Make-Ahead Thanksgiving: Freezer-Friendly Pies

November 16, 2012 | By | Comments (5)

Everyone always says you can make pies ahead of time and freeze them, but is that really true? Determined to get ahead of the busy holiday oven schedule, we blind taste tested two of our most popular holiday pies to see if our editors could tell the difference between the pies that had been baked ahead and frozen and those that were fresh from the oven (and cool!).

I made the Caramel-Pecan Pie, a Southern Living classic:

Anne, our Senior Food Editor, made Classic Pumpkin Pie from Cooking Light:


We both made two pies, freezing one ahead and making the other fresh the night before the tasting. The good news? The pies came out looking and tasting nearly exactly the same. The Caramel-Pecan Pie was slightly sweeter after a week in the freezer, but the crust, consistency, and flavor all garnered raves at the taste test.

This little experiment inspired me to see what else freezes well. I’m off to make sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, mashed potato casserole, and squash casserole.

What do you make ahead during the holidays?


  1. Helen

    I’ve been baking and freezing Christmas cookies for years! The bake-off starts the day after Thanksgiving – no way I’m leaving the house on Black Friday! – and continues right up until the week before Christmas, when I finish up with the cookies that aren’t so freezer friendly. Whenever we’re invited to Christmas parties, it’s simple to pull an assortment of cookies out of the freezer, arrange them on a seasonal plate, and we’re ready to go!

    November 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm
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  3. Claire

    Any differences in the taste of the pumpkin pie?

    November 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm
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  5. Ann Gertz

    I make sweet breads like pumpkin, zucchini, banana bread, etc. ahead, wrap them still warm in plastic wrap & then foil & freeze for very long periods & they come out wonderfully! I make a chocolate pecan pie ahead & freeze & again, it comes out perfect. I have made twice baked potatoes & frozen them. I placed them in an airtight tin, with Saran over them & also foil, and they came out perfect. Reheat them frozen.
    I looked this article up because I was wondering about those two pies exactly – pumpkin, & pecan, so THANK YOU! This will make my thanksgiving dinner MUCH easier!

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