Who doesn’t make chicken salad for parties? For all I know, chicken salad comes in handy whatever the purpose of the gathering may be. You can serve it as an appetizer, main course or even as a side dish. It’s a perfect choice for busy people like us.
Chicken salad is a delicious, healthy food that’s so easy to prepare. When you made a bulk of chicken salad and ended up with leftovers, what do you usually do? Can you freeze chicken salad? Let’s find out if we can!
We may have a bit of concern when it comes to the mayonnaise or yogurt, but certainly, we can freeze chicken salad.
There are different ways to prepare this type of salad. Still, what makes those fresh ingredients more appealing to the taste, is the yogurt or mayonnaise that comes with the dressing. You need to know that yogurt and mayonnaise tend to separate after freezing.
Before we start freezing, remember that if the salad has already been exposed to heat, outdoors or even at room temperature for a few hours, it’s no longer advisable to be frozen. The already developing bacteria on the salad makes it not safe to eat after freezing.
When making chicken salad in bulk, try to serve it gradually, as needed. The rest of the salad should be placed in the fridge. Aside from making it fresh in every serving, you are making sure to keep it away from bacteria exposure. The refrigerated salad is safe to freeze and will last longer.
When freezing chicken salad with yogurt or mayonnaise, give it a perfect stir to keep all the ingredients well blended. It will minimize the separation after thawing. For an effective freezing procedure, keep in mind the following process:
Like any other thawing process, transfer your chilled salad to the fridge. It usually takes several hours before it’s ready for use. Don’t thaw at room temperature. You’re inviting bacteria to thrive in your salad by doing so.
When thawing is done, you can use or eat your chicken salad. However, here are some tips to enjoy your salad to the max:
Now you know that you can freeze chicken salad. Go on and plan that party you are worrying about. You can make and freeze the chicken salad ahead to have plenty of time for the event preparation. Or if not, you can freeze all your leftovers right after the occasion.
No worries, both are possible. It’s a practical solution for a busy day. Now, share this to everyone you know who needs this. Hit like and share!