You don’t need it to be a special occasion to crave egg rolls. These crispy rolls can be a perfect appetizer for a dinner party or a wholesome breakfast or lunch.
But you don’t always have fresh egg roll wrappers at hand.
Can you freeze egg roll wrappers? Yes, you can freeze egg roll wrappers, both store-bought and homemade, for up to 6 months. Egg roll wrappers should be frozen with waxed paper layered in-between the sheets to prevent them from sticking together.
In this article, we will tell you how to freeze egg roll wrappers correctly and how to defrost them before use.
Can You Freeze Egg Roll Wrappers?
Whether you make egg rolls wrappers at home or buy a package from your local supermarket, you may end up with unused wrappers.
Luckily, you can freeze egg roll wrappers. This process is a lot like freezing wonton wrappers and is a great way to extend their shelf life.
It is, of course, much easier to buy a package of egg roll sheets. But making egg roll wrappers at home and freezing them is also an option.
While egg roll sheets are made with a few simple ingredients – flour, salt, oil, and water, making the sheets so thin can be quite challenging if you don’t have much experience working with dough.
In any case, if you are planning on making egg rolls from scratch and will spend time making the wrappers yourself, you can make a bigger batch and freeze some of the sheets for later use. Doing this will save you a lot of time whenever you will need to make a quick snack.
How to Freeze Egg Roll Wrappers
Whether you are freezing homemade or store-bought egg roll wrappers, the key challenge is to freeze the sheets so that they don’t stick together.
When making egg roll wrappers at home, you can either cook the sheets or leave them uncooked, by simply rolling out the dough into thin layers.
In both cases, as well as with store-bought egg roll wrappers, the freezing method is as follows:
- Put an egg roll wrapper on a layer of waxed paper. Make sure the paper is bigger than the wrapper or at least of the same size.
- Put another layer of waxed paper on the egg roll sheet and start stacking the wrappers one onto another putting waxed paper in-between the layers.
- Transfer stacked egg roll wrappers into an airtight plastic bag or container. Make sure to seal the bag or the container well to prevent wrappers from drying out and getting a freezer burn.
- When using a freezer bag, push all of the air out. In the case of using a container, make sure it is not too big as having too much air in the container is not recommended.
- Label the wrappers with the date and store in the freezer.
Note: Never freeze egg roll wrappers folded or touching one another. While they may feel dry at the time of freezing, they will get moist and stick to each other once you put them in the cold storage.
How Long Can You Freeze Egg Roll Wrappers?
Egg roll wrappers should be either stored in the fridge or freezer.
Cooked egg roll wrappers will keep well in the fridge for up to 8 weeks, whereas uncooked ones should either be used right away or stored in the freezer.
Freezing, however, extends the shelf life of all kinds of egg roll wrappers significantly. Egg roll wrappers will keep well for up to 6 months in the freezer.
How to Thaw Egg Roll Wrappers
As egg roll wrappers are quite thin, they won’t take long to defrost. Additionally, having them frozen with layers of waxed paper will make it easy to take out as many sheets as you want to cook.
This is another reason why you should never freeze egg roll wrappers stacked up without waxed paper as you will need to defrost the entire thing even if you don’t need all of it. And re-freezing egg roll wrappers is certainly not recommended.
To use frozen egg roll wrappers let them thaw at room temperature. Once they become soft enough to bend without breaking, you can use your favorite filling and fry the egg rolls.
If you are planning on using defrosted wrappers within a few hours, put them in the fridge while still having them separated with layers of waxed paper.