Can You Freeze Pecan Pie? Here’s How to Do This Right
When it comes to pies, pecan pie is absolutely among our favorites. With the price of pecans, however, you don’t want to throw any of it away for multiple reasons. Let’s see if you can freeze pecan pie!
If you want to make sure that you don’t waste perfectly good food and money, freezing food is certainly a good option.
Can You Freeze Pecan Pie?
One of our readers is also passionate about pecan pie, but has some leftovers. So, let’s see what they have to say:
I bought the most incredible pecan pie at the farmer’s market yesterday, and have already eaten three slices. The trouble is, I live alone and cannot finish an entire pie on my own.
I would like to be able to enjoy a slice of pie from time to time without worrying about what to do with the rest. Can you freeze pecan pie?
I have great news for you: Pecan pies are a snap to freeze, so you can enjoy a slice of that delicious pie whenever you get the urge. Unlike some pies, the dense texture and low water content of pecan pies mean that they hold up well when frozen and don’t turn watery or mushy when thawed.
The key to successfully freezing pecan pie is to wrap it really, really well and make sure it doesn’t get crushed in the freezer.
How to Freeze Pecan Pie?
Pecan pie can be frozen in one large piece, or in individual slices.
- To wrap the entire amount of pie leftover in one large piece, it can be frozen in the pie plate it came in or it can be moved to a pie box for added protection.
- Wrap the pie two or three times in plastic wrap to ensure that it doesn’t absorb any odors from the freezer.
- If the pie fits in a large freezer bag, slide the wrapped pie into the freezer bag and freeze.
- Ensure that the pie doesn’t get crushed under heavier frozen foods.
To freeze pie in individual slices, cut the pie into desired pieces:
- Wrap each individual piece of pie in a double or triple layer of plastic wrap.
- Then, place the individually wrapped slices of pie in small rigid containers to protect them from being crushed or from crumbling.
- Label and date the containers, and then stack to freeze.
- This allows you to easily thaw one slice of pie at a time, without the need to thaw the whole pie.
How to Defrost Your Pecan Pie?
To thaw frozen pecan pie, there are a few steps to follow:
- Remove from the freezer and place in the fridge to thaw.
- Thawing is in the fridge rather than on the counter allows the pie to stay firm until ready to eat.
- When completely thawed, remove the wrapping and serve.
- Frozen pecan pie will retain its flavor and freshness for up to a year in the freezer.
How Long Does Pecan Pie Last?
In the fridge, your pecan pie will last for a few days, but it’s best to eat it within 2-3 days.
Once thawed from frozen, your pecan pie should be eaten within 2 days for best results. Never refreeze previously frozen pecan pie.
Pecan Pie Recipe
If you don’t have a trusty pecan pie recipe, we have one ready for you, although it comes with a bit of a twist – we’re making a pecan pie cheesecake.
Here’s our list of ingredients for the pecan pie cheesecake:
Ingredients for Base:
- 9 oz Graham crackers
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans
- 2 Tbsp light brown soft sugar
- 6 Tbsp butter, melted
Ingredients for Filling:
- 35 oz full fat cream cheese
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- ½ cup full fat sour cream
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown soft sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 4 large eggs
Ingredients for Pecan Caramel Topping:
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp golden syrup/corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- ½ cup superfine sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans, whole or roughly chopped
If you want to get the whole list of steps you need to follow to get this delicious pecan pie cheesecake, check out our recipe page.
This information is exactly what I am looking for. We want to buy a chocolate pecan pie from Cracker Barrel and freeze it for Thanksgiving.. They run out of pies quickly.
I received a pecan pie as a gift and wanted to freeze it to share with some friends in the future. This information was just what was needed