Can you freeze aubergine parmigiana?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze aubergine parmigiana?” Also, we’ll explore how aubergine parmigiana can be frozen, what aubergine parmigiana is, what the nutritional content of aubergine parmigiana is, and is aubergine parmigiana healthy to eat? 

Can you freeze aubergine parmigiana? 

Yes, users can prepare aubergine parmigiana and store it before baking, or after. 

Storing it in the freezer before baking is a way to streamline the cooking process, and can be done to reduce preparation by just placing it in a preheated oven. 

Aubergine parmigiana leftovers can also be stored frozen. Freezing constitutes a handy storage alternative for when there are plenty of leftovers that won’t be readily consumed. 

Frozen unbaked aubergine parmigiana can be frozen for up to three months in advance of baking, while leftover eggplant lasagna can be preserved for up to nine months. 

This is a considerable increase in shelf life, as baked aubergine parmigiana can keep for up to 4 days in refrigeration, while unbaked lasagna should not be stored in refrigeration for more than a single day. 

Below, we’ll review some important outlines readers can follow to properly freeze their aubergine parmigiana. 

How can I freeze aubergine parmigiana? 

Aubergine parmigiana that is unbaked can be frozen by assembling the lasagna in a baking dish and then covering it in two or three layers of plastic cling wrap. 

Alternatively, users can cover it with tinsel foil though this may not seal it as tightly. It can be stored directly in the freezer once it’s been covered.

Frozen, unbaked aubergine parmigiana can keep for 3 months and should be baked before said time has elapsed, for the ingredients to maintain peak freshness. 

It can be defrosted by being placed in refrigeration overnight, or it can be baked out of the freezer, but the cooking time will increase and users should only serve it once it has reached the necessary interior temperature. 

Baked aubergine parmigiana can be frozen by cutting it into pieces and packing them in plastic cling wrap. These pieces can then be stored in heavy-duty freezer bags or quality freeze-resistant containers. 

It’s important to wrap baked parmigiana, as it will prevent exposure to frigid air that can inflict freezer burns. 

Frozen, aubergine parmigiana can be preserved for up to nine months at peak freshness, it can be defrosted by leaving it to thaw in the fridge, or a microwave oven, at short intervals. 

What is aubergine parmigiana? 

Aubergine parmigiana alludes to eggplant lasagna. Fittingly, it is a dish made with sliced eggplant (another name for aubergine) that has been arranged in a baking dish with tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese,  

Some authors recommend salting the eggplant for one hour before using it to make the dish’s layers. This can be done to regulate the moisture in the aubergine and prevent it from becoming too soggy. 

The tomato sauce can be made while the aubergine (eggplant) is being salted, 

Once the dish’s layers have been assembled and garnished with cheese at the top, it can be baked at 180°C 

Baked, the resulting lasagna can then be served warm.  

What is the nutritional content of aubergine parmigiana? 

On average, a 100-gram portion of aubergine parmigiana will provide: 

  • 103 calories – of which 57 are from fat
  • 4.9 grams of protein
  • 6.3 grams of fat
  • 5.8 grams of carbohydrates – of which 2.1 grams are dietary fiber, and 3.4 grams are sugar
  • 360 milligrams of sodium 

Is eating aubergine parmigiana healthy? 

Aubergine parmigiana can be considered healthy, due to the eggplant present in it. It is low in calories, and over half of them are sourced from fat.

However, users should remain wary of the salt content present in the dish. High sodium levels are associated with heart disease, the risk of stomach cancer, and the accumulation of sediments in the kidneys. 

Also, some recipes may call for oil and other ingredients that may add to the dish’s overall fat content. 

However, the aubergine present can provide fiber, antioxidants, and many essential vitamins and minerals 

We recommend that our readers consult with a certified nutritionist who’ll provide tailored guidance for their nutritional needs.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze aubergine parmigiana?” Also, we’ve explored how aubergine parmigiana can be frozen, what aubergine parmigiana is, what the nutritional content of aubergine parmigiana is, and is aubergine parmigiana healthy to eat? 

References  

https://www.nutritionix.com/i/piccolino/aubergine-parmigiana/624312c3c65daf0008f9d017

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eggplant-benefits

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/301506

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.