Whether used in salad, on a sandwich, or as a dip, mayonnaise is a firm favorite with its smooth texture and tangy flavor. Mayonnaise, especially when homemade, does not have a long shelf life.
Although mayonnaise does not keep its consistency well once thawed, there is a way in which mayonnaise can be frozen to extend its shelf life for a short period. Read on to find out all the dos and don’ts when freezing mayo.
Types of Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise is a thick cold sauce made by emulsifying egg yolks, oil, and either vinegar or lemon juice as the acid component. The result after careful emulsifying is a creamy, thick sauce with a near-white or yellowish color.
Mayonnaise can be homemade or purchased in different varieties including full-fat, reduced-oil, flavored, or egg-free. It is also used as the base component for many other sauces such as tartar sauce which is often served with seafood, rouille, or remoulade.
Store-bought mayonnaise includes stabilizers and other additions that extend its shelf life and may include artificial flavorings.
Although mostly popular to spread on sandwiches or as a salad dressing, mayonnaise can be used in marinades, baking, to make deviled eggs, with pasta, or even in pie recipes.
Finely chopping and adding onions, capers, chilies, pickles, herbs, or spices can make mayonnaise a versatile addition to various savory dishes.
Can Mayonnaise Be Frozen?
Yes, mayonnaise can be frozen for a short period of time under certain conditions. Long-term freezing of the product is, however, not recommended due to its temperature-sensitive ingredients which can easily spoil.
Mayonnaise will retain its consistency during freezing, however, once thawed, the sauce will split appearing curdled and watery. The raw egg component of mayo poses a food safety risk if not stored under the correct conditions: in the refrigerator, or in the freezer for a short time.
How To Freeze Mayonnaise
Step 1: Sterilize Bottles
The best way to freeze mayonnaise is to use sterilized freezer-friendly glass jars. Place the glass jars into a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes to sterilize.
Step 2: Fill
Once sterilized, fill the jars with mayonnaise. Try to avoid any air bubbles while scooping the mayo into the jars. Leave a small space open at the top for the expansion of the liquids during freezing.
Filling the jar to the brim may cause it to crack from the pressure as the sauce expands.
Step 3: Remove Air
Give the jar a light tap to remove any remaining air bubbles which will speed up the spoiling of the mayonnaise. Close the lid and seal the jar well.
Step 4: Label and Freeze
Label the jar with the contents and date, then place it into the freezer.
How To Thaw Frozen Mayonnaise
To defrost the frozen mayonnaise, remove it from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. The sauce will likely split during the thawing process leaving a watery layer.
To reconstitute the creamy texture, you can either pour off the excess liquid and mix well, or beat the mayonnaise with an electric mixer. Adding a few drops of water to the mixture may help it emulsify, however, this may also result in a thinner consistency.
The rich, creamy, and zesty flavor of mayonnaise makes it a great addition to savory dishes of all types. From snacks, sandwiches, and salads, to meat, vegetables, and egg dishes, mayonnaise can be added to almost anything.
Due to its varying components and textural changes that will occur on thawing, mayonnaise is always best fresh, or at least fresh out of a store-bought jar. In this case, freezing the sauce should be the last option to extend its shelf life as the quality won’t be as good after thawing.
Nonetheless, if it saves on food waste and money, go right ahead and make sure to follow the above-recommended procedures to keep mayo in the freezer. If you run out of mayo, you can always find a good mayonnaise substitute.
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