As a dessert topping, you can’t beat a big serving of whipped cream. Delicious to eat, great to use as decoration and the perfect final touch to most desserts. The biggest problem comes with judging just how much whipped cream you need and you could end up with leftovers that you can’t eat in time before it spoils! It would be a shame to throw it away, so can you freeze whipping cream?
Not only is the answer a resounding yes you can freeze whipping cream but it has the added bonus of whipped cream being the best method for freezing your cream. You do need to make sure you whip up the cream before freezing though. If you don’t then you will find your cream separates and becomes grainy in texture and it will not whip well after freezing. However, if you do whip up your cream before freezing then you should find that it keeps well and even keeps its shape. You should expect a little change in texture but it should still retain most of its deliciousness.
So what is the best method for freezing whipping cream? Let’s dive in and find out.
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 whipping cream:
How To Freeze Whipping Cream
So, as we mentioned already the best way to freeze whipped cream is whipped and ready to use. This is perfect if you know exactly how you want your cream to look once it is whipped but won’t work quite so well if you just want to freeze the whipping cream in a container and then pipe it later.
To freeze whipping cream just follow this method.
- Whip up your whipping cream.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Either spoon a tablespoon-sized portion (or any sized portion you like!) onto the baking sheet or use a piping bag to create small swirls of whipped cream. Make sure you leave a gap between each whipped cream swirl so they are not touching.
- Pop the baking sheet into the freezer and allow to freeze overnight or for several hours.
- Once the cream is frozen then take the baking sheet and transfer the cream portions into a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.
- Label the container or the bag with the date and then pop it back into the freezer. Now, when it comes to needing some whipped cream you can grab out just the amount you need.
How Long Can You Freeze Whipping Cream?
Whipping cream that has been whipped should keep in the freezer for approximately four months. Just bear in mind that freezing does change the structure of food and with dairy produce a general rule of thumb is to use it as quickly as you can as they won’t keep well in the freezer indefinitely. So, keep your whipped cream frozen for up to four months but keep in mind it will reduce in quality and taste over time.
You Can Freeze Whipping Cream for Around 4 Months
How Do You Defrost Whipping Cream?
Defrosting whipping cream is a really easy process! Especially if you have used the method above. Just take the number of whipped cream portions that you need out of the freezer and pop it in the fridge to defrost slowly. If you are using it as a dessert topping then you can prepare your dessert and pop the cream directly on top and then allow the whole thing to defrost in the fridge. Just be careful of this as you might get a little moisture loss which can seep into the dessert.
Can You Refreeze Whipping Cream?
We wouldn’t recommend that you refreeze whipping cream once it has been frozen. This remains the same whether you have whipped the cream or not. Dairy loses quality with very freeze and you wouldn’t want to reduce the quality of the cream even further by refreezing.
Does Whipping Cream Freeze Well?
Whipping cream that hasn’t been whipped does not freeze very well. The cream separates and becomes grainy. You won’t be able to whip up the cream once it has thawed out. So, if you are planning on freezing whipping cream then for best results you do need to whip it first. Then the cream has a much higher chance of freezing successfully. It still won’t be quite the same as freshly whipped cream but it should still be delicious enough to enjoy.
Other Questions about Whipping Cream
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to whipping cream – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about whipping cream then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Squirty Cream?
Squirty cream, in the compressed can, has a very good shelf life provided that you clean the nozzle. However, perhaps you have decorated a cake with some squirty cream and want to know if it will now freeze? Well, unfortunately, it’s not something we would advise. As you may already know, dairy products do not freeze particularly well so you’ll find that the squirty cream will split. Instead, try to
What about Other Cream Types?
Unfortunately, the same rules apply to most cream types. Whether that’s double, single or clotted cream. If you click those links, you’ll be taken to a dedicated article about each of those cream type.