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How to Freeze Goulash

Updated April 17, 2017

One of Hungary's most famous dishes, goulash and its variations are enjoyed around the world. Between a soup and a stew in thickness, goulash is a main dish usually consisting of a medley of vegetables and beef. Different regions of the world have adapted this original recipe, and add their own special ingredients or seasonings to slightly modify it. However, typically goulash is made in a large batch, to have enough to preserve, by freezing, for later use.

Place the pot of goulash in the refrigerator. This allows the goulash to cool enough to be ladled safely in to the containers without risk of melting them.

Remove the goulash from the refrigerator and place it on the counter. Set the freezer-safe containers beside it with the lids removed.

Ladle the goulash in to the containers, leaving 1 inch of space at the top. This allows the goulash to expand as it freezes without pushing the lid off.

Secure each lid firmly on the sealable containers. Insert them in to the freezer on a flat surface.

Use the goulash within three months of freezing. When you're ready to use the frozen goulash, run warm water around the outside of the freezer container, and remove the frozen goulash to either a pot or microwave safe dish for heating.

Tip

Freeze the goulash in individually sized portions to use as lunches, or as larger portions for a family meal.

Warning

Only use fresh ingredients when creating the dish to prevent spoilage after they are frozen. Always ensure your work area and tools are clean to prevent the spread of bacteria in your dish. Never refreeze previously frozen goulash, as this can cause bacteria to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot of goulash
  • Ladle
  • Freezer safe sealable containers
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Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.