How To Freeze Chimichurri
Freezing chimichurri is a fairly easy process. It’s nice to freeze it in a way to have multiple servings, rather than in one large batch. You can’t thaw and refreeze, so small serving sizes typically make more sense.
Below is a step by step process to freeze this delicious sauce:
- Spoon Into Ice Cube Tray
Spoon your chimichurri into each individual slot of an ice cube tray or silicone mould. Whichever is more convenient for you. With the back of that spoon, be sure to smooth out the sauce to make it nice and even in the tray.
Place the silicone mould or ice cube tray into your freezer. Leave it for about 2-3 hours, or until the chimichurri has fully frozen.
- Pop Cubes Out
Remove the mould or tray from the fridge and begin to pop out each piece of chimichurri. Take some extra time and wrap each piece into clingfilm. This will prevent them from freezing together and protect them from freezer burn.
- Bag Up
Place the individually wrapped pieces into a freezer bag or a freezer-safe container. You can place them all in the same freezer bag.
Take a marker and write the date you’re freezing the chimichurri onto the front of the freezer-safe container or freezer bag.
- Seal and Freeze
Be sure to squeeze any excess air out of the ziplock bag and place it back in the freezer for future use. Try to store it closer to the back of the freezer to prevent thawing when the freezer door opens.
3 Tips for Freezing Chimichurri
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing chimichurri to have the best results:
- Label Clearly – If you’ve frozen chimichurri alongside salsa verde and pesto then there’s no way you’ll be able to tell the difference. Instead, make sure they’re clearly labelled and stored in their own bags.
- Make It Punchy – The flavour is likely to degrade a little when frozen so don’t hold back on the chilli and garlic when you know you’ll be freezing it.
- Use Good-Quality Bags – Chimichurri cubes will stink. They’ll be pungent with garlic and chilli – smells you won’t want to spread in your freezer – so use good quality freezer bags with a tight seal.
How Long Can You Freeze Chimichurri?
As long as the chimichurri is stored nicely in an airtight container, it should stay good for roughly 3 months. After 3 months, you can expect the chimichurri to have lost a bit of the flavour.
You may also notice the once vibrant colours have become a bit dark and less appealing.
You Can Freeze Chimichurri for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Chimichurri?
Defrosting chimichurri is extremely simple. Since you freeze it in individual serving sizes, you can take out as little as one ice cube worth of chimichurri, which will defrost quickly.
If you planned ahead and know you’ll need the sauce the following day, place a few cubes in a separate dish and leave it in the fridge overnight.
If you need it to thaw a bit faster you can place it on the counter in a dish or slightly microwave it. Some will even throw it directly into a dish they’re cooking, but this can cause the dish to become a bit watery.
Can You Refreeze Chimichurri?
Refreezing chimichurri would not be a good idea. It can cause the flavour to disappear leaving you with a green sludge that’d bland. Instead, use the technique above to freeze it effectively so you can easily grab one or two cubes at a time.
Does Chimichurri Freeze Well?
Yes, chimichurri does freeze well. Being able to freeze individual serving sizes makes it so convenient for planning your future meals.
Depending on some of the herbs you’ve added into your chimichurri recipe there is a chance you’ll notice some of them turn slightly brown or potentially soggy while it’s frozen, but the overall taste should remain as delicious as always!
If you’ve still got questions about freezing chimichurri or chimichurri in general, then these may help:
How Do You Make Chimichurri?
It’s easy and takes a matter of minutes. Try and make it an hour or so before dinner to give the flavours time to develop.
Simply combine a bunch of chopped coriander and parsley with 2 crushed garlic cloves, a chopped green chilli, 2tbsp of red wine vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil to form a sauce. No fancy equipment. No complicated methods.
Does Chimichurri Go Bad?
Unfortunately, chimichurri does go bad quite quickly when stored in the fridge. The bright green and fresh herbs will begin to brown and their flavour will degrade. This is why freezing chimichurri is such a good idea.