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Whether you wound up making too many or are considering making batches in bulk ahead of time, freshly made stuffed jalapeno poppers can be frozen for consumption at a later date. Wrapped in bacon or coated in bread crumbs, frozen jalapeno poppers make for quick and easy appetizers and snacks.
The consistency of cream cheese is altered by freezing. For best results, avoid preparing jalapeno poppers with low-fat and non-fat cream cheeses, as they don't retain their creamy texture through the freezing process as well as those higher in fat content. If you are using a recipe that calls for jalapeno poppers to be breaded, the breading can either be applied prior to or after freezing. To make sure the breading sticks, first dip stuffed jalapeno poppers in milk, then dredge in flour and let “dry” for 10 minutes. Once the flour layer has “dried,” dip the jalapeno popper into milk once more, then coat in bread crumbs.
Before The Big Chill
Arrange stuffed jalapeno poppers on a cookie sheet and freeze for two to three hours, or until hard to the touch. For best results, do not cook jalapeno poppers prior to freezing. You can freeze pre-cooked jalapeno poppers, but they will not crisp up as well as uncooked ones after being frozen and re-heated. Remove the hardened jalapeno poppers from the freezer and arrange them in a single layer in a freezer storage bag. If your jalapeno poppers are breaded, arranging them in a single layer will prevent the crumb coating from falling off, which can occur due to jostling against one another. Remove as much air as possible from the storage bag to increase freezer storage time.
It's All in the Timing
Cream cheese has a freezer shelf life of about five months, so jalapeno poppers stuffed with cream cheese are best consumed within this time. Storage time is increased by using a vacuum sealer to remove all of the air from the storage bag.
For best baking results, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once oven has preheated, remove frozen jalapeno poppers from the freezer and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cook until heated through, approximately 20 to 22 minutes. Let jalapeno poppers cool for a few minutes prior to eating, as the cheese stuffing will be hot after baking.
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