Can You Freeze Milk, Cheese, Eggs, & Other Dairy Products?!
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Frozen now, fresh later!
Ever gone crazy over a really good cheese sale and stocked up big time?! I mean who hasn’t? It’s hard to resist! If you don’t have space in your refrigerator for the 6 extra bags you bought (and won’t use for a while), and you’re wondering if you can freeze things like cheese, milk, eggs, and other dairy products, check out these easy and clever tips for how to freeze dairy products!
These hacks aren’t just convenient, they’re huge money savers that’ll minimize your weekly grocery trips.
1. How to freeze milk:
Milk is one of those dairy products you always need to have on hand. If you snag a deal on almost-expired milk, just store what you won’t use in the freezer for up to one month and pull it out when you need it!
Milk freezing tips –
- Pour out a little bit of milk from the carton so it doesn’t expand too much before placing it in the freezer.
- When ready for use, move milk to the fridge and let thaw completely so it isn’t watery.
- Once thawed, just shake it up and it’s as good as new!
2. How to freeze heavy cream and whipping cream:
Heavy cream and whipping cream are often used in small amounts for cooking and baking purposes to make things like soups and sauces. If you’ve got an almost-full container of cream that you don’t need to use for a while, keep it fresh by storing it in your freezer.
Heavy cream and whipping cream freezing tips:
- To freeze small amounts, pour the cream into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer. Each cube will contain about 2 tablespoons of liquid.
- To freeze large amounts of heavy or whipping cream, simply place the original carton in the freezer. If it’s nearly full, pour out 1-2 inches because it will expand a bit when frozen.
- If you plan on whipping your cream, do so before freezing (frozen, then thawed heavy cream won’t be quite as fluffy as it would be when fresh). Place spoonfuls of the whipped cream on a parchment-lined tray and place it in the freezer. Once completely frozen, transfer the frozen dollops to a freezer bag.
3. How to freeze cheese:
Thanks to this freezer hack, you can buy all the cheese you want when it’s on sale, even if you only need a little for the week ahead. Frozen cheese typically lasts up to 6 months.
Cheese freezing tips:
- Shred it before you freeze it. Block-style cheese doesn’t turn out the best in the freezer. 👎
- Store it in a large freezer bag and let out excess air before sealing.
- To avoid sticky, clumpy cheese, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch for every pound of cheese. Shake it up in the bag, seal, and freeze.
- When ready to use, let thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
4. How to freeze eggs:
Believe it or not, eggs are freezer-friendly, too! This comes in handy when you’re baking and realize you only have 1 egg left in the fridge. You can freeze eggs for up to 1 year so stock up when they’re on a good sale!
Egg freezing tips:
- Use an easy-twist ice cube tray to store individual eggs.
- Crack and whisk the eggs before pouring into the ice cube tray.
- You can also use a muffin tin to freeze larger egg portions and then transfer to a freezer bag.
- Add desired seasonings to the egg mixture before freezing to minimize prep work later.
- Defrost for 24 hours in the fridge before use.
5. How to freeze butter:
Buying butter in bulk can save you some serious grocery dollars, but where to put it all? Luckily, you can keep your fridge nice and tidy by storing your butter surplus in the freezer for 6-12 months. And it’s so simple with zero prep work for freezing — just put the sticks of butter still in their package into the freezer! That’s it!
Butter freezing tips:
- Avoid storing unsalted butter for more than 1 month, as it loses its flavor faster than salted butter.
- Keep butter in the original packaging (wrapper and box).
- If storing without original packaging, wrap in aluminum foil and place it in a freezer bag.
- To thaw for immediate use, place in the microwave and turn over every 10 seconds until it reaches the desired softness.
6. How to freeze yogurt for smoothies:
Yogurt is an essential smoothie ingredient, but it doesn’t last forever in the fridge. When frozen, you don’t have to worry about using it all up before the expiration date. Freezing also extends the life of your yogurt by 3-4 months.
Keep in mind that this freezer hack is primarily for smoothies. Thawed, frozen yogurt won’t be as good if you plan on eating it by itself.
Yogurt freezing tips:
- To freeze perfect yogurt portions for a smoothie, place the desired amount in a muffin tin and then place it in the freezer for 2-3 hours. Once frozen, transfer the yogurt molds to a freezer bag to save space and place back in the freezer.
- You can also scoop dollops onto a parchment-lined tray, leaving about an inch in between the scoops. After the scoops have completely frozen, move them to a freezer bag.
Unfortunately, not all dairy products are freezable. Things like cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and sour cream don’t hold up too well in extreme temperatures.
Now that you know how to freeze a few essential dairy products, make some room in your freezer and keep an eye out for grocery deals like price drops on milk and BOGO sales on butter and cheese.
Don’t forget to also watch Collin mastering how to freeze her dairy products in this super old YouTube video from 2014!
Got a lot of cheese on hand? Time to make this Classic Baked Mac & Cheese dish!