For a delicious treat for the kids, or even for yourself, you can’t beat a sweet and creamy fromage frais. Often thought of as yoghurt, fromage frais is actually more of a soft cheese and it is made using a cheese culture rather than yoghurt. This is what gives it that delicious creamy taste and texture.
These are items that often appear in supermarket offers and you might find that you end up with too many in your fridge! If this is you then you must be wondering, can you freeze fromage frais? The answer to this one is one of those ‘yes, but’ types of answers.
The short answer is that yes, you absolutely can freeze fromage frais and in some cases, you might even prefer it for a healthy treat that’s an alternative to ice cream. The catch is that dairy, in general, doesn’t freeze well and soft cheeses are among the worst types to freeze. However, when it comes to fromage frais as long as you are careful then you should be able to freeze it without too many problems. So let’s find out how!
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 fromage frais:
How To Freeze Fromage Frais
You have a couple of options and it all depends on how you plan to use the fromage frais. You can either freeze unopened pots or leftovers in a container. Or, you can get creative and turn fromage frais into delicious ice lollies.
How to Freeze Unopened Fromage Frais
This couldn’t be any simpler to do! For a super easy and quick freezer treat all you need to do is the following.
- You need to freeze any fromage frais you buy as soon as you get it home or as close to the time you get it home as possible.
- You can pop the unopened fromage frais pots right into the freezer! There is some danger of the pots splitting when the yoghurt expands due to the freezing process. So pop a freezer bag around the pots to ensure you get no mess in the freezer.
- Make sure you label the fromage frais with the date so you know when you need to use it by.
- Pop them into the freezer and freeze!
How to Freeze Fromage Frais in Containers.
If you don’t want to freeze in yoghurt pots or have leftovers you don’t want to waste, then you can freeze the yoghurt in containers.
- You want to freeze the yoghurt as quickly as possible once it has been opened.
- Grab yourself a container with a tight lid that won’t leak. If you want to use freezer bags then you can but you need to be very careful when freezing to seal the bags tight and to
- Spoon the fromage frais into the container.
- If you want to be extra sure that your fromage frais doesn’t spoil then add a layer of cling film to the top of the yoghurt. This keeps any air from getting to it.
- Pop the lid on tightly.
- Label the container with the contents and the date.
- Put the fromage frais in the freezer and freeze.
How to Make Fromage Frais Ice Lollies
One way to use up fromage frais pots is to make them into ice lollies! These are healthy and delicious to eat. They make a fantastic alternative to an ice cream treat!
- Take the lids off your fromage frais pots.
- Grab yourself some lolly sticks.
- Pop a stick into each fromage frais pot.
- Pop it all into a large freezer bag.
- Label the bag with the contents and the date.
- Pop the whole thing in the freezer. Once the fromage frais has frozen you have some handy lollies you can pop out of the carton whenever you fancy a treat.
How Long Can You Freeze Fromage Frais?
You should be able to freeze the fromage frais for up to three months. After this you might find the taste deteriorates and that the quality of the fromage frais degrades too. The better sealed the fromage frais is the better it will keep without getting that freezer burn taste.
You Can Freeze Fromage Frais for Around 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Fromage Frais?
The best thing about freezing fromage frais is that you don’t have to defrost it at all! In fact, you probably don’t want to. Frozen fromage frais is such a lovely treat that you might find you and your kids prefer it to chilled fromage frais.
If you do want to defrost your fromage frais then the best way to do it is to pop it in the fridge to defrost slowly, preferably overnight before using.
Can You Refreeze Fromage Frais?
We wouldn’t recommend that you try refreezing fromage frais. Dairy products can be a little temperamental in the freezer and although you should be able to freeze your fromage frais once without issue you may not get quite so lucky twice.
The quality of the food will deteriorate so if in doubt it’s best to throw any unused defrosted fromage frais away.
Does Fromage Frais Freeze Well?
Fromage frais does freeze very well, as long as you aren’t expecting it to be exactly the same as it was fresh. Freezing does change the texture slightly which means the yoghurt can feel almost grainy when defrosted. This is why we think it’s far better to eat your frozen fromage frais when it is still frozen. It tastes amazing this way and you don’t have any of the texture change problems.
Other Questions about Fromage Frais
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to fromage frais – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about fromage frais then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Fat-Free Fromage Frais?
For the health-conscious, you can freeze fat-free fromage frais in the same ways as you can full-fat yoghurt and it makes you a lovely treat that is lower in calories than many ice cream treats!
All you need to do is follow the same methods outlined above.