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.
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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.
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.