Can you freeze yoghurt?

Fresh yoghurt freezes remarkably well for up to two months. Upon thawing, the texture may change slightly and appear to be more liquid or grainy than it originally was. A simple fix is to stir vigorously for 30 seconds before using to even out the texture. Remember, all frozen products must be thawed slowly and completely in the refrigerator.

Last updated 21/03/2024

There's nothing worse than wasting a good tub of yoghurt. There's good news for all food waste warriors - yoghurt can be frozen for up to two months. Sometimes freezing can cause yoghurt to appear more liquid or grainy upon thawing - simply stir vigorously for 30 seconds to even out the texture and enjoy.

Here are some more handy tips for freezing yoghurt:

  1. Always store yoghurt in an airtight container before freezing.

  2. Use a marker to label the container with the date of freeze, or an expiration date (remembering that two month max rule!) 

  3. Stir fruit flavoured yoghurt well before freezing to make sure the fruit is evenly distributed throughout before freezing.  

  4. Freeze pre-portioned amounts of yoghurt for easy smoothie prep or baking. That way you don’t have to thaw the whole container for a small amount. Fill ice cube trays with yoghurt and freeze until solid, then transfer to an airtight container for freshness.

  5. Always thaw yoghurt in the refrigerator, not on your kitchen counter. Allow at least 24 hours for proper thawing. 

  6. Remember to stir upon thawing -if this doesn’t help with the texture, fear not. Grainy or liquid yoghurts are undetectable in smoothies or baking, and offer the same nutritional benefits.

As for whether the good bacteria in yoghurt survives freezing, there's good news. Although viability depends slightly on the strain, in general good bacteria in yoghurt survive up to two months in the freezer, laying formant during freezing and 'waking up' again once yoghurt is thawed.

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