Can You Freeze Milk, Cheese, Eggs, & Other Dairy Products?!

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freezing butter and shredded cheese bag

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!

A woman standing over a kitchen counter with various 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:

Woman holding a jug of milk to store in the freezer

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 jug in freezer

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:

A hand holding a frozen whipped cream dollop

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.

freezing whipped cream in whipped dollops

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:

A woman holding a bag of shredded cheese in a freezer bag

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.

frozen shredded cheddar cheese in bag

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:

Whisked eggs in an ice cube tray next to egg carton and two eggs on the counter

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:

  • 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:

A hand placing butter in the freezer

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!

placing challenge butter into freezer

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:

Freezing yogurt dollops in a muffin tin

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.

spooning yogurt into muffin tin

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.

Woman holding sour cream with thumb down

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.

Watching a YouTube video of how to freeze dairy products

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!

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Comments 53

  1. Babbs12345

    Cottage cheese doesn’t freeze well for eating as cottage cheese, but it does freeze well if you plan to use it to make lasagna or something similar. I just throw the container straight in the freezer. When ready to make lasagna I thaw it and mix it with eggs to layer in lasagna.

    • Sarah

      The same is true for ricotta cheese. I freeze it for later when I plan on making lasagna or baked ziti. Never had an issue.

    • Emily

      Yes I was going to say the same!

      • Julie

        Me too

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      Oh wow, thanks for that tip! Good to know!

  2. Blue

    I grate my cheese in my food pro, then flash freeze it on cookie sheets before bagging it up for the freezer. No corn starch is needed.

    • Joni

      I have a small freezer and don’t have room to lay a cookie sheet. The cornstarch tip helps for my tiny freezer!

      • PrincessMom

        I have a narrow freezer so they don’t fit in mine, either. What I do is use a gallon size ziploc and just lay it on its side with a layer of cheese until it’s frozen, then I “shake” it into the bottom of the bag and roll it up because I don’t like using corn starch to prevent sticking. This way, I’ve also got individual portions ready to go 🙂

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      I love hearing other methods, this is a great idea without using the cornstarch!

  3. GAmommyof4

    Frozen butter is the best for grating and making homemade biscuits! I learned this from Martha Stewart.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I have heard that too, but not tried it yet! Thanks for mentioning that!

  4. Suzanne

    Great tips! I’ve always stock up and put cheese in the freezer. Unfortunately we only use unsalted butter, but may try it since it’s just used for baking. I also freeze yogurt tubes for my daughter since she doesn’t typically go through them before expiration. She actually prefers them frozen, like a popsicle!

    • kelsburnit

      Gonna have to try that yogurt tip! My 9month old loves yogurt and I’m not a huge fan so I throw so much away!

      • SusanAlyssaTurner

        Be careful when giving a child under 3 frozen Go-Gurt. It’s a choking hazard because it doesn’t melt very quickly. I believe it says it on the package.

        • Taylor (Sidekick)

          Thanks for that tip, Susan!❤️

    • Erin

      The yogurt tubes are formulated to be frozen so that you can pop them in a lunch box and they’ll be thawed by lunchtime. But my kids also prefer them frozen.

    • Erin

      I’ve been freezing unsalted butter for years (in fact, just bought 10 pounds to freeze last week) and my supertaster husband hasn’t noticed a difference. I’m not even sure what a loss of flavor would entail–it’s unsalted so it doesn’t really have any flavor. It’s just fat. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      • Emily

        I freeze unsalted butter too and was thinking the same-does unsalted butter have a taste? I’ve definitely left it for longer than that!

    • PrincessMom

      I only use unsalted butter and I’ve frozen it for several months without any issues. I just toss the entire package into the freezer when we get home from the store and pull it out when I need it.

    • Suzanne H

      I only use unsalted butter too. I’ve never had a problem with freezing it. I buy from Costco and it takes me several months to use it all.

  5. toshakelly

    I freeze cottage cheese for smoothies.

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      I’ve never heard of using cottage cheese in smoothies, I will have to try that!

  6. Kristy

    We love freezing yogurt! I’ve been mixing Dannon light and fit with chopped up fresh strawberries or a can of crushed pineapple and have been freezing them in small glad and tupperware containers. It is so good and refreshing on a hot day! It’s like eating an icy! My daughter and I love it!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s sounds SUPER yummy, Kristy! Thanks for commenting!

  7. Emily

    I have found that the only block cheese you can freeze and not be weird out of the freezer is Colby jack. For some reason it stays the same. I only know because we live overseas part of the year and can’t get good cheese so take it back with us frozen when we travel so I’ve tried them all 😂 I do appreciate the corn starch tip. I’ll try that next time!

