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Wasabi - can I freeze it for future?

Melbourne, Australia
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Wasabi - can I freeze it for future?

I bought about 5 medium wasabi stalks back to Australia (yes - declared to customs/quarantine) I have used one already (fresh) and frozen the others. I have no idea but is frozen/thawed wasabi any good does it keep well - or just throw away? Obviously fresh is best but not an option here...

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Vermont
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1. Re: Wasabi - can I freeze it for future?

This plan sounds good, but won't apply to you since you've already frozen it:

"'Can it {fresh wasabi}be frozen if I can’t eat it all?'"

We do not recommend freezing whole rhizomes. Grated wasabi can be frozen if it is done immediately after grating. Grate the wasabi and wrap with cling film. Make sure the wasabi is protected from the air by wrapping tightly."

source:https://www.thewasabicompany.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions

Philadelphia...
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2. Re: Wasabi - can I freeze it for future?

I guess that they'll be mushy when you defrost, and won't grate well.

I have no idea if this will work, but try grating one while it's still frozen. If it works, you won't have to defrost a whole one every time you want a bit.

Toronto
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3. Re: Wasabi - can I freeze it for future?

foodslink.jp/syokuzaihyakka/…wasabi2.htm

Please use google translate.

冷凍する場合

どうしても使いきれない場合は冷凍しましょう。その場合はワサビをラップでしっかりと包んで丸ごと冷凍します。使う際は、凍ったまますりおろした方が香りが立ちます。逆に、すりおろして冷凍すると風味は飛んでしまって美味しくありません。

BTW you can buy frozen wasabi in the USA.

Tokyo and California
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4. Re: Wasabi - can I freeze it for future?

Just as bibimbob said; wash the wasabi root and wrap it and freeze. When using, grate the frozen root. Whenever wasabi is exposed to air, it loses potency, so you do not grate and freeze.

Same thing with powdered wasabi. You mix it with water and use it right away. Wasabi left for a long time has no punch.

You can buy fresh wasabi in Japanese or even Korean markets in CA.

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