Can you freeze aji verde sauce?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze ají verde sauce?” Also, we’ll explore how ají verde sauce can be stored, what ají verde sauce is, how it is made, what its nutritional content is, and is it healthy to eat? 

Can you freeze ají verde sauce

Depending on the ingredients used to make ají verde sauce, it may be feasible to freeze it. 

In the case of ají verde sauces made with oil-based ingredients that separate (such as mayonnaise), it may not be convenient to freeze them. When oil-based ingredients defrost, there tend to be layers and different phases that aren’t readily whisked back together, and as a result, the sauce doesn’t have its original texture and quality. 

Ají verde sauces made with raw, blended ingredients may not hold up as well when frozen, due to the propensity raw ingredients have of oxidizing. The changes include discoloration and a change in flavor. 

Also, chunky ají verde sauces with minced ingredients may lose their texture when frozen, ergo, those are best kept in refrigeration. 

On the other hand, smooth sauces that are made with water and cooked ají verde can be frozen, by following a few simple guidelines that we’ll review below.    

How can I freeze ají verde sauce

Smooth, cooked Ají verde sauce can be frozen by emptying it into a freeze-resistant flask or container. 

There should always be airspace, as filling a container to the brim may lead to the lid coming off when the sauce expands. Also, if using bottles made of glass, these should be made of tempered glass and have at least one inch of air space. 

Alternatively, cooked ají verde sauce can be emptied into a quality freezer bag, and have all the air pushed out. This will prevent freezer burns and premature desiccation. 

Frozen, ají verde sauce can be preserved for up to two months, and to defrost, sauce can be placed in the refrigerator overnight or for a few hours before using it. 

Ají verde sauces should not be refrozen, and any surplus that has been defrosted should be discarded. 

How can I store ají verde sauce

Most ají verde sauces, be they raw, cooked, chunky, or smooth, should be stored in refrigeration when not in use. This delays spoilage and curbs (but doesn’t fully stop) the growth of microbes that cause spoilage. 

Store Bought ají verde sauces that have yet to be opened can be stored by following the manufacturer’s instructions printed on the list. Usually, most labels suggest storing them in refrigeration once opened, and unopened, they can remain at room temperature in a pantry or cabinet. 

Smooth ají verde sauce, as we’ve reviewed above, can be frozen to prolong its shelf life. 

Refrigerated, ají verde sauces can be kept for up to one week, though are best consumed as soon as possible to enjoy it at peak quality. In refrigeration, there may be some odor transfer that can make sauce taste “funny” though it will remain safe to eat. 

What is ají verde sauce

Ají verde sauce alludes to a sauce that is made with green chile peppers. As the word ají is an umbrella term of South American origin that refers to peppers, Ají verde translates to green pepper sauce. 

How is ají verde sauce made? 

There are many variations and ergo, many recipes for ají verde sauce, as they can be made with different varieties of green peppers, and various ingredients. 

Some sauces can be made with oil-based ingredients such as mayonnaise, while other sauces can be made with raw ingredients that are simply whittled and mixed in a blender. 

Some more elaborate sauces require minced ingredients to add volume and thickness, and cooked sauces can be made by lightly toasting the ingredients on a skillet, or boiling them for a short amount of time. 

What is the nutritional content of ají verde sauce

The exact nutritional content of ají verde sauce will depend on the recipe and ingredients used to prepare it. 

Below, we’ll describe the nutritional content of a commercially available sauce, manufactured and bottled by Wegmans. 

Two tablespoons (28 grams) of Peruvian-style green sauce will provide:  

  • 130 calories
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 14 grams of fat
  • 1 gram of carbohydrates
  • 180 milligrams of sodium
  • 64 milligrams of potassium

As well as trace amounts of calcium. 

It should be noted that this specific sauce is oil-based, and contains mayonnaise made with soybean oil, whole eggs, distilled vinegar, paprika, jalapeño peppers, garlic, and other ingredients. 

Is eating ají verde sauce healthy? 

Whether or not eating ají verde sauce is healthy will depend mostly on the recipe and the ingredients used. 

Sauce made with ají verde (green chile peppers) can be a source of ascorbic acid, other vitamins, and minerals, as well as other phytocompounds, and can easily be incorporated into a diet. 

However, some oil-based sauces may not be as healthy, as they’ll have higher fat content and calories. Therefore, they may be contraindicated (not recommended) for patients diagnosed with high blood pressure, heart disease, and fatty liver disease. 

Also, some recipes may call for high amounts of salt that can easily contribute a large part of the suggested daily intake of sodium

We advise our readers to be mindful of the amount of fat, sodium, and carbohydrates in the products they buy, and that they use in their cooking. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze ají verde sauce?” Also, we’ve explored how ají verde sauce can be stored, what ají verde sauce is, how it is made, what its nutritional content is, and is it healthy to eat? 

References 

https://www.nutritionix.com/i/wegmans/green-sauce-peruvian-style/5ba5ebfa5fac4ce77ba22b28

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/peruvian-style-green-sauce

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fat/art-20045550

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sodium-per-day

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.