January 10, 2014

Freezing Royal Icing

I can not even begin to tell you how much icing I used to throw away when I first started decorating. It makes me sick now that I think about it. Hopefully this post will prevent you from making the same mistake.

Since I am not a business and only do cookies as a hobby, I have an enormous amount of icing left over after doing a few cookies here and there. So I thought I would share with you how I go about freezing such a large amount.

I start out by making my favorite royal icing recipe. If I do not use my icing within 48 hours I place it into this handy dandy plastic dish. Now the 48 hour rule is just my rule and this dish? Well as long as you are using a freezer safe bowl/dish, you will be good.



Just scoop out all that fluffy icing and place it into your bowl.



Using a spatula, spread it out evenly.



Place saran wrap on top.




Make sure the saran wrap is touching the icing and all edges are covered.




Put a lid on it (I've been dying to say that).



Then place it in your freezer. Now I have no idea how long this is good for. But I have used the frozen stuff that is 2 months old and it still acts the same as fresh and taste the same. The only thing that you may notice is that once it is thawed, it will not be as thick as when it was first made. Which suits me fine. I thin down my icing a bit anyway. But if you want that thick icing, just add some more powdered sugar. That should do it.


Here it is all nestled in my freezer along with……..well……



To thaw the royal icing, I just place my container on the counter with the lid still secure. It really does not take as long as you may think. Once it is thawed, scoop out what you need, color, thin and start decorating.  If you still have icing left over, repeat all the steps above. Eventually you will use up all that icing and none will have to be thrown away!

Oh and did you know you can freeze your icing pods also? You betcha. What a changing moment that was for me. If you would like to see more on icing pods, hop on over to Karen's Cookies and watch a video on how it's done. This will change your life. 








11 comments:

  1. Would never have thought to freeze RI! It is criminal what I've wasted :S no more now, thanks! :)

    Shel @ Sweet Petite

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    1. You are so welcome. It really is life saving :)

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  2. This is fabulous - thank you so much!! And thank you for the link to Karen's Cookies. You were right - life changing!! Off to make my iced pumpkin cookies now!

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  3. I have just finished icing my Christmas cakes and I have enough icing left over to do another two!!!! Don't ask how I managed that!
    Thank you for the advice and the humour with the freezer, (would like to know how to make chocolate dough though)!!! Merry Xmas to you and thanks again!!!

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    1. Do yourself a favor and check out LilaLoa chocolate cookie recipe!! Best EVER!!!!

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  4. Thank you so much! I have thrown out SO MUCH icing over the past two years. :(
    I always though of it as delicate and temperamental, so I assumed it wouldn't last. You have changed my life! :)

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    1. Thank you Julie!!!! It is totally life changing! I never throw ANY icing away now. Even icing that has been colored!!

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  5. how do you reuse the icing pods? I always find that the icing separates a little in bags, so I have to remix. I would love it if I could just freeze, the reuse the pod on command...

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    1. Hi Robyn! I do have to remix the icing pods :( It would be awesome if we could just use them on command.

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  6. I put all of my colored RI into pastry bags, and pastry bottles, and have had no problems storing in the refrigerator over the last 5 days, I looked at them earlier, and they still look great, and taste great. But I do wonder if I stored them in the pastry bags & bottles in the freezer, how that would work out. Have you tried it by chance? I cover the tips of the pastry bags in saran wrap, and put them into a plastic container with a lid, and the bottles have plastic covered tips.

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    1. I have never used bottles. I would recommend maybe trying a small amount and see what happens. When I remove icing from the freezer I always need to give it a quick stir. Also remember, when the icing thaws it is creating condensation in the container. This condensation does not really effect the consistency of the icing, unless your like me and re-freeze the icing several times. Let me know if you decided to try a small amount. I am anxious to know how it worked out.

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