No doubt, potato salad tastes delicious. After you’ve freshly prepared it; or you’re done for the day, you may choose to freeze it. That’s because of its short shelf-life and to prevent it from going bad.
But do you know if you can freeze the potato salad or not? And if you can, how should you go about it and how long should you do it retaining its flavor? Here we’ll tell you all.
How to Freeze the Potato Salad
This is how you go about freezing the potato salad. An air-tight container is used for freezing freshly prepared potato salad and a freezer-safe bag is used for freezing the leftover potato salad.
1. In Airtight Container (Freshly Made Potato Salad)
- Put the potato salad in an airtight freezer-safe container using a slotted spoon. Don’t overfill; and on top of the container, leave about one to two-inch space. This will allow space for the salad to expand.
- Seal up the container lid well.
- Label the storage date to keep in mind the duration salad is kept in the freezer.
- Now finally, place the container inside the freezer.
2. In Freezer-Safe Bag (Leftover Potato Salad)
- Scoop out the leftover potato salad in a freezer-safe bag.
- Remove food debris and excess air from the bag to avoid degradation of ingredients.
- Seal it off and keep it in the freezer for freezing.
How Long Should You Freeze the Salad
You need to know that the salad should not be frozen for too long. At the most, it should be stored for a month and not more. You know why? That’s because keeping it for more than a month in the freezer leads to losing its consistency and original texture.
And especially, mixing the dairy products like mayonnaise and eggs with potatoes will make it look like a soup after a long period of freezing. The solids and liquids don’t go well together when frozen and ingredients tend to separate. So it’s better to freeze mashed potatoes as it has fewer solid ingredients and has pliable texture.
How to Defrost the Frozen Potato Salad
There’s no fun in eating frozen potato salad. So before having it, you need to defrost it. In thawing, you simply transfer the container from the freezer to the refrigerator.
- Take out the container from the freezer.
- Set the refrigerator temperature to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Now put the potato salad container inside the refrigerator.
And most importantly, remember to NOT thaw it over the counter or at room temperature. Also, it’s highly advised to NOT heat it in the microwave oven since it might lead to rapid bacterial growth.
What Happens to Salad After Thawing?
As mentioned earlier, the ingredients of potato salad usually separate after defrosting. This happens with dishes containing dairy, eggs, and mayonnaise. So if that happens, just stir the potato salad ingredients well. And as the potato salad is best served chilled, you need not reheat it.
How to Retain its Flavor & Texture After Freezing or Thawing?
After you freeze the potato salad or thaw it, add some salad dressing of mayonnaise, oil, or vinegar to prevent losing its original flavor and texture. This added dressing will also keep the potato salad fresh. You can also mix some green herbs or freshly cooked boiled potatoes into the salad to improve its flavor and texture. Remashing some of the potatoes with newly added dressing will make the salad thick again.