September 16, 2013
- Butter- Wrap it with plastic wrap in individual sticks and freeze. Unsalted butter losses flavor over time so It’s can’t be frozen as long. Salted and flavored butters freeze very well for up to a year.
- Cheese- Hard or semi-hard cheeses can be frozen. It will be crumbly and a little dry and won’t slice well but the flavor keeps perfectly and will still melt. Keep it in small pieces no more than ½ pound chunks wrap them in foil, plastic wrap or a freezer bag.
- Artificial cheese like dips, spreads and blocks usually do freeze fine. When in doubt freeze a little bit for 24 hours then thaw if you are happy with the results freeze away, if not throw a party to get it used up!
- Cottage or ricotta cheese can be frozen in their containers for up to one month
- Cream cheese can also be frozen in the original package for up to six months
- Cream-Freeze only if there is 40% or more butterfat. Lighter creams and ½ & ½ doesn’t freeze very well. Cream that has been frozen won’t whip to the usual volume so adjust according to your recipe. Whipped cream can be sweetened to taste then frozen in individual portions for a quick dessert topping
- Milk- Yes it can be frozen. People are often leery of doing so. It does change the mouth feel but is still perfectly fine for cooking. I recommend removing about one cup from the container to give the milk space to expand unless the jug has indentations on the side that allow for expansion. The milk will take on a yellowish hue during freezing but will go back to white once it is thawed. Once thawed you will want to shake or stir the product before using. Milk can be frozen for up to three months but make sure you freeze before the sell by date.
- Sour cream, yogurt, Buttermilk can be frozen but they lose their creaminess and become grainy from the water separating out. They are still perfectly fine to use in cooking, but leave something to be desired when being eaten by themselves. Flavored yogurts are more stable but may taste more acidic once thawed. These can be frozen for up to three months.
To thaw any of the above products just place in the refrigerator for twelve to twenty-four hours. Now that you are armed with this knowledge you can take advantage of the sales at the grocery stores and become even more frugal.