Can you freeze yogurt? Yogurt is one of the widely used dairy products. It is very popular due to the health benefits that it offers. Because of that, many people consume it regularly, sometimes even on a daily basis. The thing is – what you should do if you’ve got a few cups of yogurt and you can’t find a way to eat or cook something with them within the next few days? The answer seems obvious – freeze the yogurt for further use. That’s right – you can freeze yogurt. There are, however, some things that you should be aware of when it comes to freezing yogurt.
How freezing affects yogurt
Since yogurt’s consistency isn’t solid, one can expect that the freezing process affects this dairy product somehow. Indeed, it does. Manufacturers state that freezing and thawing yogurt might have an effect on its texture and taste. It will look a little different from a fresh one as well. Therefore, you should run a little trial before buying and freezing lots of yogurt. Freeze a tiny amount of yogurt and leave it in the freezer for the night. Thaw it and eat it the next day. This way you’ll know whether you like the taste of frozen and thawed yogurt. If you don’t like the taste, you can try freezing and thawing yogurts from brands other than your favorite one.
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Please remember that the longer yogurt is in the freezer, the worse taste you might expect. Because of that, the sooner you’ll consume the frozen yogurt, the better. One more thing – if you doesn’t like the taste of thawed yogurt, you can always use it for baking purposes. Your baked goods should taste as good as they always do.
Stonyfield Farm company states that freezing can kill some of the beneficial cultures that are in their products. Since the processes of production of various yogurts are very similar, it’s safe to assume that freezing destroys some of the cultures in every yogurt. Please bear in mind that yogurts contain billions of the mentioned beneficial cultures and freezing kills only some of them. Freezing yogurt doesn’t mean that you’ll lose most of its health benefits, you lose only a tiny bit of them. When yogurt is frozen, the cultures become dormant. Once the yogurt is thawed, they’ll become alive again.
Useful information about freezing yogurt
When it comes to freezing yogurt, there are a few things that you should know. Firstly, you need to remember that yogurt expands while freezing. That means that you need a container that has enough space to accommodate yogurt after it expands. Make sure that the container is airtight so the yogurt won’t absorb any odors from the freezer. Yogurt should be thawed in the refrigerator (if it’s very hard, you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds). Please remember to stir the thawed yogurt before eating. If you know that you’ll be in need of small portions of yogurt somewhere in the future, you can always repackage the product into smaller (single serving sized) containers that will meet your needs.
Frozen yogurt as a dessert
Frozen yogurt might be a delightful dessert, served as ice cream. Just open the package, add some fruit or topping and freeze the yogurt for a few hours. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to add anything at all! If your child would like a popsicle, you can give them a frozen yogurt. Just take a popsicle stick and stab the lid of the yogurt with it before you’ll put the dairy product in the freezer. In order to remove the lid from yogurt’s container just run it under hot water. After a few seconds you should be able to remove the lid easily.
Yogurt is one of the widely used dairy products. You can freeze yogurt freely, but please remember that it might change its taste and texture after thawing.