Can You Freeze Creme Fraiche?

In this brief guide, we will look at the question “Can you freeze creme fraiche?” as well as some other questions and information regarding creme fraiche.

Can you freeze Creme Fraiche?

Yes, you can freeze creme fraiche without any hassle, just make sure you do so right after opening the carton or that you don’t leave it out too long before freezing it, because that can lead to the taste changing significantly.

You also need to know that freezing creme fraiche is not the same as freezing any other thing — you can’t just chuck it in the freezer for 3 months or so and forget about it, you need to put in the work to ensure that the consistency and texture stay the same.

The reason for all this effort is that creme fraiche is a high-fat dairy product, therefore it needs work to maintain it after freezing.

How to Freeze Creme Fraiche?

To freeze creme fraiche you need to know what it is and the fact that it is extremely high in butterfat, which means that it requires a little additional effort. 

When you freeze crème fraiche to store in the fridge for quite a while, you need to make sure you seal it tightly and store it appropriately, which is something even the package of the creme fraiche will tell you (if you aren’t using the homemade ones).

If you have bought your creme fraiche, they will usually come with a “best by” date but crème fraiche can typically last in the fridge for about 8 weeks. 

Here are some basic how-to points for freezing creme fraiche:

  • It would also be ideal to separate the creme fraiche you want to freeze into smaller portions. 
  • It is always beneficial when freezing liquids of any kind into ice or herb freezing trays and putting that into the freezer for 2-3 hours or until it is solid.  
  • Then you take out the frozen cubes and either put them in an airtight container or a food grade heavy-duty freezer bag. 
  • Make sure you always label and date your packaging, otherwise you may reach a point where you no longer recognize the contents of your freezer. 
  • This type of frozen creme fraiche will usually stay for about 4 months. 

Is there a substitute to creme fraiche?

Yes, there is a substitute to creme fraiche, and it is sour cream. The ingredients in creme fraiche and sour cream are pretty similar, and there unless your sour cream is really sour, you can easily substitute it for creme fraiche.

Can you freeze Single Cream?

Yes, you can freeze single cream, and the steps involved are just as simple as freezing creme fraiche. 

Ordinarily, single cream will usually keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks as well, even without being frozen, and especially if you live in a colder region.

You just need to make sure that you aren’t taking it out often and definitely do not try to freeze it after having left it out for too long.

To freeze single cream to a solid state just pop it in the freezer in an ice cube tray and then keep those cubes in a bag, or you could even put it in an airtight container and freeze that directly to use at a later point.

Can you freeze Double Cream?

Yes, you can freeze double cream, but just make sure that you freeze it right after you’re done using it, or that you are moving it from the refrigerator to the freezer while it is still fresh.

You can use the same methods as the ones mentioned for creme fraiche or single cream to freeze double cream as well.

Also, you need to keep these things in mind for any kind of cream when you are freezing it, whether it’s creme fraiche, single cream, double cream or sour cream:

  • If you bought it, always check the expiry and ingredients.
  • If at any point it looks like there’s yellowing of the cream or even a slightly greenish tinge anywhere, remove it, it’s gone bad.
  • When you use it after having frozen it, make sure to leave it at room temperature for about half an hour first.


In this brief guide, we looked at the question “Can you freeze creme fraiche?” as well as some other questions and information regarding creme fraiche.

Creme fraiche is a great little addition to many recipes while there are just so many recipes that make creme fraiche the star, which is why learning to handle this ingredient can be extremely beneficial.

If you know something about freezing creme fraiche or just a recipe to die for, share it with us, and also let us know if you have any questions about freezing and storing creme fraiche.


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.