You might have bought too much yogurt the last time you went to get groceries. Now there’s much of it left in the fridge. You’re probably wondering if you can freeze yogurt, like how you can freeze sour cream and other dairy products and pantry essentials. The answer to that question is a definite yes! And in this article, we’ll guide you on how to properly freeze and thaw your leftover yogurt so you can have it later.
How Will Yogurt Change After Freezing?
There are many perks you can enjoy after you freeze your yogurt. However, these perks come with a few changes to your product. Here are some of it:
Liquid tends to separate when freezing yogurt. Aside from a little enhanced acidic taste due to the freezing process, yogurt’s flavor wouldn’t change much after it’s frozen and thawed. However, you might have to shake or mix it before consuming to blend the yogurt’s liquids together, restoring the flavor it originally had.
Unfortunately, it won’t have the same curd-like texture like it once had. After frozen yogurt has been thawed, it will become runny and a bit grainy. You can still consume it as is without a problem. But if you are texture-conscious, you can just use it for yummy yogurt recipes like a cool yogurt smoothie or fruited yogurt shakes. The new texture will go with them perfectly. The changes in yogurt after it’s been frozen and thawed wouldn’t be obvious when you use it to make drinks, or for cooking and baking.
Tip: Put thawed yogurt into a blender and blend it for a little while to get it to thicken again. It might not have exactly the same texture as before, but it’s better than the soupy one.
How to Freeze Yogurt
The main purpose of freezing yogurt is so you can save it for later use. So, just because you froze your leftover yogurt, it does not mean that you will have frozen yogurt. This process differs from making fro yo.
Freezing yogurt is as easy as freezing cream cheese. Both of them only need a couple of steps for freezing and thawing then it’s good to go. And just like cream cheese (or any type of food for the matter), yogurt must be frozen at 32 degrees F or 0 degrees C to be considered safe. This is the most optimal temperature for preventing bacteria build-up that causes immediate spoilage.
Here are several ways to properly freeze your leftover yogurt depending on how you plan to use it.
Using Cookie or Ice Cream Scoops
Use a cookie scoop to put yogurt onto a tray or pan with a lined baking sheet. Freeze it until firm or solid. You can then transfer the frozen yogurt scoops into a freezer-safe bag to save up some space.
Using Ice Cube Tray
Pour your leftover yogurt into an ice cube tray and freeze it. Afterward, you can transfer the cubes into a freezer-safe bag. This is ideal if you plan to make smoothies and other blended goodies. You can easily throw your desired amount of frozen yogurt into your blender and just blend away.
Straight From the Container
It’s possible to freeze yogurt directly from its container. Directly putting it into the fridge will do the trick even for those small cup packages of yogurt.
Keep In Mind: Yogurt is partially liquid. It will expand once it freezes. So make sure that your container has extra space to give it room to expand. You can transfer it to air-tight containers if you have purchased a large tub.
Using Plastic Tubes
Create homemade ice pops for the little ones to enjoy! You can mix fruit purees for flavor and vacuum-seal it until solid. However, once you take it out of the freezer, you shouldn’t place it back in the fridge. After opening your homemade ice pops, they should be consumed right away. Breaking the vacuum seal will make your frozen yogurt vulnerable to lots of microorganisms that will eventually cause it to develop molds, making it unsafe for eating.
Can You Eat Frozen Yogurt Like Ice Cream?
The answer to this question really depends on preferences. Sure, you can eat yogurt as it is after freezing. But remember, just freezing it will make it rock solid. You can eat it as is, but you can also just turn it into ice pops. Or, you can try making fro yo instead!
Fro yo is iconic–it’s yogurt with the texture of ice cream. If that’s what your taste buds are looking for, then you might want to check out this Berry Banana Frozen Yogurt.
How to Thaw Frozen Yogurt
Thaw your preserved yogurt by transferring the amounts you need from the freezer into the refrigerator. It should be done the night before you intend to use it. This makes sure that it stays at an ideal cool temperature to prevent it from spoiling.
In case you forgot to thaw it ahead, you can let it defrost atop your counter and make sure you consume it within two hours. Otherwise, be sure to promptly put it back in the freezer to keep it from going bad.
How Long Can Frozen Yogurt Last in the Freezer?
Freezing and preserving yogurt for a later time and getting creative with it sure brings fun, but nothing lasts forever. You can freeze yogurt past its expiration date, but you still have to consume it sooner rather than later. It should be good for at least six to eight weeks.
There are endless possibilities for what you can make with yogurt. It ranges from savory black bean and radish burgers to sweet roasted berry yogurt pops. With countless recipes, we doubt that your yogurt would even last that long. After the six to eight-week storage span, if unused, it will get icicles and freezer burn. So make sure to consume it before then.
How to Tell If Yogurt Is Bad
Does yogurt go bad even if you already froze it? Although you’ve stored it in the freezer to extend its shelf life past the expiration date, this food (like all foods) can still go bad.
If you notice molds and separate curdling floating on excess liquid, then your yogurt has already gone bad. Normally, yogurt shouldn’t have a strong sour smell like sour cream. So if it has a sour and striking rancid smell, then it’s probably best to get rid of it to avoid getting sick. It’s not really advisable to consume expired yogurt unless you freeze and store it to preserve it properly.
Can You Freeze Greek Yogurt?
Aside from the thicker consistency of Greek yogurt, it has numerous other differences from regular yogurt especially when it comes to nutrition. Greek yogurt is proven to have more protein, calories, and calcium. It also has less sugar and takes a lot more milk to produce the same amount as regular yogurt.
Despite these differences, it is indeed possible to freeze Greek yogurt. You can do so in the same way as you would freeze plain yogurt. You’ll also get the same benefits from preserving it and explore various ways to serve it. You can even make donuts or coleslaw with versatile Greek yogurt. Just follow the same instructions above when freezing plain Greek yogurt.
Your leftover product doesn’t have to go to waste. Preserve it properly and save it for later use. Whether it’s for cooking or baked goods, every ounce of an ingredient is meant to be part of a delicious and filling dish!
Uses of Thawed Yogurt
Although consuming yogurt directly after freezing and thawing is safe, a lot might not enjoy its texture. After doing so, it’s best to use it for cooking and baking. Thawed yogurt works wonders when used for shakes and smoothies. Here are some recipe suggestions you might enjoy making with this preserved ingredient:
Yogurt’s creaminess, especially Greek, helps baked goods have moisture and keeps them light and fluffy. It also gives it a tang of its good flavor.
Why don’t you try making your own doughnuts for dessert or as a snack? This recipe uses non-fat Greek yogurt to keep the treats soft and fluffy. It’s also incredibly healthy!
Recipe for Inspiration: Greek Yogurt Doughnuts
This soft moist cake is composed of berries and buttery yogurt flavored sponge cake. It has a tangy taste that it gets from the lemon and extra boosts of sweet fruity bites!
Recipe for Inspiration: Lemon Berry Yogurt Cake
These blueberry muffins will make you ditch those store-bought ones. It’s made with non-fat yogurt, whole-wheat flour, and honey. It’s a combination that makes these homemade muffins absolutely irresistible.
Recipe for Inspiration: Healthier Blueberry Muffins
This dish features a barbecued and skewered chicken kebab that’s marinated in yogurt, then seasoned with oregano and cumin. You can serve it with rice, orzo, or couscous for a truly satisfying meal.
Recipe for Inspiration: Marinated Yogurt Chicken Kebab
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Stuffed sweet potatoes are a meal on their own. This version is stuffed with black beans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, chives, and an all-time favorite ingredient–cheese.
Recipe for Inspiration: Sinful Stuffed Sweet Potatoes