This brief guide will address the query: “Can you freeze arepas?” Also, we’ll explore how Arepas can be frozen, what Arepas are, what the nutritional content of Arepas is, and is eating Arepas healthy?
Can you freeze Arepas?
Yes, it is possible to freeze Arepas, for long-term storage. They can be stored once they’ve been molded, prior to cooking them, and after they’ve been cooked.
Freezing as a storage alternative can help users economize refrigerator space, reduce waste, and preserve food for an extended period.
In the case of cooked Arepas that have been stuffed with food such as leafy greens and other ingredients that are sensitive to freezing, it may be convenient to remove them before storing them.
Below, we’ll discuss how both cooked and uncooked Arepas can be frozen
How can I freeze Arepas?
Uncooked Arepas can be frozen by molding the dough into the desirable, round shape and then flash-freezing it.
Flash-freezing alludes to placing the raw Arepas on a baking sheet, and then placing the lined sheet in the freezer for them to solidify. Once they’ve acquired a solid consistency, they can then be covered in plastic cling wrap and then placed inside air-tight freezer bags.
Cooked arepas can be frozen similarly, minding that they’ve been allowed to cool to room temperature and that they aren’t stuffed with any ingredients that are prone to separating once frozen.
Frozen, both cooked and uncooked arepas can be preserved for up to one month at peak freshness, and they can be defrosted in an oven, on a griddle, a microwave, or on the stovetop.
What are Arepas?
Arepas are a food product made with ground cornmeal that has been made into dough and fashioned into a round cake, similar to a pancake.
Depending on the maize used, they can be white, yellow, brown, red, and even blue-colored. They are unleavened and can be cooked in various ways, including baking, frying, steaming, and grilling.
These “cakes” can be handmade or processed, and they can be cooked or heated on a griddle, and then stuffed with cheese, fried vegetables, beans, cooked meat, and other food products.
They are of South American heritage and can be commonly found in countries such as Columbia, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Panama.
They are similar to Mexican gorditas and can be served fried once stuffed with other ingredients.
They can be eaten at any hour and served as part of any course throughout the day.
What is the nutritional content of Arepas?
The exact nutritional content of Arepas may vary, due to the ingredients and the method of preparation.
However, on average, a 98-gram portion of plain Arepas will provide:
- 215 calories
- 5.4 grams of protein
- 5.3 grams of fat
- 36 grams of carbohydrates – of which 2.5 grams are dietary fiber, and 0.8 grams are sugars
- 265 milligrams of sodium
- 86 milligrams of potassium
*Additionally, the same serving may provide 4.2% of the suggested daily intake (SDI) of vitamin A, 6.7% of calcium, and 5.7% of iron.
*Based on a diet of 2000 calories a day.
Is eating Arepas healthy?
When consumed occasionally and in small portions, eating Arepas should have no adverse effects on a person’s health.
However, readers should take into account that how Arepas are prepared has a direct effect on its qualities and nutritional benefits.
Users should be wary of consuming Arepas that are prepared by frying, as this will impact the overall fat content of the dish.
Excessive fat consumption (especially of trans and saturated fats) is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, gallstones, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, and other disorders that may stem from these conditions.
Also, users should remain conscious of the amount of sodium present in Arepas, as consuming more than is recommended daily may have adverse effects on a person’s blood pressure, increase the risk of kidney stones, as well as heighten the risk of stomach cancer.
The carbohydrates present in Arepas may also contribute to a high intake of calories, and carbohydrates are associated with higher levels of blood sugar, heart disease, obesity, type II diabetes, and other metabolic disorders.
We advise our readers to be mindful of their daily intake of calories. If they choose to enjoy Arepas in one of its many available presentations, they should do so by combining it with a balanced diet and a healthy active lifestyle that includes aerobic exercise.
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This brief guide addressed the query: “Can you freeze arepas?” Also, we’ve explored how Arepas can be frozen, what Arepas are, what the nutritional content of Arepas is, and is eating Arepas healthy?