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Can You Freeze Sangria?

Sangria is a fruity cocktail made with wine, fruits, spices, and natural sweeteners. This crimson-colored beverage has a robust fruity flavor and it can be served with or without alcohol. Even better, sangria is easy to make although it has an extremely short shelf life. So how do you extend the drink’s shelf life? Can you freeze sangria leftovers?

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Yes, sangria is one of the few drinks that keep so well in the freezer. When kept in the fridge, sangria will only keep for four days before it becomes stale or funky-tasting. When kept in the freezer, the drink will last for 3 months; maybe more if the temperature is kept at a steady 0 degrees Fahrenheit!

The reason why sangria has such a short shelf life is that wine easily breaks down when exposed to air. This causes the fruit ingredients to turn sour or bitter. By reducing air exposure, sangria will keep fresh for longer.

Also, do note that the fruit ingredients degrade faster than the wine itself. So keeping the wine in the fridge for longer than 4 days could increase the chances of the fruits going bad. Our advice is to separate the fruit ingredients from the drink itself during freezing. In addition, do not expect carbonated sangria to stay fizzy after it has been frozen and defrosted. Here is a step by step guide on how can you freeze sangria:

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How to Freeze Sangria?

If you are making a large batch of sangria and you’d like to freeze some of it for later, do not combine the fresh fruits into the drink you’ll freeze. Slice or cut the fresh fruits when you are ready to serve. Prepare an airtight water bottle or a plastic container with an airtight lid. Pour the sangria preparation into the container, leaving about a few inches of space for the wine to expand. Close the lid, write the storage date with a marker and stick the sangria in the freezer.

For leftover sangria, you have to strain the liquid to remove the fruit ingredients first. Once the drink is free from fruit bits, you can go ahead and transfer the drink to a freezer-safe, airtight container. Once that’s done, stick the container in the freezer.

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How to Defrost Frozen Sangria?

Defrosting frozen sangria is easy. Just take the container out of the freezer and leave the sangria to thaw at room temperature. The drink should turn to slush in an hour or two. Once the sangria has turned to slush, get a pitcher and pour the drink in. Cut or slice your choice of fruits and add this to the pitcher of sangria and you are ready to serve!

Summary

Sangria makes the perfect summer drink with its refreshing sweet-tart flavors! Nothing hits the spot quite like ice cold sangria on a warm day. Now that you know how can you freeze sangria, why not make more of this delightful drink and keep the rest for later?

Beverages

Can You Freeze Kombucha?

Kombucha is a type of sweet tea infused with bacteria and yeast culture. This beverage is considered as a health drink that promotes better digestive health.

Kombucha used to be rare in the US but these days, the drink can be found at local supermarkets. Some people are even brewing their own kombucha! This sweet drink is best stored at room temperature to keep the culture alive. But what about freezing this drink? But can you freeze kombucha?

Some believe that kombucha shouldn’t be frozen because the probiotic culture might die during freezing. This is a myth; kombucha can be frozen for future uses! Now here’s the thing, it’s important to freeze the drink properly through “fast-freezing” so the bacteria and yeast culture won’t die during freezing.

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The fact is, freezing kombucha won’t kill the bacteria and yeast culture, the cold temps will only cause them to stay dormant.  Still, there are many things to consider before freezing the drink.

For one thing, the cell membranes of yeast and beneficial bacteria could rupture as they expand from being kept in the freezer for too long. In addition, the ice crystals that form during freezing could be harmful to the bacteria. As such, we don’t recommend freezing kombucha for weeks at a time. You need to consume kombucha as soon as possible if you want to enjoy its health benefits.

What about chilling the drink, is it safe to keep kombucha in the fridge? Yes, you can store kombucha in the fridge.  When stored in the fridge, kombucha will keep for up to 3 months. But to reiterate, we don’t recommend keeping this drink stored for too long if you want to enjoy its health benefits.

