Gnocchi is one of those ready-made bases that you can’t help but have in stock in the refrigerator. It is so versatile that it can be an ace in the hole, especially on those occasions when you don’t have much time to cook or when friends suddenly show up and want to prepare something tasty in a few minutes.
Whether it is sweet or savory recipes, it doesn’t matter because the gnocchi, with its neutral taste, is an excellent base for many recipes. But, today we will talk about gnocchi dough and if you can freeze it.
The short answer: yes, you can freeze gnocchi dough and it’s a great way to keep it stocked.
Let’s try to understand a little more!
How to Freeze Gnocchi Dough?
The dough for the gnocchi can only be left for a short time in the fridge, after this, it will begin to soften too much. So it can only be stored in the freezer.
In my opinion, it is best to shape the gnocchi instead of freezing the dough. To do this, simply do the following steps.
Step 1: Make the gnocchi
As just said it is not convenient to save the entire dough, it is more convenient to shape the gnocchi and then store them.
Step 2: Leave at room temperature between 2 and 4 hours
This is to firm up the gnocchi so they don’t fall apart when cooked. So the gnocchi is placed on a tray, sprinkled with more flour, and covered with a clean kitchen cloth.
Step 3: First freeze
After being a few hours at room temperature, the gnocchi is transferred to a tray, with parchment or waxed paper underneath, and frozen for 3 or 4 hours.
In case of having many gnocchi, a layer of waxed paper is placed and the other gnocchi is placed on top.
Step 4: Transfer the gnocchi to a bag
After they are completely frozen, the gnocchi are transferred to an airtight bag suitable for the freezer.
Step 5: Label
The date of storage is placed.
Step 6: Store in the freezer
This way, uncooked gnocchi can be frozen for about 2 months. When cooking them, they are thrown directly into the boiling water.
How Long Can You Freeze Gnocchi Dough
If you’ve done an amazing job freezing your gnocchi and followed all the steps above, you can store them for up to 2 months! So there is no reason to worry if the expiration date is exceeded during storage.
How to Thaw Gnocchi Dough
Have you decided to make some gnocchi from gnocchi dough that you have already been in the freezer for some time? To prevent it from softening, you can safely remove it from the freezer and then defrost it in the refrigerator.
Defrosting gnocchi dough at room temperature, especially in hot weather, can in fact make it softer and more difficult to use. The end result can be unfortunate: your gnocchi can fall apart.
Can You Refreeze Gnocchi Dough?
Refreezing gnocchi dough is discouraged because the texture of the dough can be changed.
Can You Refrigerate Gnocchi Dough?
Yes, you can place gnocchi dough in the fridge for a day or two.
Can You Freeze Ricotta Gnocchi Dough?
Yes, ricotta gnocchi dough can be frozen. Put it on the baking tray and into the freezer. Make sure that there is space between them so they don’t stick. When are frozen, transfer it to a freezer bag.
So, the next time you make too much Gnocchi – and it happens all the time to me – you know that you can freeze it without any problems. Make sure to cut the dough sausages into squares and store them in separated freezer bags.
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