How to Freeze Polenta

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Polenta is a dish made of boiled cornmeal and flavored with herbs, spices, cheese and butter. Freshly cooked, it is a gruel resembling cream of wheat or grits. Once the polenta has set, it is cut into slices and grilled or pan-fried. The next time you make polenta, double the recipe and freeze half for a later time. Polenta freezes wonderfully and the flavor can actually improve with time. Frozen polenta is ideal for a quick lunch or dinner.

Things You'll Need

  • Polenta
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking dish
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic bag
  • Permanent marker
  • Prepare polenta as you would normally. Pour the polenta into a baking dish lined with parchment paper and place in the refrigerator to cool. Smooth the polenta out with a wet spatula so that it is the same thickness throughout.

  • Remove the polenta from the refrigerator once it has set. Flip the baking dish over and drop polenta out onto a cutting board.

  • Cut the polenta into squares or triangles. Cutting the polenta into pieces allows it thaw quickly, while enabling you to grab just a few pieces as you need them.

  • Wrap each piece of polenta individually in aluminum foil. Place the foil-wrapped pieces in a freezer-safe, zip-top plastic bag. Write today's date on the bag with permanent marker.

  • Place the bag of polenta pieces in the freezer. Frozen polenta will remain fresh for up to three months.

  • Allow polenta to thaw completely before grilling or frying.

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