Summers can be a difficult time to select a meal. You’d want something nutritious and delicious without subjecting yourself to the stove’s heat. In such circumstances, several people, including us, resort to Gazpacho.
For those who are unaware, Gazpacho is a refreshing soup that can also be consumed as a soup, dip, sauce, seasoning, appetizer, and even a drink. Since it can be used in an array of ways, people prefer preparing it in large batches. It can be frozen and thawed quickly without affecting its texture or taste.
If you plan on making Gazpacho and storing it, we suggest going through the following article. We have also elaborated on a few other Gazpacho-related aspects, along with its correct freezing technique.
How to Freeze Gazpacho?
Since Gazpacho is a cold soup, you’ll either find the ones with a smooth texture or a chunky one. We have explained the best freezing technique for both types of textures for your convenience.
Ways to Freeze Smooth Gazpacho
If you have prepared a large batch of Gazpacho, it is advisable to freeze it in small portions. In that way, you can thaw the required amount of Gazpacho required without defrosting the entire portion.
- Transfer the soup into different Ziploc bags or glass containers. You can also use plastic containers.
- If you are using a bag, lay it flat to remove any air.
- Zip it shut and place it flat in your freezer.
- Once it is frozen, you can adjust it anywhere in the freezer, horizontally or vertically.
- If you are using a container for freezing Gazpacho, we suggest against filling it right to the top. Leave at least 1-2 inches of a gap for the soup to expand.
Author’s Note: Always mark the date on the container or bag right before you seal it. This will help you use the soup before it goes bad. Generally, Gazpacho will last for a good 7-8 months in a freezer.
How to Freeze Chunky Gazpacho
If you have a chunky Gazpacho, it is best to remove the veggies, bread, or garnishes before freezing it. The additional foot items will only end up affecting the texture of the soup. Moreover, they will also make it quite challenging for you to thaw the soup.
In case the soup feels chunky while defrosting it, you can give it a quick stir or blend it to get a smooth texture.
Hence, it is best to avoid garnishing the soup till you are ready to serve.
How to Thaw Frozen Gazpacho?
As we mentioned earlier, it is necessary to thaw the frozen Gazpacho to make the most of the cold and refreshing soup.
It goes without saying that you cannot simply pop the frozen soup into the microwave and let the “defrost” option do the trick.
The only logical technique is to remove the soup container or bag and place it on the counter, preferably on a dish. Keep it away from direct sunlight.
Once it gets back to room temperature, blend it to even the texture.
Add the garnishes or bread, or vegetables to the soup and serve.
It is as simple as that!
Authentic Gazpacho Recipe
Gazpacho is a fantastic summer soup due to its versatility, refreshing taste, and easy recipe.
The preparation will take about 5 minutes. After that, you have to pop it in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Sounds appealing? Go ahead and understand its easy-to-follow recipe.
- Green bell pepper
- Garlic cloves
- Red onion
- Ground cumin
- Black pepper and salt to taste
- Additional garnishes like fresh herbs, jalapeños, or strawberries
- Mix all the ingredients in a food processor or blender. If you want a chunky Gazpacho, cut a few vegetables with a knife and blend the rest of them in a blender.
- Transfer the puree to a bowl once it reaches your desired consistency.
- Add the required salt, black pepper, and cumin as per your taste.
- Cover the bowl or transfer the soup to a sealed container.
- Pop it in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
- Serve after garnishing with olive oil, herbs, or fruits.
What goes well with Gazpacho?
It’s Gazpacho time!
Even though Gazpacho in itself is quite filling, you can add a variety of side dishes for a party or family gatherings.
The following are some of the best options that will make your cooking the talk of the town in no time:
- Artisan bread
- Chicken and bacon shish kabobs
- Red beans and rice
- Tortilla chips
- Spanish rice
- Fried fish
- Chopped boiled eggs
Serving cold Gazpacho with the aforementioned options will create a tsunami of flavors in your mouth. Prepare it in the right manner, and your guests will certainly push you to participate in MasterChef.
How to Use Up Leftover Gazpacho
Even though freezing Gazpacho soup is a viable option, you can also have some fun with it by incorporating it into other recipes.
- Prepare a hearty meal by braising chicken or beef in the soup.
- Add the soup to your favorite pasta, along with some fried chorizo.
- Make it into a smoothie by adding fresh fruits to it.
- Spice up the paella by adding Gazpacho instead of half of the stock.
- Make salsa for your nachos by adding garlic, hot peppers, and chopped onions to the soup.
How to tell if gazpacho is off?
The appearance of gazpacho is more than enough to denote whether it has gone bad or not. If you notice any signs of mold, it is best to toss the soup in the garbage can.
If there isn’t any mold, take a sip of it. In case the tanginess is overwhelming, your gazpacho has likely lost its quality.
How long will gazpacho keep in the refrigerator?
Gazpacho will last for approximately 4-5 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it in the freezer and use it over the span of 8 months.
The trick is to pack it in an airtight container, either while storing it in the refrigerator or freezer.
Can you heat up gazpacho soup?
Even though gazpacho soup is supposed to be eaten cold, you can warm it up and serve. You might find a slight difference, but it’ll be in a good way.
What are Alternative Ways to Store Gazpacho?
Apart from freezing Gazpacho, you can store it in your refrigerator. While it is not advisable to store Gazpacho at room temperature, you can place it on the counter in an airtight container for 2-3 hours.
Gone are the days when you’d have to rely on unhealthy drinks to relieve yourself from the scorching heat on a summer afternoon. Choose a healthier way in the form of Gazpacho soup and enjoy the richness of the veggies.
Lastly, if you accidentally prepare more of it, or want to store it for later, don’t worry; freezing it in the right way will not deteriorate its quality.
Milburn Adler is a food enthusiast and connoisseur of wine. His area of expertise is food fusions and gourmet foods. He lives to experiment with new recipes every day and spends most of his day looking for fresh and exotic fruits and vegetables.