Cooktop Cove: 8 dairy products you can freeze for later
Freezing food is a great way to save money. Plenty of food can be separated and stored in a freezer for later use like meat, fruits, vegetables, bread and even dairy. While dairy may not seem like something you could safely store in a freezer, there are actually several foods that do perfectly fine, if you store them the right way.
Keep reading to find out which 8 dairy products you can stockpile when the sales prices come rolling in.
Butter is fairly low maintenance in terms of freezing requirements. Just make sure you wrap your butter with freezer wrap or slide a whole container into a freezer bag.
Hard cheeses freeze the best. The cheese may be a bit crumbly after it's frozen, but the flavor will be fine. Cheese should be frozen in half-pound chunks or smaller, sealed. You can also shred the cheese and store it. Use cheese within four months.
You can freeze milk safely! You should open the container and pour out a bit of milk before freezing (this leaves room for the milk to expand once frozen). Reseal and cover the lid with plastic wrap. Frozen milk should be used within 1 month.
4. Sour cream
You can still use your sour cream after it has been frozen. However, it's worth noting that the cream will likely not be smooth (trying blending it) and it may taste a bit more acidic. This works best if you plan to use it for cooking.
Yogurt freezes a bit better than sour cream likely because it's high sugar contents helps preserves the flavor. The texture may be a little off, but the flavor should stay the same. *Bonus: Try using yogurt to make yogurt popsicles!
6. Cream cheese
Place the container in a freezer bag and store in your freezer for up to three months. Use in cooking or to make some frosting as the texture may be a little less appealing.
7. Processed cheese
Processed cheese (like Velveeta) stores fairly well. Slice into large chunks and freeze for up to four months.
Eggs must be removed from their shell before freezing. To freeze the whole egg, crack the eggs into a bowl and gently mix (try to avoid mixing in air). Add 1 tablespoon of salt per cup to prevent graininess and pour through a sieve into a storage bag. Do the same with just whites or the yolks, after separating.
Bonus tip: My Litter recommends freezing dairy products with at least 40 percent fat content for the best results.
Next time you're heading out for vacation, don't toss that dairy away! Chances are that you might be able to preserve that food for at least a week or two by prepping it and tossing it in the freezer.
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