I know you are here because you are a fan of fluffy and airy matzo balls like me!
Matzo balls with chicken soup are the most welcome dish for children. Even most of the adults also love this lip-smacking dish.
I was usually making matzo balls from matzo balls mix. But when my friend gave me this light matzo ball recipe and tried it at home. I just fell in love with the flavor of that delicious homemade Matzo balls!
I will never ever go for matzo balls mix.
Nowadays, I make matzo balls at home so often. But sometimes I don’t have that much time to make matzo balls with soup. So, I want them made in advance.
Then I started to research that can we make matzo balls ahead of time and freeze it for later use? And got some essential facts.
So, here I will let you know these crucial thoughts about matzo balls and its freezing.
Matzo Ball Calories
Serving- 2 matzo balls
Ingredients contain– Plain matzo-22g, Egg-26g, household shortening 2g., water-20g.
What is Matzo Ball? What Is It Made of?
The Matzo ball is an essential cuisine in Jewish. They are served in chicken soup.
Matzo balls are basically made up of egg, water, oil and matzo meal.
The primary ingredient in matzo ball is matzo meal. But here matzo meal is not actually a meal.
Matzo meal is finely ground matzo crackers. They have breadcrumbs like consistency.
Depending upon the recipe and cooking ability, matzo ball may be varying in size, texture, and consistency.
They may be light or thick. Matzo ball aficionado mentions it as floaters or sinkers.
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How to Make Matzo Balls?
As I said above, I used to buy a matzo ball mix from the supermarket. But when I tried this simple and super easy recipe, I fell in love with these light matzo balls.
After this recipe, you may feel making Matzo balls from scratch is not that hard at all and forget the mix ever!
½ cup Seltzer
1 cup matzo meal
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
- In a bowl beat the eggs with a fork.
- Add seltzer, olive oil, matzo meal, ground black pepper, salt in a bowl. Beat the mixture for 30 seconds. Make sure it will just combine, don’t over mix it.
- Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 30 minutes, make sure it turns to the firm consistency.
- In a large pot boil the salted water on simmer heat.
- Take a small amount of oil and rub it to your hand. Take a teaspoon of matzo ball batter and gently make a roll.
- Transfer the matzo ball into the salted water. Cover the pot fully and cook for at least 30 minutes until it makes soft.
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Can Matzo Balls Be Made Ahead of Time and Store?
Yes, certainly you can make matzo balls ahead of time. If you have short of time, making matzo balls in advance saves your time.
It is always better to have everything ready at almost the same time. Making them ahead of time prevents the mess up at the last minute.
You can store it in a fridge or freezer. But before storing it drain them well.
If you want to store it for a few days, you can store it in the fridge. For longer storage, keep it in the freezer.
Can Matzo Balls Be Refrigerated? / How to Store Matzo balls in a Refrigerator?
Yes, you can refrigerate matzo balls for a few days.
If you are planning to make matzo balls ahead of time and thinking to store just for few days, refrigerating them is the best way of storing. It stays good for a couple of days after refrigerating.
You can make Matzo balls one to two days in advance and keep them uncooked till they are ready to cook in the soup that day.
You can refrigerate Matzo balls by following ways:
- If you going to store cooked ones, drain them and store it in a plastic bag or ziplock bag to save space.
- You can use Tupperware container, made for storing vegetables which has a grid on the bottom side. It is convenient as it held the matzo balls at the bottom. This prevents them from becoming mushy. It stays good for 3 days without any issue.
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Can You Freeze Matzo Balls?
Of course, matzo balls can freeze really well without loss of texture and flavor.
When you made a large batch of matzo balls and needs to be stored for longer, freezing them is the best way. Matzo balls can be freeze for 3 months.
For storing the matzo balls in a freezer, make sure there is no liquid. If you freeze them with broth, they get soggy.
You can store matzo balls in a freezer by below-mentioned ways:
- You need to store them without any liquid. Then you can keep them in a plastic bag or a ziplock bag.
- You can also store cooked matzo balls on a baking sheet lined with a parchment paper or non-stick foil. Then cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and keep them in freezer quality ziplock bags.
This method works if you have a lot of space in the freezer. But it gets you easy to take out the quantity required for an individual meal.
- If you don’t want that your matzo balls stick together after freezing, you can apply this trick. Cover a sheet pan with plastic. You need to place the matzo balls individually on a sheet pan till they get hard. It takes around 3 to 4 hours. Then transfer them in a freezer bag. Press the bag to take out the air as much as possible from a bag.
- You can also try the egg tray to freeze matzo balls. By freezing in an egg tray, it won’t stick together.
Can you Reheat Matzo Balls?
Certainly, you can reheat matzo balls. But after freezing, matzo balls get dehydrated.
But when you warm them, they get plumped up.
If you keep matzo balls in a freezer or even in the refrigerator, before consuming them, you should keep them at room temperature for an hour or so. Then you can get them warm in a soup.
For reheating freezing matzo balls, keep the balls in simmering soup over high heat. When the soup comes to a simmer state, decrease the heat and make sure soup stays under a boil.
Simmer the soup till the matzo balls heat up and turn soft in the center. This process takes at least 20 minutes or more.
You can check the softness of matzo balls with a pointed sharp knife. The texture can also be checked by cutting it and taste it.
The matzo balls also reheated with just water. You just need to simmer balls in hot water then add to your chicken soup.
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