Like yogurt, pudding is arguably the easiest homemade dessert out there but brings the great result. You can do it in less than 10 minutes or maybe 15 minutes if you want to serve pudding with freshly whipped cream. And your kid will absolutely love it.
Because it is so easy to make pudding, many of us would make too much of it. Of course, throwing it away is out of the question. Should you refrigerate pudding? Or is freezing it the way to go?
These are some of the questions I would like to tackle in this article.
What is pudding?
Most of us know that pudding is a savory dessert, but it can also be a dish in itself. The word itself comes from the French word “boudin" meaning small sausage, in reference to encased meats during the medieval period.
In the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth territories, pudding is used to refer to sweet and savory dishes. In the United States and Canada, it is a sweet, milk-based dessert with a consistency similar to custards or mousse.
Pudding goes by various names like “custard" if it is egg based; “jelly" if it has gelatin and “blancmange" if it has cornstarch.
I grew up eating a lot of pudding during my childhood years. My mom would often serve us with this dessert after we finish our meals.
Puddings aren’t exactly new. Aside from the fact that the name came from the French word pertaining to encase meats during the Medieval Age, there’s evidence that chocolate pudding has been enjoyed as early as the 1700s.
During the 18th century, boiled pudding was usually served to soldiers onboard ships of the Royal Navy.
How to thaw pudding
Like in freezing, thawing pudding is simple. I usually put the frozen pudding in the fridge overnight so that it will thaw nicely. Then I can enjoy the thawed pudding as a snack or use it in a recipe the following day.
It’s also possible to thaw the pudding at room temperature for a couple of hours. I wouldn’t recommend this, though, when thawing pudding pie, though. Doing so would expose the dessert to moisture which the pie crust would absorb.
Speaking of pudding pie, I usually follow a recipe that’s low in liquids and high in fat. Think of crushed cookie crust. This will enable the pie crust to maintain its texture while being thawed.
Like most foods, pudding is safe to be stored in the freezer. Freezing can extend the storage life of pudding for up to 3 months. And certain puddings like gelatin pudding can be turned into frozen pops.
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