Can You Freeze Sausage Rolls?

Sausage rolls are a welcome addition to any party but you can also enjoy them on an ordinary day. They are delicious especially if made with crispy puff pastry. So, wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could have them on hand all the time?

Well, you can as they freeze remarkably well. In this article, we will tell you how to freeze them, defrost them, and cook them.

How To Freeze Sausage Rolls

There are two ways to freeze sausage rolls, either uncooked or cooked. We think that freezing them uncooked is marginally better as you can cook them rather than reheat them. They end up tasting just as good as if you cooked them fresh.

How To Freeze Uncooked Sausage Rolls

1. Prepare the sausage rolls

Make the sausage rolls to your favorite recipe. You can egg glaze them now or when you come to cook them.

2. Flash freeze the sausage rolls.

It is a good idea to flash freeze the uncooked sausage rolls to stop them from sticking together. Put a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray and then place the sausage rolls on it.

Make sure that they are not touching each other. Put the tray in the freezer and leave it for a few hours until the sausage rolls are frozen solid.

3. Put the sausage rolls in an airtight container.

Alternatively, put them in a freezer bag, making sure that you squeeze out all the air. If you don’t, freezer burn could occur ,and the sausage rolls won’t be as tasty. They will lose taste and texture. Put a label on the bag or container with the date you put it in the freezer.

3. Freeze.

How To Freeze Cooked Sausage Rolls

1. Cool the Sausage Rolls.

Transfer the sausage rolls onto a cold tray so that the sausage rolls cool down quickly. You don’t want to leave them at room temperature for longer than two hours as after this time, there is a chance that bacteria will form. You also don’t want to put warm sausage rolls into the freezer as they could bring up the temperature and other food may start to defrost and could spoil.

2. Flash freeze the sausage rolls.

Get a baking tray and put a sheet of greaseproof paper on it. Place the sausage rolls on top, making sure that they aren’t touching each other. This will stop them from sticking together when you come to bag them up. Freeze for a few hours until they are frozen solid.

3. Put the sausage rolls in an airtight container.

You could alternatively, put the sausage rolls in a freezer bag, squeezing out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn. Put a label on the bag or container with the date you put it in the freezer.

4. Freeze.

Tips For Freezing Sausage Rolls

  1. It is better to freeze uncooked sausage rolls as they turn out crispy and flaky.
  2. Flash freeze the sausage rolls to stop them from sticking together.
  3. If you are freezing in a plastic bag, squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn from happening.
  4. Cook uncooked sausage rolls from frozen.

For How Long Can You Freeze Sausage Rolls?

Sausage rolls can be frozen for up to three months although the sooner you eat them, the fresher and flakier they will be. After this time, they will still be safe to eat but they will lose taste and texture and won’t be as delicious.

How Do You Defrost Sausage Rolls

If you are going to eat cooked sausage rolls, you will need to put them on the countertop for about an hour to defrost. Preheat your oven to 350 F and then put in the defrosted sausage rolls. Warm them all the way through. It should take around ten minutes.

You don’t need to defrost uncooked sausage rolls. If you haven’t done it already, egg wash the sausage rolls and then put them in the oven at 350 F for around three-quarters of an hour. 

If you have mini sausage rolls, you won’t need to cook them for as long but if you have mega-sized sausage rolls, they will take longer. If you have the recipe you used to make them, check how long you should cook them for. You will want to ensure that they are piping hot all the way through.

Can You Refreeze Sausage Rolls?

Surprisingly, you can. You can even buy frozen sausage rolls, cook them, and then freeze them. However, we don’t know why you would want to. It is much better to cook as many as you want to eat and have them nice and fresh.

However, the more times you freeze, defrost, and refreeze, the more the taste and texture will change. The sausage rolls will lose moisture each time and they could end up dry. To avoid having to refreeze, flash freeze your sausage rolls so that your sausage rolls don’t stick together, and you can take out only as many as you need.

Is It a Good Idea To Freeze Sausage Rolls?

Yes, it is particularly if you are freezing uncooked sausage rolls. If you do all the cooking after they have been frozen, they will cook as well as if you were cooking them fresh. You will still get a delicious flaky pastry.

Cooked sausage rolls also freeze well, but probably not quite as well as uncooked sausage rolls. They can go a little soggy and the pastry might not be quite as crispy or flaky.

However, if you have leftover cooked sausage rolls, freeze them rather than throw them away as they will still be tasty. If you plan to eat them within a couple of days, you don’t need to freeze them as they will keep in the fridge for that length of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully, you now know all there is to know about freezing sausage rolls but in case you are still curious, we have answered a few questions here.

Can you freeze vegetarian and vegan sausage rolls?

Yes, you can freeze both vegan and vegetarian sausage rolls. These could be filled with a variety of fillings. Mushrooms and onions make an excellent filling, or you could use tofu or soya.

They can also be frozen cooked or uncooked, but uncooked gives a flakier pastry. As with meat sausage rolls, flash freeze them so they don’t stick together. Cooked vegan sausage rolls need to be defrosted, while uncooked vegan sausage rolls can be cooked while they are still frozen.

If you are freezing both meat sausage rolls and vegan sausage rolls, it is a good idea to write on the label which is which. You don’t want to be serving a vegan, a meat sausage roll. They might not know until they bite in. 

Can you freeze shop-bought sausage rolls?

This all depends on the store. Usually, the packaging will say if the sausage rolls are suitable for freezing. If you are buying sausage rolls from the bakery section, ask if they have already been frozen. If they have, you can still freeze them again but they probably won’t be as tasty.

I’m making my own sausage rolls. What are good herbs and spices to add?

There are so many herbs and spices that go well in sausage rolls. Choose from these or mix and match. You can end up with a totally different sausage roll if you choose different seasonings. Garlic and onion powder are good additions.

For a bit of spice, add paprika. For a slightly bitter and strong flavor, sprinkle in some parsley. Cumin adds a nutty flavor, while oregano, thyme, and sage all go well together. If you like pickles, add dill and for a bit of oomph, add thyme.

Should I serve a side dish with sausage rolls?

Sausage rolls taste great on their own, but because they can be fatty, a side dish can help to balance this out. It also turns sausage rolls into a full meal. Apple salad is perfect if you are serving pork sausage rolls. Pork and apple go together perfectly.

A chutney or pickle is always a good side to sausage trolls whether they are meat-based or vegan. Most people love chips and they would certainly turn your sausage rolls into a meal.

However, if you are feeling more adventurous, make a potato salad. Other great salads include red cabbage (see also Can You Freeze Red Cabbage) or watercress. Watercress is nice and light and balances the sausage rolls. Finally, add some fiber with baked beans. 

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