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How to store and freeze béchamel or white sauce


Learn how long béchamel lasts in the fridge, how to freeze béchamel sauce or white sauce and how to defrost béchamel.

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How to store and freeze béchamel or white sauce

If you’ve learnt how to make béchamel, you may have some extra sauce on your hands. Béchamel is great in all sorts of recipes, so store that sauce according to the directions below and use it in one of these delicious ideas. 

How long does béchamel keep in the fridge?

Béchamel can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. 

Can you freeze béchamel sauce?

Yes, this is how to freeze béchamel:

  • Portion béchamel sauce in zip lock bags (reusable silicon bags are more sustainable).
  • Label and date clearly and lay flat to freeze.
  • To defrost béchamel sauce, place in the fridge overnight. The thawed sauce will look watery and split.
  • Whisk over low heat in a saucepan to return to its original consistency.
  • Use immediately.

Once you've defrosted your béchamel, why not try it in one of the delicious recipes below!

GET THE RECIPE: Baked Mac and Cheese

Quick, easy and delicious, even faster when you have béchamel ready to go in the fridge or freezer.

GET THE RECIPE: Classic Beef Lasagne

A family favourite, the béchamel and bolognese can be made ahead of time for quick assembly of your lasagne whenever you like.

Seafood Mornay

Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom Lasagne

Baked Mac and Cheese

Bacon Mac N' Cheese Jaffles

Vegetable lasagne

Greek Lamb and Eggplant Pasta Bake

Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

Lamb & Rosemary Pastitsio

Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake with Parmesan Crumbs