In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze cashew milk?”, and how to freeze cashew milk and other milk substitutes?
Can you freeze cashew milk?
Yes, you can freeze cashew milk. It can frozen in ither an ice cube tray or containers for up to 3-5 days in the fridge. Frozen cashew milk might develop a grainy texture. Blend or strain using a cheesecloth to get rid of the grains or use as is in smoothies, cereals, cooking or baking.
Cashew milk, due to its creamy and nutty flavor, can be used to make chia pudding, ice creams, shakes, mashed potatoes and even in baking.
How does freezing impact milk?
Freezing does not impact the nutrients. However, the texture suffers a lot. The fat and the water separate creating little slushy crystals. This grainy textured milk is suitable to use in cooking, baking, smoothies or cereal. If you have to drink it, shake vigorously or blend to get a smooth consistency.
How to thaw milk?
Thaw milk in the refrigerator. Thawing it on the counter top will result in bacteria growth making the milk unsafe for consumption. Shake vigorously before using to mix up the separated liquid with the milk solids.
If you need the frozen milk while cooking a dish, you do not need to thaw it. Just pout the frozen bulk in the sauce pan and let it melt.
If you are in a hurry, place the frozen bottle of milk in a tub full of warm water. Change the water in the tub when it gets cold.
How to freeze other milk substitutes?
When freezing milk or any other liquid, do not fill the container up to the top. Leave some headspace because the liquid in the milk will expand while freezing.
Almond milk can be frozen like any other miilk. However the taste and the texture suffers as a result of freezing. Stirring, shaking vigorously or blending it will smooth out the consistency. There are two ways to freeze almond milk.
Freeze the milk in an ice cube tray. Keep the tray as is or remove the frozen cubes and store them in a freezer bag. Remove the cubes whenever you need them to make smoothies, as a coffee whitener, for cooking or baking.
The second method is to freeze them in containers. Do not forget to label the containers.
Coconut milk suffers textural loss as a result of freezing and the creamy texture is lost. To make it alive again, blend it for a minute ro so. Coconut milk can be frozen both in containers and in ice-cubes.
Coconut milk of different brands adapts differently to freezing. You need to experiment to see what brand milk sits well with freezing. Freezing canned sweeteend coconut is also a good option to extend its shelf-life. However, an unopened can of coconut milk will last indefinitely without freezing if stored correctly.
The grainy texture of oat milk as a result of freezing can be dissolved by either blending it or straining the milk using a cheesecloth. Skip the straining and the blending part if you are using frozen oat milk in cooking, baking, smoothies, oatmeal, granola and cereal.
Soy milk is quite shelf stable, therefore, it stored correctly, an unopened can/carton of soy milk be be good for up to a year in the pantry. An opened container will be good for about 2 weeks or even longer if refrigerated.
Manufactureerrs do not recommend freezing soy milk but it can be frozen keeping the consequences in mind. It will become grainy and the liquid will separate as for any other milk.
How to make cashew milk at home?
Following is the complete guideline to make thick and dairy free cashew milk at home.
- Raw Cashews 160g
- Pitted Medjool dates 2 ( Use any sweetener according to your personal preference like maple syrup or honey or agave nectar)
- 3 ½ cup water (for thinner consistency, use 4 cups of water)
- 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
- Soak the cashews in hot water for about 2 hours or 4 hours in room temperature water or overnight.
- In a food processor or blender, mix the water and the cashews at high speed until the mixture is smooth, creamy and frothy.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and blend more.
- If the milk has a grainy consistency, you can strain it using a cheesecloth.
- Store in a sterilized container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze cashew milk?”, and how to freeze cashew milk and other milk substitutes?