Talk of classic toppings for a sandwich you can find out there, mayonnaise ranks high among them. Most people love to have either mustard or mayonnaise as toppings for their sandwiches because they will get some extra flavor that will not allow the sandwiches to become dry.
You might want to make sandwiches in batch and keep them inside the freezer. This is a way you can plan for an advance date where you can use them any time you wish to. You will mostly have it available for your lunch because you don’t have to wait a very long time for them to thaw.
The bone of contention here is whether or not you can have mayonnaise on the sandwich before you freeze it. Generally, mayonnaise does not do well inside the freezer and you are recommended not to freeze your mayonnaise. However, sandwiches can be frozen for a very short time.
What we have in this article is to show you how you can freeze a sandwich that has mayonnaise as toppings and what you will likely expect after the process. You are encouraged to keep reading if you want to learn everything about how you can freeze mayonnaise used as toppings on your sandwich. Shall we begin?
A Guide to Freezing Mayonnaise on a Sandwich
There are always mixed reviews concerning whether mayonnaise can be frozen or not and also the exact outcome after the freezing process. The major issue is not that mayonnaise does not freeze excellently well, but that when you thaw it, you are likely not to like the outcome.
Mayonnaise usually undergoes a process of emulsion to combine vinegar, eggs, and oil. These ingredients do not usually mix well, however, when you make mayonnaise, the outcome will give a tasty condiment with a wonderful flavor that you can use for so many things.
Mayonnaise can be frozen fine, but once it is defrosted, its properties usually separate and you will be resulted in having a layer of liquid on your mayonnaise. This is not a desirable effect. The good thing, however, is that if you use a very small quantity of mayonnaise on your sandwich, there wouldn’t be an excessive problem with your sandwich. This means that even though you are not recommended not to freeze a sandwich with toppings of mayonnaise, you can still go-ahead to freeze it. Let’s check how you can do it.
The Basic Creation of Mayonnaise
You can make mayonnaise at home or buy it from a store. If you will like to freeze your mayonnaise, it is recommended to freeze only that which is bought at the store because it has been processed differently from the one you can make yourself. However, so that you will have a good idea concerning what we are discussing, we will like to share some basics with you so that you will know how mayonnaise is made. Understand that mayonnaise used on sandwiches is minimal.
Since it is not recommended to freeze homemade mayonnaise, what we will do is to share a brief explanation about its commercial production.
Typically, mayonnaise is usually made by adding egg yolks or egg, vinegar, oil, and any seasoning or spices. The eggs are usually pasteurized so that the processing and storage will be much easier. This will allow the mayonnaise to be preserved much longer. What they do in the commercial industry is to combine everything into the dynamic mixer where the mixing process will be done. The ingredients will become emulsified this way by a process of continuous pumping.
They then place it into bottles or jars and seal it for further process and distribution. The process is not complicated, all you need to do is to understand the basics so that you will know what you are trying to freeze.
Storing Sandwiches with Mayonnaise
The fun fact is that freezing sandwich that has mayonnaise as toppings is better than refrigerating it because mayonnaise separates at both normal and refrigerated temperatures. The issue of separation is less likely when you have mayonnaise that has been made commercially, but there is still every possibility.
It is still allowed to store the sandwich containing mayonnaise inside the fridge as long as you will be using it within one or two days. You are, however, recommended to store the sandwich directly from the start inside the freezer.
Pros (upsides) to Freezing your Sandwiches with Mayonnaise
- You will not need to worry about it going bad.
- It can be eaten directly from your freezer.
- You can conveniently pull it from your freezer.
- Sandwiches can be preserved for a longer time.
- You can make sandwiches in advance to freeze them.
Cons (downsides) to Freezing your Sandwiches with Mayonnaise
- The mayonnaise texture is likely to be affected.
- Mayonnaise will not defrost excellently well after you have frozen.
- The ingredients will likely separate if you defrost the sandwich.
There are advantages and disadvantages associated with freezing sandwiches that have mayonnaise as the toppings. However, you can freeze them without an issue if you can follow our process. It could be a bit tricky when freezing mayonnaise, but remember that you only have very little mayonnaise and other toppings on your sandwich, freezing it should come out well.
How to Freeze a Sandwich with Mayonnaise
- Start by making the sandwich normally by including mayonnaise, cheese, and meat in the process.
- Use a plastic wrap to tightly wrap your sandwich or put it inside your sealable freezer bag. A double layer can also be used, but it is not necessary if it is very airtight.
- Put it inside your freezer.
- Your sandwich containing the mayonnaise can stay frozen inside the freezer for up to 2 months.
Once you want to use your sandwich, remove it from your freezer and allow it to be for up to 10 minutes at room temperature and then start to enjoy it. You don’t have to allow it to defrost extensively or even heat it before you eat it. You can, however, still proceed to reheat it inside a microwave.
The thing is that you should eat your sandwich some hours after you have removed it from your freezer because the mayonnaise will undergo separation when it begins to thaw. The sandwich has a property not to freeze extensively. The bread will likely freeze but this should not lead to any issue.
Another means you can use to freeze your sandwich containing mayonnaise is to prepare the sandwich in advance and then freeze it but do not add any condiment until when you want to eat it. The unfortunate thing is that you will need additional time to use this option and it will also not be convenient, at least not as convenient as fully preparing your sandwich in advance and then freezing it so you can use later. You may, however, opt for this option and that is why we shared it.
Don’t forget that if you want to freeze your mayonnaise on sandwiches, you are recommended to get mayonnaise made commercially because it will freeze a lot better than your homemade mayonnaise.
Furthermore, remember that you should not allow your sandwich containing mayonnaise to extensively thaw because the ingredients of the mayonnaise will separate and this will affect the sandwich and mayonnaise’s texture negatively.
Also, be reminded that the sandwich only contains a very small quantity of mayonnaise and mayonnaise is not its base ingredient. This means that mayonnaise will only minimally impact the sandwich when you freeze. An alternative ingredient to mayonnaise on sandwiches is avocado, you may also try this.
Does Mayonnaise Turn Frozen?
Usually, you can preserve mayonnaise inside the freeze by using the methods above, but you will not get it to be solidly frozen. Mayonnaise can only freeze solidly at a temperature of -50°F but when it is already frozen, a temperature of 0°F will preserve the mayonnaise.
How Can You Thaw or Defrost Mayonnaise?
You can allow your mayonnaise to defrost inside the refrigerator in the part of your fridge that is least cold for long hours if you are freezing your mayonnaise on its own. You can typically keep it away from where you have a fan in your fridge so that it can properly thaw. You will detect the liquid separating when it begins to thaw and the mayonnaise will not look nice. You can correct this by stirring it and getting it mixed back together.
How Long Does It Take Mayonnaise to Thaw?
Your mayonnaise will only take two hours to defrost and start to separate if it was frozen fully inside a jar before it is taken to thaw at room temperature. You are recommended to eat a sandwich with two hours of being taken out of the freezer.
Your sandwich can also be left to thaw inside the fridge as well depending on your preference. However, it should be eaten within eight hours that you have placed it inside the fridge. You can then cut the sandwich once it has finished thawing.