Got leftover beef stew? Want to freeze it? Find out what you need to know about freezing beef stew.
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Some foods that we made we usually make it larger batches. Soups and stews are the usual suspects.
That means leftovers are likely going to happen. Leftovers are often wasted as either we don't wat to eat them or we forget to eat them.
I say if there is any doubt that we will be eating the leftovers next day or two, then it's time for them to go in for the deep freeze. Let's show you how to do that with beef stew. There are some pitfalls along the way but it can be done well.
However this can be challenging because of the liquid. You don't want to suck out the liquid just the air. I don't worry about getting all the air out.
What you can do to help is place the bag over the edge of your counter using gravity to your advantage. This will slow any from liquid being sucked up, but it's not foolproof. Getting any air out, even if you can't get it all is going to be to your advantage. The flatter and smaller you can get the bag, the easier it will store in your freezer.
If you are not going to vacuum seal then I would use zip top plastic bags. I like the ones with a slider.
No matter which way you do it follow these steps.
- Chill the stew completely. You can put it in the fridge first, then freeze the next day.
- Using a Sharpie marker, write on the bag the date and that it's beef stew. You don't' want to have to wonder how long it's been in the freezer or what it actually is.
- Add the stew to bags that are individual sized servings. If one person is going to have that leftovers that won't have to heat it all up and then possibly waste some.
- Place the bag(s) in the freezer as flat as you can get them.
Beef stew frozen should last around 3-6 months in the freezer before the quality decreases.
🥔 With Potatoes
Now onto what could be the biggest problem with freezing stew.
Most people like to make beef stew with potatoes and carrots. And I have heard people say that the potatoes don't hold up well in the freezer. I decided to put that to the test myself.
The problem that was expressed was that the potatoes turn to mush and are not good reheated again after being frozen. What I thought might help is that I used small whole fingerling potatoes in my stew instead of cutting up potatoes. I wanted to see if that would help.
It did. Sort of. The skin was still firm enough but the texture inside the skin of the fingerling was not very pleasant. While you certainly can freeze beef stew with potatoes be prepared for them to not be very good.
You could just add less potatoes to your stew and eat them all before freezing leftovers. Then add some freshly boiled potatoes when you reheat it. It might just be easier to not finish all the beef but finish the potatoes in the stew before freezing.
🥕 With Carrots
As the potatoes, the carrots can be mussy as well. However I can stand that in a carrot a lot more than I can in a potato. The carrots break down and add body and sweetness to the liquid too. So I have no issues with freezing a beef stew that contains carrots.
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📅 How Long Does It Last in the Fridge?
Another question you might have is how long do you have until you need to freeze the stew? Maybe you think you can going to eat it but not 100% sure. I would say let it go in the fridge no more than 3-4 days before you turn to your freezer.