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Can you freeze cream?

Can You Freeze Heavy Cream?

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


Wondering if you can freeze heavy cream? Here’s what to know about how to prepare this ingredient for long term storage.


  • Heavy whipping cream, as fresh as possible*


  1. Pour the heavy cream into a storage container, leaving at least 1/2 inch of headspace in the container to allow for expansion during freezing.
  2. Seal the container and label it with the date. Place it in the freezer. Freeze for up to 1 month for best results, or up to 3 months.
  3. To defrost the heavy cream, place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Freezing cream changes its texture; it becomes grainy after thawing. Stir the cream to re-integrate the texture. Defrosted cream is best in cooked or baked dishes. While you can whip it to make whipped cream, it comes out with a grainy texture so we don’t recommend it. Once thawed, use the cream within 3 days.


*It’s best to start with cream that is as fresh as possible (don’t freeze cream that’s past its expiration date).

  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Frozen
  • Diet: Vegetarian