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Yes you can definitely freeze marshmallows for 4 plus months without any loss of quality. All you need to do to is toss the marshmallows in a freezer bag, zip it tight, label it and toss it in the freezer.
How to Freeze Marshmallows
Marshmallows are a combination of sugar, gelatin and corn syrup. They are a fluffy, sweet dessert treat that can be eaten alone or as a dip or part of another dessert. However, they're free texture quickly dissipates once the bag has been opened.
So, if you have a large bag of marshmallows and are only going to use a few you might be looking for a way to store it to last longer. Additionally, if you have several bags of unopened marshmallows you may want to weigh to extend their shelf life.
The gelatin in marshmallows makes it so that they don't ever get completely rock hard, even when frozen. Interestingly, when freezing jello, the gelatin bonds get broken resulting in a liquidly jello when it is defrosted.
The process below works for both homemade or store-bought marshmallows. Additionally, you can use this method for mini marshmallows, colored marshmallows or jumbo marshmallows.
Grab a freezer bag or an airtight container. And toss your marshmallows into the container.
If you're using a freezer bag, you'll want to make sure to press all of the excess air out of it before zipping it shut.
If you're using an airtight container, try to fill it leaving just around 1 to 2 in between the marshmallow and the lid. This decreases the amount of air in the container.
Label your bag or container with the date.
Toss your sealed bag or container into your freezer.
Tips for successful freezing
- Use fresh ones only. freeze the marshmallows when they are as fresh as possible. If your bag has been open for a while, the marshmallows will have already started to get stale and will not freeze with maximum quality.
- Don't crush your marshmallows. Part of the marshmallow experience is there fluffy texture. If you smash them in the freezer they will freeze like that and be hard and less fluffy when defrosted.
How to Defrost Marshmallows
It's super easy to defrost marshmallows. You can simply remove them from the freezer and place them on the counter at room temperature. Depending on if you have frozen mini marshmallows or jumbo marshmallows, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours for them to thaw.
How to Use thawed Marshmallows
Since thawed marshmallows have the same texture, taste in quality as fresh marshmallows you can use them in all the same ways such as:
- Rice Krispy treats
- topping off hot chocolate
- marshmallow dip
Freezing Marshmallows FAQ
How long can you freeze marshmallows?
You can freeze marshmallows for 4 to 6 months without loss of quality. However, they are safe to keep in the freezer and definitely. The longer there frozen the more quality degradation you'll experience.
Why do marshmallows not freeze?
Marshmallows don't freeze all the way due to the fact that they have gelatin mixed with the water. This causes the freezing point of water to be higher than normal.
How long do marshmallows stay fresh after opening?
Marshmallows will stay fresh up to a month after opening as long as the bag is kept sealed well. However, they do start to get stale after that. And if the bag is not sealed well they don't stay fresh for more than a week or so.
Can you freeze chocolate-covered marshmallows?
Yep, you can freeze chocolate-covered marshmallows the same way you freeze regular marshmallows. With the one caveat being you'll want to flash freeze them first so that they don't stick together when placed in the bag.
How to Freeze Marshmallows
- airtight container
- marker or pen
- freezer bags
- Marshmallows homemade or store-bought
- Take your bag of marshmallows and toss them straight into a freezer bag.
- Press all the air out of the bag, without smushing the marshmallows. Then, zip it closed.
- Write the date on the outside of the bag.
- Toss the bag into the freezer, but make sure it is not being crushed by anything.