Can You Freeze Sour Cream?

Wondering if you can freeze sour cream? If you have extra on hand and want to know if you can save it in the freezer, keep reading!

A small bowl filled with sour cream next to a wooden spoon

Yes, you can freeze sour cream! It is actually a convenient way to store sour cream if you have a large container that you won’t be able to use up before it goes bad. Freezing sour cream can also be useful if you only need a small amount for a recipe and don’t want to waste the rest.

However, it’s important to note that freezing sour cream may cause it to become thicker and more difficult to spread or mix once it’s thawed. It may also separate and become grainy in texture. These changes will not affect the taste of the sour cream, but they may affect its texture and appearance. These changes will also change the way you’ll want to use your sour cream.

How Not to Freeze Sour Cream

Although you technically could freeze sour cream in its original container we don’t recommend doing so for two reasons:

  1. The original container is not made for freezer storage and can crack at cold temperatures.
  2. If the container is still very full, there won’t be enough room for the sour cream to expand in the freezer. As a result, it will pop the lid off your container and make a big mess in the freezer.

How to Properly Freeze Sour Cream

Luckily it isn’t too difficult to effectively freeze and store sour cream. Here’s how:

  • Transfer the sour cream to a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid or a heavy-duty freezer bag. Make sure to leave about an inch of headspace in the container to allow for expansion as the sour cream freezes.
  • Squeeze out as much air as possible from the container or freezer bag before sealing it.
  • Label the container or bag with the date and contents.
  • Place the container or bag in the coldest part of your freezer.

If you want to freeze a large amount of sour cream you can also freeze it in silicone ice cube trays. Once the sour cream is solid, simply pop it out of the tray and transfer the cubes to an airtight, freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Make sure you add the date everything was frozen onto the outside of the bag.

How long will it keep?

You can successfully store sour cream in the freezer for up to 2 months.

How do I know if it has gone bad?

There are a few ways to know if your frozen sour cream is no longer good:

  1. If it is covered in ice crystals the texture will not recover enough for you to use it.
  2. It will smell bad after you have thawed it. In that case, throw it away.
  3. If there are signs of mold or other spoilage, likewise toss it.

Thawing Frozen Sour Cream

To thaw frozen sour cream, simply transfer it to the refrigerator and let it thaw for several hours or overnight. You can also place the container in a bowl of cold water to speed up the thawing process. Once thawed, stir the sour cream well to help smooth out any lumps or graininess.

It’s worth noting that sour cream can be frozen and thawed successfully several times without affecting its quality. However, it’s best to use the thawed sour cream as soon as possible, as the texture may continue to change the longer it is stored in the refrigerator.

Ways to Use Sour Cream That Has Been Frozen

Since the texture of sour cream will change after it has thawed you typically want to change the way you use it. Here are some ideas:

  • Adding creaminess to soups just before they are served.
  • In baking recipes that call for sour cream or yogurt.

Overall, freezing sour cream is a convenient way to store it and can help you avoid waste. Just be aware that the texture may change slightly upon thawing, and use the thawed sour cream as soon as possible for the best results.

Recipes That Use Sour Cream

Want a few ideas for how to use your frozen sour cream? Here you go!

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