Kombucha has a long shelf life and it will never spoil. Why? The bacteria in the drink kill any contaminant they meet. When kept at room temperature, kombucha will continue to ferment, getting sour as the day goes by. Fermentation stops when the drink is chilled in the fridge. The only time you should throw kombucha is if mold starts forming. This happens when the drink has been left sitting for too long.

How to Freeze Kombucha?

If you’d like to store your favorite health drink in the freezer, here is a step by step guide on how can you freeze kombucha:

Before you go ahead with the freezing, it’s important to note that this process won’t guarantee the survival of the probiotics post-freezing.

Slow freezing is the enemy when storing kombucha in the freezer. If you brewed your own kombucha, it’s important to pack the drink properly. That includes avoiding using any metal to store the drink.

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The probiotic culture will react with the drink so always use plastic utensils as well as plastic funnels to prep kombucha. You can use a rigid plastic container or heavy-duty releasable plastic bags to freeze the drink. Just pour the kombucha into the container and leave for a couple of inches of space before sealing it. Never shake the kombucha.

Fill a large bowl with ice and place the packed drink it in to chill then add water as well as a ¼ cup of salt. The salt will cause the water and ice to turn extremely cold, chilling the drink almost instantly. Once the drink is nice and chilled, stick in the freezer and keep the temperature at constant 0°Fahrenheit.

The same process can be done to flash freeze store-bought kombucha although there’s no need to transfer the drink to another container.

How to Defrost Frozen Kombucha?

To defrost frozen kombucha, transfer the drink from the freezer to the fridge. Consume the drink immediately as soon as it’s been thawed. Just to make sure most of the probiotics survived the freezing temps, consume the rest of your kombucha stock within a few days or weeks of freezing. Never leave defrosted kombucha sitting in the pantry or re-freeze leftovers.

Summary

Freezing kombucha is a tricky process that requires careful preparation and considerable knowledge about proper handling kombucha microorganisms. While there is no guarantee that flash freezing will ensure the survival of the probiotics once the drink has been defrosted, it’s worth a try if you need to store gallons of the drink in the freezer. Our advice is to freeze the drink in small batches to avoid waste.

Beverages

Can You Freeze Eggnog?

Nothing warms the heart on a chilly day quite like a cup of eggnog. Eggnog, a type of frothy dairy drink, can be made from scratch or bought at any supermarket. But can you freeze eggnog? Eggnog contains raw eggs, cream, and milk. These ingredients aren’t exactly known to keep well in the fridge for a long time.

The fact is yes, you can freeze eggnog. Because of its delicate ingredients, you have to store the drink carefully to prevent unpleasant changes in the texture. You see, when eggnog is improperly stored in the fridge or freezer, it will take on a lumpy, watery consistency once it’s defrosted.

It’s worth noting that homemade eggnog has a shorter lifespan than its store-bought counterpart. On average, homemade eggnog will only keep well in the fridge for a day. Since store-bought eggnog is pasteurized, it stays fresher in the fridge for longer. Keep the fridge temperature at 40 degrees Fahrenheit for best results.

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When stored in the fridge, store-bought eggnog will keep fresh for up to 7 days. When frozen, the drink’s shelf life is extended to about 4 to 6 months. Of course, do note that the shelf life of eggnog in the refrigerator will depend on different factors. These factors include the processing method, storage preps, and exposure to light, heat, and moisture. If you’re wondering how can you freeze eggnog, here’s a step by step guide:

How to Freeze Eggnog?

To freeze homemade eggnog, leave the drink to cool at room temperature. Then, transfer the drink to a rigid plastic container with an airtight cover. Leave about an inch or two of space so that the liquid has enough room to expand during freezing. Close the container, add the label with the storage date, and stick in the freezer. This step also goes for leftover store-bought eggnog.

