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Storing Food in the Freezer

Dairy products

Butter

  • Store in Moisture- and vapor-proof freezer container or wrap.
  • 6 to 9 months

Buttermilk

  • Do not freeze

Camembert cheese

  • 3 months
  • Thaw in refrigerator.

Cheddar cheese

  • 6 weeks

Cottage, farmers' cheese (dry curd only)

  • 3 months
  • Thaw in refrigerator
  • Do not freeze creamed cottage cheese; it gets mushy

Cream

  • Heavy cream may not whip after thawing. Use for cooking. Thaw in refrigerator. Make whipped cream dollops and freeze firm. Pace in plastic bag or freezer carton, seal and store in freezer. To thaw, place on top of dessert just before serving.
  • Light, heavy, half-and-half
    2 months
  • Whipped
    1 month

Edam, gouda, Swiss, brick cheese, etc

  • 6 to 8 weeks

Egg whites

  • 12 months
  • Store in covered container
  • Freeze in amounts for specific recipes.

Egg yolks

  • 12 months
  • For sweet dishes, mix each cup of yolks with 1 tablespoon corn syrup or sugar.
  • For other cooking, substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt for sugar to each cup of yolks

Eggs

  • 12 months
  • Do not freeze in shell
  • Remove from shell and mix
  • Add 1/3 teaspoon sugar or 1/8 teaspoon salt for each egg.
  • Package, label and freeze

Hard cheese

  • Cut and wrap hard cheese in small pieces
  • When frozen, may show mottled color because of surface moisture
  • Thaw in refrigerator

Ice Cream, Ice Milk, Sherbet

  • 2 months
  • Cover with plastic wrap or foil after each use to prevent drying out.

Margarine

  • Store in Moisture- and vapor-proof freezer container or wrap.
  • 12 months

Milk

  • 1 month
  • Allow room for expansion in freezer container. Thaw in refrigerator
  • Freezing affects flavor and appearance
  • Use in cooking and baking

Neufchatel cheese

  • Do not freeze

Process cheese food products (loaf, slices)

  • 4 months

Roguefort, bleu cheese

  • 3 months
  • Becomes crumbly after thawing
  • Still good for salads and melting.

Sour Cream

  • Do not freeze.

Whipped Butter and margarine

  • Do not freeze. Emulsion will separate.

Yogurt

  • Unflavored
    1 month
  • Fruit/sweetened
    5 months

MP556, reviewed September 2002

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