Salsa is not only a great dipping sauce for chips, it is used in many tasty recipes as well. Whether you make your own salsa or buy it from the store, you may find the need to store it later and freezing is an easy option when following a few simple steps.
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How to Freeze Salsa
There are a couple of ways that you can freeze salsa depending on your later use for the product.
- Your first option is to freeze the salsa directly in the original jar. This is best done with unopened salsa or salsa that only a small amount is used. For freezing in the jar there will need to be a little bit of air, but remember too much air can cause freezer burn.
- The salsa can be stored in any airtight container or jar. You can use this method to freeze extra salsa leftover from a jar or if you have made you own homemade salsa. Choose a container that seals well and will prevent air from getting in. Be sure to leave some air in the container so that it will have room to expand when it freezes but not too much. Labeling the container with the name and date is best when storing a lot in the freezer.
- Salsa can also be frozen in small portions. If you are not planning on using a lot of the salsa at a time, you may want to freeze it in small portions. This makes defrosting easier and usually results in less waste. You can do this the same way as you would in an airtight container, by simply using smaller containers. Another quick way to freeze small portions is to freeze them in an ice cube tray. Pour the salsa into the individual sections of the ice cube tray and put them into the freezer. Once they are frozen remove from the tray and seal them in heavy duty freezer bags to prevent freezer burn. Make sure to get out as much air as possible.
Remember when freezing a fruit salsa you will need to add some lemon or lime juice before freezing to make sure the fruit does not turn brown.
Why You Would Freeze Salsa
There are many reasons you may want to freeze salsa. Often time’s grocery stores will have large sales that are too good to pass up, but it would be too much for you to use before the expiration date. Also with items like salsa the entire jar is not used at the time and you may want to save it instead of waste what is left. If you like to make your own salsa it is often easier to make a larger batch and portion it out based on how you will use it.
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How the Freezing Affects Salsa
It is important to know that freezing salsa will change its texture, therefore it is best to freeze salsa that will be used in recipes instead of simply for dipping. While the flavor will be fine for the dip, it may not have the consistency you are used too. Unlike other foods, it is best to freeze salsa for only a month or two. After this time, the salsa will not go bad but will start to lose its original flavor.