If you’re freezing an unopened carton of eggnog, you don’t have to prep the product prior to freezing. Just stick the eggnog in the freezer in an upright position. Once the eggnog is frozen solid, place the carton in a heavy-duty plastic bag and stick it right back in the freezer until it’s ready to use. Ideally, you have to freeze the eggnog at below 0 degrees Fahrenheit so the drink will last for months.

How to Defrost and Reheat Eggnog?

To defrost frozen eggnog, simply transfer the container from the freezer to the fridge and leave to thaw overnight. Never thaw the drink by leaving frozen eggnog to sit at room temperature. This will cause the drink’s ingredients to break down and take on a lumpy, unpalatable consistency! Worse, if you leave the thawed eggnog sitting on the counter for too long, it could go bad because of the raw eggs.

Once completely thawed, you can reheat the drink. Do note that separation of ingredients is normal as the drink thaws; just give the drink a good stir prior to reheating. This will incorporate the ingredients together. If you’d like to get a creamier, frothier consistency after defrosting, pour the eggnog into a blender and blend until thick and smooth.

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Eggnog can be served hot or cold but if you’d like to enjoy a warm cup, stick the defrosted eggnog in the microwave and heat for a couple of minutes. You can also reheat the eggnog in a pot over medium heat until the drink is steamy hot. Never refreeze thawed eggnog again because there’s a good chance that it’ll go bad once it’s been defrosted a second time.

Summary

Eggnog is a seasonal drink so it’s usually available during the winter or holiday season. But now that you know how to store eggnog in the freezer, you can enjoy this delicious drink all year round!

Beverages

Can You Freeze Wine?

Can you freeze wine? If you’ve opened a fresh bottle of wine but you are not able to finish the entire bottle, you can always freeze it for later use. Yes, you can freeze wine! The concept isn’t new but most people are not onboard with the idea of freezing wine because of fear that it will become stale or tasteless.

The fact is, thawed frozen wine is safe to drink but don’t expect the taste to remain the same. When kept in the freezer for a long time, thawed wine’s taste will change ever so slightly. Not too much that it’s no longer palatable but enough for even non-connoisseur to tell. Wine that’s been frozen is best used in cooking and baking. When kept in the freezer, wine should last for 3 to 6 months.

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How to Freeze a Bottle of Wine?

The best way to freeze a bottle of wine is to transfer the drink into a rigid container. Using its original packaging is not a good idea. Never freeze a corked bottle of wine because the liquid will expand and the pressure may break the bottle.

To freeze a bottle of wine, get several ice cube trays. Pour the drink carefully on each tray and stick it in the freezer. Once the wine has been frozen solid, get several freezer-safe resealable bags and transfer the cubed wine in the bag. Seal the bag and label each one with the freezing date before sticking it right back in the freezer. Remember, one cube is about two tablespoons of wine. If you’d like to freeze larger cubes of wine, use a muffin tray instead of an ice tray.

Two glasses of wine

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How to Defrost Frozen Wine?

The best way to defrost frozen wine is to transfer the container from the freezer to the fridge and letting it thaw for several hours. Wine will melt quickly so it won’t take long before the whole tray of frozen wine thaws! Once it’s thawed, consume the drink and never re-freeze.

Summary
There are hundreds of ways to use thawed wine; you can use it to make cocktails, add flavor to stews and in baking too! Now that you know how to freeze wine properly, you can keep excess bottles of your favorite wine in the freezer and enjoy it later!

Beverages

Can You Freeze Jello Shots?

Can you freeze jello shots? Jello shots are made with gelatin so they won’t freeze like an ice cube. However, it’s quite possible (and easy!) to freeze jello shots.

The problem with freezing jello shots is that the mixture loses its texture and flavor when frozen, although people make successful Jell-O popsicles by adding Kool-Aid to their concoction that turns out very well.

That being said, since alcohol will not freeze until it reaches -143.7°F, -97.6°C, and your home refrigerator will not go that low unless you have affected some major modifications to your unit, freezing Jell-O shooters makes a mess. If you figure that one out, get back to us and let us know how it works. You may have a friend.

