Following the series on freezing different types of food, I am bringing you this time a kind of different type of food that can be easily frozen for later use. I was surprised at first when I came across some people that were asking “Can you freeze Chutney?” Mainly because I didn’t know why someone would want to freeze it.
But turns out that, yes. You can freeze Chutney without risking any change in color or taste and enjoy it later, just like the freshly made one. You might notice a slight change in texture, but giving it a good mix should fix it.
Why freeze chutney?
I didn’t understand at first the purpose of freezing it, since it is already sugary which means it can be preserved on its own, until I realized that people prefer freezing it as a way of storing the leftover if they aren’t planning to eat it soon, as once the canned Chutney is opened it has a limited time before its eventual spoilage. Also, I believe, it is an alternative way of storage and preserving besides keeping it in a jar if you are making your own at home.
Can you freeze homemade chutney?
Since homemade chutney can withstand less time than the store-bought ones, as they don’t contain any preservatives, you would want to find another option to preserve them. That’s why freezing is a good way to do so.
How to freeze chutney?
Here are the easy and simple steps of freezing Chutney. But before I start, I would like to emphasize on the importance of removing as much of the air as you can of the Chutney before freezing it. That means you should try to squeeze all the air you can from the freezer bag, and in case of using glass jars, then fill the jars to their brims with Chutney so that no excess air is present in the jar.
- Pour your chutney into either glass jars, zip-lock bags, or even a silicone ice cube tray.
- Make sure there is no extra air in any of the freezer-safe containers.
- Label the containers with their date, content, and flavor of the Chutney so that it is easier for you to distinguish it from the other food in the freezer.
Freezing the Chutney in a silicone ice cube tray is a smart way to store your Chutney because it allows you to easily defrost one person’s serving instead of defrosting a whole jar just to for an individual serving. In addition to the fact that it is much easier to pop out the frozen chutney cube from a silicone mold than a plastic one.
The ice cube tray allows the Chutney to freeze in cube shapes, but when they freeze you will move the cubes to a freezer bag, and wash the tray.
How to defrost chutney:
Transfer the Chutney from the freezer to the fridge and allow them to defrost for at least a few hours or preferably overnight. Only take it out of the fridge if you are going to eat it. It can stay for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator after defrosting.
How long does chutney last in the freezer?
It can last in the freezer for a good 3 to 4 months without any change in taste, texture, or color if it is perfectly sealed. Although it can stay for even longer without spoiling, yet, it is not completely preferred as the quality will start to deteriorate a bit after about 6 months, and it will be more prone to freezer burns once it hits a whole year in the freezer.
Can you freeze green tomato chutney?
Yes, you can easily do so following the same steps I mentioned above.
Can you freeze apple chutney?
Yup. And not just apple Chutney, but also, apple sauce and apple puree!
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