Wondering if you can freeze the blue cheese dressing? Did you just prepare a larger quantity of blue cheese dressing and look at what to do with the leftovers? Is it the best idea to freeze it? Or are there other better storage methods? Let’s find out!
Can You Freeze Blue Cheese Dressing?
It is not recommended to freeze the blue cheese dressing because there is a high risk that the ingredients from the blue cheese dressing may split during the freezing and thawing process. It will not poison you, but the texture and flavor will differ after freezing.
How to Freeze It?
If you decide to freeze the blue cheese dressing, consider dividing it into small air-tight containers. The idea is to remove from the freezer only the amount of blue cheese dressing that you plan to eat in one sitting.
Don’t forget to stick a freezing label on the freezing containers or freezing bags and to write down the freezing date and expiration date.
For How Long Can You Keep It in the Freezer?
If you keep the blue cheese dressing in the freezer in air-tight containers or freezing bags, it will remain safe to eat for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that the longer you will leave the blue cheese dressing in the freezer, the higher chances are that the ingredients from the blue cheese dressing will split.
Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
The best way to store the homemade blue cheese dressing is to put it in an air-tight container or even better into sealable glass jars and to keep it in the fridge safe for up to a month.
But of course, it all depends on the ingredients that you are using in the dressing.
Store-Bought Blue Cheese Dressing
As the time may differ from one manufacturer to another, please check the best-before date on the jar, also how they recommend storing the blue cheese dressing, and for how long.
Quick Note: If your blue cheese dressing was sitting for a while at room temperature there is a high risk that it started already to spoil as it contains multiple dairy products that can go very quickly bad. Because of that, it is recommended to check the smell and appearance and if everything is ok, to consume it as soon as possible.
Will It Change the Texture and Flavor?
Yes, as the blue cheese dressing contains mayo, sour cream, and other dairy products, there is a high risk that they may split during the frosting process and you will lose the consistency of the blue cheese sauce. However, if for you is important only the taste, then you can safely freeze the blue cheese dressing leftovers as it will not change too much in taste and there are no risks of food contamination from freezing.
However, if you want to get the best taste and flavor from your dishes, we would recommend preparing the blue cheese dressing in small portions and to consume it fresh for the best results.
You can make this cheese dressing and keep it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days to enjoy a delicious salad or another dish to which you plan to add this blue cheese dressing.
How to Fix the Frozen Blue Cheese Dressing?
If you still need to freeze and wonder how you can fix the splitting problem of the ingredients during the freezing and thawing process, you can put blue cheese dressing in the blender and mix all the ingredients to bring the texture partially back to life.
Quick Note: It will not be as good as in the beginning, but it will save partially the situation and you can use it in salads or other dishes where you plan to use the blue cheese dressing.
How to Defrost the Dressing?
As there is a high risk that the ingredients may split from each other, the safest variant is to don’t hurry up this process. Because of that, remove the air-tight container from the freezer and put it for a few hours in the fridge to let it defrost slowly.
The thawing time of the blue cheese dressing depends on the quantity of the dressing you’re trying to defrost. To make sure that it is defrosted completely, you may leave it overnight in the fridge.
Best Way for Storage?
Right after you prepare the blue cheese dressing, try to move it into the fridge in airtight containers, or even better put the dressing in sealable jars to avoid any contact with the air.
Quick Note: If you prepared a larger amount of blue cheese dressing that you will not eat in one sitting, consider dividing it into a few smaller jars. This way, you can keep the dressing safe for a longer period.
Can You Refreeze the Blue Cheese Dressing?
No, it is not recommended to thaw and refreeze the blue cheese dressing multiple times as you will ruin the dressing’s texture and flavor completely. Because of that, try to prepare the dressing in smaller portions that you will eat in one sitting.
How to Know if Blue Cheese Dressing Goes Bad?
First of all, you should pay attention to the smell of the blue cheese dressing. Did you notice any smell difference? Does it have an unpleasant smell? If yes, just throw it directly in the trash bin.
Also, you may pay attention to the dressing’s appearance and texture. Did you notice any differences?
If you will see that on the blue cheese dressing some new white, green, or pink specks appear. There are direct signs that the blue cheese dressing got bad and it is not safe to be eaten.
Maybe it has already started to split? This also may be a sign that it started to spoil.
Quick Note: If you leave the blue cheese dressing at room temperature for a few hours, I will recommend throwing it directly in the trash bin as it contains mayo and other dairy products that may go bad very quickly. To avoid risks to your health, it is not recommended to serve this dressing in your dishes as it may ruin the entire dish.
Can You Eat the Unopened Blue Cheese Dressing After the Expiration Date?
Yes, if the sealed jar was stored properly and it wasn’t in direct sunlight it should be safe to eat for a while. However, before trying to use the expired blue cheese dressing, check if it smells ok and if you don’t notice any difference in the appearance.
If you prepared a large amount of blue cheese dressing, and don’t know what to do with the leftovers, you may try to freeze it as it will not poison you. It will remain safe to eat after freezing. The only downside is that the ingredients from the blue cheese dressing may split and you will not get the same texture as before freezing. To save partially this situation, you may try to mix the ingredients one more time after thawing.