You can still make them ahead of time and they will keep three to four days in the refrigerator if you wrap and seal them well before they lose their mold, color, and flavor. There are many recipes and a quick search will give you many different ideas for your Jell-O shots. None of them, however, suggests freezing them. That said, any type of food can be frozen so if you’re committed to storing leftover jello shots, you can freeze them.

How to Freeze Jello Shots?

Before we go ahead with the step by step guide on how can you freeze jello shots, let’s start with the basics of making jello shots.

The basic recipe calls for replacing half of the water with the liquor of your choice, although you can replace all of the water with liquor if you choose. Clear liquors, such as vodka, tend to work better.

Making the Jello Shots

Ingredients

  • 3 Ounces of Jell-O brand gelatin or generic product (your choice of flavor)
  • 1 Cup of boiling water
  • 1 Cup (4 ounces) Vodka, Tequila, Gin, Brandy, Rum, Whiskey

(If you want weaker shots, replace the liquor with ½ cup of water and chill the mixture together until it is very cold.)

Chill the liquor in the freezer until it is very, very cold. Pour gelatin mix and then hot water into a mixing bowl. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved, then stir in the chilled liquor.

Pour into shot glasses, molds, plastic medicine cups or you can pour the mixture into a baking dish and cut into squares when you get ready to serve your Jell-O shots. Makes about 20 shots, depending on their size, which should be enough for about three to four of your partygoers. So be sure that you make enough Jell-O shooters.

Take the time, before making this recipe to serve to your guests, to find a recipe that gives you the firmest and longest lasting shots. Experiment and have fun doing so.

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Freezing the Jello Shots

After making the jello shots, you can go ahead with the freezing. Get fun-sized or small resealable plastic bags and pour the gel mixture into the bags. Do not fill the plastic bag, leave an inch of space so you can seal the plastic bags properly. After packing the jello mixture, seal the plastic bags and write the storage date using a marker. Stick in the freezer and you’re done.

Do note that we don’t recommend freezing the jello shots for more than a few weeks.

Gelatin, which is a protein that changes the structure of liquid to form Jell-O and alcohol, won’t be frozen solid. It is a tough flexible protein that is derived from the connective and protective tissues of animals. Jell-O is held together with polymers and colloids. Freezing the gelatine too long may lead to sogginess or mushy jello shots.

How to Defrost Frozen Jello Shots?

To defrost the frozen jello shots, simply transfer the container from the freezer to the fridge. Leave the jello shots to thaw for several hours to overnight. Never leave the jello shots to thaw at room temperature. This may cause the gelatine to break down and liquify.

Summary

Freezing jello shots may take some trial and effort but it’s better than wasting the jello shots. Now that you know how can you freeze jello shots, there is no need to worry about what to do with your leftovers. Just freeze the jello shots and enjoy them later.

Beverages

Can You Freeze Orange Juice?

Can you freeze orange juice? We all know that fresh orange juice doesn’t last long. If you have ever considered freezing it, this article is for you.

Orange juice is one of those juices, that is always good to have on hand. It helps prevent and fight off cold and flu symptoms and keeps the immune system strong due to its high vitamin C content. Vitamin C is also essential for keeping the skin, bones, muscles, and tissues of the body strong and healthy too.

One of the best ways to ensure you always have orange juice on hand is to purchase it in bulk when it is on sale and freeze it. Freezing orange juice keeps it fresh and tasting delightful when you need it most for nourishing your body. Below is a step by step guide on how can you freeze orange juice:

How to Freeze Orange Juice?

Orange juice can be frozen a few ways to maintain freshness. If you purchase a container full of orange juice from the grocery store, and the container it is in is freezable and will expand, you should freeze the orange juice as is to help maintain the most freshness.

