Frog legs are a delicacy of French and Chinese cuisine. The legs of edible frogs are consumed using different seasonings and fried. If you bought some frog legs from the store, they will usually come in a large bag. You probably will not use all of them and wonder what option you have to store them. Would freezing frog legs be an option?
So can you freeze frog legs? Yes, frog legs can be frozen, both cooked and uncooked. Frog legs need to prepare and properly stored to ensure they will remain in the best quality when frozen. You can keep them frozen for up to 10 months.
How To Freeze Frog Legs
When it comes to freezing frog legs, you can either freeze them fresh or cooked.
Frog legs that are bought from the store will already be frozen. All you have to do is place them into the freezer once you get home.
For frog legs that are fresh or cooked, you can follow the simple steps below to freeze them:
Freezing Fresh Frog Legs
After preparing the frog legs, you will want to soak them in saltwater for a day. This step is necessary before placing the frog legs into the freezer.
When you soak them in saltwater, it will do two things. One, it will make the black veins become translucent. Second, the saltwater will brine the frog legs. This will keep them moist when you cook them.
After it has been soaked in salt water for a day, wrap each frog leg in cling film. You can double wrap them for extra protection.
Freezing Cooked Frog Legs
1. Cooling Down
Let the frog legs cool down to room temperature. You don’t want to store them while it’s warm or hot in the freezer. Otherwise, the heat from the frog legs will cause condensation in the container during freezing. The moisture will then cause the frog legs to become mushy.
Once the frog legs are cooled down, place them into an airtight container or freezer bag. Make sure to not put too much where it will be cramped.
If using an airtight container, check the seal on the lid for any damages. If there are none, secure the lid to the container tightly.
3. Label and Freeze
With a marker, label the date of freezing on the container or bag. Then place them into the freezer for storage.
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How Long Do Frog Legs Last In The Freezer?
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Frog legs will last for up to 10 months in the freezer. After that, they will still be safe to eat, but the quality of the frog legs will start to diminish.
If you’re planning to cook frog legs in recipes, you won’t be able to tell the difference. Cooking them fresh will not taste as fresh as it should.
Store-bought frog legs will usually have an expiration date on the package. They usually have a very long shelf life since it’s vacuum-sealed. When buying, make sure it’s not close to the expiration date.
How To Defrost Frog Legs
To defrost frog legs, place them into the fridge. This is the recommended way to thaw frog legs. By allowing it to thaw in the fridge, the legs will thaw evenly throughout.
Also, the fridge will prevent bacteria growth on the frog legs.
If you’re in a hurry and can’t wait for it to thaw in the fridge, there’s a method you can try. Remove the frog legs from the freezer and place them into a bowl of warm water. Leave it in there for approximately 30 minutes, and it should completely thaw. Then with a clean towel, pat dries the frog legs.
Can You Refreeze Frog Legs?
You can refreeze frog legs only if it hasn’t completely thawed yet. Also, make sure that it’s in the fridge while being thawed. Otherwise, there’s a risk that it will be contaminated with bacteria.
Frog legs that have thawed completely will become a bit soft due to the flesh separating from each other. By freezing and thawing it again, you’ll end up with frog legs that are mushy and have a loss in flavor.
Why do you soak frog legs in milk?
Soaking the frog legs in milk will help draw out any impurities and whiten and swell the legs.
This should be done prior to cooking or freezing the frog legs.