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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 yogurt

Got extra yogurt on hand? Sometimes it can be difficult to eat up an entire container. You might be tempted to throw it into the freeze, and guess what? While many dairy products don’t freeze well, you’re in luck: yogurt works! Here’s what to know about preserving this creamy ingredient.

Can you freeze yogurt?

Freezing yogurt is a simple and effective way to preserve it. Some dairy products become grainy after freezing (like sour cream or cottage cheese). But yogurt freezes beautifully: the texture and flavor are preserved. It may appear to be separated after thawing, but stir it up and you can use it any way you like! Eat it plain or use it in any recipes that call for it as an ingredient. This works for any type of yogurt: plain, flavored and Greek yogurt.

Some sources indicate that yogurt has texture changes after freezing and can taste more tart. However, we tested both plain yogurt and Greek yogurt and the texture and flavor were both preserved. It is possible that texture changes can happen after freezing for long periods of time.

How long does it last refrigerated?

Opened yogurt lasts for 1 to 2 weeks. If you can’t use it within that time period, you can freeze it for up to 2 months.

Can you freeze yogurt?

How to freeze yogurt

Freezing yogurt is a simple process. 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 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 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 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 yogurt

When defrosted from frozen, yogurt separates into liquid and solid elements. It will look separated, but it can be stirred back into a creamy texture. 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 yogurt

How to use thawed yogurt? Try it plain or in these yogurt recipes:

More freezing methods

Want to freeze more dairy products, fruits or veggies? Here are a few methods:

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Can you freeze yogurt

Can You Freeze Yogurt?


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

Description

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


Ingredients

  • Yogurt (regular, Greek or flavored)

Instructions

  1. If the 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 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 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

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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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