Can You Freeze Key Lime Pie?

by Charlie

A Key Lime Pie is made with Key Lime. Key Lime is different from the standard lime. If you are not a great fan of limes, don’t let your preferences ruin your chances of having an awesome Key Lime Pie for dessert. 

Key Lime is different from the standard lime because it is a hybrid citrus. It is smaller in size when compared to the standard lime, and it turns yellow when ripened. It contains more acidity, more aroma than the standard lime, and the peel is thinner. 

Desserts are flexible, it can be taken at the end of a meal or as a snack. Key Lime Pie is a perfect blend of tarty sweetness, that can make you skip the dinner plate and go straight to dessert. How do you preserve this delicious pie, can you freeze it?

Can you freeze key lime pie? Yes, you can and key lime pie would last in the freezer for about 1-3 months. However, it is recommended to freeze the pie without the topping, and add the meringue or whipped topping right about when you want to eat it.

How to Freeze Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie is best served cold. After making a key lime pie that you do not intend to keep for long, you can cover it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator to chill. This way, the pie would last for about 5 days. 

Before freezing anything, it is necessary to know the ingredients that go into the food you’re about to freeze. This would help you to be able to determine how well that food will freeze.

It’s not a good idea to freeze the topping of a key lime pie. This is because meringue topping gets a rubbery consistency after freezing and whipped cream reduces in volume. This could make your pie messy and unattractive for consumption. Here’s how you properly freeze key lime pie:

Step 1: Pre-freezing

This is an easy concept to grab. The crust on the key lime pie is usually graham crackers based crust. Pre-freezing helps to keep it solid upon freezing and storage. Place your pie in the freezer, while ensuring that the sides and top of the pie are not in contact with any part of the freezer or another food item stored in the freezer. Freeze like this for 2-4 hours before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Wrapping

After pre-freezing your key lime pie, all that is left is wrapping the pie for long term freezing and storage. For wrapping this pie, I recommend that you use 4 layers of plastic wrap. Without removing the plate, wrap the pie in such a way that contact with air is greatly reduced if not eliminated. You can use tapes to hold the plastic wraps in place.

Step 3: Storage and Freezing

After wrapping, place the pie in heavy-duty freezer bags. With a sharpie, mark the date of storage on the bag so that you can keep track of how long the pie has been stored. Place the pie in the upper part of the freezer where it would not be squished or crushed by other food items.

How Do You Defrost A Key Lime Pie?

Key Lime Pie can be eaten solid. The freezing action would not make the pie hard or chewy. You would still maintain that velvety texture. However, if you are not a big fan of frozen delicacies or would prefer your pie to be softer, all you need to do is to leave it in the refrigerator for a few hours to thaw. 

The freezing action would make the pie very firm but it is very suitable for consumption that way. Please do not attempt to heat or microwave a frozen key lime pie. 

Can Key Lime Pie Make You Sick?

Authentic Key Lime Pie can be made without an oven or stove. You don’t have to bake it so you do not need one. But there have been cases of people getting sick or having salmonella after eating key lime pie. Salmonella can be found in raw eggs, about 2 people in 1000 die from this bacteria. 

Undercooked or Uncooked pies might be just the thing that would make you sick. So, how do you prevent this? 

The raw eggs that are present in the authentic key lime pie recipe must be cooked. Boiled eggs would do you no harm in a pie. So you can use a boiler to heat the yolk and sugar mixture at 140 degrees for 3 minutes while mixing. The USDA has deemed raw eggs to be unsafe for consumption. Since freezing doesn’t kill bacteria, uncooked eggs in your pie can make you sick.

How Do You Know When a Key Lime Pie is Done?

This another tricky aspect of a key lime pie. Most people use the time to know if the pie is done or not. But the size of your pie can mean a variation in baking time. So bake your pie, until the filling is not quite liquid and not quite solid. A gel-like manner, as the pie will solidify as it cools. Take care to not be overzealous when mixing your filling. Over blending the filling can prevent your pie from setting up nicely. This results in a runny pie.

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