Since sharing instructions on how to freeze milk, I’ve received a lot of questions about freezing other pantry essentials. The most recent being: “Laura, can you freeze yogurt?”.
I have good news for you, the first is yes, you can freeze yogurt. This post will cover a few methods and answer some questions about the texture changes and more.
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How to Freeze Yogurt
There are several ways to freeze yogurt, and the best method will depend on how you’re planning on using the yogurt after it’s thawed.
In its package: You can freeze yogurt directly in the container you purchased from the store -or in an air-tight container if you purchased a big tub and want to divide it up.
If you just bought one of those packs with multiple small yogurts, you can put them straight into the freezer with no problem.
This is by far the easiest method and my personal favorite. I like to get the single-serve packages and pop a few in the freezer for another day.
You can also put a larger tub of yogurt straight into the freezer.
In tubes: If your kids love go-gurts, you can start making your own by freezing your favorite yogurt in these tubes. It won’t affect the texture and your kids can enjoy this fun snack, with a lot less sugar than the store-bought version.
How to Freeze Yogurt in an Ice Cube Tray
After the cubes are solid, they can be enjoyed as is or in a smoothie. Simply add a few cubes to the blender with the rest of your smoothie pack!
How to Freeze Yogurt in Cubes
Scoop the yogurt into each cup in the ice cube tray. Tap the tray to settle the yogurt.
Place the ice cube tray in the freezer, freeze until the yogurt is solid.
Remove the frozen yogurt from the tray and transfer them into a zip bag. Freeze for up to 2 months.
This method is more time-consuming but also very useful. Want to watch how it’s done? I walk you through several yogurt freezing methods in this quick video.
How long does yogurt last in the freezer?
Whether you freeze yogurt in its own container, an air-tight container, an ice-cube tray, or in a zip bag, you can keep yogurt in the freezer for up to two months.
After a while, the yogurt will change the texture, get freezer burn, and I’d say it’s just not that great. However, you can use that frosty yogurt in recipes like my Blueberry Coffee Cake recipe or add it to oatmeal for extra protein.
For optimal texture for spoon consumption, use within 30-days.
Tip: Using a sharpie, mark the freeze date on the package.
Can you freeze Greek yogurt?
The recommendations above were tested with both regular and Greek yogurt. I love Greek yogurt for it’s protein and that amazing thick, creamy texture – this is definitely my favorite version of yogurt. And guess what?!
You can also freeze Greek yogurt using any of the methods listed above. It can stay fresh for up to two months in the freezer.
Freezing won’t affect any of the nutritional benefits of Greek yogurt, so you can go ahead and put some packs in the freezer without worry.
What happens when you freeze it?
Like frozen milk, the yogurt will separate a bit after thawing.
Thawed yogurt can also become watery or grainy. Be sure to mix well before you plan on eating it to try to get it as smooth as possible.
While the yogurt might not look exactly the same, you can rest assured it is fine to eat after freezing and thawing it.
If you are concerned about texture, simply use it in baking recipes or your next yogurt smoothie!
Important: you can freeze yogurt up to two months past its expiration date but it must be consumed immediately after thawing.
How to thaw it
The best way to thaw yogurt is to put it in the fridge the night before you plan to use it. This will be sure it never gets too warm or has the chance to go bad.
If you forget to thaw it the night before, you can also thaw yogurt on the counter, just be sure that you eat it or put it back in the fridge within two hours so that it doesn’t spoil.
Wondering what else you can free? See how to freeze everything from milk to bread here!