Can You Freeze Sour Cream?

Freezing most dairy products is a challenge. They can split, become grainy and watery. But does this also apply to sour cream or can you freeze sour cream successfully?

The Quick Answer

Yes, You can freeze sour cream. Sour cream can be frozen for around 3 months. The simplest way of doing so is to place it into thick freezer bags before sealing tight and freezing.

How To Freeze Sour Cream

So you’ve decided to freeze it. Then try the following method which is going to prove to be the most effective:

  1. Beat
    Place your sour cream into a bowl and give it a good beat with a spatula. This will help to ensure the moisture levels are spread throughout the sour cream.
  2. Spoon into Bags
    Spoon it into thick freezer bags in portions so you can easily defrost the amount you need when you need it.
  3. Seal
    Seal the bags up. When doing so, you’ll want to squeeze out as much of the air as possible.
  4. Freeze
    Label the bags and place them in the freezer.

How to Freeze Sour Cream Dip

You need to remember that the problem with dairy products such as sour cream is that their texture will change when frozen. Sour cream can split and become a little grainy in the freezer.

If you then use it in a dip or freeze it as a dip, you’ll struggle to get rid of that new grainy texture.

One of the reasons that a sour cream dip is so enjoyable is the fact that it is smooth and creamy. Once you freeze it, you’ll find it’s no longer quite as enjoyable. 

You can freeze the dip in much the same way as sour cream but do be prepared for a huge shift in the texture. If you don’t want to ruin the texture then you’ll have to avoid freezing it altogether, unfortunately. 

3 Tips for Freezing Sour Cream

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

  • Whip Beforehand – By whipping it up beforehand, you can ensure there is an even spread of liquid throughout the sour cream which can help it to freeze consistently. 
  • Mix with Cornstarch – When defrosting, it will become watery. Add a small amount of cornstarch to the liquid, stir and then fold into the solids. 
  • Avoid Freezing – Ultimately, sour cream will not freeze well so try to avoid doing so in the first place where possible. 

How Long Can You Freeze Sour Cream?

When you freeze anything, it doesn’t completely stop any degradation but will slow it down. Therefore, the longer you keep your sour cream in the freezer, the greater the risk it will split and curdle.

For that reason, it’s highly recommended that you only keep it in the freezer for a maximum for 3 months. Ideally, you would use it much quicker.

You Can Freeze Sour Cream for Around 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Sour Cream?

When it comes to thawing sour cream, you will want to do it slowly in the fridge overnight. Simply place the amount you want to defrost into a bowl and leave in the fridge.

Once it has defrosted, there is a huge chance that it will look a little watery. Add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the bowl of watery sour cream and give it a good whip with a spatula. This will help to incorporate the water back into the solids.

It won’t be the best sour cream you’ve ever had but will go some way to returning it to what it used to be like.

Can You Refreeze Sour Cream?

Although you can refreeze most products, it’s not something we would recommend. With sour cream, it can actually be dangerous as bacteria can grow between the defrosting and refreezing period.

For this reason, we would strongly urge you not to refreeze any sour cream and, instead, try to only thaw the amount you need when you need it.

Does Sour Cream Freeze Well?

The simple answer to this question is no. Unfortunately, like most dairy products such as cream, there is a huge risk that the fat and liquid will separate when it freezes. This is because the liquid content freezes far quicker than the fat solids.

This leads to the sour cream splitting which leaves you with a grainy sour cream that’s far less appetising.

If you can avoid freezing it then that is the best approach to take. If, however, you need to freeze it then we would suggest only using the frozen then thawed sour cream in cooked dishes as it will be very unpleasant raw, as a dip for example.

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Enchiladas with Sour Cream?

The more you heat sour cream, the greater the risk it will split. So if you can cook and freeze your enchilada without the cream then that would be preferable.

If you’ve already made your enchilada with the sour cream then it is perfectly safe to freeze but when you reheat it, you may find it becomes a little grainy on top.

Freeze Enchilada with Sour Cream

Can You Freeze Casseroles with Sour Cream?

Casseroles, such as beef stroganoff, wouldn’t be the same without the cooling flavour of sour cream. But can you freeze your casserole with sour cream? It’s certainly possible to freeze it with the sour cream but, unless it’s stirred into the sauce, it’s not something we would recommend.

Instead, freeze the cream on its own and then spoon it on top of your casserole when serving.

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