Can you freeze mayonnaise? Well, if you landed on this page, I am pretty sure you want to get that answer. You might have gone to the store and ended up with more mayonnaise than you can use and you want to store it somehow. The good news is that it is very possible to freeze mayonnaise, the question you need to ask yourself is why you would want to do this.
If you are adamant about keeping your mayonnaise in the freezer, below I am going to show you how to do it, as well as explaining what you can expect after keeping it in the freezer and it thaws out.
The Freezing Process
You should be aware that when it comes to freezing mayonnaise, it is not be the same as when you first put it in. Even though you will be able to extend the shelf life, it might not be worth the hassle.
Mayonnaise that has been frozen will be safe to eat but it is going to more than likely separate and lose some texture. You will find it to be runny and watery, so there might have to try and re-emulsify it. Take note that re-emulsifying it will not magically bring it back to life, but it definitely does not hurt to give it a try.
What you will need to do is add the thawed mayonnaise to a mixing bowl and whip it on high speed with an electric mixer to reincorporate the separated ingredients. If you find that it is not working, you might have to add a bit of water just to try and see if that will help to bring everything back together. If you do succeed, you can be sure that the mayonnaise is going to be a lot thinner than when it first went in.
How to Freeze
You will not have to do much, when it comes to getting the mayonnaise ready for freezing, especially if it’s already in its own container.
- Just to give it some added protection, you are going to want to wrap the container that the mayonnaise is stored in with some plastic freezer wrap. You’re going to want to do this about 2 to 3 times, making sure that it is fully covered.
- For added protection, you can also wrap mayonnaise container with aluminum foil.
- If you have a large enough freezer bag, you can drop the now wrapped container in there.
Thawing It Out
Okay, so you know have had the mayonnaise sitting in the freezer for a while and now you are ready to use it, how do you go about defrosting it?
Ideally, the best way is to let it sit in the refrigerator until it is fully thawed out. This might take a couple of hours, or days, depending on the temperature of refrigerator and also how big the container is.
As mentioned above, the frozen mayonnaise when defrosted will probably be watery and lose some of its texture and taste so you will probably have to use the re-emulsify trick to try and get it back up to par.