A: What a thoughtful gesture! Meatloaf can be frozen either fully cooked and cooled or raw ready to bake. Wrap each meatloaf tightly to prevent freezer burn or contamination from raw meat. Whichever method you use, be sure to defrost meat loaf thoroughly in refrigerator before baking or reheating.
Can you freeze meatloaf after it has been cooked?
Yes, you can freeze meatloaf after preparing and shaping it. You may want to first fit some plastic cling wrap snugly into the loaf pan before putting the meat mixture in. Freeze it for about 30 minutes to an hour, pull the partially frozen loaf out and wrap it in the plastic, then in foil.
What is the best way to freeze meatloaf?
For anything longer than two days, you will want to place the meatloaf in the freezer until ready to use. Mix the ingredients and form the loaf, then wrap it very well with plastic wrap and place it in an airtight freezer bag. Raw meatloaf should last up to six months in the freezer.
How do you reheat frozen meatloaf?
How do you reheat a frozen cooked meatloaf? If the frozen meatloaf is cooked already, remove wrapping and place in the oven to reheat. This will take about 1 1/2 hours at 350 F (make sure the center of loaf reads 160 F on a meat thermometer).
Is it better to freeze meatloaf cooked or uncooked?
Meatloaf, unlike a creamy casserole with a lot of liquid ignredients, is likely to dry out if reheated after having already been cooked. So it’s better to combine the meat mixture, form into a loaf, and freeze it before cooking.
When should you freeze meatloaf?
When stored properly, baked and unbaked meatloaf will keep fresh in the freezer indefinitely. The key to a longer shelf life is to keep the meatloaf at a steady 0°F. That said, it’s best to consume frozen meatloaf before the 4-month mark.
How do I cook a frozen meatloaf?
Cooking Instructions from Frozen:
Your frozen meatloaf needs to bake at 350 F for 1 hr and 30 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 155 F. Enjoy!
Can you freeze Costco meatloaf and mashed potatoes?
The meatloaf is precooked, so you don’t have to worry about grease soaking into your mashed potatoes or making sure you fully cook the meat. They freeze well, just pull them a day or two prior to eating to let them thaw properly.