Month: March 2012

Meat

Can You Freeze Bacon?

Can you freeze bacon? Bacon is a meat prepared from a pig. It’s extremely popular – many people find its taste delicious. So, is there a way to extend bacon’s shelf life? Can you buy a few pounds of bacon on a sale a then put most of it in the freezer? Or you have already cooked your bacon, but you’d like to store it for an extended period of time. Can you freeze it? Even though commercially sold bacon is already cured, you can freeze it. Both fresh and cooked, many people do it very often and they’re satisfied with the results they get. Let’s talk about freezing bacon in a little more detail.

Freezing bacon

As I’ve mentioned earlier, you can freeze bacon, both cooked and uncooked. In fact, cooking bacon extends its freezer life. If you want to freeze cooked bacon, you need to cook it to the level below how you cook it usually. That’s pretty obvious, but some people tend to forget about that.

Slices of fried bacon

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Can You Freeze Uncooked Bacon?

If your package of bacon is still unopened, you can put it right into the freezer. Overwrap the original packaging if you plan to store it in the freezer for an extended period of time (more than 2 months). You can do that using aluminium foil or plastic wrap. You can also put the original packaging into a plastic container instead. Overwrapping prevents freezer burn.

If you’ve already opened your package of bacon, you should wrap the bacon tightly in freezer wrap, or put it into a freezer bag. Since bacon is already opened, it’s a good idea to cut it into smaller portions, even into slices. This will allow you to thaw small portions as needed. To do that, you need to wrap each part individually. Please bear in mind that thick slices seem to work best for freezing. When wrapping bacon, please remember to remove all excessive air from the package.

Most sources state that you can store raw bacon in the freezer for about 1 to 2 months. That’s the period for best quality. Bacon should be fine for at least few months more.

Can You Freeze Cooked Bacon?

After you’ve cooked the bacon, you should drain it and let it cool off. Now you need to wrap your bacon tightly, like in case of raw bacon. It’s recommended to cut cooked bacon into smaller pieces, that will allow you to thaw it out as you go. Most sources say that you’re supposed to store cooked bacon in the freezer for up to 3 months. Please note that some people store it for even half a year and the bacon is still fine after thawing. You can put frozen cooked bacon from the freezer right into the pan. You can also warm it in the microwave beforehand.

Tips concerning freezing bacon

You might experience some increase in saltiness in some brands of bacon, after freezing it and thawing. It’s quite normal and it’s caused by the freezing process – it draws some of the moisture out.

Summary
Bacon is a very popular meat and you can freeze bacon, both cooked and raw one.

Fruit

Can you freeze bananas?

Can you freeze bananas? Bananas are among the most popular fruit. People use them for baking purposes or consume them by themselves. Is there anything you can do if you’ve bought too many bananas and you’re afraid that some of them will go bad? Or you would like to stock up bananas because there’s this great sale in the store near your location? We all know that we can keep bananas in the pantry until they’re ripe and a few days in the fridge once they’re ripe. But can we freeze them to use them in a few weeks? It turns out that we can. Let’s discuss this matter in detail.

Freezing bananas – what you need to know

By freezing you can extend banana’s shelf life by a few months. For best quality it’s recommended to keep bananas in the freezer for no longer than 2, maybe 3 months. You can probably keep them a few months more, but their quality will deteriorate a little by that time. They won’t go bad, though. Take note that bananas are best frozen when they’re already ripe. If your banana is still green, you should consider storing it in the pantry until it’s ripe. How you should freeze bananas? There are at least few possibilities.

Frozen banana slices
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Freeze the whole banana (leave the peeling on)

In case you decide to freeze whole, unpeeled banana, you should be aware that its peel will turn brown (or black) while the fruit is in the freezer. That’s completely normal and fortunately enough, banana flesh stays fine even though the peel turns brown. To use this unpeeled banana you need to remove it from the freezer and then thaw it. It takes about 2 hours if you decide to thaw it in room temperature. Now you need to gently cut the peel open and remove the soft banana flesh. Your banana is ready to be used in any kind of recipe you would like it to be used. Is it fine to eat it by itself? Supposedly, yes. But if you’l enjoy a banana of this texture, it’s difficult to say. It’s a matter of personal preferences really. I encourage you to try flavoring thawed banana with cinnamon. You might find it a delicious treat. One more thing. Most people recommend freezing unpeeled bananas in a freezer bag. That’s a great idea and I recommend you do the same.

