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Can You Freeze Guacamole?

Can you freeze guacamole? That’s a question many fans of this avocado-based sauce might need the answer to. Is there a possibility to make a larger amount of guacamole and freeze it for later? Or, when you have too many ripe avocados and you would like to use some of them in guacamole and put the sauce into the freezer?

Good news is, you can freeze guacamole (you can buy frozen guacamole, so why wouldn’t you be able to freeze it yourself?). If you want to freeze it only because you have too many ripe avocados, I suggest you freeze those avocados instead. If you really need to freeze guacamole (e.g. you’ve already made it and there’s quite a lot of it left), you can do it. Read on to get to know the most important things about freezing guacamole.

Freezing Guacamole – Most Important Facts

As I have mentioned above, you can freeze guacamole. The question that’s more important is: “would it be tasty after thawing?“.

Unfortunately, if you’d spend some time and read some food forums and websites, you’d find out that each person has their own thoughts on this topic. Some people don’t mind frozen and thawed guacamole (in fact, they like it). Others say freezing guacamole is not worth the hassle because it won’t be good after thawing. That’s why freezing avocados instead of guacamole sauce itself is a good idea.

Guacamole

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There are, however, some facts about freezing guacamole, that are worth knowing. First thing is, the quality of the guacamole sauce after thawing depends heavily on its ingredients. Some of the recipes call for tomatoes, garlic, or even yogurt. That’s likely why some people are satisfied with frozen and thawed guacamole, while others aren’t. What’s sure is that ingredients such as tomatoes or chopped pepper make the sauce more watery after thawing.

Because of the reasons I outlined above, you won’t know if freezing guacamole works for you until you give it a try. Prepare it using your favorite recipe, freeze it, thaw it and taste it. Then you’ll be certain if freezing this avocado-based sauce works for you.

You don’t have to make a big deal out of it. Next time when preparing this sauce, prepare a little more than you need and freeze the rest for a couple of weeks. That’s the best way to find out if you’re satisfied with frozen and thawed guacamole. If you won’t be happy with the outcome, you can always try changing the recipe. Next time around try removing an ingredient or reducing its amount and see what you get.

How to Freeze Guacamole

This part is pretty easy. Transfer the sauce into a freezer bag, squeeze all air from it and seal the bag tightly. You can add some lime or lemon juice on the top of the sauce right before freezing it to aid with the process.

When choosing the amount of guacamole in a single freezer bag, consider freezing a portion needed for one dish per bag. This way you’ll always be able to thaw only as much sauce as you need at a time. Don’t forget to put the date and other pieces of information you might need in the future on the label. Once done, put the bag (or bags) into the freezer. You can store it there for quite a long time, but it’s not recommended to freeze guacamole for more than 4-6 months. After that time its quality will deteriorate a bit fater and that’s bad news.

Summary
As you know by now, you can freeze guacamole sauce, but not everyone will find the outcome tasty. Or even acceptable. Unfortunately, the only way to know is to experiment on your own. Do a couple of test freezingz and you will know if it is for you in no time.

Condiments

Can you freeze salsa?

Can you freeze salsa? Many people who make their own salsa would love to make a big batch of it, but most of them don’t really know whether salsa can be frozen. Sometimes there’s this sale where you can buy good salsa for cheap and you’re not sure if buying a couple jars really makes sense. Fortunately for you, you can freeze salsa, both fresh homemade salsa and a store-bought one. There are, however, a few things you need to know about freezing salsa, so you’ll know whether freezing it makes sense in your case.

When freezing salsa makes sense?

Salsa is made mainly from vegetables (unless it’s a fruit salsa of course) and as you probably know, many vegetables don’t freeze that well. When it comes to salsa, tomatoes are probably the most important veggies (meaning they’re the main ingredient) and they really don’t freeze very well. That means that when you’ll thaw the salsa, the tomatoes will have a little changed texture, so the salsa will become a little watery (you can pour off the excess liquid after thawing).

Salsa’s taste after thawing will be (in most cases) fine, but the consistency won’t be that good. Please note, however, that few people find thawed salsa’s taste not that good, mainly because the flavors of various ingredients tend to meld together. Because of the changed texture, it’s suggested to use it as an ingredient, e.g. in cooked dishes (soups, chili), rather than straight, as a condiment (e.g. with chips). If you’d like to add frozen salsa into a soup, you don’t really have to thaw it, just transfer it into the pot.

Salsa and chips
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Freezing salsa

There are a few ways you can freeze salsa, depending on your needs. Pick one that’s the best for your needs.

Freezing salsa in the original jar
If it’s a store-bought salsa, there’s always have a little head space in the jar, so you can simply put it into the freezer. If you’ve already opened the jar, make sure to close it tightly before putting it into the freezer. One thing to note – if you’ve already used some of the sauce, in many cases it’s a good idea to transfer it into a smaller jar or container, so there will be less head space, especially if you plan to keep it in the freezer for more than a month. The less air in the jar/container, the less the freeze burn.

