Can You Freeze Margarine?

Some people prefer margarine atop their toast, in their sandwiches and mixed into mashed potatoes versus butter.

If this is you, then you might have got carried away and bulk bought a few tubs of margarine and are now left pondering whether or not you can freeze margarine? Let’s find out!

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze margarine. Margarine can be frozen for around 1 year. To freeze margarine, portion into blocks before wrapping each in clingfilm followed by foil. Once wrapped, you can place the margarine into the freezer.

How to Freeze Margarine

When it comes to freezing margarine, there are actually two approaches you can take depending on how you will use it. We’ve outlined both of these below:

Freeze Margarine In Blocks

This is the approach you should take if you want to have a small block of margarine in the fridge at a time from the freezer.

  1. Slice
    Carefully slice your margarine up into smaller blocks. If the margarine is soft then you can throw it into the freezer for 20 minutes to harden up.
  2. Wrap
    Wrap each block in a layer of clingfilm followed by a layer of foil.
  3. Freeze
    Place each block into a thick freezer bag and then into the freezer.

Freeze Grated Margarine

This is the approach you should take if you want to have instant access to margarine that you can place onto toast or into dishes straight from the freezer.

The small surface area and thickness of the grated margarine will allow it to thaw almost instantly.

  1. Freeze
    First, take a block of margarine and place it in the freezer for 30 minutes until it has hardened. If you try to grate it straight from the fridge it will soften too much.
  2. Grate Onto a Tray
    Grate your frozen margarine block onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  3. Freeze
    Place the tray into the freezer to flash freeze for a few hours.
  4. Bag Up and Refreeze
    When the grated margarine has frozen solid, you can tip it out and into a freezer bag to store for the longer term.

3 Tips for Freezing Margarine

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

  • Consider Portions – Before freezing margarine, consider how you use it and then freeze it in suitably sized portions. 
  • Flavour It – Like butter, margarine can also be flavoured with herbs and spices. This is great if you cook with it and want to add instant flavour to soups, stews and vegetables. 
  • Freeze Unopened Tubs – If you haven’t opened the tub and know you’ll consume the whole tub in a week or so then you can simply place the entire unopened tub into the freezer instead. 

How Long Can You Freeze Margarine?

Because margarine is made primarily of oil, it freezes particularly well. That’s why you can actually keep it in the freezer for around a year. In fact, it will usually keep fairly well beyond this.

Try to plan what you have in the freezer so you can use it up in a suitable time frame. You don’t really want to be storing anything for much beyond a year.

You Can Freeze Margarine for Around 1 FULL Year

How Do You Defrost Margarine?

This will come down to how you have frozen it, of course. If you have grated it then no defrosting is required, thankfully!

If you have frozen your margarine in a block then you can simply place it in a bowl to thaw at room temperature. This can take anywhere between 4 and 6 hours depending on the size of the blocks you have frozen.

You can also thaw it overnight in the fridge.

If you have frozen a whole tub then it can actually take 24hrs in the fridge to thaw throughout.

Finally, if you’re pushed for time then you can give it a quick blast in the microwave for 5 minutes. You should do this on the lowest power setting or the defrost setting if your microwave has one.

Can You Refreeze Margarine?

We would avoid refreezing margarine where possible as it can rapidly ruin the texture. It will remain safe to eat in most cases, however. 

If you have frozen margarine then defrosted it and used it in a cooked dish which you then want to freeze then you can safely freeze this now cooked dish.

Does Margarine Freeze Well?

Margarine actually freezes really well.

Provided that you keep it wrapped and protected so that it doesn’t absorb odours from your freezer or get impact by air then it will freeze really well and you’ll struggle to tell the difference between frozen and non-frozen margarine.

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Stork?

Stork is popular in baking so you may be surprised to hear that it is just branded margarine. The good news is that everything we have written in this article applies to Stork margarine also.

Can You Freeze Margarine in a Tub?

If you want to freeze a whole rub of margarine so you have one ready to go when you run out then the good news is that you can!

Bear in mind, however, that if you choose to freeze a whole tub then you will need to defrost and use the whole tub. This is fine if you plan on using margarine in the space of a week or so.

Can You Freeze Butter?

You’ll be pleased to know that, much like margarine, butter will freeze and will store fairly well in the freezer. 

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