Freeze mashed bananas

You just need to peel the ripe banana, mash it and put the banana flesh in a freezer-safe container (choose one that doesn’t leave a lot of room for air in it after putting there mashed bananas). Bananas frozen this way aren’t that mushy and watery as bananas frozen with the peeling on. Instead of the container you can put the mashed banana in a Ziploc freezer bag. One banana (or even a part of it) into one bag. This way it’s easy to thaw only as many bananas as you need at a time. When freezing bananas this way, you just need to thaw them in the fridge or in room temperature and they are ready to be used (or eaten!), similarly as in case of freezing unpeeled bananas.

Freeze sliced banana

Firstly, you need to peel the ripe banana and slice it into chunks. Now it’s time to freeze them initially. To do that you can use a baking sheet – just place each banana chunk on the baking sheet (they shouldn’t stick to one another) and put this kitchen utensil into the freezer for an hour or two. Now, as the banana pieces are frozen, you should remove the cookie sheet from the freezer and put the frozen pieces into a freezer-safe bag or container. Now if you need bananas, you can easily get the exact amount you need. This way of freezing bananas is also perfect for smoothies. You don’t even need to thaw them, just put them into the blender, one by one. If you need bananas for baking purposes, I suggest thawing them beforehand.

Freeze the whole banana (peeled)

To do this you can simply peel the banana, put it into a freezer-safe bag and put it into the freezer. One more piece of advice – if you’re using any kind of bag to freeze bananas, make sure you squeeze excess air out of the bag.

Summary

As you can see, you can freeze bananas and there are many ways you can do it. Most people freeze bananas to use them in smoothies and banana bread.

Dairy

Can You Freeze Cottage Cheese?

Can you freeze cottage cheese? Cottage cheese is a popular dairy treat. Some people use it also in recipes.

So, you’ve found out that your local grocery store has cottage cheese on sale really cheap and you’d like to stock up on this product.

Or you’ve got a half full cottage cheese container and no idea how you can use the rest of the product within the next couple of days.

But you don’t know whether one can freeze it.

Freezing seems to be the only solution to the mentioned issues. The truth is you can freeze cottage cheese, but it makes sense only in certain cases. Most times freezing this dairy treat isn’t the best idea.

How Freezing Affects Cottage Cheese

Like most dairy products, freezing and thawing changes the consistency of cottage cheese. While freezing doesn’t change its nutritional value, it changes its texture, sometimes significantly. Besides texture, cottage cheese might also lose some of its taste. That’s a pretty big deal if you plan on eating it by itself.

Unfortunately, it’s a matter of personal preferences and I can’t tell you whether you will like it, or not. The best thing you can do is to do a little trial for yourself. Freeze a small amount of your favorite cottage cheese, thaw it after a few days and check the results. If you’re happy about what yo’u’ve got, you can freeze this cheese whenever needed.

Cottage cheese

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There’s another thing worth knowing. While people don’t recommend eating thawed cottage cheese by itself, they say it works well in cooked dishes. Dishes like soups and souces. Because of that, freezing this dairy product for cooking purposes might be worth a try.

Remember that the softer (or creamier) your cottage cheese is, the worse it freezes. That means if your favorite cottage cheese doesn’t freeze well, give another brand a try.

By freezing cottage cheese you can extend its shelf life for about 3 to 6 months. Of course you can keep it in the freezer a lot longer, but its taste will slowly deteriorate. The mentioned 3 to 6 months is for best quality.

Tips About Freezing Cottage Cheese

To freeze it, store it in an airtight container. You can use the original packaging if you’re able to seal it tightly (assuming that the packaging is already opened).

If you plan to freeze cottage cheese for more than 2 months in its original packaging, consider placing the container in a freezer bag to avoid freezer burn. If you need to use only a little amount of it at a time, consider repackaging the product into few smaller containers. This way you’ll be able to thaw only as little cottage cheese as you need at the moment.

