Gnocchi are small dumplings made from a blend of mashed potatoes, flour, oil and egg. The potato dough is rolled out and then formed into approximately 1-inch long dumplings. You can serve gnocchi, a traditional Italian fare, topped with tomato or Alfredo sauce or simply browned in butter. If you have homemade gnocchi leftovers, or if you planned ahead for future meals, you can safely store them in your refrigerator or freezer.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic food container with an airtight lid
- Parchment paper
- Heavy-duty plastic freezer bag (optional)
- Baking sheet
- Freezer tape
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Allow cooked gnocchi to come to room temperature before preparing it for storage. Transfer cooked or uncooked gnocchi into a plastic food container featuring an airtight lid. Place parchment paper in between each layer of gnocchi to prevent the dumplings from sticking together. Store the gnocchi in a refrigerator for up to two days.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper to prepare the gnocchi for freezing. Arrange the cooked or uncooked gnocchi on the sheet, leaving a small space between each one. Place the sheet of gnocchi in a flat position in a freezer for three hours, or until the dumplings are frozen.
Remove the gnocchi from the freezer and transfer them to a rigid plastic storage container or a heavy-duty plastic freezer bag. Press a moisture-resistant lid onto the container or squeeze the air out of the bag and seal its zipper-lock closure.
Label the container or bag with a piece of freezer tape featuring the storage date.
Freeze the gnocchi at 0 degrees, as recommended by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. They can remain in the freezer for as long as four to six weeks, according to chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.