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Sour cream is great for both cooking and baking. It can be used to make a creamy sauce, whipped up into fluffy frosting, used as a base for a savory dip or it can be added directly to a baked potato or mashed potatoes for an extra creamy touch. Sour cream is also great for masking the taste of a strong-tasting vegetable, like eggplant or beets.
Because of its versatility in the kitchen, it’s a good idea to keep it on hand at all times. But what do you do if you’ve bought too much and it’s about to expire?
You can use it up quickly or freeze it. But, can you freeze sour cream successfully? Will the quality be good? Is it worth it? Keep reading to find out what to expect once you freeze and thaw sour cream.
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Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Yes, you can freeze sour cream in an airtight container but your uses once thawed will be limited to cooked dishes due to texture changes. You can successfully keep sour cream frozen in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Using Previously Frozen Sour Cream
Ways To Use Frozen Sour Cream
- soups and stews
- cakes and pies
- mashed potatoes
Do Not Use Frozen Sour Cream
- dolloped on baked potatoes or veggies
- any dish where it is not cooked
How To Freeze Sour Cream
You can freeze sour cream by simply tossing the container in the freezer but it’s not cost-effective. First, if the containers aren’t freezer-safe, they can crack and your sour cream could pick up off-odors from the freezer. Secondly, if you don’t date the container, I guarantee you will forget when it was frozen.
Instead, you have two options: to freeze your sour cream properly or use it up quickly to avoid freezing (more on that later).
You have several options for freezing sour cream so the equipment needed will vary. Here’s what you may need.
Optional Equipment Needed:
- Black Sharpie (the black is easier to see in the freezer but any color is ok)
- Removable Freezer Labels
- Plastic Freezer Bags
- Freezer-Safe Container
- Covered Ice Cube Trays
How To Freeze Sour Cream In Ice Cube Trays:
Sour cream undergoes massive texture changes once frozen, so your best options are to use it in cooked dishes once thawed.
Because of this, my absolute favorite way to freeze sour cream (when I have to), is in ice cube trays.
When you freeze sour cream in ice cube trays, you can pull out one or two cubes at a time and toss them into your dish. There is no need to thaw the entire container then worry about “using up” your thawed sour cream within a few days.
Step by Step Instructions:
- Stir your sour cream thoroughly.
- Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of sour cream into your ice cube trays, leaving a little room at the top for expansion.
- Freeze for a couple of hours.
- Grab a freezer label and sharpie. Write the contents and date frozen on the label. You may also want to write a “use by” date 6 months out.
- Place the frozen sour cream cubes into a freezer-safe ziptop bag or a freezer-safe, airtight container then place in the freezer.
Tip: You can skip the labels and write directly on your plastic freezer bag. Just be sure to do it before adding the sour cream. Sharpies don’t like to write on anything damp! 🙂
How to Freeze Unopened Sour Cream In A Container
The good news is that you don’t have to open an unopened container of sour cream to freeze it. You can freeze your sour cream in its original container by following the below steps.
Step By Step Instructions
- Grab a sharpie and a removable freezer label. Write the date frozen and a “use by” date 6 months out.
- Place the container into a freezer-safe plastic bag and remove as much air as possible. This is optional. See note below.
- Label the container or the bag. The choice is yours.
Note: You don’t have to place the unopened container into a freezer-safe plastic bag. But doing so will help keep odors away from your sour cream. Because the sour cream is in a container, you can reuse the plastic bag once you’ve given it a good wash with warm, soapy water.
How To Freeze An Opened Container of Sour Cream
Once your sour cream is opened, you have the option of freezing in its original container or moving it to a freezer-safe, airtight container. Here’s how to do it.
Step By Step Instructions
- Thoroughly stir your opened container of sour cream.
- Transfer the sour cream into a freezer-safe, airtight container or place the original container into a plastic freezer bag.
- Label the container or the freezer bag using your sharpie and labels with the date frozen and “use by” date 6 months out.
How To Thaw Sour Cream
Sour cream should only be thawed in the refrigerator. Don’t thaw it on the counter as this will encourage bacteria growth.
How Do You Revive Frozen Sour Cream?
Once your sour cream thaws, you’ll notice some separation. This is normal. Simply stir the sour cream to revive it as much as possible.
How To Thicken Frozen Sour Cream
Once thawed, sour cream separates and becomes runny. The best thing to do is to stir it or whip it to thicken it back up as much as possible. You could also toss in a little cornstarch when mixing it to help thicken it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Freeze Daisy Sour Cream?
According to their website, the manufacturers of Daisy sour cream do not recommend freezing it unless it is frozen in a prepared dish. This is because there are textural and sometimes flavor changes and they want their product to be of optimal quality. But, yes, you can safely freeze Daisy sour cream. As with all sour cream, Daisy will undergo textural changes once frozen.
What Can I Do With Extra Sour Cream?
There are many ways to use up extra sour cream. Here are a few of my favorites.
1. Bake. Make a sour cream pound cake or cookies with sour cream.
2. Add sour cream to your pancake mix.
3. Add sour cream to a salad dressing for a creamier, more flavorful version of a vinaigrette dressing.
4. Add sour cream and cheddar cheese to make homemade macaroni and cheese or cheesy mashed potatoes.
5. Make a taco pie by layering sour cream, corn kernels, tomato sauce, taco seasoned ground beef or refried beans, shredded cheese, and flour tortillas in a deep-dish pie plate and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes or until the filling is hot and bubbly.
6. Make a pizza with refried beans, salsa, and cheese on top of the crust then finishing it under a broiler or by baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes. Top the pizza with sour cream.
7. Make beef stroganoff.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream Dip?
It depends. If the dip is supposed to be eaten cold, don’t freeze it. The quality will likely degrade to the point, your dip is unedible. However, if your dip is supposed to be eaten hot, you may be able to freeze it. The best thing to do is to freeze a tiny bit then thaw and reheat to see how it turns out.
Final Thoughts From Cost-Effective Kitchen
My family and I enjoy sour cream so much, we rarely find ourselves in a situation where we can’t consume it all before it goes bad.
Sour cream is one of those items I do my absolute best to avoid freezing. I would rather prepare dishes where I could use up the excess sour cream quickly.
But on those rare occasions when I must freeze sour cream, I prefer to freeze it in ice cube trays so I can drop a cube or two into whatever dish I am making.
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Until next time…