Marshmallows, which are sweet and fluffy like clouds, can be used in a variety of ways. You are aware of this, though. However, the latest fad is to make marshmallows at home.
However, anyone who has tried this method knows that marshmallows are extremely delicate. They don’t keep well, lose their form and flavor rapidly, and expire quickly. Freezing them would be a simple solution, right?
But, I hear that marshmallows can’t be frozen. Marshmallows, fortunately, can be frozen, though you might not want to. The marshmallows you buy at the store won’t last quite as long if you freeze them. However, homemade marshmallows can be preserved by freezing. However, the structure of any object will change due to the freezing process.
Therefore, you should think about why you want to freeze them, and how you can use them later, if freezing is the best solution for your problem. All of your questions, and more, will be answered today.
We’ll discuss the best ways to freeze various marshmallows and the potential pitfalls you might encounter. We will also discuss how long they can be stored and how they should be thawed. We believe that this 1.5-quart pot with a spouted edge and a glass lid should be the standard in every home.
What Are Marshmallows Made Of?
Technically, marshmallows are a type of sugar candy. However, as you are aware, marshmallows differ in appearance, texture, and flavor from typical soft and hard candies. Due to the fact that they are unlike other types of candies and that there are very few comparable treats, it is essential to comprehend their composition.
This will help you understand whether they are capable of freezing and how they would freeze! Sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin are the only ingredients required to produce marshmallows. The majority of producers, however, include flavorings, colorings, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and preservatives. What a hefty meal!
The end result is a very spongy, fluffy, foamy, and flavorful confection. When wet, it becomes elastic and extremely sticky. And once heated, the structure melts and transforms into a solid, sticky, gooey mess.
Therefore, freezing necessarily involves the formation of ice crystals. And upon melting, these crystals become water. Water combined with marshmallows creates a sticky mess.
Moreover, ice crystals degrade the structure of foods, which is one reason why so many foods (such as cucumbers and herbs) do not freeze well at all!
So, does this mean that marshmallows cannot be frozen?
Which Type Of Marshmallows Can You Freeze?
Fortunately, there are loopholes. Yes, there are numerous things that can go wrong when freezing marshmallows. However, it is entirely possible to do so. You can free up pantry space by freezing marshmallows, store some for future use, extend their near-expired shelf life, and keep a secret stash of comfort treats.
Any variety of marshmallow can be frozen. Mini marshmallows, regular marshmallows, jumbo marshmallows, and shaped and flavored marshmallows are all included.
It’s also useful to know that homemade marshmallows can be easily frozen. Because their structure, texture, and flavors differ from those of commercially produced marshmallows, they will not freeze in the same way, but we’ll get to that later. That’s fantastic! All types of marshmallows can be frozen. But that doesn’t make it any easier.
Tips For Freezing Marshmallows
When freezing a particular variety of marshmallow, there are numerous factors to take into account. Let’s examine a few common suggestions for freezing marshmallows in greater detail.
Shape And Size
This is something that many people overlook. Marshmallows are clearly very soft and pliable. Even when frozen, they do not form solid blocks. They’re still pliable, but a lot stiffer than “warm” marshmallows.
They will freeze in that shape if you freeze them in such a way that they will be crushed. They will be even more deflated and misshaped when they defrost. Crushed marshmallows in the freezer are typically caused by a lack of proper storage space or the use of the incorrect storage container.
As a result, as we’ll see later, you should try to keep the marshmallows in an airtight container. It will protect it from a variety of hazards, including being crushed.
It’s natural for all foods to lose some of their flavor when they are frozen. The moisture is kept inside the object by the ice crystals. The flavor then seeps out with the melting ice as they melt.
Therefore, it is probably best to avoid freezing any particularly flavorful marshmallows you have purchased or made. They won’t completely lose their flavor, but they won’t be the same as they once were either.
It’s always a good idea to freeze marshmallows in portions. They will stick together if you freeze them. The only way to avoid this is to freeze them on a large tray separately. After the individual marshmallows have frozen, combine them in a large container. However, this method requires more effort and time.
So, unless you require individual marshmallows, you’ll most likely freeze them in a single large container. The issue with this is that you have to thaw the entire clump in order to grab a few. This has an impact on the remaining marshmallows’ flavor, texture, and shelf life.
Divide your marshmallow into likely portions as a solution. This allows you to thaw one portion at a time without interfering with the others. If you want to freeze an entire bag of unopened marshmallows, go ahead.
Age Of Marshmallows
There is no point in freezing marshmallows that have already expired. You are simply freezing their decomposing form. Yes, it will slow further deterioration, but it will not stop it.
Always determine if the marshmallows will still be edible after several months of freezing. Otherwise, ensure that the marshmallows are thawed and consumed before their original expiration date.
How To Effectively Freeze Store-Bought Marshmallows
No matter their size or flavor, homemade marshmallows are much more difficult to freeze than their store-bought counterparts. Before you go ahead and freeze them, there are only two questions you need to address.
When you will need that many (if you need individual marshmallows or bunches)
I was wondering how long you planned on keeping the marshmallows in storage.
As such, use the instructions for freezing homemade marshmallows below if you need individual marshmallows for garnishing.
However, marshmallows can be frozen together in clumps for later use (in s’mores or hot chocolate, for instance).
Estimate the serving sizes you’ll need and measure them out. Even if you haven’t yet decided what you’ll use the marshmallows for, it’s still a good idea to separate them into separate bags or containers.
