I think everyone is familiar with the word yogurt and the method to prepare it. Many biochemical reactions produce yogurt from milk but to understand it simply, you can say, it is a milk product produced by bacterial fermentation. Due to this process, there is a change in the texture and taste of the final product which is termed as yogurt in common man’s language. Fermenting yogurt is not a big deal. Everyone can do it. But is there any way to keep it for a longer time? Can you freeze yogurt and store it even after crossing its expiry date. Can yogurt be frozen? Here, you will get all your answers.
Can You Freeze Yogurt? And How to Do It?
The simple answer to this query is “Yes”. You can freeze yogurt following very simple and easy steps. What you need to do is to keep the container in the freezer. If you desire for even freezing, take a spoon and stir the yogurt thoroughly. Once the yogurt is frozen, you will get smooth and even freeze yogurt. But the utmost care that you need to give is to avoid the smell of other fruits and vegetables to come in contact with freezing yogurt. This is because the flavor of vegetables and fruits may add to yogurt and can damage the texture and its taste. You can avoid this by simply covering the freezing yogurt with aluminum paper or plastic. by this yogurt will not absorb the smell of other things placed in the freezer.
You have got a solution to the first query and that another thing that can arise in mind is about the duration of freezing. You must have thought that how long does it take for yogurt to freeze if I will keep it in the freezer tonight? Wait, I will inform you about that too. You should not freeze the yogurt for more than two months, especially in the case of homemade yogurt.
Can You Freeze Greek Yogurt?
There is another type of yogurt called Greek yogurt, which is thicker and delicious. Like other yogurts, it has great nutritious value and is a good source of calcium, proteins, and vitamins. But definitely, you must be thinking that how it gets its name as Greek yogurt. We will discuss it more. The name “Greek yogurt” was used by Turkish Businessman who was in the business of Import-Export. His company exported yogurt with the label name “Greek” to many foreign countries including the US and surprisingly, one-third market of the US was covered up by only this brand. People are fond of it due to its delicious and nutritious value.
But here we are discussing freezing yogurt. Like all other yogurt types, is freezing Greek yogurt also possible? Can you freeze Greek yogurt? How long does it take to freeze yogurt named as Greek yogurt? Let’s get an answer to all these queries.
And the answer to it is absolute “yes”. There is no change in the nutritional value of the Greek yogurt even after freezing, but the texture and color of the yogurt may change to a little extent.
Freezing Greek yogurt is simple as we do it with normal homemade or other types of yogurt. You can do it simply by keeping it in the freezer.
When Should You Freeze Yogurt?
If you have bought the bulk of containers from clearance sale and you are aware of the fact that you would not be able to finish it in one go, then it’s a great idea to freeze it and use it later on as and when required.
The best idea to use frozen yogurt is to make fruit smoothies. They are so delicious, particularly, they are my favorite. Another tip to use frozen yogurt is for topping of fruits. Freezing yogurt makes it like a block of cheese. If you want to use the yogurt for toppings of fruits, simply place it out of the freezer and grate it over the fruit. Honestly telling you, you don’t have to suffer for the taste and deliciousness of the yogurt after freezing.
How to Thaw Frozen Yogurt?
As a fruit topping, you can use frozen yogurt directly, but if you want to use it for a smoothie, you need to thaw and it is as simple as freezing. Just bring out the container from the freezer and place it in the refrigerator. You should be careful to not place it in room temperature as a sudden change in temperature can damage the texture and taste of the yogurt. Keeping it in the refrigerator for overnight can thaw it properly, however water from the yogurt may get separated upon thawing but simple stirring can serve the purpose and mix the ingredients again.
Freezing yogurt is the best option if you have bought a bulk of yogurt containers and you can use it in different ways. Even you can even eat frozen yogurt directly if the alteration in the taste, color, the texture does not bother you much. If not, then you also have other ways to use frozen milk as I already explained above. Moreover, opting this method can make you food saver and there will be less wastage of such delicious food.