can i freeze beef stew with potatoes

Step 2: Freeze beef stew for up to 3 months.

According to Freezit.co.uk you can freeze it for 4-6 months before the taste quality starts to degrade. However, we strongly recommend no more than 3 months. The potatoes really do start to taste soggy after 3 months or so.

Can you freeze beef stew?

Yes! Most slow-cooked stews, soups, and casseroles freeze quite well. The beef broth or sauce seals the beef chunks to prevent freezer burn when frozen for future use.

Freezeable airtight containers are a must. I have also used reusable, freezer bags (or pouches) before. Bonus points if it’s a microwave-safe container – Easier for reheating small amounts in the microwave. You can also use lidded foil trays. All options work equally as well freezing leftover beef stew. I also make sure there is the ability to write on the container (or be able to attach labels) so I can keep track of what’s inside.

Here are a few simple steps to freeze stew

  • The first step is to let your cooked beef stew cool completely to room temperature.
  • Divide it into practical portions in airtight containers, leaving a little room for expansion and the lid to secure.
  • Label each container with the name and date to ensure you can keep track of when a frozen stew is nearing its best-before date. Don’t have labels? A handy roll of masking tape and black markers make easy labels for the deep freeze.
  • Pop your containers into the freezer until you need them!

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Yes, you can freeze stew. You may find that the vegetables are a bit softer or broken into smaller pieces after thawing. If you used a thickening agent (flour, cornstarch), it may separate as it thaws in the refrigerator overnight. To remedy that, remove a bit of the liquid, simmer with a bit more thickener and whisk so that it stabilizes. Then, gently stir into the stew as you reheat it.

And, youre correct, dont refreeze applies to the raw meat, not to when it has been cooked.

By all means, freeze the stew! Having some ready meals in the freezer is a wise move, come winter or on a hectic day youll probably be grateful for it.

Your meat wont suffer and while the veggies might get a bit mushier, I assume in a stew they will be quite soft already.

The dont re-freeze is more about quality of raw meat than about food safety – if you defrost in the refrigerator where the meat will never get in the “danger zone”.

I would add to cool the stew a bit in the freezing container(s) on the countertop first, then in the fridge for a couple of hours before putting in the freezer. This helps the liquid/gravy not to separate in the freezer.

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Step 2: Freeze beef stew for up to 3 months. According to Freezit.co.uk you can freeze it for 4-6 months before the taste quality starts to degrade. However, we strongly recommend no more than 3 months. The potatoes really do start to taste soggy after 3 months or so.

FAQ

Can you freeze beef stew with potatoes and carrots in it?

Cooked beef stew can be safely frozen. However, if the stew contains potatoes, they can change their texture a bit from being frozen. They don’t become inedible when frozen in a mixture like stew but they are different after freezing. They tend to taste a bit “grainy” and they tend to fall apart.

Do cooked potatoes in stew freeze well?

If you are freezing the entree, cook the stew so that the vegetables are slightly undercooked. Reheating the stew allows the vegetables to cook completely before serving. Potatoes are generally a staple in beef stew, but they do not freeze well, and lose their texture and become soggy or gritty.

How do you freeze and reheat beef stew?

Freezing Stew Store stew in heavy plastic, airtight containers, leaving ¼- to ½- inch of space to allow for expansion in the freezer. Stew can be kept frozen for up to 3 months. Stews thickened with flour or cornstarch may separate after freezing. If you plan to freeze a stew, wait to thicken it until you reheat it.

Can you freeze cooked beef and potatoes?

Potatoes will lose some texture during freezing, so it’s best not to freeze beef stew containing potatoes. When you reheat the beef stew, stir fresh herbs like parsley through. It gives it a freshly cooked taste, so nobody will know it was frozen! Stew always tastes better the next day.

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