How to Freeze Salsa Verde
Freezing salsa verde, or any salsa for that matter is a straightforward process. The hardest part about it is making it in the first place! This method works for any pureed salsa verde, whether it’s made at home or store-bought.
- Grab Containers
You need some freezer bags or airtight containers with lids. It is also worth grabbing a permanent marker at this point, too, so you have everything you need for freezing your salsa verde.
- Portion Out
Spoon portions of salsa verde into your containers or bags. It is important that you portion the salsa verde out now, or you will end up wasting it if you freeze in large portions that you can’t eat once it has thawed.
Pop the lid onto the containers or squeeze out excess air from the freezer bags and seal them tightly.
Label with the date and the contents, so you don’t forget what you have in the freezer and when it needs eating by.
Put your salsa verde into the freezer. It is as simple as this!
3 Tips for Freezing Salsa Verde
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing salsa verde to have the best results:
- Drain – Salsa verde can end up going a little watery when you thaw it out. The easiest method for dealing with this is to drain off the excess water when you eat the salsa.
- Add Lemon – Most salsas discolour a little while in the freezer. This is safe, and it will be just as tasty, but it won’t have that vibrant colour you love about this type of salsa. You can help keep the colour intact a little better by adding a squeeze of lemon juice to the salsa verde before freezing it.
- Consider Portions – Watch your portion sizes carefully. It is best to freeze in small portions because this isn’t a dip you need large amounts of. If you have frozen large pots of salsa verde, then you will end up wasting most of it when you thaw it out.
How Long Can You Freeze Salsa Verde?
You can freeze most salsa verde for up to two months. This is plenty of time to use up any of those leftovers you popped into the freezer. Or to ensure you have enough prepped ahead of time to add to your meals whenever you need some delicious salsa.
Pureed salsas will freeze better than chunky so if you need to freeze chunky salsa, then adjust your times you allow for this.
You Can Freeze Salsa Verde for up to 2 Months
How Do You Defrost Salsa Verde?
There is only really one method to use when it comes to defrosting the salsa verde. You need to take out your portion of salsa verde and pop it into the fridge to thaw out overnight or for several hours. The amount of salsa you have in a portion will affect how long it takes to thaw out, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time if you need it for a specific meal.
Can You Refreeze Salsa Verde?
Unfortunately, we would not recommend that you refreeze salsa verde or any salsa for that matter. Whilst it freezes well enough, there is always the danger of thawed and refrozen food becoming contaminated with enough harmful bacterias to make you sick. It is best to be safe and use up or throw away any excess salsa verde that has been defrosted.
Does Salsa Verde Freeze Well?
For taste, salsa verde does freeze very well. You shouldn’t notice too much change in flavour. If you have frozen chunky salsa verde, then you may find that some of the ingredients have changed in texture considerably. This is why we recommend as much as possible that you only freeze pureed or smooth salsa verde.
One thing you may notice is a little discolouration, with the salsa not being quite as vivid as it would have been fresh. This shouldn’t affect the taste or safety of the salsa, and you can always squeeze some lemon juice in to avoid some of this discolouration.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing salsa verde or salsa in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Pesto?
Pesto is much like salsa verde but with the addition of parmesan and pine nuts. You can freeze it in the same way, or you can use the ice cube method outlined in the video above. Portion the pesto into ice cubes, freeze and then use from frozen.
Can You Freeze Mexican Salsa Verde?
There are many variations of salsa verde. The herbs might change a little. The spices might be tweaked. But the core of the salsa is the same, which means that it can be frozen in the same way.