When you have made potato salad and many of these remain as leftover it surely comes in your mind that “can you freeze potato salad?” Well if you don’t have any idea of preserving these types of foods then it’s normal to ask this question. The potato salads and the life of it shelf is very short.
That’s why you need to know to preserve potato salad. You can keep it eatable in fridge for nearly a week, but when you freeze it in freezer you can use this for a long period of time.
Freezing is not very difficult to do but you also need to know the process of thawing it. Let me know you how to do all these things.
Can you freeze potato salad?
So the answer you already know. Yes you can. If you do the packaging of the salad properly and then sealed it, you can keep it for a long time. If you have a fridge and it has a freezer, you can easily preserve the salad. If you have a separate freezer it will help more to keep your food for longer period.
How to freeze potato salad?
You have to follow some steps to freeze or store potato salad. If you want to make a good amount of them make it separate in two parts. One part is for serving and another is for preserving which should be untouched. It will help to not degrading the food easily.
At first get some plastic bags or container which must have to be stiff and airtight. Now separately place the potato salad and divide it. Now put them in a stiff container with a spoon. I prefer a slotted one.
Don’t fill it fully. Leave some space of one or two inches. It is ideal to keep this much space in the container. If you want to use plastic bags then squeeze the air first. Let all the air out before you seal the bag.
Now write down the date of storing with a marker before putting it in the freezer to keep in mind that for how long the salad is in the freezer.
How to freeze the leftovers?
If you see many of your food remain as leftovers in your kitchen and you just throw them all, it’s not good. So this is very important to store the leftovers if you don’t want to waste food and want to save it. It is a good practice. So how will you do that?
It’s simple. Just remove the leftover relics that are mixed into it. It’s very important to do unless it will easily spoil the food because of the ingredients. After that the procedure is same as before. Find a stiff and airtight container and put them in it.
Leave some space as mentioned earlier. Don’t overfill it. Seal it and then put the container in the freezer with date of the storage.
Thawing Potato Salad
It is very important to know how to thaw the potato salad. Let me help you with this.
At first you need to know that you cannot take out the frozen salad from the freezer to an open place. You have to keep it on the refrigerator and set the temperature to 40 degree F. Never thaw it in room temperature or in any microwave oven. It can lead a rapid bacterial growth.
This is vital for those foods which have dairy, eggs, or mayonnaise as its primary ingredients.
Another thing I prefer that it is best to eat the potato salad when it’s chilled. You do not have to take the trouble to reheat the salad. It is completely unnecessary.
Things You Should Look Out for
You need to keep in mind that potatoes do not freeze well. And also the moisture affects the freezing process. It makes the potato wet and soft and sometimes mealy. That’s why some people don’t store potato salad.
The cooked eggs are not even ideal for freezing and also combining it with other dairy ingredients doesn’t bring positive outcomes. So you can tell the freezing of potato salad will fully work. For one, it has already been identified by The National Center for Food Preservation.
They said the ingredients used on the potato salads these ingredients don’t freeze properly. Mayonnaise is also one of the major reasons for a potato salad to be spoiled easily.
Is it healthy?
Food experts and chefs do not prefer to store or freeze potato salad. They say the ingredients which are used in cooking this food deteriorate easily. But you still can do this by freezing and packing it properly.
If freezing fail you have to throw the potato salad because it is spoiled then and spoiled or rotten food contains bacteria that are harmful to the body. That’s why experts recommend to not freezing them.
At last I will say saving or storing food is important because it saves you money. However, when it comes to preserving potato salads, there are so many considerations which must be pondered upon.
If you want to prevent leftovers of potato salads, I think the best way is to make them and weigh the amount that you needed.
You also can count the number of people that will eat it and you will understand the measurement so that there will be no leftovers. But there are times when making a lot of potato salads is needed for an upcoming party or event. On that time storing them tightly and properly is a necessity.
Bonnie Zepeda is an food and kitchen specialist. She likes to like to write on various kinds of foods, kitchen items, kitchen tips etc besides working as a Culinary Specialist.