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How well does Greek yogurt freeze?

Asked by KatawaGrey (21456points) February 4th, 2012

I have become quite fond of Greek yogurt, but it is prohibitively expensive. My grocery store is having a good sale on it, so I was thinking of buying a lot now while the price is somewhat reasonable. However, I am worried that some of it would go bad if I bought the amount I have in mind. So, I was wondering if I could freeze Greek yogurt so as to keep it from going bad.

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gailcalled's avatar

How to freeze Greek yogurt

That was easy. Use very small portions.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@gailcalled: I assume that you linked to that specific page rather than answering my question using your own words because you have used that method and it works quite well. If not, I’ll just wait for someone who has frozen Greek yogurt to answer rather than someone with the ability to post links. :)

gailcalled's avatar

To freeze Greek yogurt you put a portion into a small container with a lid and then freeze it. It is very straightforward, rather like making ice cubes, I would guess.

Or, simply freeze 4 ounces overnight and see what you think of the thawed texture and taste.

JaneraSolomon's avatar

As a rule, yogurt freezes well. If you buy it in small cups, they can go straight into the freezer as is. Another tip for saving money is that yogurt usually doesn’t go bad when it reaches the date on the package. That’s the last SELL BY date, but it is usually still good two weeks or more past that when refrigerated, and even longer when frozen. I’ve bought Oikos Greek yogurt cups for only a quarter each because the sell by date was approaching, and tossed most into the freezer. The six I had in the refrigerator were still tasty and fresh two weeks later.

Buttonstc's avatar

The worst thing that could happen (since modern freezers have a partial defrost cycle to eliminate ice buildup) is that, over time theres some texture change due to ice crystals.

But this even happens with ice cream which is designed to be frozen. Have you ever had ice cream which developed a sandy or gritty texture if stored too long? It can also happen if the store didn’t handle it properly prior to sale. Ive brought home containers of ice cream to eat the next day and they already had that gritty mouth feel. Mishandling during shipping or by the store did that.

It didn’t go bad (as in spoiling or souring) and isn’t dangerous but you sure don’t want to eat it since the mouth feel is SO unpleasant. But if you melted it and used as a sauce over berries it would be perfectly fine and safe to eat.

Any properly frozen food doesn’t really “spoil” in terms of SAFETY for eating. Its the texture, flavor etc. which are spoiled. Freezer burned meat is not dangerous to eat. The reason you don’t eat it or cut off the affected parts is because it’s too unpleasant to eat otherwise. But safe nonetheless.

Same thing with yogurt. Ive frozen yogurt before with no problem. I just know not to expect it to be all nice and creamy and yummy if its been in there too long.

But the distinguishing feature which qualifies yogurt as “Greek” has nothing to do with what country produced it. The process for Greek yogurt drains off more moisture than conventional which is why its thicker and creamier . Its just more dense. And that also costs more.

But less moisture lessens the likelihood of ice crystals forming (somewhat)

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