Can You Freeze Injera – How To Freeze Injera

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Injera has been my answer to my family standoff on teff.  Yes, I am aware that I could freeze teff but my real problem is how to use it and make everyone at the table happy. My husband loves teff just cooked as is and used as a rice replacement.  I’m of the opinion that that seems a little boring so I stumbled across injera.  It is an Ethiopian flatbread made of teff which stands to reason since teff is an indigenous Ethiopian grain.

This relatively easy to make bread reminds me of a grownup pancake with a little tang.  In Ethiopian culture, injera is used in place of utensils to scoop up any number of their delicious soups and stews.  I will admit I have not yet ventured into the lengthy process of making the famous Doro Wat, but it’s become a bucket list item.  I’m currently using injera in my family as a healthy replacement for old fashioned bread and butter with a meal.  It’s also great with a little peanut butter as a quick snack!

Can You Freeze Injera?

So as is my custom, I endeavored on the process of freezing injera.  I love making large batches of go-to foods so that meals can be made special with little time spent on the process.  Injera can be frozen and very successfully thawed back to its original yumminess.

How To Freeze Injera

Injera is very simply to freeze with these step-by-step instructions.

  1. Make a batch of injera and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  2. Use freezer bags that allow each piece of injera to lie flat. I make my injera about burrito wrap size so a gallon freezer bag works wells.
  3. Place a piece of parchment paper between each injera.
  4. Slide the separated injera into the freezer bag so that it’s not over stuffed.
  5. Using a straw, suck out all of the air before closing tightly.
  6. Date and label you freezer bag and pop it in the freezer.

You can also use freezer safe containers, but I think it is too hard to remove all of the air.  Any air remaining can dry and crack the injera so the more airtight the packaging the better.

How To Thaw Injera

It’s super quick and easy to thaw the injera.  Because each piece is separated with parchment, they can be pulled out of the freezer bag as needed.  Note: be sure to remove any air each time you reseal the bag. Simply place the injera on a plate between two damp paper towels and reheat in the microwave.

Do give injera a try.  Teff can be found at most large supermarkets and also online at amazon.com.  There are a lot of recipes out there but I will share the one that I use and trust me I use it because it’s the easiest I’ve found.  I love easy!  https://yumuniverse.com/authentic-ethiopian-injera-100-teff-flat-bread/

2 thoughts on “Can You Freeze Injera – How To Freeze Injera

  1. Great question! I’ve never tried any other way, but I’m thinking that a quick turn in a pan with a touch of oil would give it a warm crispness. Let me know if you try this and it works out. I’ll have to give it a try as well!

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