Can You Freeze Crème Fraîche?

It’s a bit fancy and sits somewhere between yoghurt and sour cream, crème fraîche is tangy, delicious and can actually last for a week or so in the fridge before going off. But what happens if you want it to last a little longer than a few weeks. Can you stick it in the freezer to lengthen its life?

The Quick Answer

You can freeze crème fraîche either in the sealed pot it came in, an airtight container or even in an ice cube tray. But be warned, like the majority of dairy products, there is a risk that your crème fraîche will split when you defrost it. A vigorous whisk should fix this fairly well.

You can use the links below to jump through this article if you need help with how to go about freezing crème fraîche, how to defrost it or whether it’s actually worth doing in the first place:

How to Freeze Crème Fraîche

If you are likely to use a few spoonfuls of crème fraîche at a time, then this is the method you will want to adopt when it comes to freezing it:

  1. Prepare Bags
    Grab some thick freezer bags. You want them to be thick to avoid any leakages and avoid unwanted odours from seeping into your cream. Can you imagine garlic-scented crème fraîche? No thanks!
  2. Portion into Bags
    Spoon your crème fraîche into the bags. Think about how much you’re likely to use at one time and spoon that amount into each bag. Seal up the bags, squeezing out as much of the air as you possibly can.
  3. Freeze
    Place your bags into the freezer.

That’s the best approach to take if you want to freeze larger portions in one go. If, however, you find you only use a spoonful here and there, then using an ice cube tray might be a better approach.

How to Freeze Crème Fraîche in Ice Cubes

If you will only ever use a tablespoon at a time, why not consider freezing your crème fraîche in ice cubes? This is great if you like to mix a spoonful or two into sauces, soups, pasta dishes or jacket potato fillings:

  1. Portion into Tray
    Grab your ice cube tray and spoon in your crème fraîche. You want to fill each slot up around 80% of the way to give the crème fraîche a little room to expand.
  2. Protect
    Wrap your tray in cling film to protect it, and then place in the freezer for several hours to flash freeze the crème fraîche cubes solid.
  3. Final Freeze
    Once the cubes have frozen solid, pop them out into a bag and return them to the freezer to store. Remember to label your bag with the content.

3 Tips for Freezing Crème Fraîche

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing crème fraîche to have the best results:

  • Whisk After Defrosting – As crème fraîche defrosts, it will begin to separate, which can ruin the texture. You can fix this by giving it a quick and vigorous whisk until all the liquid is incorporated back into the fat. 
  • Label – If you have frozen multiple dairy products such as double cream and sour cream, then it’s vital you label them all. Trying to tell the difference between different dairy products when they’re frozen is near impossible. 
  • Freeze in Portions – Refreezing crème fraîche is not advisable. By freezing it in portion sizes, you can avoid defrosting too much at a time. 

How Long Can You Freeze Crème Fraîche?

Unlike many dairy products, crème fraîche will actually last for quite a while in the fridge. Even when opened, it’ll be fine for a week or so. Of course, freezing can extend this significantly.

Frozen crème fraîche will be fine in the freezer for 3 to 4 months. Just be warned that the longer the crème fraîche is in the freezer, the worse the separation of the fats will become.

You Can Freeze Crème Fraîche for Around 4 Months

How Do You Defrost Crème Fraîche?

Initially, defrosting crème fraîche is straightforward. You need to place it in the fridge overnight in a bowl to thaw out slowly. But it’s the next step that is vital.

Once thawed, you’ll notice the texture will be off, and the fats will have split from the liquid. That’s why, at this stage, it is vital that you whisk the crème fraîche vigorously to combine as much of the fat content back into the liquid. This will be the difference between tasty, velvety smooth crème fraîche and grainy, unpalatable crème fraîche.

Can You Refreeze Crème Fraîche?

Refreezing crème fraîche is not something we would recommend at all. As you have probably realised by now, dairy products like crème fraîche do not freeze that well, so they need to be treated carefully. Just one freeze can ruin the texture of your crème fraîche.

Trying to freeze it again would be a waste of time. The texture will be completely off, and you’ll be left with grainy, gritty and lump crème fraîche.

Does Crème Fraîche Freeze Well?

It does freeze, but not necessarily very well. With any dairy products, the higher the fat, the worse it will freeze. With more fat comes more separation. Unfortunately, crème fraîche is packed full of fat which can ruin the texture when frozen.

What happens is ice forms within the actual body of the cream itself. This ice then forces the fat to separate from the liquid. When the crème fraîche is defrosted, it will be running and grainy where the water content has melted, but the fat content has been left as a solid.

If you follow the method we have used here at Freeze It, there is a reduced chance you’ll ruin your cream, so give it a go.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing crème fraîche or crème fraîche in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Crème Fraîche in a Sauce?

You can, but the texture of your sauce will be off. Instead, we would recommend freezing the sauce without the crème fraîche and then stirring it in after thawing.

Why Can’t You Freeze Crème Fraîche?

I think you’ll find you can freeze crème fraîche, but there is a chance it will split, and you’ll, therefore, need to put a bit of effort in to return it to its former glory. Frozen crème fraîche will be perfectly safe to consume.

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