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Can sour cream and cream cheese be frozen for later use?

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I know your probably thinking "freezer" but let me explain.

 

My local "bulk food store" is selling 1 gallon tubs of sour cream for 4.99$ I know I wont use it all but it's a deal. Also really good deal on cream cheese, forgot the price.

 

Can I freeze them for use later?

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The cream cheese will get grainy, and the sour cream will throw water. They can still be used in baked baking.but thats it .Some may hold up based on the amount of gums and stabilizers in them. believe it or not the cheaper ones will hold up better as they contain more of these.

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Originally Posted by chefedb View Post

The cream cheese will get grainy, and the sour cream will throw water. They can still be used in baked baking.but thats it .Some may hold up based on the amount of gums and stabilizers in them. believe it or not the cheaper ones will hold up better as they contain more of these.


+1

 

We have a tzatziki that apparently is mostly gums, seaweed whatever. It is probably nuclear hardened too. 

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Thank you both.

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Originally Posted by jblade View Post

I know your probably thinking "freezer" but let me explain.

 

My local "bulk food store" is selling 1 gallon tubs of sour cream for 4.99$ I know I wont use it all but it's a deal. Also really good deal on cream cheese, forgot the price.

 

Can I freeze them for use later?


Further to the other guys, they are spot on about the cheese, you may even find it seperates into it's constituent parts on thawing...however, you can freeze cream if you whisk plenty air into it prior to freezing and make sure you freeze quickly. Don't ask me to explain the science of it but the microscopic air bubbles keep the structure intact. Just remember to freeze quickly and thaw slowly.

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