Having your dessert after your meal is a heavenly feeling. The taste of your dessert lingers long in the mouth to give you a sense of extreme satisfaction. When you discuss desserts, the first sweet dish that comes to mind is banana pudding. The very mention of the word ‘banana pudding‘ has activated my taste buds now. So, if you have a large quantity of homemade banana pudding or store-bought dessert leftovers, what do you do with it. Can you freeze banana pudding, or should you chill it by keeping it in the refrigerator?
Can You Freeze Banana Pudding?
Yes, you can, but I will never recommend it to anyone unless you have a large quantity that could otherwise go waste. So, it leads us to the next question.
Should You Freeze Your Banana Pudding?
Puddings have significant water content. Therefore, freezing puddings is a tricky business. Freezing high-water content food items can cause the moisture to solidify, thereby affecting its consistency. Banana pudding is no different. Freezing banana pudding can make it taste different.
Have you ever tried to refrigerate bananas? These fruits tend to develop a brownish tinge on the surface, especially after defrosting and exposing them to the atmosphere. While it does not drastically change the pudding’s taste, it can make it look unappealing.
Besides, puddings contain other ingredients, including temperature-sensitive ones like milk, eggs, cream, etc. Puddings made from almond or soy milk get diluted after defrosting, adversely affecting taste.
So, people generally ask me, ‘Is chilling banana pudding a better option than freezing it.’ Again, the answer is tricky because refrigerating banana pudding makes it lose its flavor. Besides, banana pudding can absorb other refrigerator aromas to make the pudding taste different. Therefore, if you wish to choose between chilling and freezing your banana pudding, freezing is better.
How To Freeze Banana Pudding?
No one can stop the bananas from losing their color if you freeze or chill them. However, I shall share a recipe trick that can help delay the oxidation process long enough to prevent the banana from discoloration. However, this secret requires you to prepare your banana pudding at home because you do not have any control over the store-bought banana pudding preparation.
How To Freeze Homemade Banana Pudding?
Squeeze a couple of lemons in a vessel to make lemon juice before you start preparing the banana pudding. Then, drop the banana slices into the lemon juice before assembling the other ingredients for the pudding preparation.
Lemon juice contains citric acid that can prevent the oxidation of bananas. Hence, they will not turn brown. Now, you can proceed with mashing the fruit for your pudding. The benefit is that your banana pudding does not get discolored during the freezing process.
Prepare your banana pudding the usual way. But before serving it, remove the portion you would like to freeze and save for later consumption. It ensures that the pudding remains fresh. Remember that fresh pudding is better for freezing.
Scoop out the pudding portions you like to freeze into an airtight container. Use a cling wrap to cover the container before closing it. I always recommend writing the date on the container before freezing.
So, freezing homemade banana pudding is easy. But, how do you deal with store-bought leftovers?
How To Freeze Readymade Banana Pudding?
Nothing can be trickier than freezing readymade banana pudding for later consumption. First, you do not know how they have prepared the pudding. For example, they would not have used the lemon juice dipping trick we discussed earlier. Secondly, you cannot use the original packaging because it is not suitable to withstand freezing temperatures.
So, what do you do? If you can consume the entire pudding in one go, there would be no need to freeze it. Otherwise, I recommend scooping out portions you would like to save for later use. Place these scoops in an airtight container, cover it with a cling wrap, and close the container. Again, do not forget to label the container with the date. Finally, you can place the container in the freezer to freeze your readymade banana pudding.
How Long Can You Keep The Banana Pudding Frozen Inside The Freezer Compartment?
We know that the banana pudding ingredients are perishable commodities. Therefore, I never recommend freezing banana pudding for more than a week or two. Instead, it is advisable to consume it within a week because the flavor does not remain intact for extended durations.
How Long Does The Banana Pudding Take To Thaw?
It is better to allow the frozen pudding to thaw naturally and slowly. Therefore, keeping the frozen pudding in the open is not advisable. Quick thawing can lead to the dessert turning mushy.
The best method for thawing frozen banana pudding is to transfer the contents to another container and keep it inside the fridge overnight. It ensures that the thawing process is gradual and natural.
You can serve the thawed banana pudding immediately. However, if there are any leftovers, please do not hesitate to discard them. It is not recommended to refreeze banana pudding leftovers.
However, you can make good use of banana pudding leftovers before you freeze them. For example, you can have your banana pudding with your ice creams to add variety and flavor. You can also prepare bread pudding and ice pops.
How Do You Recognize If Your Banana Pudding Has Gone Bad?
You will notice a significant difference in its taste. But, you can identify bad banana pudding before tasting it. If you find watery deposits on the pudding surface, it indicates that your pudding is deteriorating. Leftover banana pudding can also encourage mold formation. Under such circumstances, the right option is to discard it.
Remember my answer to the question ‘Can you freeze banana pudding.‘ I had said, ‘Yes, but I would not recommend it.’ I still stand by my words because banana pudding is always best when consumed fresh. However, you can freeze banana pudding by following the process described in this article.