Do you want to make your edibles last longer? Freezing them could be the solution you are after.
Cannabis gummies are now a popular treat that anyone can make from their home.
Other types of edibles include:
- Baked goods such as cookies and brownies
While there are many great options to choose from, cannabis gummies are a yummy and simple way of consuming cannabis.
Due to their popularity, many people have questioned whether these gummies can go in the freezer. After all, being able to store some in the freezer would mean you rarely run out.
The good news is, you can certainly store as many as you would like in the freezer. In fact, cannabis gummies are one of the most effortless edibles you can keep frozen.
Because of this, you can make many batches at once and keep them frozen until you are ready to eat.
The benefits of freezing your edibles
Of course, an obvious benefit is that you would never run out. However, there are many more benefits you may not have thought of yet.
Another obvious benefit to freezing your cannabis gummies is that you will save a lot of time. If you are always busy or struggle to find a spare moment during the week, making a large amount at once will help save time.
Besides this, other people have claimed that freezing their edibles keeps them fresh for longer. Although cannabis gummies will stay fresh for a considerable time when stored in an airtight container, they will be fresh for much longer when kept frozen.
When your gummies are kept fresh, the flavor will last much longer, and the main ingredients will not degrade either.
The freezer is the perfect place for gummies because not only is it cold, it is also dark. Light is bad for gummies, so keeping them in a cold and dark place is ideal.
The freezer is also a great hiding place for your gummies. If no one suspects that your delicious gummies are in the freezer, then you will not have to share any.
Lastly, a frozen cannabis gummy is a nice treat on a hot day during summer. By keeping your gummies in the freezer, you also have the option of eating them cold if you want to.
When should you freeze your gummies?
It would be best if you waited for your gummies to set in the fridge first. Then you can freeze them.
Putting them in the freezer first will not make them set faster. If you were to do this, it would spoil your edibles, and they would not hold their shape once thawed.
You could leave your gummies in the fridge overnight and then transfer them to the freezer the next day.
The sooner you freeze your gummies, the fresher they will be.
If you were to leave them in an airtight container for a few weeks, you could still freeze them. However, they might not be as fresh as they once were.
How should you store your gummies in the freezer?
When your cannabis gummies go in the freezer, they should be stored in an airtight container.
To prevent your gummies from sticking and freezing together, you could add a sheet of baking paper between each layer.
If you use baking paper, they will not look mushy or clumped together after they have defrosted.
Wrapping gummies in plastic or storing them in a plastic bag is not recommended, as the plastic would cling onto them.
As a result, it would not be easy to unwrap the gummies, and the plastic might affect the flavor.
How to defrost cannabis gummies
If you want to defrost your gummies, the best way to do this is to leave them in the fridge for a few hours.
If you were to take them out of the freezer and put them on a countertop at room temperature, they could spoil due to the rapid temperature change.
Is it safe to put gummies back in the freezer after they have defrosted?
As a precaution, food that has already started to thaw should not go back into the freezer (1). Therefore, your gummies should not go back into the freezer if they have already defrosted.
If you were to re-freeze your gummies, they would not be nice after they have defrosted for a second time, as too much moisture might have left the gummies.
Only take what you need from the freezer and leave the rest. You could try storing the gummies in smaller containers if you do not want to take the entire container out of the freezer each time.
How long do edibles last in the freezer?
Most candies like gummies can be frozen for 3-6 months (2). However, if stored correctly, they might last much longer.
Does freezing affect the main ingredients?
If you are adding cannabis oil to gummies, such as CBD oil, the good news is that freezing does not degrade your main ingredient (3).
When CBD oil is left at room temperature, it can last up to 18 months (4).
You do not need to worry about the oil component degrading in your gummies because the other ingredients will degrade before the oil does.
Therefore, freezing your gummies will not make them less effective.
What flavor is best to freeze?
All gummies will freeze fine regardless of which flavor you choose. Because of this, you should opt for flavors that you like the most.
If you are freezing heaps of gummies at once, you might want to freeze a few different flavors. If you only freeze one flavor, you might get sick of it after a while if you have made an enormous batch.
When you are freezing different flavors, keep each flavor in a separate container and remember to label them.
Remember to freeze your gummies while they are still fresh. Doing so will preserve the flavor for much longer.
Are there any regulations around storing edibles in the freezer?
In some states, there are laws or regulations regarding how you store your edibles (5).
If you have these laws or regulations in your state or country, these rules still apply when storing edibles in the freezer.
Because different states have different laws, it would pay to check which ones apply specifically to your area.
Most rules state that edibles must be kept in an adequately labeled child-proof container. The reason for this is to keep other people in your household safe.
If these laws do not apply to your area, you could still use them as a guideline if you wanted to put some safety measures in place.
There are many benefits to keeping your edibles or cannabis gummies in the freezer. Doing so will make your edibles last longer, and you can save time.
When stored correctly, your gummies should last for a long time in the freezer. Following the correct guidelines will also prevent them from spoiling as they defrost.