Yogurt is one of quite a few dairy products that can be frozen successfully, but it’s not a product that freezes very well. Truth be told, some people are satisfied with the taste of frozen and thawed yogurt, while other don’t really like it much. Unfortunately it’s only one way you can find out if freezing this dairy treat works for you – you need to freeze it on your own and decide if you’re happy about the outcome. So, if you would like to freeze yogurt, read the rest of the article to learn how to do it.
Table of Contents
How to freeze yogurt
Before you freeze
As mentioned before, not all people are satisfied with the taste of frozen and thawed yogurt. Why is that? Freezing affects taste and texture of yogurt. It will look a little different from a fresh one too. Therefore, as mentioned earlier, the best thing you can do is to freeze yogurt for a couple of days as a test, then thaw it and decide if you’re satisfied with its taste. If you’re not happy about the results, not everything is lost yet. Different brands of yogurt freeze differently, so if you’re determined, I suggest you freeze yogurts from a couple of other brands as a test, maybe you’ll find one that’s right for you. Also, keeping yogurt in the freezer for a long time (like a couple of months) definitely doesn’t help, so try not to freeze yogurt for more than a few months.
That said, frozen and thawed yogurt will work fine in all kinds of baked goods you might want to use it in. So, if you don’t like the taste of frozen and thawed yogurt, you always can use it for baking purposes.
Image used under Creative Commons from Larry Jacobsen
How freezing yogurt affects its nutritional value
Many people eat yogurt on a regular basis just for its health benefits. Therefore, knowing if the freezing process can somehow affect the positive influence yogurt has on our health is quite important. The thing is – freezing yogurt kills a small amount of beneficial bacteria cultures that live inside this dairy product. It’s only a small amount, so you won’t lose all possible health benefits of yogurt after freezing and thawing it.
There are only a few things you need to know about freezing yogurt. The most important of them is that yogurt expands while freezing, so you must choose a container that leaves some head-space for yogurt to expand. You can even freeze it in its original plastic container, but make sure to scoop a few spoons of it before transferring it into the freezer. Another thing worth remembering – always keep yogurt in an airtight container, so it won’t absorb odors from the freezer. If you will need only a small amount of yogurt at a time, it’s a good idea to repackage it into smaller containers, so you can thaw them as you go.
When it comes to thawing, the best way to thaw this dairy treat is to leave it in the fridge overnight. Also, after it’s thawed, make sure you stir it before using. That’s because yogurt separates when frozen.
As you can see the whole process of freezing yogurt is extremely straightforward. You just need to remember that not everyone is satisfied with the taste of frozen and thawed yogurt, but you can always use it in any baked goods and it will work just fine.