Summary
Cottage cheese is a popular dairy treat used also in recipes. Although you can freeze cottage cheese, its texture changes after freezing and thawing. Therefore, freezing it for other purposes than using it in cooked dishes isn’t recommended. It’s a matter of personal preferences. That means you might actually enjoy frozen and thawed cottage cheese, but that’s unlikely.

Dairy

Can you freeze Greek yogurt?

Can you freeze Greek yogurt? Greek yogurt is one of the most popular dairy products these days. That’s mostly because it has many health benefits but also because many people find its taste delicious. Some people use it in smoothies. So, what can you do if you’ve got a half full container of Greek yogurt and you can’t find a way to use it within the next few days? Or you’ve found a great deal on this dairy product and you’d like to buy at least a few containers for future use? Fortunately enough, similarly to plain yogurt, you can freeze Greek yogurt. There are, however, a few things about this process that you should be aware of.

How freezing affects Greek yogurt

The most important thing you need to know is that freezing has an effect on Greek yogurt’s look and texture. Frozen and thawed yogurt’s looks and consistency will be slightly different from fresh yogurt’s one. Please bear in mind that the nutritional value of frozen and then defrosted yogurt stays the same. Freezing can kill a tiny bit of beneficial cultures that are present in this diary treat, but the rest of them stays fine. They just become dormant when the Greek yogurt is frozen and they reactive when it’s thawed. All in all, you won’t lose Greek yogurt’s health benefits be freezing and thawing it.

Greek yogurt ice cream
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Let’s get back to the texture change I’ve mentioned earlier. Greek yogurt separates a little when frozen and then thawed. Because of that you need to mix it or at least stir it after thawing, to make it less watery than it’s after defrosting. Since the texture changes after thawing, Greek yogurt’s taste might not be as appealing as it usually is. Because of that, you might find eating it after defrosting not pleasant. It’s really a matter of personal preferences, so to find this out, you need to run a little trial. Just freeze a small amount of Greek yogurt for a few days then thaw it in the fridge, stir it and consume it. If you’ll be satisfied with the results you’ll get, you can stock up Greek yogurt for eating purposes freely. Nevertheless, most people state that thawed Greek yogurt is fine when used for baking or cooking purposes. I encourage you to make a smoothie using this dairy treat, it should taste as great as it always do. Please bear in mind that products from some Greek yogurt manufacturers undergo the process of freezing better than products from other ones. Therefore, you might want to try different brands.

You can store Greek yogurt in the freezer for a few months, but most sources recommend storing it for up to two months for best quality. While this dairy product is stored in the freezer, its quality deteriorates very slowly (similarly to most products).

Useful information about freezing Greek yogurt

Here are a few pieces of information regarding freezing Greek yogurt. Please bear in mind that the Greek yogurt’s container should be airtight (you can use freezer bags). This way the dairy product won’t absorb any odors from the freezer. As I’ve mentioned earlier, after thawing make sure that you stir or mix the yogurt before eating. Thawing overnight in the refrigerator is one of the most recommended ways of thawing this dairy product.

If you’ll need only a small amounts of Greek yogurt from time to time, it’s a good idea to transfer yogurt from its original packaging to a few smaller ones. This way you’ll be able to thaw only as little as you need at a time.

Summary

Greek yogurt is one of the widely used dairy products. You can freeze Greek yogurt freely, but please remember that it changes its looks and texture after thawing.

Beverages

Can you freeze almond milk?

Can you freeze almond milk? Almond milk is one of the delicious and often used lactose free milk alternatives. It’s often used by people suffering from lactose intolerance, but also by some vegetarians and vegans. So, what should you do if you’ve got a half full container of almond milk and you can’t find a way to use it within the next couple of days? Or there’s a big sale in a store near your home and you’re thinking about buying a few containers to save some money?

Freezing almond milk seems to be the only solution to both of the mentioned issues. Just to be clear – you can freeze this lactose-free beverage but most manufacturers don’t recommend freezing their products. The good news is – many people freeze almond milk on a regular basis and they are satisfied with the results they get. Let’s discuss the effect that freezing has on this liquid.

