General Tips When Making Quesadillas to Freeze
Since you can freeze quesadillas before or after they are cooked, you can essentially make them whenever you want and then save them for whenever you need a quick meal. That allows you to cook them ahead of time so that you can enjoy homemade food even if you’re too tired or busy to cook at the moment.
In addition, since they freeze well, you don’t have to limit yourself to just reheating them in a microwave. You can also pop them in the oven, warm them on the stovetop, or even eat them cold. The following tips will help you make delicious quesadillas that you can enjoy any time of day:
- Make a bigger batch of quesadillas than you would for a meal, and then freeze the extras so that you’ll be able to get dinner on the table without any fuss.
- Add plenty of high-quality cheese to the quesadillas and serve them with your favorite toppings so that they’re just as delicious either as-is or reheated.
- Make quesadillas that are pretty easy to freeze, such as ones with just cheese or ones with fillings such as chicken, tofu, vegetables, beans, or meats.
- Leave the egg slightly undercooked so when you reheat the quesadilla, it will not end up overcooked.
How to Freeze Quesadillas?
It’s always nice being able to get meals on the go. One that’s specifically designed for eating at a moment’s notice: ready in no time, without any fuss. These days, there is a huge variety of snacks made with convenience in mind.
However, most of them don’t offer much in the way of nutritional value. This means you’ll be hungry just a few hours later, and you’ll have to do something else to get your fill of nutrients. That’s not something you want.
So, instead of settling for less, how about making a delicious frozen quesadilla that’s packed with protein and other nutrients you need to feel satisfied? That’s certainly a lot better than an unhealthy chip, doughnut, or sandwich. And how amazing it is that we can easily and quickly freeze them for later use too.
Method One: For Uncooked Quesadillas
You can quickly freeze uncooked Quesadillas to enjoy a fantastic ready-to-cook meal on a busy day. Start with cooking your ingredients and eggs as required. Allow the eggs and any other components to cool to room temperature. Once cool, assemble the quesadillas with your favorite filling. You will find it helpful to assemble them on baking parchment or a piece of aluminum foil as it makes it easier to bag the quesadillas up.
Ideally, you should wrap each quesadilla separately and place them flat on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, you can transfer the quesadillas into a Ziplock bag or airtight container for more convenient storage.
These uncooked quesadillas will keep for two months or more in the freezer, depending, of course, what filling you have put in them.
Thawing Uncooked Quesadillas
To thaw uncooked frozen quesadillas, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, cook them as you cook your fresh quesadillas.
Method Two: For Ready-Made Quesadillas
Quesadillas are one of my favorites and probably one of the easiest Mexican meals to make. All you need is some tortillas, cheese, and meats or veggies. You can have fun with this dish, so feel free to add whatever your heart desires.
Once you've made your quesadillas, you can prepare them to freeze. If you plan to freeze them, you may consider undercooking the egg slightly, especially if you will be reheating in the oven or on the stovetop. Now leave the quesadillas to cool down at room temperature. Now wrap each one separately or place a piece of parchment or wax paper between each quesadilla and place the stack into a Ziplock bag.
Leftover quesadillas will keep at best quality for two months in the freezer or for as long as four to six months, depending, of course, how you have filled them.
How Do You Thaw Frozen Cooked Quesadillas?
Cooked quesadillas can be thawed in the refrigerator or heated straight from frozen.
You can heat them for around 5 minutes in a preheated oven or use a skillet, grill pan or griddle, or even the toaster oven.
You can also reheat them in 1-2 minutes in the microwave.
Can You Just Freeze Tortillas Rather Than Having to Make the Quesadillas First?
You can quickly freeze both flour and corn tortillas. Either freeze the original plastic packaging of tortillas or if you have already opened the packing, place a layer of wax paper between each tortilla and place the stack into a Ziplock bag to freeze.
To thaw, take the frozen tortillas out of the freezer and leave them in the refrigerator for a day or so until they are completely thawed.
Flour or corn tortillas keep at their best for at least six months in the freezer but can keep for longer, especially if well wrapped to prevent them from drying out.
How Long Will Quesadillas Keep in The Refrigerator For?
Quesadillas can be cooked for later use or consumed on the spot. You can place quesadillas in the refrigerator or the freezer. Your leftover quesadillas can be wrapped up in foil or shrink-wrap and kept for up to three days in the fridge.
Freezing Quesadillas – To Sum Up
There are many reasons why you may freeze Quesadillas: to store the leftovers from a meal, to prepare a quick snack or light meal during the day, to have extra for later, or to have them available when it’s snack time for the neighborhood kids. To enjoy quesadillas at their best, all you need to do is get creative about keeping them moist and warm while defrosting.
Many people freeze quesadillas in the form of half-assembled, uncooked quesadillas. While others freeze the leftover quesadillas.