Can You Freeze Single Cream?

Most of us are aware that freezing dairy products can be a little bit tricky and the same is true for single cream.

This is a shame because it can be difficult to use up a whole pot of single cream before it goes bad. However, if you are wondering, can you freeze single cream? There is some good news (sort of)…

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze single cream. Single cream can be frozen for around 3 months. However, it does not freeze particularly well, especially if you don’t follow the correct method for freezing it. 

Although you can freeze single cream, there are a few things to consider: Mainly how you plan to use it. No matter how well you freeze it, your single cream will have changed when it comes back out of the freezer.

During the freezing process, the fat molecules in the cream stick together, and this leads to the single cream becoming grainy in texture.

So, if you are hoping to be able to freeze single cream to then use as pouring cream at a later date, then you are likely to be disappointed.

However, you can use your frozen single cream in cooking, and by the time it is cooked into a recipe, you won’t be able to notice any difference at all.

So, now you know that you can freeze single cream and how to best use it once you thaw it out.

How To Freeze Single Cream

You can choose from a couple of methods of freezing single cream:

How to Freeze Single Cream In Large Portions

If your recipes call for large amounts of single cream, this is the best method to choose. This is perfect for making creamy curries and sauces.

  1. Portion Out
    Grab yourself enough freezer-safe bags or containers for the number of portions you want to freeze. Pour a portion of cream into each bag or container. Don’t fill the bag or container to the brim. The cream will expand a little as it freezes, so make sure you leave a gap at the top.
  2. Remove Air
    Squeeze out any excess air if you have chosen bags.
  3. Seal Bags
    Seal the bags or containers tightly. Add a second bag to ensure you get no spills or messes in your freezer.
  4. Label
    Label the bag or container with the date and contents.
  5. Freeze
    Pop them into the freezer. Just make sure you keep the bags and containers upright while it freezes.

How to Freeze Single Cream In Ice Cubes

This method is perfect if you like to add just a touch of single cream to your sauces, soups or recipes. Each cube will be approximately the size of a tablespoon which means you can easily control just how much single cream goes into each recipe.

  1. Portion into Ice Cube Tray
    Grab yourself an ice cube tray or two. Pour the single cream into each section of the tray. Don’t forget to leave a little gap at the top of each section because the cream will expand as it freezes.
  2. Flash Freeze
    Pop the ice cube tray and single cream into the freezer. Keep it flat and allow it to freeze for a few hours.
  3. Remove Cubes
    Once the single cream has frozen, you can take them back out of the freezer and transfer the cubes to a freezer bag.
  4. Final Freeze
    Label the bag with the date and contents and pop it back into the freezer.

3 Tips for Freezing Single Cream

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

  • Consider Your Uses – Before freezing single cream, you need to consider how you personally use cream. Do you use lots of it in one go or do you tend to use a little at a time to add creaminess to soups or mellow the spice of chilli? Once you know how you use it, you need to freeze it in suitable portions based on your use.
  • Expect Texture Changes – Cream will change texture when frozen. This applies to various creams. You can blend it or give it a vigorous stir after freezing to try to mix some of the separation back in.
  • Freeze Cream in Dishes – You can freeze single cream in cooked dishes such as pasta sauces or quiche, and you can make some (not all) of the texture changes this way.

How Long Can You Freeze Single Cream?

Single cream has a relatively long freezer life when compared to other types of dairy products. You can keep it frozen for between two and four months. Plenty of time to save leftovers for use at a later date.

You Can Freeze Single Cream for Around 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Single Cream?

Defrosting single cream is fairly simple, and for best results, you will need to thaw it out slowly. Take the cream out of the freezer and pop it into a bowl. Put this into the fridge and allow it to defrost for a few hours.

You might notice there is a little separation and that the grainy texture is fairly obvious.

You can help with this by popping it into a blender and giving it a quick blend to mix it back up. This won’t fix the grainy texture completely but it will help.

If you have used the ice cube method of freezing, you can also just pop your ice cubes directly into your recipe and defrost as it cooks.

Can You Refreeze Single Cream?

It isn’t recommended to try and refreeze single cream, and you wouldn’t get very good results if you tried.

Not only could you find yourself ill due to the bacteria growths, but the cream’s taste and texture would have changed too much to be usable.

Does Single Cream Freeze Well?

Single cream doesn’t freeze very well at all. As with most dairy products, it’s texture changes completely once it has been frozen.

However, all is not lost. As long as you use any frozen cream in cooking, you shouldn’t notice a difference by the time it is cooked!

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Quiche With Single Cream?

As with any product that contains a dairy product, there is likely to be a texture change. Fortunately, quiche is one dish that will still freeze pretty well when it contains cream. Just make sure you store it in airtight containers.

If you want more advice then check out this guide to freezing quiche.

Freeze Quiche Cream

Can You Freeze Elmlea Single Cream?

If you are a fan of the brand Elmlea, then there is some good news.

You can also freeze their Elmlea single cream in the same way you can any type of single cream. Just don’t forget that the texture will have changed after it has been defrosted so it won’t be the creamy texture you are used to.

This is fine if you are cooking your Elmlea cream, but it doesn’t work as well if you want to use it as a pouring cream.

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