How freezing affects almond milk

As I’ve mentioned earlier, freezing almond milk isn’t recommended by manufacturers of brands such as Silk Pure Almond or Almond Breeze®. The big question is – why? Producers state that the texture and consistency of almond milk is affected by freezing and thawing. The changes are noticeable – almond milk separates irregularly which both reduces visual quality and changes the texture. Freezing doesn’t have an effect on safety or nutritional value of almond milk.

Just almond milk
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Despite manufacturer’s recommendations, many people freeze almond milk (both homemade and store-bought) with success. If you plan to use your almond milk leftovers for cooking or baking purposes, freezing this dairy free milk alternative is definitely worth a try. If you plan to freeze it for drinking purposes, it might not be the best idea. Fresh almond milk tastes better than frozen and defrosted one. All in all, it’s a matter of personal preferences.

If you want to know whether freezing this beverage for drinking purposes works for you, you need to run a little trial. Also, it’s good to know that almond milk of some brands freezes better than almond milk of other brands. So, if your favorite brand’s milk doesn’t taste good after thawing, freezing milk of other brand might be a good idea. One more tip, frozen and thawed almond milk might go bad faster than a fresh one, so it’s good to use it within a day or two after thawing.

Tips regarding freezing almond milk

Container in which you freeze almond milk should be airtight. That will prevent the liquid from absorbing any odors from the freezer. You can freeze it in its original packaging, but make sure to pour a little almond milk before freezing. Almond milk consists mostly of water so it’ll expand while freezing. If you plan to use only a part of the frozen almond milk at a time, it’s a good idea to freeze it in smaller freezer-safe plastic containers, or even use ice-cube trays. To use the ice-cube trays you just need to pour the liquid into the trays, freeze them, remove almond ice-cubes from trays, put them in a container or a bag and put it into the freezer. This way you can easily defrost only as much almond milk as you need at a time. Please remember that you shouldn’t thaw almond milk and then freeze it again.

Summary

Almond milk is a widely used non dairy milk alternative. Manufacturers recommend that it shouldn’t be frozen, but many people do so and those people are satisfied by the results they get.

Beverages

Can you freeze coconut milk?

Can you freeze coconut milk? Coconut milk is one of the popular milk alternatives. Some people use it for drinking purposes, others as a flavoring in recipes. People using coconut milk for cooking or baking purposes often choose to buy it in cans while drinkers often buy it in cardboard containers. Most recipes don’t use a whole can (or a whole container) of the product so you’ll be left with some leftover coconut milk after preparing the dish.

You can drink the rest of the milk or use it in another recipe. Unfortunately the amount of coconut milk you’re left with almost never matches the quantity that other recipes call for. But if you can’t find a way to use the coconut milk leftovers, the liquid will go bad within a few days. So, the only way to preserve this lactose free milk alternative is to freeze it. The good news is – you can freeze coconut milk, it freezes pretty fine. Let’s discuss this process in some details.

How freezing affects coconut milk

Similarly to cow’s milk, you can freeze coconut milk. Probably the most important thing about freezing coconut milk is that it separates easily. Because of that, you need to stir it or mix it after defrosting. If it resists coming back together you can try warming it up a little. That should help.

Canned coconut milk
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Coconut milk after freezing and thawing should taste pretty much the same as fresh coconut milk does. Its texture, however, might be slightly different. Because of that, frozen and thawed coconut milk should be fine in recipes that don’t rely on the consistency of this dairy free milk alternative. If you mix it with other ingredients you shouldn’t be able to notice the mentioned difference in texture. If your dish depends on coconut milk’s consistency, the best thing you can do is to try the frozen and thawed coconut milk in that dish and decide whether you’re fond of the results. To preserve the best quality of coconut milk after thawing, you shouldn’t keep it in the freezer for more than 2-3 months. Let’s discuss some issues related to freezing this coconut beverage.

Tips concerning freezing coconut milk

Coconut milk should be frozen in an airtight container. If you’ve got your leftover coconut milk, you should pour it into another container or a heavy-duty freezer bag. If you would like to freeze it in its cardboard container, it’s a good idea to pour a little from the container, so the container won’t get damaged by expanding coconut liquid. Because coconut milk consists mostly of water, it expands while freezing.

