Can I freeze custard?
It is not easy to calculate the exact amount of custard needed to fill or impregnate this or that confectionery product. If the perishable product is not used fully, the question of storage arises. Hostesses are interested in at what temperature it is better to save the gastronomic properties of the dessert and whether it can be stored in the freezer.
What is Custard
Custard is a sweet, delicate pastry sauce made by combining and boiling hot and cold masses consisting of milk, cream, sour cream or water, sugar, eggs, flour, butter. Its taste is described as delicate, creamy, similar to thawed ice cream.
It is a popular product for filling profiteroles, éclairs, tartlets, waffle tubes, and muffins. Custard glazed cakes and level cakes, served as a stand-alone dessert. Sugar sauce is used to prepare ice cream, homemade sorbets and mousses.
The cream is prepared in several stages. Firstly two mixtures are made. One of them is heated until boiling, the second cold mixture is added gradually in a thin stream and boiled over low heat. Or vice versa, the hot mass is added to the cold mass. The latter option is used when whipped egg whites are infused with hot syrup.
It is extremely difficult to whip all the ingredients by hand. To get a homogeneous structure, you will need a mixer.
For even heating without burning, choose a thick-walled pan with a multi-layered bottom. It is acceptable to introduce starch into the recipe instead of flour. To ensure that the sweet mixture is guaranteed to thicken, the substitute is added in the volume of one and a half times more than the flour.
To make a classic custard you will need:
- 0.5 l of milk;
- 200 gr. sugar;
- 100 gr of butter;
- 50 gr of flour;
- A pinch of vanilla;
- two eggs.
How to prepare:
- Beat eggs with a whisk in a saucepan with sugar, flour, and vanilla.
- Pour in milk in a thin stream, stirring constantly.
- Put the pot on the stove. Heat on a burner with minimum heat, stirring continuously. Bring to a boil, remove from heat.
- Stir in the butter until it melts and leave the mixture to cool.
To preserve the homogeneity of the product, cover the pan with clingfilm.
How long does custard keep in the refrigerator
Homemade custard dessert is a perishable product. In the refrigerator at t - 2-6 ° C retains consumer properties up to one day or 72 hours, if the composition does not include a little cream. The product is stored in enamel, glass, ceramic containers or plastic containers.
The main condition is the tightness of the container. If the container is not closed with a lid, plate or film, the cream, in contact with oxygen, oxidizes faster, gets absorbed by foreign odors.
Using the dessert after the expiration date is a health hazard, a risk of food poisoning by a protein product.
Can you store custard in the freezer
When freezing custard, if it is not shock freezing, ice crystals are formed, destroying the structure after thawing. That's why the State Standard does not provide for freezing the product. But still many hostesses practice this method of storage, placing the dessert in airtight plastic containers, thus extending the shelf life up to two months.
It is important that the cream be fresh and completely cooled, otherwise condensation will form in the packaging. In addition to containers use bags for freezing, removing the air from them. To avoid expiration, confectioners recommend labeling the package with the date of shipment to storage.
It is better to use the freshly made product immediately. After impregnating cakes or filling confectionery products with leftover cream make sandwiches, or serve together with cookies for tea.
Rules for defrosting the cream
Removed from the freezer dessert move to the shelf of the refrigerator. After 5-6 hours, whip with a mixer on low speed to restore the original structure.
Important! Repeated freezing of the product is inadmissible.
How to Store Custard Eclairs
Store cakes with fillings containing preservatives are stored longer than homemade. The manufacturer indicates the expiration date on the packaging. On average, such confectionery products retain their consumer properties for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.
Eclairs with filling, prepared at home, stored in the same way as the custard. If it does not contain butter, the product in the refrigerator will be safe for up to three days, with butter up to 24 hours.
Before placing in the refrigerator, eclairs are placed in a food tray with a tightly closing lid or wrapped in clingfilm. Without packaging, the cakes will not only absorb the odors of other foods, but they will also become stale and unpalatable.
At room temperature, shelf life is limited to a few hours. If the room is hot, it is better to eat the confectionery immediately.
If you follow the rules for storing custard and products with it, you are not in danger of food poisoning. It is important to create optimal conditions, choose the right packaging, do not consume the product after the expiration date.
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