Can you freeze store-bought pickles?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze store-bought pickles?”, and how to freeze dill pickles?

Can you freeze store-bought pickles?

Yes, you can freeze store-bought pickles. However, expect changes in texture after thawing the frozen pickles.

How to freeze dill pickles?

Homemade or store-bought, dill pickles can safely be stored in the freezer. Just grab a good-quality glass container with a tight lid and follow the steps below to safely freeze your dill pickles.

Prepare jars 

Keep your dill pickles and brine ready. Do not throw away the original brine of the store-bought dill pickles. Make sure the freezer jars are completely sterilized before you continue with the next step.

Portion out 

Fill the jars with dill pickle and brine. The quantity of brine should be enough to completely submerge the dill pickle. Leave 1 to ½ inch headspace in the jar. 

This is important because the brine expands during freezing. The brine will freeze solid and break the glass if there is not enough headspace. 

Seal

Close the jars with a tight lid. A tight seal prevents the glass from breaking open. For bonus protection, enclose each jar in a freezer bag. This ensures that the contents of the jar are contained within the freezer bag if the glass breaks under too much pressure.

Label 

Put a clear label on the jar for identification and to keep track of its shelf-life.

Freeze

Put the jars at the back of the freezer where it is the coldest and the temperature fluctuations are minimal.

Tips for freezing dill pickles

  1. Invest in good-quality pickle jars. Cheap plastic or glass jars cannot withstand the freezing temperatures and will break easily.
  1. Portion out your dill pickles before freezing. This will help you thaw just the right amount of pickles at a time. 
  1. If you do not want to end up with cracked glass jars, leave a safe headspace before freezing dill pickles.
  2. Make sure your freezer is maintained at a temperature of 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius).
  1. Adding too much sugar will delay the freezing of the pickle because sugar lowers the freezing point of a mixture. Therefore, keep the quantity of sugar as low as possible.

Do dill pickles freeze well?

Yes, dill pickles freeze quite well. Freezing is the best way to preserve the crispiness of the fresh dill pickles. Some people like to freeze their homemade pickle to further enhance its flavor.

How long can you freeze dill pickles?

Dill pickles frozen in brine are best consumed within 6 months of storage. If stored correctly, frozen pickles will last a lot longer than this but it is better to err on the side of caution. The shelf-life of the frozen pickles also depends upon the recipe that you use to make pickles.

How to make freezer dill pickle at home?

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound cucumbers, sliced 1/8 inch thick (3 1/2 cups)
  • ½ sweet onion quartered crosswise and thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup dill sprigs
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds

Instructions 

  1. Take a heatproof bowl of medium size. Fill it with cucumbers and onions.
  1. Add ¼ cup water in a small saucepan. Then stir in sugar, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring it to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
  1. Add the piping hot mixture over the onions and cucumbers. Let it sit for about 2 hours. Then add the mustard seeds and dill.
  1. Divide into portions and freeze for up to 6 months.

How do you defrost dill pickles?

Incorrect or quick thawing could easily damage the quality of the pickles. To avoid this, plan ahead of time and let your frozen pickles thaw in the fridge overnight. 

There is no rushing in this method or else you will end up with mushy pickles. The thawing time is directly proportional to the portion size of the pickle and the amount of brine.

Can you referzze dill pickles?

Yes, you can refreeze dill pickles but it does not mean you should. Each refreezing and thawing cycle impacts the quality of the dill pickles. Such extreme temperature fluctuations also promote the growth of harmful microbes. 

Therefore, it is not recommended to refreeze dill pickles. Once thawed, store the dill pickles in the fridge. Make sure the fridge maintains its temperature. Consume the thawed and refrigerated dill pickle within a week for peak quality.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze store-bought pickles?”, and how to freeze dill pickles?

References

https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/107124/can-pickles-like-beetroot-be-frozen
https://foodsguy.com/freeze-pickles/
https://www.marthastewart.com/1531438/freezer-dill-pickles

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.