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 freeze crème fraîche to lengthen its life?
You can… But it’s not easy.
First and foremost, start with the freshest of crème fraîche. You don’t want to try and salvage crème fraîche that’s approaching its use-by date. Instead, pick a pot of cream that is at its best. Once you’ve done so, you can move on to actually getting it frozen.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing crème fraîche:
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:
- Grab some thick freezer bags. You want them to be thick to avoid any leakages and to avoid any unwanted odours from seeping into your cream. Can you image garlic-scented crème fraîche? No thanks!
- 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.
- Place your bags into the freezer.
That’s the best approach to take if you want to freeze a few spoonfuls at a time.
Can You Freeze Crème Fraîche in Ice Cubes?
If you will only ever use a tablespoon at a time, then why not consider freezing your crème fraîche in ice cubes?
- Grab your ice cube tray and spoon in your crème fraîche. You want to fill each slot up around 80% of the way just to give the crème fraîche a little room to expand.
- Wrap your tray in cling film to protect it and then place in the freezer for several hours.
- Once the cubes have frozen solid, pop them out into a bag and return to the freezer to store.
How Long Can You Freeze Crème Fraîche?
Unlike a lot of 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.
How Do You Defrost Crème Fraîche?
Initially, defrosting crème fraîche is straightforward. You just 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.
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 then 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.
Other Questions about Crème Fraîche
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to crème F=fraîche – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about crème fraîche then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
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 back to its former glory. Frozen crème fraîche will be perfectly safe to consume.