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Can You Put Sake in the Home Freezer? 2 Reasons You Shouldn’t Do That

can sake be stored in the freezer?Japanese Life & Travel

Hi, Junko from Japan here! Japanese Sake prefers a cool and dark place. Then is a home freezer the best place for Sake? Unfortunately, it’s not. You can’t put Sake in the freezer. It’s not recommended since there’re two problems.

  1. The bottle will break
  2. Freezing will ruin the taste

Japanese Sake will freeze when you put it in a freezer. Generally, alcoholic beverages get frozen at the same degrees below zero as their alcohol contents. For example, the alcohol content of Sake is around 15 degrees. That means they will freeze under 15 degrees below zero, and the cold freezer temperatures are usually set under 18 degrees below zero. So the freezer isn’t a proper place to store Sake since it can cause Sake to freeze. It’s only hard liquors such as whiskeys and gins you can store in the freezer. Alcoholic drinks with lower alcohol content such as white wines, red wines, and Japanese Sake will freeze.

What will happen when Sake freezes? ……Yes, the bottle will break and destroy your freezer and peaceful time. If you store an unopened bottle of Sake in the freezer, it will be crushed from the inside by expanded liquid.

photo: broken bottle of glass

Since the freezing point of water and the alcohol are different, the components will eventually separate and ruin the taste if you leave Sake frozen for a long time. Though it depends on the types and brands of Sake, freezing harms the original taste of Sake. I accidentally made my premium Sake frozen once. I let it thaw anyway and tried it. How was it? The taste seemed to have lost some of its initial sweetness and had become a little bitter. It didn’t meet my expectation for premium Sake while it was still drinkable.

Some Sake is resistant to the cold temperatures of the freezer. Yet I don’t recommend you freeze them as long as you want to enjoy the best quality. If you have to freeze the Sake for some reason, at least don’t use the original Sake bottles and move the contents to other vessels. Plastic bottles or paper packages would be a good idea as they’re elastic and prevent the vessels to be broken.

What Is the Best Way to Store Sake?

photo: bottles of japanese sake are standing

Sake hates direct sunlight and harsh temperature. Put the bottles in a dark and cool place such as a refrigerator. Some types of Sake can be stored at room temperature. Yet you should store them in a refrigerator once you opened the bottles. Temperature fluctuation is one of the biggest threats to Japanese Sake.

Since Sake is a fermented product, it doesn’t go bad and has no expiration date. But the quality of Sake easily changes depending on the storage condition.

Check out the post below to learn how to store Sake. Proper storage allows Sake to keep a long shelf life!

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Can’t I Use the Freezer for Quick Chill?

photo: cold sake in a japanese sake cup

You can when you’re in a hurry. But don’t leave the bottles of Sake for more than one hour. If you keep the Sake in the freezer for more than 1 hour, it may freeze. Take it out before it completely freezes!

Using ice water instead of the freezer is also a great way to chill Sake quickly. Put water and ice cubes in a big bowl and immerse the bottle in the cold water. It’s said the temperature of the bottle decreases about one degree per minute. Usually, you can get the cool Sake bottle no more than 10 minutes or so. If you add some salt to the bowl, the ice will melt faster, and you can cool the bottle more rapidly. It’s proven by me. Give it a try!

Yet I Want to Freeze Sake So Badly!

Then how about trying MIZORE ZAKE (MIZORE SAKE)? Frozen Sake called MIZORE ZAKE is getting popular in recent years. The word MIZORE means sleet in Japanese, and its sherbet-like texture is fun to eat. Here are how to make Mizore-style Sake.

  1. Chill Sake in a refrigerator for more than 10 hours (do not freeze it yet)
  2. Move cold Sake from a glass bottle to another vessel to prevent it from
  3. Chill Sake in a freezer for 90 minutes and take it out carefully
  4. Pour cold Sake from a high position into a cup
  5. The sake gets frozen and Mizore Zake is ready!

Seeing is believing. Check the video before you try it to know what’s Mizore Sake and how to make it.

You’ll find that Sake still stays liquid when you chill it in a freezer. When you pour it into a cup, it gets frozen like magic. This phenomenon is called supercooling and is the state in which the liquid is at a lower temperature than the freezing point yet stays liquid without being frozen. If you successfully meet supercooling, your Sake will be frozen by the shock of pouring.

The Mizore-conditioned Sake is like sherbet or shaved ice. Adding some lime juice or honey will make it a nice dessert!

What Types of Sake is Good for Mizore?

I recommend Junmai-type Sake (pure rice Sake) for Mizore Zake. Alcohol-added liquor will get bitter when getting frozen.

What are the Tricks for Making It Well?

  1. Chill Sake well in a refrigerator and lower the temperature
  2. Chill your cup too before pouring the cold Sake
  3. Take the Sake quietly out of the freezer (shock will break the supercooling condition)

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