While some people prefer their coffee black, many cannot do without sweetening it with cream. There are varying enticing flavors of coffee creamers on the market. The festive seasons bring about exceptional flavors that you probably couldn’t get during the year.
To save money, or just to have these flavors you haven’t been able to lay your hands on. You find yourself buying in bulk, more than you could ever finish all by yourself or with the help of your family. If you don’t want to throw out these seasonal flavors and have been wondering if you could preserve them, we have answers right here.
Can you freeze coffee creamer? Yes, you can. Coffee creamer can be frozen and kept safe for at least 6 months. Any further, and the quality might begin to degrade. Although the labels on these things ask you not to freeze, you can get away with freezing them without much stress.
Coffee creamers are described as non-dairy products. This makes them eligible to be used as a substitute for milk. Coffee creamers might not contain any lactose, but most of them contain Casein, a milk-derived protein. So, it is a good idea to check the ingredients in each product before you buy it.
How to Freeze Coffee Creamer
Coffee creamers don’t contain lactose, so they separate when you freeze them. But, if you shake them before use, it wouldn’t be a problem at all.
Coffee creamers could last for a while if kept out of dry sunlight and in a cool place like your pantry or cellar. But if you would love to keep it for longer than that, how do you go about it?
Freezing Coffee Creamer in Their Bottles
It is well known that water expands when it freezes. For this reason, most people would want to avoid freezing their coffee cream out of the bottle. But, coffee creamer is the exception to the rule that says that liquids expand when you freeze them. Coffee creamer doesn’t expand upon freezing so you can freeze them in their store-bought bottles.
When you buy your coffee creamer, you can place the entire bottle straight into the freezer, just make sure that it is sealed airtight. But, before you place your bottle of coffee creamer into the freezer, label the bottle so you would consume the older bottles first.
Also, make it a habit to store the newer bottles in the back of your freezer so when you reach into the freezer you touch the older bottles.
The only downside to freezing coffee creamer is that it doesn’t do well when you refreeze it. So, if you freeze an entire bottle and you thaw it, if you don’t get to finish that bottle, the rest goes to waste. Because refreezing it could mean it gets spoiled in the freezer. How do you prevent this from happening?
Freezing Coffee Creamer into Ice Cubes
This method could help you maximize the use of your coffee creamers and keep them from going bad when you have to refreeze them.
Step 1: Portion Your Coffee Creamer
Get an ice cube tray and clean it out. Then fill the cubes with the coffee creamer. With this method, you can freeze single portions of coffee creamer in large quantities. You can guarantee not having to refreeze your coffee creamer each time you need some. Place the ice cube tray into the freezer and leave it there till it freezes solid.
Step 2: Storage
After your coffee creamer cubes have frozen solid, remove the trays from the freezer and transfer the cubes into a Ziploc freezer bag.
The freezer bag would help keep your ice cube coffee creamer from getting freezer burn by protecting them from the cold harsh air of the freezer. Before you seal the bag(s) press them flat to expel as much air as you can.
Step 3: Freezing
Before you place your bags of ice cube coffee creamer into the freezer, label the bags with the date of the freeze and their contents.
Ice cube coffee creamers might be hard to identify in their frozen state. So that you don’t mistake them for something else, you need to label them. The date of the freeze also helps you to keep track of how long you have had them stored in the freezer.
How to Defrost Frozen Coffee Creamer
The best way to defrost coffee creamer is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight. It is better to leave it in there till it returns to its liquid state. Thawing in the refrigerator means that there is no chance for bacteria to grow in there.
Thawing your coffee creamer on the counter could be risky, as the sudden temperature change could cause bacteria to grow faster. The regulated temperature of the refrigerator also keeps the coffee creamer from going bad.
Thawed coffee creamer should be kept around for no longer than a week. If you can’t finish it at one go, you should keep it in the refrigerator. Don’t refreeze coffee creamer as it could go bad upon refreezing.
How to Recognize Spoiled Coffee Creamer
Spoiled coffee creamer is similar to that of milk. The first thing you should check for is the texture. If you notice the presence of lumps or if the consistency of the coffee creamer feels chunky then you should throw it out. In spoiled coffee creamer, you would also find that it would give off an offensive odor, and would look bad.
The taste would change but you shouldn’t try to taste it. Eating spoiled food is unhealthy and could pose serious health risks.