You can not claim to love seafood and not know what cocktail sauce looks or tastes like. Cocktail sauce is mostly used as a condiment for seafood, most especially shrimps. With cocktail sauce, having them homemade is way much better than having to buy them at the convenience store.
Homemade cocktail sauce is entertaining to everyone. With homemade sauce, you have the liberty to use as much flavor as you like in the recipe, you also have the liberty to determine how spicy you want the sauce to be. But, you can get over-excited at times and make more cocktail sauce than you can finish. The homemade cocktail sauce contains no preservatives so it goes bad quick.
Can you freeze cocktail sauce? Yes, you can. You can freeze cocktail sauce and preserve it for 6 months. It doesn’t matter if it is homemade or store-bought, cocktail sauce is made with ingredients that handle the cold freezer air very well. So, all you need to do is to protect the sauce from elements that can make it go bad.
Cocktail sauce is very easy to make. It is also not expensive, you can get all that you need to make cocktail sauce in your pantry. Cocktail sauce is also very versatile, you can substitute ingredients or have a mix of your own depending on what you like.
How to Freeze Cocktail Sauce
You don’t need a lengthy preparation before you have your cocktail sauce ready to be frozen. You also do not need a special skill or equipment. I bet freezing cocktail sauce is easier than getting your kids ready for school.
Cocktail sauce is pretty easy to freeze and the best part is that you can do it in a few steps. The most important thing is to keep the sauce away from moisture and protect it from the harsh cold air in the freezer.
Freezing Cocktail Sauce
Step 1: Portion Your Cocktail Sauce
If you would be freezing store-bought cocktail sauce, you need to freeze them out of their store-bought wrappers. Freezing your sauce into one large big bowl comes with a disadvantage. The disadvantage is that you would have to thaw the entire bowl for you to have a little bit of sauce you need.
Thawing your cocktail sauce into serving-sized portions would help you to carefully manage the usage of the sauce and keep you from constantly thawing and refreezing.
Step 2: Storage
You can store your cocktail sauce in airtight freezer bags, a vacuum sealer, or freezer-friendly airtight containers. You have to keep the air out and away from your cocktail sauce. The presence of air and moisture would mean that your cocktail sauce could get freezer burnt or go bad.
Pack your portioned cocktail sauce into your preferred choice of container, if you are using airtight freezer bags, press them flat to expel excess air before you seal them. Then double bag them for an extra layer for protection.
If your preferred choice of storage is airtight freezer-friendly containers, make sure that they are still fresh and new, and do not have a leftover flavor from something you have previously stored in them. Also, try not to use big containers that can trap air in them when you seal them, use small multiple containers that you can fill with your serving-size portions.
Step 3: Freezing
Cocktail sauce has an estimated shelf life of 6 months in the freezer. That’s a while and enough for some people to forget that they have something stored in the freezer. This is why labeling your food items before freezing them is a win.
Before you place your well-stored sauce into the freezer to freeze, Mark the container with a sharpie, stating the contents and the date of the freeze. Aside from helping you not to lose track of what you have stored in the freezer. It helps you to identify it so you don’t mistake it for something else.
How to Thaw Frozen Cocktail Sauce
The consistency of cocktail sauce tends to get lighter as you thaw it. This shouldn’t be a cause for alarm as stirring it well would return it to its normal thickness. If it doesn’t comply, you can add spices to help it fill back up.
The best way to thaw your frozen cocktail sauce is to leave it overnight in the freezer. This way, the temperature is regulated, and it keeps the sauce from going bad. You might be able to get away with thawing your cocktail sauce on the counter if you are pressed for time, but don’t leave it out for too long.
How to Recognize Spoiled Cocktail Sauce
Cocktail sauce can go bad. Any true lover of seafood would hate to see something like this happen. But, most people use their cocktail sauce before it goes bad so they do not know what a spoiled cocktail sauce might look like.
When cocktail sauce has been around for too long, it might develop a jelly-like consistency and have a layer of water on the surface. Although this is not a sign that it has gone bad, an off-taste would indicate for sure that it has gone bad.
Spoiled cocktail sauce is very easy to spot. If you are not warned off by the offensive smell, the presence of mold and odd appearance would tell you that it has gone bad.