Can You Freeze Tzatziki Sauce?

Chicken Strips Beside a Bowl of Tzatziki Sauce: Guide to Freezing Tzatziki Sauce
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I am pretty sure you know how amazing Tzatziki is, so I will spare you the theatrics.

Many of you who landed on this page want to find out if you can freeze Tzatziki sauce or not?

In our short guide, we answer that question, so keep reading to find out.

Can You Freeze Tzatziki Sauce and Should You be Doing It?

Tzatziki is a creamy sauce, made with diced cucumbers, garlic and yogurt  and is truly the perfect companion to many Mediterranean meals.

So many of you want to know if you can freeze tzatziki sauce? The answer is yes, but please beware that there is a possibility it might not be perfect when thawed out.

While frozen tzatziki should retain its flavor when thawed out, the texture might change.

The cucumbers in the sauce can become a bit mushy and depending on how the sauce is made, it could be a bit grainy. There is also a chance that some separation could occur, bu

You will find that for some people, to retain the texture they add a bit more yogurt or sour cream to help the sauce retain its consistency.

Why Freeze This Sauce?

Because it holds up really well in the freezer, you find a lot of people will make a big batch in one go, so that they can use it at an upcoming party (saves on prep time on a given day) or have some on hand whenever they need the sauce.

Freezing the sauce is not only a great time saver, but you can also extend its shelf life, as opposed to keeping it in the fridge.

Related: Can You Freeze Sour Cream?

How to Freeze Tzatziki Sauce: A Step-by-Step Guide

2 Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce on Them, with a bowl of tzatziki beside.
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Ok, so now that you know that you can freeze Tzatziki (possible cons and all), we will show you how to go about getting it ready for storage in the freezer.

The whole process is pretty quick and easy, it should take you a couple of minutes to have everything setup and ready to go.

Step 1

Take your tzatziki sauce and place it in a freezer safe container or freezer safe bag.

It is also a good idea to separate into serving portions before putting in a bag/container.  That way you can take out what is needed, as to opposed to thawing out one big batch.

Step 2

Take some plastic wrap and cover the freezer container. This step is optional, but ithelps to deliver an added layer of protection to the sauce.

Step 3

Place the bag or container into a bigger freezer safe container or freezer bag. If it is in a bag, squeeze out all the air before you seal the bag.

This is one more layer of protection to help to protect the sauce from the harsh environment of the freezer.

Step 4

Before placing the bag/container in the freezer, it is a good idea to label them. You should write the date the bag/container went into the freezer. You can store tzatziki sauce for about three months, so with a date, you can have an idea as to how long it has been sitting in the freezer.

Thawing/Defrosting Frozen Tzatziki Sauce

Can You Freeze Tzatziki Sauce
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Once you are ready to use your frozen sauce, you are going to want to let it thaw out.

The easiest way to do this is by putting it in the refrigerator overnight before you plan to use it.

The following day, it should be fully defrosted and ready to be used. You might have to stir it a bit to reconstitute it as it will be a bit runny. During this phase, some people add some more yogurt or sour cream o allow it to reconstitute properly.

Related: Can You Freeze Greek Yogurt?

Wrapping Up

If you have a batch of tzatziki sauce or wanted to make ahead for future use, the freezer is a great storage option.

It holds up really well and when thawing it out, it essentially as the same taste when it first went in. The texture might be slightly off, but this can be often remedied by adding in more yogurt or sour cream to the thawed out sauce.

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