However, if the container you have purchased your orange juice in is not freezable or expandable, you will need to pour it into a container that is and freeze it that way. Some people even like to pour orange juice into ice cube trays and make frozen orange juice cubes to add to water or to their refrigerated orange juice to make it super ice cold.

Other people simply, freeze the orange juice into ice cube form. As soon as the ice cubes are completely frozen, they are transferred into sealable freezer bags and stored until you want to have some orange juice.

Orange halves

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Always check the expiry date prior to freezing store bought juice. This goes especially for orange juice that’s nearing its expiry date.

If you are squeezing orange juice yourself, make sure the tools you use to juice the oranges are sterilized and well cleansed along with the freezer containers you will be storing the juice inside.

Also, make sure you freeze freshly squeezed orange juice right after it has been squeezed so it doesn’t become spoiled fast.

How to Defrost Frozen Orange Juice?

The best way to defrost orange juice is by placing the original frozen container of it in the refrigerator until it becomes liquid form. If you have it in freezer containers or ice cube form, to simply take the frozen orange juice and place it into a large pitcher, place it in the refrigerator and allow it to defrost that way for about 6 to 12 hours.

Improperly thawed orange juice tends to cause watered down flavor. As long as the juice has been packed and thawed properly, freezing won’t change the juice’s flavor.

However, pulpy orange juice could become thicker and the pulp could become more dry and flaky when frozen and thawed.

The best way to handle pulp filled orange juice that you freeze is by simply straining the pulp from the juice after the defrosting process.

With all this being said, orange juice that is frozen for longer than a year may lose some of its taste, bright orange color and become a little watery in consistency. It is best if you freeze orange juice to use it up within the first 6 months. However, it won’t spoil if you wait longer to defrost it and drink it.

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Summary

It’s nice to know that you can prolong the shelf life of orange juice by freezing it. Now that you know how can you freeze orange juice, you can always store the juice that you cannot finish for later!

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Can You Freeze Almond Milk?

So you found yourself with a half-full container of almond milk and there’s no good way to use it in the next few days. Can you freeze almond milk? Manufacturers advise against freezing but some people have great success freezing almond milk.

There’s one important thing about freezing almond milk that we need to mention right away. The texture of almond milk changes after freezing and thawing. If you’re considering freezing it for drinking purposes, that might not be the best idea. Fresh almond milk tastes better than frozen and defrosted almond milk. You most likely won’t be satisfied with its taste. You can, however, freeze it to use it in cooking and baking as well as to add to smoothies, or other recipes.

Glass of almond milk

One more thing to remember is that almond milk from some brands freezes slightly better than others. So if you really want to make this freezing project work (i.e. it’s not a one-time thing), consider freezing almond milk from many brands and trying to figure out which brands work best for you. Having said that, let’s go through ways of freezing this lactose-free drink.

How to Freeze Almond Milk Cubes?

Freezing almond milk cubes takes more effort, but it allows you to easily thaw as much almond milk as you need at a time. In many cases, it makes perfect sense to spend a few more minutes on the freezing process and not worry about leftover thawed almond milk in the future. Here’s how the process looks like:

  1. Take an ice cube tray and pour the milk into it.
    Almond milk in ice cube tray
  2. Put the ice cube tray into the freezer. Keep it there until the liquid freezes. Freezing should take only a few hours. I usually leave the trays overnight, just to be sure the milk froze completely.
    Frozen almond milk in tray
  3. Remove the almond milk cubes from the tray and transfer them into a freezer bag or freezer container. If using a freezer bag, squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing. Work fast so the warmth of your fingers won’t thaw the milk. Label the bag or container if needed.
    Almond milk cubes
  4. Throw the freezer bag or container into the freezer.

That’s it. Little effort and now you can thaw as little almond milk as you need at a time, even just a cube or two for your morning cup of coffee.

How to Freeze Almond Milk in a Container?