Step 1: Portion Your Marshmallows
Simply place a portion of marshmallows inside an airtight container. You may also use zip-lock bags, but your marshmallows may melt in the freezer if you do so. Using zip-lock bags, marshmallows can be stored securely. Regardless of which option you choose, ensure that your container is properly sealed.
Step 2: Wrap In Aluminum Foil
Wrap aluminum foil around the entire container. This will help prevent excessive ice crystal formation on the marshmallows, which is important because ice crystals will ruin the texture and flavor of the marshmallows. Label the container so you won’t forget about the marshmallows and can remember when to use them.
Step 3: Store The Marshmallows
Put the freezer’s containers inside. If you use zip-lock bags, make an effort to avoid squashing them because they will freeze in that shape.
How To Freeze Homemade Marshmallows
We don’t recommend clumping homemade or artisanal marshmallows when freezing them. They aren’t as stable as commercial marshmallows and are almost always stickier. As a result, you must freeze this type of marshmallow individually.
Step 1: Place Individually
First, place the marshmallows in an airtight container that has been lined. They should be separated so that they do not touch. The container should then be sealed and placed in the freezer.
Step 2: Freeze The Marshmallows
Freeze the marshmallows in their individual container for at least two hours. Try touching them after two hours of freezing to gauge their progress. They need not be indestructible, but they also should not be easily deformed.
It will take a different amount of time to freeze them depending on their dimensions and the temperature of your freezer. Just leave them overnight if you can’t check on them every few hours.
Step 3: Combine Into One Container
Transfer the homemade marshmallows to a single airtight container once they are completely frozen. Now they can be stacked on top of one another and allowed to touch. Between stacks of marshmallows, place a sheet of non-stick baking paper or plastic wrap for added protection.
Step 4: Wrap The Container
Wrap the marshmallows in plastic or saran wrap if you need to keep them for an extended period of time. They’ll be more airtight as a result. Always use aluminum foil to seal the container. It will keep the marshmallows from getting freezer burnt inside. Clearly marking the name of the product, the date it was prepared and frozen, and the anticipated use-by date is essential.
How Long Can Marshmallows Be Kept Frozen?
At room temperature, marshmallows have a lengthy shelf life. Due to the presence of sugar and preservatives, the majority of commercially produced items have a shelf life of one year. At room temperature, homemade marshmallows have a shorter shelf life. However, if stored properly, this can still be approximately 1-2 months.
However, when marshmallows are stored in the freezer, their structure completely alters. Thus, the shelf life of commercially produced products is reduced to approximately 6 to 8 months.
Shocking, we know. However, the ice crystals completely destroy the structure. Therefore, the marshmallows are not spoiled or moldy. But rather that they will become so repulsive that eating them will be unthinkable.
The shelf life of homemade marshmallows will be even shorter compared to their shelf life at room temperature. When properly stored, these will last a maximum of two to three months.
How To Thaw Marshmallows
Marshmallows have a high aeration level. As a result, they thaw quickly. But, once again, there are a couple of options. The first method is simple: simply take the marshmallows out of the freezer and place them at room temperature. Allow them to sit for 20-30 minutes, or until they have returned to their original shape. Some may be misspelled, but that’s okay.
To prevent condensation from forming on the marshmallows, keep the container closed and airtight. Condensation (water droplets) will stick to them and ruin them.
The second method takes more time. But it’s great if you won’t be using them right away. Remove the marshmallows from the freezer and store them in the refrigerator. Remove them from the airtight container when ready to use.
Can You Use Frozen Marshmallows Without Thawing Them?
Clumps of frozen marshmallows can be used for a variety of purposes, but most of them don’t require them to be attractive. It is possible to melt clumps of frozen marshmallows right away. Common applications for these include cookies, cakes, biscuits, and brownies.
Melted marshmallows can be used to create marshmallow toppings. Or, of course, you could make s’mores. Even your own version of Rice Krispie Treats is possible!
Additionally, you can make your hot chocolate marshmallow clumps by freezing them. Additionally, you can roast them over an open flame. It is best to freeze each marshmallow separately if you must use frozen marshmallows that are decorative.
It’s better to have them on hand than to need them, so we always set aside some individually frozen marshmallows when we freeze a batch of them.
Should you coat your marshmallows in extra cornstarch or powdered sugar before storing them?
While many people insist that you must do this, we do not believe it is necessary. Sure, if your marshmallows had completely lost their powdered coating, but if it’s still on the fluffy treats, there’s no need to add more.
If your marshmallows are extremely moist and sticky, coat them in powdered sugar or cornstarch before freezing them. Make sure there’s enough so that the sticky marshmallow doesn’t dissolve.
Can you store marshmallows in the fridge?
You can absolutely store marshmallows in the refrigerator. However, you must adhere to the same guidelines as when freezing them. Always store them in an airtight container and in smaller quantities.
Your marshmallows can be refrigerated for roughly two to three months. However, homemade marshmallows have a shelf life of one to two months. Homemade marshmallows are free of stabilizers and preservatives, unlike their commercial counterparts.
What should you do with old hard marshmallows?
Stale, hard marshmallows can be frozen, too. While their texture may have already deteriorated, their flavor can be saved in this way. But you should only use them for melting. Use them in baked goods like cookies and cakes, or even in beverages like cocoa. You can avoid “dealing” with their unpleasant texture in no other way. And there’s no need to throw them away.