We don’t know about you, but when we think about light and delicious desserts, lemon bars come to mind. They’re great for a hot summer day, they’re not ‘heavy’ in the least and they’re a great snack to share with loved ones.
If you love lemon bars, you’ve probably considered making more of it and freezing some of it so you don’t have to work for it another time, especially if you have a busy lifestyle – and who doesn’t?
Can You Freeze Lemon Bars?
The case of freezing lemon bars wasn’t only on our minds, but also on that of one of our readers. In fact, here’s a message we received about this:
I held a baby shower at my house for my sister this past weekend, and I have some desserts left over from the party. I know how to store most of the leftovers, like cookies, cupcakes, and cake, but there are a few things I’m unsure how to store. More specifically, I have some of my Aunt’s famous lemon bars leftover that I want to keep for later use. They are my favourite treat, so I want to make sure that I get this right! Can you freeze lemon bars?
Good news! You can freeze lemon bars, and they should taste just as good after freezing as they do when they’re fresh. The most important part of freezing lemon bars is to make sure they stay moist and don’t dry out. Otherwise, you will end up with dry, crumbly bars that will lose their flavor and texture.
By making sure they’re well protected in the freezer, you will also be protecting the integrity of the bars. Also, freeze lemon bars soon after they’re made. The longer they sit out, the drier they get, and you want them to have as much of their original moisture as possible for the freezing process.
Lemon Bars Recipe
If you’re looking for a delicious lemon bars recipe, we have one that’s also keto-friendly and involves absolutely no baking.
- 2 cup almond flour
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 lemon zest
- 2 cup shredded coconut
- pinch of salt
Once you have all the ingredients on hand, go ahead and visit our recipe page to get the instructions on how to make this delicious no-bake keto lemon bar dessert.
How to Freeze Lemon Bars?
To freeze lemon bars you need to follow a few steps.
- I recommend cutting them into individual serving sizes before freezing. That way it’s easy to simply remove one or two bars at a time, rather than trying to unwrap, cut a slice, and then rewrap the whole tray.
- Wrap each lemon bar tightly with two layers of plastic wrap, making sure that no part of the bar is exposed to the air.
- After wrapping the bars, place them in a freezer bag.
- Remove the excess air, then seal the bag.
- Label and date it, and then place it in the freezer where the bars won’t get crushed.
How Long Do Lemon Bars Keep in the Freezer?
If you want to know how long you can keep your lemon bars in the freezer, you should know that it’s best to consume them within 6 months. Therefore, do not forget the step that indicates you date the package before putting it in the freezer.
How to Keep Lemon Bars Good for Longer?
If you want to make sure that your lemon bars will keep for a long time in the freezer, it’s always best to use a vacuum sealer. These appliances take out all the air from the bag, which means that the oxigen won’t work to alter the shelf life and taste of whatever it is you’re freezing.
We have a full list of vacuum sealers we reviewed, and you can check them all out, but we are partial to the FoodSaver V4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer Machine. The FoodSaver works with freezer bags and containers and can save you time and money in the long run, which is one of the many reasons we love it so much.
How to Defrost Lemon Bars?
To thaw lemon bars, remove the desired number of bars from the freezer and thaw them in the refrigerator for several hours.
When thawed fully, they can be eaten as is, or they can be placed in a warm oven for a few minutes to help them regain a bit of a softer texture if they have become too crumbly in the freezer.
Eat thawed lemon bars within 2 days of defrosting. Do not refreeze previously frozen lemon bars, particularly if your lemon bars have been made with condensed milk.