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      That’s so interesting that only Colby Jack comes out the same! I’m curious why haha! Glad you liked the corn starch tip, who knew?!❤️

  8. Tina Tina

    I thought frozen milk lasted for 3-6 months, not 1. Now I don’t know what to believe, and I just thawed a 3 month old milk 😳

    • Mel

      It does. IDK where she got 1 month from?

    • Lisa JP

      My husband worked in a dairy for years, it’s 6 months for the freezer. Just make sure you defrost in the fridge and never on the counter, it causes bacterial growth.

  9. Cassie

    “Lactose Free” milk does NOT freeze well. It gets all clumpy when thawed.

  10. Hipgrandma

    I’ve been freezing shredded cheese for years. Works great. Just tried freezing milk for the first time. It was skimmed variety. I followed the directions in this post. Took 2 days to thaw but lasted way long afterwards. I’m sold!

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      Woohoo, that’s awesome!🙌 I love how you can extend the life of so many frequently used dairy products!

  11. PrincessMom

    My grandma used to freeze milk when I was a kid and it would yellow a little bit. I’m not sure if that’s because back in “the olden days” maybe it wasn’t processed the same back then? But it was always fine, just the color was a little off. So, if it still does that just know it’s OK LOL

    • rochellemcgee

      We buy whole milk and it does yellow when frozen, but when it thaws out, it returns to its normal white color.

  12. Jenna

    I’ve also read if you want to freeze milk that come in paper cartons, to remove it from the carton first and put in a plastic or glass container.

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing that tip, Jenna! I imagine that would help keep it fresh longer.

  13. catmom

    I also freeze coffee mate creamers. Just thaw in the fridge overnight.

    • Sydney

      This just have me an idea. I LOVE coconut coffee mate in my Dr. Pepper but I never buy it because I don’t use it fast enough. I think I’ll try making coffee mate ice cubes and give that a go! Thanks for the info!

    • tracy

      Sugar-free coffee creamers do not freeze well. They get clumpy.

  14. Crystal

    Craziest thing I realized you could freeze- spray can cool whip! You’d think it would burst, but it doesn’t. My dad works for Sysco foods and it’s all frozen before it’s delivered to restaurants.

    • Penny

      Thank you for this information. I had no idea this was possible. I freeze can crescent rolls and biscuits and they stay intact as well. I love these kind of posts.

      • Dee

        Me too. They come out like they went in and bake up great after thawing!

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      No way! That is so cool! Now I can stock up and keep it hidden from my kids in the freezer😂

  15. Dee

    I’ve been freezing all these things fir decades since most of that time we’ve lived rural. I would like to differ with you, Amber, on freezing block cheese. You CAN freeze blocks (or wheels) of cheese successfully. The trick is to let it thaw and come to ROOM TEMPERATURE before going back into the fridge. Once they are cold again you cannot tell they were ever frozen! The process is safe with block cheese as they are hard cheeses. As we know in many countries they are carried as portable lunches, dinners, travel food, and snacks and are not subject to quick spoilage. I also freeze SLICED cheese (American, Swiss, Provolone) successfully! Thaw in the fridge then place on the counter to warm to room temp. Then back in the fridge to cool. Slices Peel apart beautifully with NO crumbling – good as new! Try it! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the great end results!!

  16. Maria

    Great post! I hate food waste, especially things that are environmentally intensive to make like dairy. Thanks, H2S!

  17. Chloe

    You can also freeze half and half! Great if you can’t finish all of it before it spoils.

  18. kim7ss

    Anyone ever freeze cream cheese? I haven’t tried it, but I wonder how it would do?

    • Penny

      I freeze large quantities of cream cheese and haven’t noticed any issues with it at all. Just leave it in the box and put it directly in the freezer like you would do with butter.

    • Penny

      You can also make batches of cream cheese icing and then it is ready when you bake a cake. I just put mine in freezer bags and they thaw quickly for cake decorating.

  19. Crafty Bargainista

    There’s uses for frozen sour cream too! A few months ago, a huge unopened 48oz container of sour cream accidentally froze in the back of my spare fridge. I was able to use every ounce of it! I made Lina’s yummy coconut cake, an equally yummy sour cream coffee cake, several casseroles, and crockpot Swedish meatballs. As long as you’re cooking it in something, it tastes fine. 👍

  20. Kandice

    We’ve managed an egg allergy for 18 years now and I feel compelled to weigh in on how this post has been presented. The freezing tips are great. I love all the reader suggestions too. But eggs are not dairy. Yes, they are sold in the dairy case but cows do not lay eggs. I cannot tell you how many times someone has responded with “oh an egg allergy? So he can’t have milk or cheese?”

  21. Karenkikr

    Yes, you can freeze cheese, milk, eggs and “other dairy products”.

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