I have this uncontrollable habit of preparing Alfredo sauce which is more than necessary. Well, I do not really intend having any leftover but somehow, I always end up having some extra sauce. I cook only when I find time, so anything that I put in the fridge, I can’t use right away. Can I freeze Alfredo sauce for several weeks and consume it later?
Yes, you can keep your Alfredo sauce in the freezer for months and use it later for savory dishes such as creamy chicken recipes for dinner.
Alfredo sauce will do best in the freezer than when refrigerated. Freezing it requires special treatment since Alfredo sauce is made up of cream, butter and cheese. Dairy products go rancid easily, so freeze the sauce as soon as prepared. Freeze it only for up to 3 months for best quality with your recipes.
Can You Freeze Alfredo Sauce
There is no unanimous agreement as to the advisability of freezing any commercially-produced Alfredo sauce. Sure, you can freeze it, but whether it may still retain its quality after freezing is an open question.
What is certain, though, is that an opened container of leftover sauce must be refrigerated and consumed within 4 to 5 days. If within that period, there is an off-odor or off-taste, then discard it right away.
As for homemade Alfredo sauce, you can definitely freeze it. The difference lies in the fact that you are more acquainted with its ingredients and lack of preservatives than with the commercially-produced ones.
Since cream is one of its active ingredients, the sauce normally turns into lumps or curds during the freezing process. When reheating, just stir the frozen sauce gently to separate the coagulated components.
Freezing Alfredo sauce for more than 3 months is not recommended because you may encounter issues concerning flavor and quality.
How to Freeze Alfredo Sauce
You can freeze any food for purposes of extending its storage life. With a dairy-based sauce however, you have to be more meticulous with the freezing process so as to preserve its freshness and consistency.
- Prepare the Alfredo sauce for freezing as soon as it is cool enough
- For faster chilling, refrigerate the entire pan with the sauce before freezing (This is to make sure that you don’t leave the sauce in room temperature for over two hours)
- Put the sauce in freezer bags in thin layers so it will freeze up more quickly (No more than 1-inch thick)
- Suffocate as much air out of the freezer bags before sealing them close
- Label the freezer bags with the date of preparation and freeze immediately
- Before using, reheat the frozen Alfredo sauce for up to 165 degree Fahrenheit
- Do not refreeze once the frozen sauce is reheated or thawed
Alfredo Sauce Recipes
Fettucini Alfredo with Chicken recipe may not have the pure whiteness of sauce you imagine, but it sure has all the flavor of chicken particles fried in buttered pan.
Complicated as it may sound, this Pasta Chicken Alfredo Primavera recipe turns out to be as easy as mixing all the ingredients in one bowl.
Although there is much debate whether Fettucini Alfredo is really an Italian dish, this Real Fettucini Alfredo recipe shows how it is to prepare pasta with a no-cream Alfredo sauce.