How to store advanced polenta – Italian Cuisine

How to store advanced polenta

Can you freeze or is the fridge better? Find out which are the best solutions not to waste the advanced one and reuse it in many recycling recipes

Difficult to regulate with the quantities of corn flour to be cooked and therefore it can happen that – despite bis and tris – the polenta leftovers. THE recycling dishes there are many of the tradition – grilled or fried polenta croutons (and then maybe even passed in sugar); polenta au gratin or mashed for example – but how to keep the polenta left to be able to prepare them?

Keep the polenta for a short time

If you think of consume it within 2-3 days, the easiest way to store polenta is in the fridge, at most it will tend to dry out slightly. There are, however, some precautions to follow. First do it cool completely. Only when it is very cold, wrap it in a clean tea towel or place it on a plate covered with a couple of sheets of kitchen paper and close with plastic wrap, better avoid aluminum. Another excellent solution is to put polenta vacuum.

Can polenta be frozen?

Nì, it depends on the use that you will make later. There polenta stored in the freezer tends to release a lot of water, risking to become shapeless and with a soft texture. The ideal method for freezing polenta is let it cool very well and cut it into slices. At this point, wrap each slice of polenta in aluminum foil and then put them in a bag for food and in the freezer (alternatively you can freeze well spaced on a tray and then put them in a bag when well frozen). Then use the polenta for prepare it au gratin or mashed, using the slices still frozen. If you want to fry or grill the leftover polenta, defrost the slices in the fridge and dry them carefully with kitchen paper before cooking them.
You can keep the polenta in the freezer for up to three months and the thawed portion must be consumed within 24 hours.

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