Freezing almond milk in a container requires little effort and time. It takes literally 5 minutes and the milk sits in the freezer. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Consider portion size. When thawing, you will thaw all the milk that’s in a container. So if you only need one cup at a time and have 3 cups worth of almond milk, freezing three one-cup portions is the smart thing to do. If you have no idea how much almond milk you will need at a time, consider freezing it in cubes.
  2. Pick a container(s). Almond milk consists mostly of water, so it expands when frozen. That means we need to leave some space in the containers used for freezing. Without it, there will be a mess in your freezer and you don’t want that. If you would like to use the original packaging, feel free to do so. Just make sure there’s space for the milk to expand. You can also use any freezer-safe airtight containers for freezing.
  3. Pour the milk into the containers. Label them with a name and a date if needed.
  4. Transfer the containers into the freezer.

That was easy, right?

How to Thaw Almond Milk?

  • Overnight in the fridge. Put the almond milk cubes or container with frozen milk into the fridge in the evening. It will be thawed and ready to use in the morning.
  • On the counter. An hour for cubes or 3 to 4 hours for a container should be enough to thaw frozen almond milk. Make sure to use the milk immediately after thawing.
  • Throw it in frozen. If it’s a cooked dish, consider throwing in the milk frozen. In many dishes, this trick won’t have any downsides and you won’t have to worry about thawing.

Frozen and thawed almond milk might go bad faster than a fresh one, so it’s best to use it within a day or two after thawing. Of course, ideally, you would use all of it immediately after thawing, but it’s not always an option.

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A glass of coffee with a frozen almond milk cube

Questions about Freezing Almond Milk

When it Makes Sense to Freeze Almond Milk?

Most store-bought almond milk has a shelf life of at least a couple of months, so if the carton is still unopened, it usually doesn’t make sense to freeze it. Unless, of course, you are certain that you won’t use this milk alternative before the date on the package.

When it comes to homemade almond milk, if you’re preparing a bigger batch, it makes perfect sense to freeze some of it right away. Homemade variety usually doesn’t contain any preservatives, so its shelf life is short and freezing is the way to go.

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 are 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 the safety or nutritional value of almond milk.

Can you freeze almond milk in the carton?

Ideally, you want to transfer the product in a freezer-safe container, but the carton it came in is usually fine as well. Assuming that a carton of almond milk has been opened, yes you can freeze the milk in its original packaging. Since the opened carton of almond milk has more room to spare, the milk product could expand without breaking the packaging.

Unopened carton of almond milk isn’t recommended for freezing. The sealed packaging could burst in the freezer at some point, causing a mess in the freezer. For freezing unopened cartons of almond milk, transfer the product in a freezer-safe container just to be on the safe side.

Can you freeze homemade almond milk?

You can freeze homemade almond milk but don’t expect its shelf life to be similar to store-bought almond milk. Store-bought almond milk may contain stabilizers and preservatives that extend the shelf life of the product. Homemade almond milk could spoil easily. The way to go is to freeze the homemade almond milk as soon as possible. Freshly made almond milk could retain its original flavor and consistency better than stale almond milk.

Can you freeze Alpro almond milk?

According to the brand’s official website, certain Alpro products are not meant to be frozen. A representative for Alpro said that the brand’s almond milk, in particular, should not be frozen. Don’t let the fact that the brand doesn’t recommend freezing their product prevent you from experimenting with freezing it. As mentioned already a few times, most brands don’t recommend freezing their almond milk and people do it either way.

Can you freeze smoothies made with almond milk?

Thinking of whipping up smoothies for later? Drinking smoothies is a great way to take in more nutrients from whole foods such as fruits and vegetable. But can you freeze smoothies made with almond milk?

Generally, smoothies freeze beautifully but their thawed state will depend on the ingredients that you used. The quick answer is yes, you can freeze smoothies made with almond milk. Since smoothies are made from frozen ingredients and these drinks are cold drinks, freezing is a terrific way to preserve the ingredients’ vitamins. Just make sure you are using freezer-safe containers. Glass containers will burst from the freezing temperatures.

