How to Freeze Spaetzle

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Things You'll Need

  • Fresh-cooked Spaetzel

  • Sieve

  • Sealable plastic bags

  • Freezer

Spaetze originated in Sourthern Germany and has been a favorite for hundreds of years.

One of the main starch dishes in Germany, Spaetzle is the equivalent of pasta in the area. With a rich flavor, simple recipe, and ability to meld with a variety of dishes, Spaetzle is the perfect base for a variety of sauces. However, creating the small thick and starchy pieces can be time consuming; making a large batch and dividing it for future use is desirable. Freezing spaetzle preserves its taste and texture for months, and is the best method of storing the German dish.

Step 1

Place a strainer in a clean kitchen sink. Pour the freshly-cooked Spaetzle into the strainer.

Step 2

Allow it to drip for several minutes, shaking it on occasion, to remove as much moisture as possible.

Step 3

Determine how much Spaetzel you want in a bag; when defrosted, it needs to be used within one to two days. Place enough serving sizes, about 1/2-cup each, into the bag to feed your family or entertain. Create as many bags as you desire.

Step 4

Press as much air out of the bags as possible, starting from the bottom and ending at the top. Seal the bag.

Step 5

Put the bags in the freezer on a flat surface. Store in the freezer for up to six months for optimum taste.

Step 6

Remove one bag and place it in the refrigerator the day before you use it in a recipe. Fry the defrosted Spaetzle in a frying pan.

Warning

Do not allow much, or any, air in the bag when freezing; this causes freezer-burn on the Spaetzle.