If you plan to use only a part of the container at a time (e.g. for cooking purposes), it’s best for you to buy a few small plastic containers and freeze the milk in them. Using ice-cube trays is also a great idea. This way you can always thaw only as little coconut milk as you need. To do that just pour the liquid into the ice-cube trays and put them into the freezer. Once frozen, you should remove coconut milk ice-cubes from trays, put them into a freezer-safe bag and put the bag into the freezer. Labeling the container (or bag) with the date is also a good idea.

Thawing coconut milk

Coconut milk thaws very slowly. Slower than you’d expect. If you’d like to thaw it in the refrigerator, it’ll take a few days to thaw it entirely. To accelerate the process of thawing you can use a microwave set on defrost or put it in a pot (or sink) of cold water.

One more thing – many people find it more convenient to use powdered coconut milk in recipes that use only a small amount of this liquid. That’s of course a matter of personal preferences.

Summary

As you can see, this milk alternative can be easily frozen, but it takes some time to thaw coconut milk. You can freeze coconut milk, but you should remember that its texture might be a little different after thawing.

Dairy

Can You Freeze Buttermilk?

Can you freeze buttermilk? If you use it mostly in recipes, you probably often end up with some leftover buttermilk. That’s because for some reason buttermilk containers are pretty large while recipes need only a little amount of it. If you’re like most people, you often forget about those leftovers and that buttermilk goes to waste. And it doesn’t have to be that way.

Even if you always remember to use up all of the buttermilk you have, every so often there’s a great deal on buttermilk. You know you won’t use it before it goes bad but would love to take advantage of the sale.

In both of those cases freezing buttermilk is the first thing that comes to mind, right?

Can You Freeze Buttermilk?

Buttermilk is perfectly safe to freeze. That doesn’t mean that thawed buttermilk is just as good as fresh one, because it isn’t. The taste and texture changes a bit after thawing. There will be some separation too. Because of that, freezing buttermilk for drinking purposes is not a good idea. You won’t be satisfied with it after thawing. But if you use buttermilk mostly for cooking and baking, feel free to freeze buttermilk leftovers to use them at a later date. You won’t be dissapointed.

Buttermilk

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How to Freeze Buttermilk?

There are two popular ways of freezing buttermilk. Consider how you plan to use the buttermilk and choose the method that will work better for your needs. As a rule of thumb you should use frozen buttermilk as soon as possible. It will remain of good quality for about 3 months or a bit more though. It won’t spoil in the freezer for any means, but if you keep it in there for long enough, chances are it will be tasteless once thawed.

Freezing Buttermilk in Cubes

If you’re not sure which method to choose, go with this one. It requires a bit more work, but no matter how much buttermilk you will need at a time in the future, it has you covered.

First, measure a cup of buttermilk and pour it into ice cube trays. Count the number of cubes and write it down. This way you know how many cubes makes a cup, which will allow you to easily get as much buttermilk as you need in the future.

Now pour the rest of buttermilk into trays and put those into the freezer. Once buttermilk freezes transfer the cubes into freezer bags or container. Label those with name, date, and how much cubes makes a cup for later reference and chuck bag into the freezer.

Freezing Buttermilk in Freezer Bags

This method requires almost no work whatsoever. First, get a bowl and a measure. Put a freezer bag into the bowl and pour a measured amount of buttermilk. While you don’t have to put the bag into the bowl, it’s better to play it safe. This way, if the bag is leaky, you don’t have to clean up half of your kitchen.

Once poured, squeeze out most of the air from the bag and seal it. Make sure to leave some head space as the buttermilk will expand when frozen. Remember to label the bag the name, date and quantity for future reference.

While you definitely could just transfer those bags into the freezer, there’s a better way to go about this. Get a cookie sheet and lay those bags flat on it and only then transfer the sheet into the freezer. Once the buttermilk freezes, you can take out the cookie sheet. There are two main advantages of laying the bags flat. First, flag bags usually take less space in the freezer, that is, it’s easier to fit them in, especially if you’re running out of space. Second, and more important for many, flat bags thaw much faster than large cubes or odd-shaped figures. So if you’re in a habit of forgetting to thaw things and do it in the last possible moment, flat-freezing will be a life saver for you. I learned this nifty trick from the Love & Olive Oil blog.

