Can You Freeze Wraps?

Wraps are a staple in Mexican cuisine. They can be used to make enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas with all sorts of different fillings. However, wraps aren’t just for Mexican food. They are a great lunch filler with such foods as hummus, salad, vegetables, ham, or even bacon, lettuce, and tomato.

However, what if your eyes are bigger than your stomach and you make too many? Can you freeze the leftovers? The simple answer is yes. You can freeze both plain wraps and filled wraps although you do have to be careful with what fillings you choose.

Not everything, such as lettuce and tomato, freezes well. In this article, we will tell you how to freeze wraps and how to defrost them.

How To Freeze Plain Wraps

1. Wrap the wraps in cling film or aluminum foil.

Do this singly so you can defrost just as many as you need for one meal. If you freeze them all together, they will stick together, and you will have to defrost the whole lot. This could lead to wastage.

2. Put the wraps in a freezer bag.

Remember to squeeze out all the air from the bag so that freezer burn doesn’t occur. Freezer burn will ruin the taste and texture of your wraps. Put a label on the bag with the date you put it in the freezer.

3. Freeze.

How To Freeze Filled Wraps

1. Prepare the wraps.

Don’t overfill them as you won’t be able to seal them properly

2. Wrap the wraps in cling film or aluminum foil.

Wrap them tightly so that freezer burn doesn’t occur.

3. Put the wraps in a freezer bag or airtight container.

Squeeze out all the air from the freezer bag to avoid freezer burn. Put a label on the bag or container with the date frozen. You don’t want to keep it in the freezer longer than its use-by date.

4. Freeze.

Tips For Freezing Wraps

  1. Squeeze out the air from the freezer bag to avoid freezer burn.
  2. Wrap plain wraps individually so that you only defrost the number of wraps you need for a meal. This helps to avoid wastage.
  3. Avoid filling your wraps with such foods as cucumber, tomatoes, salad, mayonnaise, salad cream, hard-boiled eggs, low-fat cheese, and soft cheese. None of these foods freeze well. If you want to use any of these items, add them after you have defrosted the wraps.
  4. Foods such as hummus, pesto, peanut butter, full-fat cheese, hard cheese, cooked meat, bacon, falafel, and tuna all freeze well. 
  5. Don’t put too much filling in the wrap as it may leak out, making a mess.
  6. Plain wraps freeze better than filled wraps. Depending on your filling, the wraps can go mushy. 

For How Long Can You Freeze Wraps?

You can freeze plain wraps for up to four months but filled wraps will only last for two months in the freezer. 

How Do You Defrost Wraps?

If you have frozen plain wraps, take them out of the freezer and put them in the fridge. They will thaw in less than an hour. Filled wraps also need to be put in the fridge. They, however, take up to six hours to defrost, depending on what you have filled them with.

Don’t defrost your wraps at room temperature as this can cause bacteria to form, especially if your wraps are filled with meat or dairy products. You don’t want to risk getting food poisoning.

It is a good idea to warm up the wraps either in the oven or in a sandwich toaster. Don’t warm them up in the microwave as this can make them go soggy.

Can You Refreeze Wraps?

You can refreeze plain wraps but it’s not a good idea to refreeze filled wraps. This is because whenever you freeze, defrost, and refreeze them, ice crystals are formed. When the wraps have defrosted, they will be mushy. 

Is It a Good Idea To Freeze Wraps?

Plain wraps freeze very well. Filled wraps freeze well as long as you choose the right fillings. If you don’t, you will find that your wraps go soggy. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Is it okay to freeze whole wheat wraps?

Yes, you can freeze any sort of wrap, be it white, brown, whole wheat, or flavored with such ingredients as tomato or spinach.

Can you freeze tortillas and burritos?

Tortillas and burritos are types of wraps so, yes, you can freeze them. Just follow the instructions we have given in this article.

What are good fillings for wraps that I can freeze?

Try filling your wraps with chili con carne for a nice Mexican treat. Another Mexican filling is chicken and black beans. Try battered haddock and pesto or chicken with charred eggplant, red onions, and avocado.

If you’re a vegetarian and like Indian food, you could make a filling of spicy vegetables, firm paneer cheese, and spinach leaves (see also Can You Freeze Spinach?). A good protein wrap is peanut butter, bananas, guava jam, honey, granola, and coconut squares. Try hummus, black bean, and spinach leaves, or ham and turkey with crisp vegetables such as peppers and red onions.

You could have mushrooms and bell peppers and add sour cream when you have defrosted the wraps. Finally, if you’re vegan, put in a mixture of vegan hard cheese, spinach, and alfalfa sprouts. Add some dairy-free cream cheese when you have defrosted the wraps.

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