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Can You Freeze Takeaway Curry? (Essential Tips)

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Everybody loves a good curry now and again, but most people tend to face the same problem when eating them. Typically, you finish eating the starch (bread, rice, etc.) before the curry! So, what can you do with the extras? Can you freeze takeaway curry?

Yes, you can freeze takeaway curry! Let it cool to room temperature before packing it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Then, put it in a freezer that’s at least 0° F. Frozen takeaway curry will last for about 2-3 months so that you can reheat and use it for other meals!

In this article, we’re going to explore everything you need to know about freezing takeaway curry. You’ll learn how to do it safely to make the most out of every drop!

Let’s get started.

Is It Safe To Freeze Takeaway Curry?

Yes, it is absolutely safe to freeze takeaway curry as long as you do it correctly.

There is one exception, though: a potato curry or one that contains lots of potatoes won’t freeze very well. That’s because potatoes naturally store lots of water, so the freezing process may turn them mushy or grainy. 

Consuming a frozen potato curry, even if you heat it up to high temperatures, will still cause a stomach ache. That’s why it’s best to avoid it entirely.

How Do You Store Curry In The Freezer?

Thankfully, there are plenty of different containers you can use to store curry in the freezer. They include airtight containers, heavy-duty freezer bags, and even ice trays. Each one comes with its own pros and cons, so let’s take a closer look at which one might suit your needs the best.

Airtight Containers

Glass Food Storage Containers
Glass Food Storage Containers

Airtight containers are a versatile option for storing curry, or any other kind of food, in the freezer. Firstly, they’re stable and easy to stack. Plus, they don’t stick to other items or the freezer’s interior.

Still, the most important trait of these containers is that they’re airtight. That will ensure that none of the moisture inside the curry will escape the container. If that were to happen, the curry would dry out. Some of its contents, like meat or vegetables, may even experience freezer burn.

There is one minor drawback to airtight containers, though. Depending on how much is already in your freezer, it might take up more space than is needed to store your curry. In most cases, this isn’t a big deal. But if you lack space, an airtight container might be challenging to fit in there.

Heavy-duty Freezer Bags

Freezer Bags
Freezer Bags

Another option for storing your curry in the freezer is heavy-duty freezer bags. Here, ‘heavy-duty’ is the keyword, because we’re not talking about regular zip-top bags!

What’s the difference? You see, heavy-duty freezer bags are thicker and tougher. That’s crucial as it is when storing food in the freezer, but it’s critical when keeping curries!

After all, you don’t want to use a regular zip-top bag that might tear open in your freezer, spilling curry all over the place.

Besides that, freezer bags take up minimal space depending on the volume of curry you’re freezing.

Ice Trays

Okay, so this one is slightly unconventional. Still, it works! Some people prefer ice trays, especially the larger and deeper ones, to freeze curries.

But why on earth would anyone do that?

Well, it makes it much easier to freeze takeaway curries in smaller portions. That will allow you to defrost only as much as you need later on. Instead of reheating it all, you could just pull out a small portion for yourself to enjoy!

Of course, you’ll want to use ice trays that have covers. That will prevent the moisture from evaporating and making the curry taste less appetizing when it comes time to reheat it.

How Do You Freeze Curry?

Suppose you have a batch of takeaway curry that you’d like to freeze for later. If that’s the case, then there are a few steps that you’ll want to keep in mind. After all, you can’t just throw a piping bowl of curry into the freezer straight away!

Instead, here’s the step-by-step process you should follow:

Step 1: Cooldown

The first and most crucial step is to allow your takeaway curry to reach room temperature naturally. Don’t leave it out for too long, though! Curry at room temperature can go bad in just two hours.

The reason for this is pretty straightforward. If you were to put piping hot curry straight in, all of that heat could warm up your freezer. That could put other food items in jeopardy as it thaws and then freezes over again.

So, as a rule of thumb, whether you’re freezing curry or anything else: let it cool down before it goes in.

Step 2: Portion

It’s also an excellent idea to portion out your curry, especially if you have a large amount of it leftover. That way, you have more flexibility later on when it comes to reheating the curry. For instance, you can reheat just enough for your next meal while saving the balance for even later.

To do this, you might want to spread the takeaway curry across multiple freezer bags or airtight containers.

Bonus tip: Don’t know how to measure for a single portion of takeaway curry? Pour it into a small bowl and use that as your measurement. That way, you’ll know that you’re freezing exactly a bowl’s worth of takeaway curry for later!

Step 3: Remove Air

Whether you’re using an airtight container or a heavy-duty freezer bag, try your best to reduce any excess air inside. That’s usually easier to do with a freezer bag, as you can message the additional air out.

By doing that, you’ll reduce the odds that the curry will dry out, or parts of it suffer from freezer burn, both of which happens when there’s too much air in the container when you put it in the freezer.

Step 4: Freeze

Lastly, put the takeaway curry in the freezer. If you’re using a heavy-duty freezer bag, be sure to put it in a position where it won’t roll and fall over when you shut the freezer door.

Bonus Tip: Be sure to label the container with the exact time and date for when you’re putting the curry in the freezer. Your future self will be grateful for that because then you’ll always know exactly how long the curry has been in the freezer!

What’s The Ideal Temperature For The Freezer?

Ideally, your freezer should be at 0° F to freeze takeaway curry. The temperature is critical because it minimizes the amount of time that the curry will stay in the temperature ‘danger zone’. That’s the temperature where bacterial growth is at its highest.

When your freezer is at the correct temperature, it’ll freeze the curry as quickly as possible and allow it to stay edible for as long as possible.

How Long Will Frozen Curry Last?

Takeaway curry can last about 2-3 months when you freeze it. Even if you keep it for longer, the curry might be safe to eat, though it won’t taste so good.

That’s because curry (or any other kind of food, for that matter) will gradually degrade over time in the freezer. That will undermine the taste and make it less appetizing. Besides that, the moisture could evaporate and dry the curry out, exposing its contents to freezer burn as well.

How Can You Tell If Curry Has Gone Bad?

After thawing the curry, there are several methods you can use to figure out whether or not it’s gone bad. They include:

  • Taking a small sample with a spoon to taste the curry.
  • Smelling the curry to identify bad or intense smells. Typically, spoiled curry will smell acidic.
  • Rub a small amount between your fingers. If you notice the curry is sticky and forms ‘threads’ when you separate those fingers, then the curry might have gone bad.

How To Thaw Frozen Takeaway Curry

Now, we won’t go into too much detail about how to reheat frozen takeaway curry; that’s something best saved for another article. But don’t worry! We won’t leave you hanging without at least a couple of tips on how to thaw it, at the very least.

When the time comes to thaw that frozen curry, the best way to do it would be to leave it in the fridge overnight. Not only will that allow it to thaw out gradually, but it’ll cool it down immediately without leaving it in the temperature ‘danger zone’ where bacterial growth is at its highest.

If you don’t have enough time to wait overnight, you also have the option of using the microwave, an oven, or even in a saucepan on the stovetop.

Final Thoughts

Freezing takeaway curry is a fantastic way to avoid wasting food. Still, it’s essential to do that without causing yourself any problems like food poisoning. So, make sure to let it cool down to room temperature before freezing it in an airtight container or bag. After reheating the curry, be sure to check that it’s still good before consuming the whole serving. Enjoy!

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