Yes, you can freeze marshmallows. This interesting new food item is a cross between a creme puff and a marshmallow. With its gooey, marshmallow-like mass, this cereal-puff hybrid is a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty about it.” In order to freeze marshmallows, you must make sure that there is no open water in the gelatin. To make sure this will not happen, after cooking the gelatin prepare it for freezing.
What are marshmallows?
Marshmallows are made from a mixture of water and gelatin, which is extracted from the collagen in beef bones, pig skin, and fish scales. This mixture is whipped until air bubbles form. These air bubbles hold in the moisture of the gelatin mixture and make it spongy. If any water gets into these air bubbles while freezing, it will ruin the entire batch of marshmallows.
How to freeze marshmallows
Freeze marshmallows in an airtight container with a small amount of water. Make sure the water is frozen solid before adding the marshmallows. A bag of frozen raspberries works well, as does a block of ice made out of frozen lemon juice. The object is to add just enough water so that when you put the lid on there is a small amount of air left between the lid and the container. Air keeps marshmallows from getting stuck together in one big clump.
How to store frozen marshmallows
Just make sure your container is sealed tightly when you want to eat the marshmallows. It is possible to re-freeze them after they have been thawed. But just remember that liquids expand as they freeze, which could break the seal on your container and make a big mess if they defrost before you are ready to use them.
What can you do with frozen marshmallows?
Most people simply eat them out of the container. But if you want to make sure that you get more than just a dusting of your favorite flavor, try making these delicious marshmallow treats:
• Chiffon Cakes : Mix 1 cup marshmallow fluff with melted butter and 1/2 cup sugar. Spread this mixture in a greased 8″ by 8″ pan and bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes or until it is lightly browned.
• Snow Cones: Mix 3 tablespoons fluff with 1 cup sugar. Pour this into a square 8″ by 8″ pan and freeze for about 3 hours. Remove from the freezer and cut into small squares, about 2 inches across.
• Marshmallow Pops: Add 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips to the marshmallow fluff before mixing with sugar. Pour into popsicle molds or ice cube trays and freeze until firm.
• Marshmallow Cookies: Mix 1 cup marshmallow fluff with 1 cup softened butter and 2 cups flour. Roll out the dough, cut into shapes, and bake at 350ºF for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
• Creme Brulee: Mix egg yolks with 1 cup sugar and cook until thickened. Add fluff and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened. Add gelatin, mix well, and pour into an 8″ by 8″ pan. Place in the freezer until set.
How to freeze thawed marshmallows:
If you thaw marshmallows that were frozen and then re-frozen, you will have a soggy mess on your hands. It’s best to know exactly how many marshmallows you will need for your recipe before you freeze them.
• Thaw the marshmallows for about an hour on your countertop.
• Put the marshmallows back into the container and store in the freezer until ready to use.
• Thaw the frozen marshmallows before using them in your recipe.
• Some recipes require soft marshmallows, while others are just really happy with rock-hard ones. When you’re in doubt, it’s better to over-thaw than under-freeze.”
• Since marshmallows can absorb odors, be sure to keep them in a freezer that has a tight seal.
How long should you freeze marshmallows:
Freeze them for as little time as possible. They will still have the texture and taste of fresh marshmallows, just without the sticky center. This works especially well if you are using them for hot cocoa or in recipes that call for you to add cold ingredients to hot ones.
When you freeze marshmallows, they get squishy and lose some of their firmness and sponginess. But if you freeze them for too long, this will happen quickly and they will develop a strange aftertaste.
• How long to freeze marshmallow depends on how you are going to use them. If you are going to eat them directly from the freezer, it’s best to store them in the freezer for at least a day or two first. This will give them a chance to get firm again.
• If you are using the marshmallows in recipes that call for cold ingredients, you can just freeze them right away and use them straight from the freezer.
• If you know you will have a long time between thawing your marshmallows and using them, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then freeze again. This will help slow down the process of freezing, but it won’t keep your marshmallows from eventually getting freezer burned.
• Place the marshmallows in freezer safe containers or bags and label with your name and the date.
• Put the stuffed containers in your freezer to freeze. You can put them in a smaller container first, if necessary, to fit more marshmallows in.
• After about two hours, pull out whatever number of containers you have frozen and return them to the freezer.
• In about an hour, you will have frozen quantities of marshmallows that will keep for months.
• If you need more spaces, wrap them in plastic wrap again and put them back into the freezer. Give them at least eight hours before trying to use them.
• Get all your marshmallow ready, then pull out just the number that you need for your recipe.
• Return the frozen marshmallows to their original containers and put them back in the freezer for about another 12 hours before using.
• When you are ready to use your marshmallows, return them to the containers and put them back into the freezer for another 12 hours.
• After 24 hours of freezing, you can remove any unused marshmallows from their containers and put them back into the freezer.
• If you want to keep your marshmallows longer than one week, wrap them in plastic wrap and bag them in freezer-safe paper lunch bags.
Frozen marshmallows are a delicious treat to have in your freezer. It it nothing less than excellent if you have time to make them yourself. Do not freeze them without first having the necessary information online and in your hands.