Can you freeze yoghurt?

Fresh yoghurt freezes remarkably well for up to two months. Note that upon thawing, the texture may change slightly and appear to be more liquid or grainy than it originally was. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds before using to even out the texture. All frozen products must be thawed slowly and completely in the refrigerator.

Last updated 30/04/2021

As with many products, freezing an unopened and sealed container of yoghurt is best, but you can freeze yoghurt even if opened. If opened, it should be stored in an airtight container. It is always best to use a marker to label the container with the date of freeze or an expiration date working with a maximum two-month freeze.

Before you freeze fruit-flavoured yoghurt which has the flavour sitting at the bottom of the tub, it should be stirred well if you want to make sure your yoghurt freezes evenly. You will need to then transfer the yoghurt to an airtight container.

Freeze pre-portioned amounts of yoghurt if your plan is to use it for smoothies or baking. Fill one to two ice cube trays with yoghurt and freeze for a few hours until solid. Place the frozen cubes in a plastic zip-top bag or airtight container for freshness, date the container, then put it back in the freezer. Again, you can use the cubes at your convenience within a maximum two-month expiration period.

To thaw the yoghurt, simply thaw the container slowly in the refrigerator until it defrosts, allow at least 24 hours, although this will differ depending on the size of the container.

If, after thawing, you notice the yoghurt’s consistency is a little liquid or grainy, this is normal and with a vigorous stir it should return to a smoother texture. If the texture is still not desirable, then it is perfectly acceptable to use in baking or in smoothies where this texture change will go unnoticed.

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