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Can you freeze pies?

I just read that you cannot/should not freeze pumpkin pies otherwise the crust will separate from the filling. Can you freeze other types of pies, such as apple, pecan, cream pies, etc.?


Asked by not-the-momma at 2:21 PM on Nov. 22, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Yes. Fruit pies freeze well.

    There are a few reasons not to freeze pumpkin pie, and separating from the crust is the least of it: the thickeners can behave unpredictably, and you can end up with weeping (liquid released) onto the top and into the crust, which makes it mushy. It depends on whether it's a thickened custard or a pure custard (the hard kind to make) --real custard freezes well, and depending on the crust might be fine. It will shrink a little when it's thawed and reheated, and there's little you can do about that.

    Custard keeps pretty well, though, so pumpkin pie can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for at least a week. If you want to make something ahead, don't worry about freezing it.

    If you do want to freeze it, maybe a pumpkin cheesecake would be more suitable?

    Answer by LindaClement at 2:30 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • yes

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 2:21 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • of course!

    Answer by CarlieJS at 3:06 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • you can freeze an unbaked pumpkin pie and not have those issues. my sister in law makes apple pies every year and freezes them before baking. i look at what you can buy in the grocery store - ones that you have to bake, freeze unbaked, ones that you can buy that are thaw and eat, should be fine.

    Answer by annanonnymommy at 3:24 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Most definitely!

    Answer by Chocolatespring at 3:52 AM on Nov. 23, 2010