The main reason why I love cooking is that I know what's being put in and you can tweak the flavors according to MY preference. I had to learn a lot of things during my cooking journey (and still am!), such as freezing particular food to make it last longer for later use.
One of them would be smoked salmon, a favorite of mine! I used to ask people, "Can you freeze smoked salmon" because I couldn't finish a whole pack alone in just one go. Unfortunately, I just got even more confused with their many different replies.
So I tried doing it myself to see if it's possible to help answer my (and your) question! So read on as I talk about what you need to know about smoked salmon and if you can freeze it.
What is Smoked Salmon?
You've probably heard of eating raw salmon (which is sushi!), but have you ever tried SMOKED salmon before? It's is a cured fillet, then smoked in either hot or cold condition. Smoked salmon is considered as a delicacy because of its high price. It might leave you wondering if you should but these types of salmon, but you see the difference once you taste how creamy and flavorful it is!
You can find smoked salmon in cans or pouches to help lengthen its lifespan while retaining its refined taste. They're available in many places, with prices varying by the brand and quality of salmon.
What are the Uses and Benefits of Smoked Salmon?
You can use smoked salmon for many types of dishes, with one of the most popular being the smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese. They are excellent with sandwiches or even alone! But what make this rich salmon so beneficial?
- Healthy Fats:
- Low in Calories:
It's a great source of protein, with over 15 grams per 3 ounces.
It contains B-complex vitamins and vitamin D, as well as magnesium and selenium
Don't be scared by its fat content, as smoked salmon is another good source of omega-3 fatty acids!
Compared to other types of meat, especially fried, smoked salmon is relatively low in calories if consumed in moderation. It's a delicious and filling addition to your diet plan.
Can You Freeze Smoked Salmon?
Now to the important question: Can you freeze smoked salmon?
The answer is YES! After all, you can purchase frozen smoked or fresh salmon from the market. But take note that freezing it would alter its taste. The taste changes because of the ice crystals that form around the salmon, which breaks down cell walls and reduces the richness of the salmon's flavor. It won't taste as smooth as unfrozen smoked salmon, and it leaves a slightly woody and less juicy taste.
But if you need to freeze smoked salmon, then you won't need to worry about it spoiling anytime soon. If added to the fridge, it can last for up to one month unopened, or three days after opening the package. When frozen, the salmon fillet can last for up to three months if stored properly.
You will know if the smoked salmon is spoiled if it has a sour smell or dull order. Any change in smell or appearance is a no-no!
How to Properly Freeze Smoked Salmon
To properly keep the smoked salmon in the freezer, the first thing you should do is ensure that your freezer is at 0 degrees Fahrenheit!
Then, put it in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bags. Tighten the cover or lock to ensure that no moisture would enter the salmon. Label the plastic, adding the date you put it in the freezer, so you know until when it's going to last.
I recommend you to divide the salmon into portions to make it easier to get for cooking and to thaw it out when needed easily. You can thaw it by putting it in the fridge for a few hours or immerse it in cold water.
When it comes to cooking, you'll need to make sure that you use the fresh ingredients, or at least those that aren't expired. If you plan on storing smoked salmon for later use, then you can sigh in relief as they can last for a long time. Just make sure to store it properly and use it before the best consumed date, since it may taste different (or even accumulate bacteria!) if you leave it in your freezer for too long.
I hope that you now have the answer to your question, "can you freeze smoked salmon?" Now, you can purchase this yummy fish in bulk and save time and money having to buy it again in the grocery!
Do you have something to say or would like to share your tips about storing smoked salmon? Then comment down below. All comments are greatly appreciated!