator and eat it within a few days! YUM!!

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June 10, 20190 found this helpful

This can be frozen but when served you will find that not everyone will agree on the taste as it will vary greatly.

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Refrigeration is best as this is the type of dessert that has the best flavor if eaten the same or next day.

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After you take your frozen already baked pie from the freezer, at what temperature do you warm it and for how long? And if you don't bake it first, at what temp and for how long do you bake a frozen pie?

By LaurieS

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December 5, 20170 found this helpful

If it was store bought the directions are on the box. If not, I would let it completely thaw before warming it or baking it. I would warm it one piece at a time as it was cut in a microwave, as if it was not eaten in one sitting it could dry out. If not baked, let it thaw them back for that pie--most fruit pies are around 350 for 45 minutes.

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December 5, 20170 found this helpful

I defrost already baked goods a day in advance. Unbaked goods can be baked frozen but they will need 30-45 minutes extra

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December 13, 2014

Does an orange chiffon pie freeze well? If so how do I freeze it?

By Sally A.

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June 30, 20180 found this helpful

They never last long enough for me to consider it :)

That said, chiffons don't freeze well and separate and get all watery. They are best made an eaten within 2 days of creation.

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July 1, 20180 found this helpful

This lemon chiffon pie is supposed to freeze well, so I dont see why your pie wont. www.epicurious.com/.../amp

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December 11, 2014

May I freeze it for Christmas?

By Glinda from Orange, TX

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June 30, 20180 found this helpful

I have friends who swear by freezing them. I am never that organized to bake early, so I envy your ability to plan ahead. The one thing they say is be sure it is completely cool before freezing and triple wrap with 2 foil layers and one plastic bag over it all.

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July 1, 20180 found this helpful

You can freeze it up to two months ahead.

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November 24, 2014

Can I re-freeze a baked pie made with frozen mixed fruit?

By GR

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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

I make lots and lots of little (5" aluminum pie tins) every year - from our blueberries, blackberries, apples, etc. I make the crust, place in a tin, then put in the filling. The apples are just sliced and put in raw with cinnamon, sugar and a dollop of butter. The top crust is placed on, and then I use one square (about 6") of freezer paper and then aluminum foil to cover. They stay in the freezer for at least a year. Whenever my husband wants a pie, he pre-heats the oven to 375, and puts the frozen pie in for 45 minutes. Done! The berry pies are made into a compote filling with the spices and thickener first, before putting into the raw pie dough. They cook the same, however.

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June 30, 2012

I have made buttermilk pies. Once baked, can I freeze them or will the buttermilk curdle once defrosted and heated?

By Kenni

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October 23, 20190 found this helpful

I just made a crustless buttermilk pie with powered buttermilk. Its delicious. Cant eat it all in 3 days so Im gonna freeze it in the glass pie plate I baked it in. Hoping the custard filling wont seperate once thawed. So what if its a little watery. I bet the taste will be fine. I guess u can say Im experimenting with nothing to loose.

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June 25, 2012

Is it better to freeze or bake a fruit pie if you plan to freeze it?

By CH

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June 26, 20120 found this helpful

I mix up apples for apple pies and freeze them in zip lock bags. When I want to make an apple pie, all I have to do is make the crust, add a little butter and bake it. This apple pie mix will keep a long time in the freezer.

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October 14, 2013

I bought a frozen pie from the store and then cooked it at home. Can you refreeze?

By Louis

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April 4, 2018

Save pies that you have purchased at the store by freezing them. You can vacuum seal, use a freezer bag, or wrap in plastic wrap and foil. This is a page about freezing store bought pies.

An apple pie with a lattice crust.

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August 25, 2013

This is a page about freezing strawberry pie. Many fruit pies can be made ahead and successfully frozen for future use.

Strawberry Pie

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November 17, 2004

Can you bake pies ahead of time and freeze them? I want to freeze pumpkin and apple pies. If so, how do you keep them from going soggy when thawed?

Sue, from FLA.

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Freezing Pies

When we bother to bake pumpkin pie, the recipe on the can of pumpkin always fills 2 of the pie crusts from the store so we just slide them into 1 gallon zipper freezer bags, freeze and defrost when we need them. We used to bake them for Halloween, eat one and eat the other on Thanksgiving. But we've gotten out of the habit.

If you want to warm them in the Microwave oven, remember to pop them out of the metal plate and into a Microwave safe pie plate. (11/20/2004)

By Linne Dodds

Apple Pies

On apple pies. Make as usual but DO NOT BAKE. place in freezer container, when ready to bake they will look/taste like just made. been doing it for years. (09/18/2005)

By Annette

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