Can you freeze sour cream? Just like any dairy product, sour cream does not keep well even if it’s stored in the fridge. If you have excess sour cream and you’d like to keep it for longer, you’d have to freeze it to make it last for months.

Yes, you can freeze sour cream but do not expect the texture to remain the same. Because the ingredients tend to break down during freezing, frozen sour cream will turn chunky once it’s defrosted. Thankfully, we know a tip that could help restore sour cream’s original texture. When frozen properly, sour cream can keep for up to six months.

Sour cream and red potatoes

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How to Freeze Sour Cream

The best way to freeze sour cream is to store it in an airtight container. Start by whipping the sour cream using a whisk or a spatula. You want to make sure that the ingredients are mixed together evenly with the moisture. This way sour cream won’t turn watery or chunky once it’s thawed.

Once you’re done whipping the sour cream, it’s time to transfer it to a freezer-safe, airtight container. You can also use a plastic zip lock bag to store the cream. Just spoon the sour cream directly into the container. If you’re using a rigid plastic container, leave an inch of space for the sour cream to expand as it freezes. On the other hand, if you’re using Ziploc plastic bags, squeeze as much air as you could before sealing the bag.

After transferring the sour cream, get a marker and write the date of freezing on the container. Place the sour cream in the freezer and you are done!

Sour cream topping

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How to Defrost Frozen Sour Cream?

The best way to defrost frozen sour cream is to transfer the container in the fridge to thaw for a few hours. If the sour cream has taken on a chunky or watery texture, you can restore its original texture by whipping a teaspoon of cornstarch into the cream.

Regardless if the thawed sour cream has turned watery or chunky, it is still safe to use. Use it in all sorts of dishes, particularly baked potatoes, tacos, soups, and casseroles. Now that you know how to freeze sour cream properly, you can stock up on this perishable and never run out!