Potato salad long term storage question
I have a mountain of potato salad left over from a party yesterday. Not mayo based. Potatoes, marinated veggies, and a mustard vinagrette.
We are leaving town for 2 wks. Better to store it in the back of the fridge where it's coldest, or throw it in the freezer? I am suspicious of the texture it will have after being thawed again.
I think potato salad devlopes a stale flavor after a few days. Can't imagine how freezing it will help.
How long has it already been out of the "safety zone?" (Was it all sitting out and for how long or was this "extra" that was kept refrigerated?) Mayo wouldn't have been the issue anyhow, the potatoes and veggies would be so don't think it's safer just because it's not mayo based.
I'm not a fan of food waste at all but I don't think you're going to be able to freeze and revive it later successfully and leaving it in the fridge for that long is just a really bad idea. If it's still safe to eat now you could give it to people who will eat it while it's still enjoyable.
When I make potato salad for the two of us, I will keep it for close to a week with no degradation. But I use some mayo, which is actually a preservative (thinned with oil and vinegar, so even better). But still, potatoes ARE perishable.
If you are saying can you store it for two weeks or more; whether fridge or freezer, the answer is no. Do you know someone who might have use of it?