How to Store Matzo Balls – Refrigeration + Other Methods

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Matzo balls are a delicious Jewish soup dumpling made from eggs, water, matzo meal, chicken fat, and other ingredients. Being as tasty as they are, you’re likely wondering how to store matzo balls after cooking them. If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we are exploring the details around how you should store matzo balls, and also, whether or not you should freeze them. Ready? Let’s go!

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Can You Eat Leftover Matzo Balls?

Yes, you can eat leftover matzo balls provided that they are stored correctly.

One thing you’ll never want to do is eat matzo balls that have been left at room temperature for over 2 hours. Doing so can breed bacteria and make you sick.

However, if you’ve kept your matzo balls refrigerated, frozen, or heated at a temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above, then you should be able to enjoy your leftover matzo balls with peace of mind.

How Do You Store Homemade Matzo?

Homemade matzo can be stored in a variety of ways.

One way is to store the matzo balls in the fridge and the other is to store them in the freezer. No matter which you choose, make sure your matzo balls are wrapped tightly or are protected in a freezer bag if freezing.

Before storing, always be sure to remove the matzo balls from the soup they are in to prevent them from becoming mushy and falling apart. 

How Do You Store Matzo Balls in the Fridge?

In order to store your matzo balls in the fridge, simply drain the balls and wrap them individually in plastic wrap or a ziplock bag before placing them in the fridge. Make sure not to have the matzo balls touching one another as this may cause them to stick together. 

You’ll also want to make sure you don’t put anything on top of the matzo balls. This could cause them to lose shape. 

Do You Have to Refrigerate Matzo Balls?

Yes, you do have to refrigerate matzo balls, especially if it has been more than 2 hours since they were cooked.

In general, you could technically keep your matzo balls heated at 135 degrees Fahrenheit in the soup broth they’re enjoyed in. However, doing this for too long will eventually cause them to disintegrate.

For that reason, we recommend draining the matzo balls as soon as possible and refrigerating them to keep them at optimal freshness. 

How to Store Matzo Balls in the Fridge

Storing matzo balls in the fridge is easy!

All you have to do is drain your matzo balls, place them in plastic wrap or a ziplock bag, and place them in the fridge.

If you think you’ll want to enjoy them much later in the week (or even months from now), pop your matzo balls in the freezer to extend their freshness. 

How Long Will Matzo Ball Soup Last in the Fridge?

Matzo ball soup will last in the fridge for about 2-3 days. Beyond that, you’ll want to move your matzo ball soup to the freezer where it will keep another three months at best quality.

Just remember to store your matzo balls apart from the broth. This way, they don’t get mushy to the point where they are no longer enjoyable. 

matzoh in soup with veg

Can You Freeze Raw Matzo Balls?

Yes, you can freeze raw matzo balls. In fact, this is a great way to store them ahead of time for cooking.

Just make sure that you cook your raw matzo balls within three months of having stored them; otherwise, your matzo balls may not be of the best quality when the time comes to cook them. 

How to Freeze Matzo Balls

To freeze matzo balls, simply place them in a freezer bag and store them on a level surface in your freezer. Make sure that your matzo balls aren’t touching one another as this could cause them to stick together. 

Can You Freeze Matzo Balls

Remember, you can freeze matzo balls whether they are raw or cooked. Just make sure that the cooked matzo balls are still fresh and aren’t showing signs of rottenness before freezing them. 

Can You Freeze Matzo Balls in Soup?

We don’t recommend it, but you technically could. Just know that your matzo balls will likely disintegrate as you thaw and reheat them in the broth.

If this will not bother you, then you can absolutely freeze our matzo balls in soup. If you’d rather keep your matzo balls intact, drain the matzo balls. Then freeze the broth and matzo balls separate. 

How to Store Cooked Matzo Balls?

How to Store Matzo Balls Between Cooking and Eating?

Matzo balls can be stored between cooking and eating in the fridge or the freezer. If you plan to eat the matzo balls within 2-3 days, then you can feel free to keep your matzo balls stored in the refrigerator.

If, however, you plan to consume your matzo balls at a later date, then you will want to place your matzo balls in the freezer. 

How Long to Store Uncooked Matzo Balls?

Uncooked matzo balls can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and in the freezer for up to three months before the quality, taste, and texture of the matzo ball begins to decline. 

How to Store Cooked Matzo Balls Overnight?

Cooked matzo balls can be stored overnight in the refrigerator and still taste fresh the next day. When ready to consume, simply reheat the cooked matzo ball in its soup broth. 

FAQs

How Do You Drain a Matzo Ball?

In order to drain a matzo ball, use a slotted spoon, colander, or strainer to drain the liquid from the ball before placing it in a separate ziplock bag to store either in the refrigerator or in the freezer. 

How Do You Keep Matzo Balls From Getting Hard?

When making matzo balls, be sure not to overcrowd the pan and be sure to keep the matzo batter moist so that it makes a softer ball. To keep matzo balls soft, store them as directed above, in a tightly sealed ziplock bag or plastic wrap to ensure that moisture does not escape, as this could render your matzo ball hard and dry when ready to reheat.

How Do You Know If Your Matzo Balls Have Gone Bad?

Matzo balls can be fairly easy to spot once they’ve gone bad. They’ll have a slimy or off-colored texture, a putrid smell, and of course, a bad taste. We recommend you thoroughly observe and smell your matzo balls before eating them, especially if they’ve been in your fridge for longer than 2-3 days.

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Storing Matzo Balls Are as Easy as 1-2-3! 

Storing matzo balls doesn’t take much effort. But there are certain steps you’ll want to follow to make sure that your matzo balls stay in good shape. 

Always drain your matzo ball before storing them. Do your best to ensure that your matzo balls aren’t touching before you place them either in the refrigerator or freezer. 

Always consume your matzo balls that are stored in the fridge within 2-3 days. Any matzo balls that are placed in the freezer, eat within three months. 

Know that matzo balls placed in the freezer will technically keep forever. However, they won’t taste as good. They will eventually develop a different texture.

We hope this has helped!

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