How To Thaw Buttermilk?

The best way to thaw buttermilk is to do it overnight in the fridge. In the morning it will be thawed and only need some stirring to get it ready for cooking or baking.

If forgot to put it into the fridge, you can use the thawing program in the microwave, although that’s not the healthiest method out there. Another one is putting the freezer bag into lukewarm water (don’t bother with warm water, won’t help much). Once the water gets really cold swap it out for new lukewarm water. Buttermilk should be thawed in 20 to 30 minutes, depending on its shape. As mentioned earlier, small cubes or flat bags will thaw much quicker than large cubes or odd-shaped figures.

Once buttermilk is thawed you need to give it a solid whisk and it should be ready for cooking.

Summary
Buttermilk, like sour milk, can be frozen. You need to remember that freezing might change the taste and texture of buttermilk a little. If you plan to freeze buttermilk for cooking or baking purposes, you can do that freely. Freezing it for drinking purposes doesn’t make sense for most people.

Dairy

Can you Freeze Butter?

If you have ever asked anyone “Can you freeze butter?” and didn’t get an answer, this article will fill in that gap. Butter is one of the most used dairy products. Since people use a lot of butter on a daily basis, many of us search for a big sale where we can buy it for a fair price. But what we should do when we suspect that our butter will go rancid because we won’t use it within the next month? Freezing the butter seems to be the only solution that addresses this problem. Fortunately enough, you can freeze butter. Let’s discuss some important issues related to freezing butter.

Freezing butter

Like to other dairy products, you can freeze butter. The good information is – freezing it is perfectly safe. It won’t change its taste or texture after thawing. You can freeze butter in its original packaging. In most cases it’s good enough for freezing.

You need to know that butter tends to pick up odors from other food. If you’re unsure if the original packaging wraps the butter well enough, you can wrap butter blocks in plastic freezer wrap or aluminum foil. Or pack them in sealed bags. If you think that the original packaging will do a fine job, freeze it as it is, if not, add the extra layer.

Most sources state that you can keep salted butter frozen for up to 9 months and unsalted butter for up to 6 months. Organic Valley states that their butters should be fine frozen for up to one year[1]. Of course you should remember that butter won’t go bad after the mentioned periods of time. Those periods of time are a reminder that you you shouldn’t keep butter in the freezer for too long. That’s because its taste might deteriorate.

Did you know why salted butter stays fine for longer than unsalted butter? The answer is pretty easy – salt is a natural preservative.
Just butter

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Thawing butter

The easiest way to thaw butter is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Put it in the fridge the night before and you’ll have fresh butter in the morning. If you find yourself without any defrosted butter in the morning, don’t try to defrost butter in the microwave. While that will work, that’s not the healthiest option. To defrost the butter within a couple of minutes put it into a bag and put it into cold or room-temperature water. You can use a sink or a pot to do that.

Summary

Butter is a widely used dairy product. When it comes to storing it – don’t store it in the molded compartment of the refrigerator door. It’s far better to store it in the main body of your fridge. This should extend its shelf life a little. You can freeze it freely and its taste and texture won’t deteriorate for at least half a year.

Poultry

Can you freeze eggs?

Can you freeze eggs? Eggs are a component of many foods, they are often incorporated in diets. In brief, eggs are a very common food. So, what should you do if you’ve bought some eggs a while ago and you are unsure whether you’ll be able to use them within a few weeks? Or can you buy a few packages more than usually if you’ve found a great deal on eggs? Freezing eggs is the solution to both mentioned issues. You can freeze eggs but there are a few things about it that you need to know to perform this process properly.

Freezing raw whole eggs

In order to freeze whole eggs you need to remove them from the shells in the first place. Raw eggs expand while freezing so they’d break the shell and make a mess in your freezer. You don’t want that. After you’ve done that, you need to mix them until they are well blended. Now they’re ready to be put in the freezer.

