Wontons are a wonderfully tasty (and easy to make!) treat that you can prepare in a number of delicious ways, but what should you do with all those leftover wrappers? Can you store your leftover wonton wrappers for later use? Or, are they doomed to find their way to the trash bin?
You can freeze wonton wrappers as long as you keep them properly in an airtight container or freezer-grade ziplock bag. Wonton Wrappers can last up to 9 months when stored in the freezer. But it’s best to consume frozen wonton wrappers within 3–6 months for the freshest taste.
Freezing leftover wonton wrappers is a good idea as it ensures no wrappers go to waste. In the rest of this article, I’ll take an in-depth look at all of the tips and tricks for freezing your unused wonton wrappers, how long you should store your leftover wrappers in the freezer, and how to thaw those wrappers when you’re ready to use them once again. Keep reading.
How Do You Freeze Wonton Wrappers?
Often when making or purchasing wonton wrappers, you’re left with more sheets of wrappers than you could ever use in one meal. That’s why freezing them is a fantastic way to store your wrappers.
So how should you go about properly storing your leftover wonton wrappers in your freezer?
You can freeze wonton wrappers by placing them in an airtight container such as a freezer-grade ziplock bag and leaving them in your freezer for later use. It’s important to separate your wrappers with parchment paper or dust them with cornstarch to prevent them from sticking together.
Next, I’ll go over a few tips and tricks for freezing your wonton wrappers to keep them fresh and the dough easy to work with when you are ready to cook with them once again.
The overall process for preparing and freezing your wonton wrappers for later use is pretty straightforward.
You can follow six steps when preparing your wonton wrappers for the freezer. These steps will help you store your wonton wrappers so that they stay fresh and easy to use months down the road.
Here we go:
- Check the expiration date. The experts at JSL Foods (the producers of the Twin Dragon Wonton Wrappers) state that however many days your wonton packages’ initial expiration date has left is how many days you’ll have to consume your wontons once thawed. (If you’re using homemade wrappers, disregard this step.)
- Prevent your wrappers from sticking together. If your wrappers are store-bought and already dusted, you can ignore this step. If not, you should lightly dust your wrappers with a sprinkling of cornstarch or separate each wrapper with a sheet of parchment paper to prevent your wrappers from sticking together.
- Wrap your wontons in plastic wrap. Try adding a small layer of plastic wrap before placing your wrappers into a tight-sealing container or ziplock bag. This added step will ensure that your wonton wrappers are safe should anything happen to your storage containers’ seal. After all, you don’t want dry or freezer burnt wrappers.
- Acquire a sealable container for freezing your wonton wrappers. You should find an airtight container or freezer-grade ziplock bag to store your wonton wrappers. Another great way to store your wrappers and prevent dried-out sheets is by using a FoodSaver Sealer (available on Amazon.com) to seal the ready to freeze wontons wrappers. This product ensures food can last up to 3 years in the freezer.
- Label and date your packaged and ready to freeze wonton wrappers. It’s important to label and date your wrappers so that you know how long you have to use them before they go bad. Labeling also helps remind you what each frozen package contains and makes it far more likely that you won’t forget to cook with your frozen wrappers.
- Place your newly packaged wonton wrappers in the freezer. Simply place your wrappers in the freezer and forget about them until you’re ready to thaw and cook with them.
If stored properly, your wontons should emerge from the freezer, tasting as delicious and fresh as the day you froze them. The wrapper dough should also be just as easy to manipulate into wontons or whatever other delicious creation you wish as they were before.
How Long Do Wonton Wrappers Last in the Freezer?
Now that you have your wonton wrappers safely stored in your freezer awaiting their next meal assignment, just how long should you allow your wrappers to chill in their cozy new freezer home?
Wonton wrappers can last up to 9 months in the freezer if stored properly in an airtight container or freezer-grade ziplock bag. However, it’s recommended that you eat your frozen wonton wrappers within 3–6 months so that the wrappers are easier to work with and have a fresher taste.
Ultimately it’s up to you how long you leave your wonton wrappers in the freezer, but the experts at JSL Foods (The producers of the Twin Dragon Wonton Wrappers) recommend no more than nine months for quality tasting wrappers.
How Do You Thaw Wonton Wrappers?
Now that you’ve learned how to properly freeze your wonton wrappers as well as how long you should store them for the freshest results, it’s time to learn how to thaw those same wrappers when you’re ready to use them.
You can thaw wonton wrappers by placing them in your refrigerator overnight. It’s recommended that you leave the wrappers in their package or place a moistened towel over the top of them until after they’ve thawed to prevent the edges of your wonton wrappers from becoming dry.
If you’re in a bit of a rush, you might try the method of leaving them out on the counter for 40 minutes in order to speed up the process, though this isn’t recommended for keeping your wrappers their freshest form.
Wonton wrappers that have been left out somewhere warm to thaw too quickly can lead to mushy wrappers that stick together. In addition, these kinds of wrappers become challenging to work with and will leave you with soggy unappetizing lumps of dough.
Many also suggest placing your wonton wrappers in the microwave for 20 seconds to speed up the thawing process when you are in a hurry. Depending on your microwave, you may have to flip your wonton wrapper stack and microwave them for a little longer on each side.
It’s important not to overcook your wrappers if trying the microwave method. If you do, you’ll render your wrappers dry and unusable. So be careful!
I’d recommend sticking with the refrigerator thawing method for the best results.
So can you freeze your unused wonton wrappers? Yes!
When freezing your wrappers, remember to:
- Make sure your wonton wrappers are sealed in packaging that is airtight.
- Take steps to prevent your wonton wrappers from sticking together.
- Label and date your wrapper’s packaging.
As long as you follow the above list of steps, your unused wonton wrappers should easily store in your freezer for up to 9 months.