Can you freeze cream?

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you freeze cream?”. We will discuss the method of freezing just cream, sweetened cream, and dollops of whipped cream. Moreover, we will also discuss the method to thaw them.

Can you freeze cream?

Yes, you can freeze cream; it can be frozen for upto 2 months. When you thaw heavy cream, it may separate. High contents of fat are present in heavy cream. Take a jug of plastic, and put heavy cream in it. then freeze the jug in the freezer. There should be some space in the jug. Because of freezing, heavy cream expands. 

If you have frozen heavy cream, then you are going to thaw, knowing that it will not whip. If you keep heavy cream for a long time, then ice crystals can develop in it. It is best to whip the cream before you put cream in the freezer. 

Heavy cream should be turned into soft peaks by whipping it. Take parchment paper and then put the mixture on it. Put it into a Ziploc bag and store it in the freezer.

How can you freeze cream?

If you want to freeze a cream then know that cream should consist of 40 % butter fat in it. If the percentage is less than this, then cream can not be frozen well.

Ingredients

Only cream 

  • Remaining cream or cream that is about to spoil ( It should be double cream or heavy whipping cream)

Sweetened cream

  • Cream: 125 mL ( It should be double cream or heavy whipping cream)
  • Sugar: 1 tablespoon 

Dollops of whipped cream

  • Whipped cream  ( It should be double cream or heavy whipping cream)

Directions

Only cream

  • Take a rigid container and put cream into it.
  • Cover the container with a plastic bag. The container should be tightly sealed. If the container is tightly sealed, then no odor can enter it.
  • There should be a space of 1.5 cm/ ½ inch. This space should be between the lid and the bottom of the cream. When cream freezes well, then it can expand.
  • Store cream in the freezer.

Sweetened cream

You can use this method for baking purposes. Sugar is present in preserving the cream. 

  • Take a bowl and pour cream into it.
  • The cream should be whipped properly. When cream becomes stiff then stop whipping it.
  • Mix 1 tbsp of sugar in it.
  • There should be one tablespoon of sugar for 125ml/ ¼  pint of cream.
  • Take a rigid container and put cream into it.
  • Cover the container with a plastic bag. The container should be tightly sealed. If the container is tightly sealed, then no odor can enter it.
  • There should be a space of 1.5 cm/ ½ inch. This space should be between the lid and the bottom of the cream. When cream freezes well, then it can expand.
  • Store cream in the freezer.

Clumps of whipped cream

You can add it to cupcakes. 

  • Take a baking sheet and it should be covered with butter paper.
  • Whip the cream properly.
  • Take clumps of whipped cream and put them on a baking sheet.
  • Take the freezer bag and put cream dollops in and properly seal the bag.
  • Put it in the freezer.

If you properly store heavy whipping cream in the freezer, then it will remain fresh for 4 hours. But cream can remain fresh if you store it for a long time. If you freeze a cream, then its quality does not change. The contents of casein can increase on freezing.  

You can substitute a fresh heavy cream.

How to thaw cream?

The method to thaw cream varies depending on the type of cream you’re using:

Only cream

  • Put the cream in the fridge overnight.
  • If you are preparing food, then add cream directly from the freezer to the pan.
  • The cream should be whipped after freezing.

Sweetened cream

  • If you want to use sweetened cream for cakes and dessert fillings, then place it in the fridge overnight.
  • Thawed cream should have the same whipping texture as frozen cream.
  • If you want to give a good texture then try to mix thawed cream with fresh whipped cream and use it in cake fillings.

Fixing separated cream

  • The cream should be jiggled into the container. If you notice that the cream has separated, then you can reconstitute it.
  • You can mix water solids and fat solids to reconstitute them.
  • You can also shake it into the container.

Clumps of whipped cream

  • You can defrost cream by keeping it on the counter of the kitchen.
  • Keep the cream on the counter for 10 minutes.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query,” Can you freeze cream?”. We have discussed the method of freezing just cream, sweetened cream, and dollops of whipping cream. Moreover, we have also discussed the method to thaw them. 

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030235931460
https://www.wikihow.com/Freeze-Cream
https://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/packages/help-around-the-kitchen/how-freeze-homemade-sauce

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.