Frozen egg
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Freezing raw egg whites

Raw egg whites don’t suffer from freezing. Firstly you need to separate egg yolks from whites, that’s pretty obvious. Make sure that whites are separated well from yolks. After that they are pretty much ready for freezing.

Freezing raw egg yolks

Egg yolks have gelation property. That causes the yolk to thicken when frozen. If you freeze egg yolks without any ingredients, they become gelatinous. They might become so gelatinous that you won’t be able to use them in any recipe. Obviously that’s not what we desire. Fortunately, we can prevent yolks from becoming gelatinous when frozen. If you plan to use them in main dishes, add ½ teaspoon of salt per 1 cup of egg yolks. If you, on the other hand, plan to use yolks for baking purposes, add 6 teaspoons of sugar or corn syrup per one cup of egg yolks[1]. Now the yolks are ready to be frozen.

Tips concerning freezing eggs

When it comes to freezing eggs (whole eggs, whites and yolks) there are a few things that you should consider. The first thing is – freeze eggs in small quantities. This way you can thaw only as many eggs as you need at the moment. The easiest way to achieve that is to put them in ice-cube trays and then in a container. Frozen eggs should be fine for a year at least. Labeling the container with the date and the description of its contents is also worth considering. This way you can easily find what you need. If you freeze egg yolks, remember to write on the label what ingredient you have added (salt, sugar or corn syrup) to the yolks. Make sure that the container will be airtight.

When it comes to thawing eggs, you can do that overnight in the refrigerator or under cold tap water. Please remember to use whole eggs and egg yolks as soon as they are thawed. Egg whites can sit in room temperature freely for about half an hour before being used. One more thing that’s very important – thawed frozen eggs should be used only in foods that are thoroughly cooked[1].

Summary
Eggs are a very common food. You can freeze raw eggs freely but you need to remember that you should do that only if you plan to use them in a thoroughly cooked dish.

Dairy

Can you freeze sour milk?

Can you freeze sour milk? Sour milk is one of the popular dairy products. It is used for cooking, baking, or flavoring soups as well as in a dip or on a baked potatoes. The thing is – there are some situations in which you would like to extend the shelf life of this dairy product. For example you use sour milk only for cooking purposes, you’ve got a half empty jug of it and you can’t find a way to utilise the rest of the product within the next couple of days. Or you’ve found a great deal on sour milk and you would like to buy a few containers of sour milk more than usually. In both of the mentioned situations freezing the sour milk seems to be the only solution. Sour milk, similarly to milk or yogurt can be frozen. It is, however, not recommended. There are a few more things about freezing sour milk that you should be aware of.

How freezing affects sour milk

Freezing sour milk can extend its shelf life by 4 to 6 months. You can freeze this dairy product in its original container or any other one. Please remember that the container should be airtight so its contents won’t absorb other odors from the freezer. Similarly to yogurt and milk, freezing sour milk affects its taste and texture. Sour milk separates while freezing and its consistency changes considerably. After thawing it’s similar to the consistency of cottage cheese. Unfortunately, in case of sour milk, you won’t be able to bring back the texture of fresh sour milk by stirring and shaking the thawed product. These activities will help a little, but the texture will stay considerably different from the expected one.

Fried egg, potatoes and sour milk
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When to consider freezing sour milk

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the consistency of sour milk changes noticeably after freezing and thawing this dairy product. Fortunately enough, in some cases freezing sour milk is worth considering. Of course, if need sour milk in its original form (e.g. in a dip or on baked potatoes), frozen and thawed sour milk won’t meet your needs. However, if you need this dairy product for cooking or baking purposes, or to stir it into a soup, frozen and then unfrozen soured milk should do the trick. If you are unsure whether the results you’ll get will be satisfactory, you can run a little trial. Freeze a small amount of sour milk, unfreeze it after a few days, add it to your dish and check how does it taste. If the taste is fine, you can freeze sour milk for this purpose freely. If you need to extend shelf life of this dairy product, try storing it upside down in the fridge. Many people state that it extends the shelf life of the liquid considerably.

Summary

Sour milk is often used in cooking and baking. You can freeze sour milk but it is not recommended and in most cases frozen and thawed sour milk won’t meet your needs.