Can Meatloaf Be Frozen?
Meatloaf is a labor of love and many home cooks choose to make a big batch and freeze some to be used later, on a busy weekday night. Freezing meatloaf can also be a convenient and practical way to extend its shelf life.
How Can Meatloaf Be Frozen?
1. Let it cool before wrapping: Allow your meatloaf to cool before freezing. Once it has, use aluminum foil or plastic wrap to wrap it tightly. Consider double wrapping it or placing it in an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.
2. Cut meatloaf into smaller portions (optional): Cutting your meatloaf into smaller sizes allows you to remove one or two servings at a time and reduce potential waste.
3. Label and Date: Don’t forget to label your wrapped meatloaf with the current date. This helps you track how long it has been in the freezer, ensuring it’s still good when thawed. Meatloaf can last up to 6 months when frozen.
Thawing and Reheating
When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen meatloaf, there are two safe methods for thawing: in the refrigerator or the microwave on the defrost setting. Once thawed, you can reheat slices in the oven at a low temperature or in the microwave. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature reaches 165°F before you eat it.