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Wondering if you can freeze yogurt? This creamy dairy ingredient actually holds up well when frozen: here’s how to do it!

Can you freeze Greek yogurt
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Got extra Greek yogurt and want to save it for later? Here’s a tip: throw it in the freezer! Unlike many dairy products, Greek yogurt freezes well. Throw it in the deep freeze and you can use it up to 2 months in the future. Then, use it any way you please: top it with fruit and granola or use it in recipes! Here’s how to package it for freezing and a few things to know!

Can you freeze Greek yogurt?

Freezing Greek yogurt is an effective way to preserve it, and the texture and flavor are unchanged after thawing. In comparison to some dairy products that grainy after freezing (like sour cream or cottage cheese), Greek yogurt freezes beautifully. While it may appear to separate after thawing, simply stir it and it returns to its original texture. It works to eat fresh, or to use in cooked or baked recipes.

Some sources indicate that Greek yogurt tastes more tart after freezing. However in our taste testing, there was no flavor change. It is possible that texture changes can happen after freezing for long periods of time, so we recommend not freezing Greek yogurt for more than 2 months.

How long does it last refrigerated?

Opened Greek yogurt lasts for 2 weeks. If you can’t use it within that time period, you can freeze it for up to 2 months.

Can you freeze Greek yogurt

How to freeze Greek yogurt

Ready to freeze Greek yogurt? Here’s how to do it:

  • If unopened, leave in the original packaging. Place the package in a resealable freezer safe plastic bag.
  • If the package is opened, prepare the Greek yogurt for freezing. Keep in mind you cannot re-freeze the yogurt, so it’s helpful to have smaller sizes if you don’t plan to use it all at once. Divide the Greek yogurt into small sizes (like ½ cup servings) or freeze it all together. Place the yogurt into a sealed freezable container that has as little air as possible, or try it in a silicon tray. Or you can place small portions in sealed freezer safe bags.
  • Mark the “Use by” date. Use a permanent marker to label the Greek yogurt with a “use by” date that is 2 months in the future. If using a plastic bag, partially seal the bag then use a straw to suck out all air from the bag.
  • Freeze. Place the yogurt in the freezer and freeze for up to 2 months.

How to defrost Greek yogurt

When defrosted from frozen, Greek yogurt separates into liquid and solid elements. It will look separated, you can can simply stir it back into a creamy texture. (When we tested this, we made the thawed Greek yogurt into our healthy chocolate pudding and it worked perfectly!) Here’s how to thaw yogurt:

  • Place the yogurt in the refrigerator 24 to 48 hours to defrost. To speed up the process, you can place the yogurt at room temperature for 1 hour, then place it in the refrigerator to finish the defrosting.
  • Stir it. Once thawed, stir to return the yogurt to its creamy texture. Use within 2 days.

Ways to use Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is one of our favorite ingredients to use fresh, in dips, or baked into recipes! Try it plain or in these Greek yogurt recipes:

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Can you freeze Greek yogurt

Can You Freeze Greek Yogurt?


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

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Wondering if you can freeze Greek yogurt? This ingredient actually holds up well when frozen: here’s how to do it!


Ingredients

  • Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. If the Greek yogurt is unopened, leave it in the original packaging and place the package in a resealable freezer safe plastic bag. Or, you can freeze it in smaller quantities if you don’t think you’ll use it all at once: go to Step 2.
  2. Determine whether to divide the Greek yogurt into small sizes (in small containers or even an ice cube tray), or freeze it all together. Keep in mind you cannot re-freeze the yogurt, so it’s helpful to have smaller sizes if you don’t plan to use it all at once. Place the yogurt into a sealed freezable container that will have as little air as possible, or place small portions in sealable freezer safe bags.
  3. Use a permanent marker to label the yogurt with a “use by” date that is 2 months in the future. If using a plastic bag, partially seal the plastic bag, then use a straw to suck out all air from the bag.
  4. Place the yogurt in the freezer and freeze for up to 2 months. To defrost the Greek yogurt, place it in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours. Once thawed, stir it, which returns it to a creamy texture. Use within 2 days; do not re-freeze the yogurt.
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Frozen
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!