Once the smoothies are thawed, the consistency may turn a little watery. This goes especially for smoothies with almond milk. You can restore the smoothie’s original consistency by giving it a good stir or running it through the blender once again. Also, you can pour more almond milk to give the drink a milkier taste.

Can you freeze almond milk for smoothies?

Yes, you can freeze almond milk for smoothies. As previously discussed, almond milk that’s been packed in a carton packaging can be frozen now to be used later in any drink, including smoothies. You can also freeze the almond milk in ice cube trays and then use the cubed almond milk for smoothies. Depending on the drink, you may have to give the almond milk a little time to thaw before incorporating it into a smoothie.

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Can You Freeze Coconut Milk?

If you’re one of the people who use coconut milk from time to time, you’ve certainly asked yourself, “can you freeze coconut milk?”. Avid drinkers and users of this milk alternative don’t care about freezing it because they use it way before it goes bad. But, if coconut milk is something you use rarely, an entire carton of it might be too much for you to use at a time. That’s when you start thinking about freezing the leftovers.

Answering the question of whether or not you can freeze coconut milk is difficult. Most manufacturers do not recommend freezing coconut milk. Freezing and thawing change the texture and taste of this dairy-free drink. But many people freeze it anyway and are quite happy about the results.

Here’s the thing: freezing coconut milk makes sense if you’re going to use it in a recipe that requires coconut milk as an ingredient. That means in cooking, baking, frozen desserts, added to coffee, or in a smoothie. Frozen and defrosted coconut milk on its own won’t be as good as fresh one, but in a recipe, it won’t be a big deal. Having said that, let’s go through ways of freezing coconut milk.

Coconut milk and carton

How to Freeze Coconut Milk in Cubes

This method is perfect if you don’t want to worry about portion size. With this method, you can thaw as much coconut milk at a time as you want. Takes a bit more effort, but in most cases, it’s totally worth it. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Prepare the ice cube trays. You can use ice cube bags if you would like, but the trays are reusable and more environment-friendly, so go with trays if you can.
  2. Pour the coconut milk into the trays.
    Coconut milk in ice cube tray
  3. Transfer the trays into the freezer and keep there until coconut milk cubes are frozen. It will take at least 3 hours for the cubes to freeze. Remember that the top of each cube will freeze fairly fast, but that doesn’t mean the liquid underneath has frozen too. I, just to be safe, usually leave the trays in the freezer overnight.
    Frozen coconut milk cubes
  4. Transfer the cubes to freezer bags or containers. Try to do this as fast as you can. This way, the cubes won’t start to thaw. Of course, you can leave the trays in the freezer, but it’s far more convenient to throw the cubes into a container and have the trays ready for another batch of freezing.
    Coconut milk cubes and freezer bag
  5. Put the bags or containers into the freezer.

Now you can easily scoop a few cubes to add to your recipe or thaw a bunch of them for a smoothie.

How to Freeze Coconut Milk in Containers

This method requires no time and effort. It’s best to know how much coconut milk will you need to thaw at a time so you can portion the coconut milk accordingly. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Choose portion size. As mentioned, if you know how much of this nut milk you will need at a time, portion the coconut milk accordingly. If you’re uncertain, go for smaller portions, like one-cup or even half a cup. Freeze coconut milk in cubes means you don’t have to worry about portion size and leftovers after thawing.
  2. Pour the milk into containers. Make sure to leave some head-space, as the milk will expand when freezing. It’s fine to freeze coconut milk in the carton it came in, provided it’s not full.
  3. Label the containers with name and date if needed.
  4. Put the containers into the freezer.

That’s it. The whole process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes for a single carton of coconut milk.

Coffee with coconut milk cubes

Cup of coffee with 2 cubes of frozen coconut milk

How to Thaw Coconut Milk

There are at least a few ways you can thaw coconut milk. No matter the method you choose, make sure to give the thawed coconut milk a good stir. That will improve its consistency.

