Can You Freeze Sour Cream? Yes, And You Can Also Do It Right!

By Rose | Storing Tips

Jul 10
Can You Freeze Sour Cream? Yes, And You Can Also Do It Right!

Is this going to be your first time you’ve frozen a dairy product? If so, you will be able to start using your new expertise to freeze the rest of your stocks as well. Did you know that most of these dairy products can be frozen, and they have the same issues when it comes to freezing?

Can you freeze sour cream?

Can you freeze sour cream? Yes, you can! So don’t hesitate to grab this opportunity to save money when that big sale comes along. There’ll be some minor differences compared to fresh sour cream, but these are only small and it will certainly do!

The texture of frozen sour cream changes after it’s frozen, but that does not mean you can’t use it. You’ll be surprised to learn about the different uses of sour cream after you’ve frozen it. So let’s start freezing! After all, time matters, doesn’t it?


What Is Sour Cream?

Sour cream is a dairy product that is made by fermenting a regular cream with certain types of lactic acid bacteria. This bacteria is responsible for thickening the cream’s texture and making it taste sour. This culture can be done either naturally or on purpose.

What Is Sour Cream?

Did you know that you can make your own sour cream by using this process? It is essential that you learn the composition of the dairy you’re using. It’s obviously a plus if you know how to make it. Here’s a video that shows you the simple steps to do this.

Can You Freeze Sour Cream?

As I’ve mentioned earlier, there are a few issues when you freeze dairy products. For a start, the texture changes after thawing and you will no longer be able to use it like fresh cream.

However, there’s no need to worry as you’ll find it useful in so many things. I’ve frozen many other dairy products, like almond milk, goat cheese, blue cheese and cream cheese. It’s not as complicated as you might imagine.

Yes, freezing sour cream is easy, so let’s do it!

Freezing Sour Cream

Let’s make this work! Freezing dairy products works well if it’s done the right away. Try to remember all the important steps as we follow the process.

Freezing Sour Cream

Firstly, you will need to whip the sour cream using either your spatula or hand whisk. This successfully gets rid of all the moistness equally throughout the container. You can either use the original container when storing your sour cream or transfer it to freezer zipper bags or airtight jars instead.

Storing it in a tightly sealed container is important as it prevents bacteria from getting in and contaminating your sour cream. If you are using freezer bags, make sure that you squeeze the air out completely before sealing it.

Place your sour cream in the freezer and don’t forget to label it with the current date before you put it in the freezer. This will help you to track down the length of time your sour cream has been frozen. Always use a permanent marker.

  • The maximum shelf life for frozen sour cream is 6 months.

Here are some reminders for you when you’re freezing sour cream

  • Use it early to maximize the good taste, as it deteriorates the longer it stays in the freezer.
  • Store it in small portions that are enough for one person - it’ll be easier when you take it out and use the cream.
  • Be sure the sour cream's fresh when you freeze it - check it doesn't look yellow, smell off or have mold on it.
  • Opened sour cream usually lasts for a maximum of three weeks - if it's more than that, please don't freeze it.

Important: Commercial sour cream is made by following certain safety standards, whereas the homemade kind can be exposed to other types of bacteria. These can multiply quickly if you’re not careful, so freeze your sour cream as quickly as you can.

Thawing Your Sour Cream

Thawing is a short and simple process. Just take the portion of sour cream that you need from the freezer and transfer to the fridge. Let it thaw for a few hours. Once this is done, take it out and use it.

If you notice that the sour cream looks a little bit watery or separated, you can whip it gently to retain its consistency. If this is not enough, add a teaspoon of cornstarch and whip it again as this will bring back its creamy texture. Then use it as you wish.

Thawing Your Sour Cream

Some helpful tips after thawing

  • Never put your sour cream back in the freezer after thawing.
  • You can use frozen sour cream directly when making a soup and it’ll thaw quick enough.
  • The texture is generally different compared to fresh dairy products, so it’s best to use your frozen sour cream in recipes that call for it.

Well done, you have just learned how to freeze your own sour cream! Try to keep in mind my helpful reminders as these will help you so to get it right every time. Now try making your own, and I can tell you, it tastes a lot better than the commercial ones.

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About the Author

There’s nothing in this world that excites me more other than cooking. From appetizers to desserts, since then, I’ve always been passionate on making foods.

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(5) comments

. Buffy December 28, 2017

Thanks for the info. I am an elderly lady who lives alone and who has to throw out food because it is sold in containers too large. If I can divide it and freeze in portions, it is much more economical.

Example: I rarely get the treat of eating or cooking with celery because I have to buy a big expensive package that I cannot begin to use all of. I wish
grocery stores would have a table where many things
would be divided into small portions for us. It would surely be more economical and less wasteful.

    Carol Rainer January 4, 2018

    Stores do sell smaller portions of celery, carrots, broccoli, etc., but it is so expensive that I would rather buy the regular size and freeze the remainder. That is more cost effective.

    Kay May 13, 2018

    Try grocery shopping with a friend and split the veggies up between you. Or you could form a grocery co-op with other singles like yourself, might even make new friends. It’s good to have friends who check on each other and what better way than to see if someone needs carrots or celery this week?

    carla March 20, 2019

    Try buying a small bunch of celery (celery hearts) with the root end still on. Store in a mason jar with just the end in water. This will keep your celery growing and you can cut off what you need as you need it. This works well with green onions too!

Mary December 15, 2018

Thank you so much for this info. I thought my sour cream was ruined. I am thawing it now.

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