Freezing salsa in an airtight container or a jar
If you have your own salsa, or you have some leftovers from a big store-bought jar, you can freeze it in a container or a jar. Just transfer the salsa into the container, close it tightly, label it and put it into the freezer. Make sure to leave some head space, but not too much. As I’ve mentioned in the previous paragraph, the more air in the jar, the worse the freeze burn.

Freezing salsa in small portions
For most people, the most convenient way to freeze salsa is to do it in small portions. This way one can easily thaw only as much salsa as he or she needs at a time. You can do that using small jars or containers following the advice given in the previous paragraph. Another way to do that is by using an ice-cube tray. Pour the sauce into an ice cube tray and put it into freezer. Once frozen, transfer the cubes into containers or a heavy-duty freezer bags and put them into the freezer. This way you’ll be always able to easily thaw only an individual portion of salsa.

Additional information

Freezing salsa for an extended amount of time isn’t recommended. It’s said that salsa’s taste starts to slowly deteriorate pretty soon, after a month, maybe two. It won’t go bad after a few months, but its taste might not be that great as after a month after freezing it. If you’ve prepared a fruit salsa, make sure you’ll spray it or add some lemon or lime juice. It’ll prevent the fruits from turning brown due to freezing. Also, many people suggest that one can can salsa instead of freezing it. If you’re not satisfied with frozen and then thawed salsa, it’s a good idea to try caning it.

Summary
As you should know by now, salsa can be frozen. What’s important to remember is that freezing and thawing changes its texture and it might not work as good when used as a straight ingredient (e.g. with chips), but should be fine when used in cooked dishes and other meals where it’s used as an ingredient.

Condiments

Can you freeze hummus?

Can you freeze hummus? Many people who make their own homemade hummus tend to prepare more hummus than they’d be able to consume within a week or so. Or they would like to make a huge batch of it instead of making a small one every week. Others who buy hummus sometimes notice a great deal on it, but often they don’t really know whether stocking up on hummus makes sense. If you’re one of those people, or for any reason you’d like to know whether you can freeze hummus, the answer is affirmative. Hummus can be frozen and I’ll describe here how to do it.

Freezing hummus

There are few ways of freezing hummus, choose one that seems to be the best for you, depending on your needs. What’s common for all these methods is that hummus shouldn’t be frozen for more than a couple of months (half a year max) for quality reasons. Of course hummus won’t go bad in the freezer after this period of time, but its taste will deteriorate and you probably won’t be satisfied with it. Most people thaw hummus in the freezer. Put it there in the day before you want to use it and it’ll be thawed when you need it.

Bowl of hummus
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Freezing in the original container

This way, obviously, works only for store-bought hummus. You can simply take the original container while it’s still unopened and put it into the freezer and you’re done. As long as the container is unopened, it should be fine in the fridge because it’s sealed well. After you’ve opened it for the first time, it’s a good idea to wrap it with foil or put it into a freezer bag before putting into the freezer, especially if you’d like to store it there for an extended period of time.

Freezing in small portions

If you use only a small amount of hummus at a time, it’s better to freeze it in smaller portions. This way you’ll be able to thaw only as much of it as you need at a certain time. You can do that in at least two ways. First of them is by using a baking sheet – put a number of scoops of hummus on it, each one large enough for one serving, and put the baking sheet into the freezer to freeze the scoops. Once frozen, transfer them into an airtight container or a freezer bag, label it and put back into the freezer. The second way to do that is by freezing hummus in a series of small containers. Either way, you end up with small portions of hummus and you can easily thaw one, two, or all of them at a time.

Freezing in an airtight container

This one is quite easy. Transfer all your hummus into a lidded plastic container (make sure it’s an airtight one). Make sure you leave some headspace in the container, because hummus expands a little when frozen. One more thing – many people suggest that adding a tablespoon of olive oil at the top of the dip will help with maintaining texture while freezing and thawing, so it’s worth doing as well. If you plan to freeze it for a very long time, it’s a good idea to put the container into a freezer bag to reduce freezer burn.

After thawing hummus

Sometimes hummus separates, gets watery or loses its creamy texture after thawing, that’s perfectly normal. Just give it a good stir and it’ll (in most cases) be back to normal. If that doesn’t help, you can add a little olive oil and stir the dip once again. That should help.

The thing you need to know is that the consistency of the dip will probably be a little altered, even after stiring and adding some olive oil. That’s normal. These changes in consistency also vary depending on the manufacturer of it or proportions of ingredients used to make the hummus. So, if you’re not satisfied with the texture of hummus after thawing, consider trying another manufacturer or changing the recipe a little.

Once hummus is defrosted, you should consume it within 5 to 7 days. Make sure you won’t freeze the same hummus more than once. If you’ve found yourself with a too big portion thawed, consider freezing in small portions next time.

Summary
As you can see, hummus can be frozen in a few different ways. Pick one depending on your needs and test it out. If you won’t be satisfied with the results, check again what you can do after thawing hummus to make it a little better.