  • Overnight in the fridge. The classic: transfer the cubes or containers you want to thaw into the fridge in the evening, they will be thawed in the morning.
  • At room temperature. This works much better for cubes, but you can do it for containers too. Please note that you should use all of the milk right after thawing.
  • Throw it in frozen. If you need coconut milk for a cooked recipe (like a soup), you can throw it in frozen. Make sure to add a few minutes of additional cooking time to account for thawing and cooking the milk.
Beverages

Can You Freeze Soy Milk?

Can you freeze soy milk? If you would like to know whether soy milk can be frozen or not, this article will give you the answers you need. Many people drink soy milk, some of them very often. What should you do if you’ve got some leftovers of soy milk and you can’t really find a way to use them within a couple of days? What should you do when you’ve got a few unopened cartons of soy milk in the fridge and you need to leave your home for a couple of months or more? There are at least two solutions to the mentioned issues. The first one is obvious – throw away the soy milk, you can always buy another carton when you’ll be in need of soy milk. The second one is obvious – freeze the soy milk. The answer to the question of whether soy milk can be frozen is affirmative – you can freeze soy milk. There are, however, a few things about the process of freezing soy milk that you should be aware of.

When you should consider freezing soy milk?

The thing is – freezing soy milk isn’t beneficial to this drink. I’ll discuss that issue in more detail later. Because of that, you should consider freezing this non-dairy milk only when you have no other option. I assume that throwing the milk away isn’t an option and you would like to drink your milk somewhere in the future.

A glass of soy milk
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So, when you should consider freezing this soy beverage? Freezing soy milk is a good idea when it’s close to the expiration date and you can’t find a way to utilise this lactose-free drink. Please bear in mind that unopened shelf stable soy milk stored in the pantry should be fine for about a year. If the package is already opened, the drink should be fine for about two weeks, maybe a little more, when stored in the refrigerator. Therefore, check the expiration date before putting the package into the freezer. If you buy soy milk in bulk and you’re aware of the fact that you won’t be able to drink all the milk before the expiration date, freezing some of it is a good idea.

Useful information about freezing soy milk

If you need to freeze this dairy-free beverage, there are some things that you need to know. In the previous paragraph I’ve mentioned that freezing isn’t very beneficial to soy milk. If fact, most soy milk producers state that freezing their products isn’t recommended. They say that soy milk often loses its texture and some of its flavor. Because of that, after freezing and thawing, consumers don’t find this soy beverage as tasty as it was before freezing. Here’s what Silk’s FAQ says about freezing Silk products (and soy milk amongst them):

We do not recommend it. Although freezing does not affect their safety or nutritional value, Silk products change in texture when thawed. However, Silk soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk perform well in frozen-dessert recipes.

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There are some issues that you want to consider while freezing soy milk. Size of the soy milk’s package is the first one. The package should be noticeable larger than the volume of the beverage. Soy milk consists mostly of water and, as we all know, water changes its capacity while freezing. Because of that, the liquid should have some space to grow inside the container. Otherwise soy milk might destroy the container and spill in the freezer. You should consider storing the soy milk in an airtight container. This way your lactose-free drink won’t absorb any odors from the freezer. If you need to unfreeze your soy milk, you should thaw it in the fridge. After that, it needs to be shaken, stirred or mixed because water will be separated from other contents of the liquid. There is one more thing that you should bear in mind – try not to keep soy milk in the freezer for a prolonged time (like more than a few months past the expiration date). It might end up being spoiled after thawing.

Summary

Soy milk is one of the commonly used milk alternatives. Many people prefer to drink it simply because it’s a dairy-free and lactose-free drink. If you can’t utilise your soy beverage, you can freeze it freely. Please bear in mind that you can freeze soy milk, but it’s not recommended to do so. Do it only if you have to.