If you're wondering whether you can freeze coffee creamer, the answer is yes! Learn how to successfully freeze your creamer so that you never run out.
Many coffee drinkers who like their coffee drinks white are opting for coffee creamers instead of milk. There are many reasons for people choosing coffee creamer over the real deal. Lactose-intolerant or vegan coffee drinkers, for instance, may opt for dairy-free coffee creamers.
Some people also say they enjoy the taste and mouthfeel of coffee creamer and will opt for it even if milk was available. Whatever the reason, if you’re one of the folks who has moved over to coffee creamer, you may be asking if you can freeze it.
The short answer is yes. If you’re interested in the longer answer, read on.
3 Common Types Of Coffee Creamers
Before we start talking about how to go about freezing coffee creamers, it’s perhaps a good idea to quickly list the different types of coffee creamers since they may need to be handled differently when it comes to freezing.
1. Milk-Derived Liquid Creamers
These liquid creamers contain some form of dairy or milk-derived proteins, such as casein. Even if these liquid creamers are lactose-free and labeled as non-dairy, you should check the label if you’re a vegan or don’t want to ingest dairy for another reason.
In short, non-dairy does not mean that a product is milk-free. Once opened, you need to put these coffee creamers in the fridge.
2. Plant-Based Liquid Creamers
As the name suggests, plant-based creamers are made from plant milk, such as almond or coconut milk. Typically, these liquid creamers are vegan-friendly and also gluten-free, and GMO-free.
They are costly, though. You also need to put these creamers in the fridge once opened.
3. Powdered Creamer
Powdered creamers are typically non-dairy products that are made from vegetable fats and oils, and corn syrup. Since powdered creamers don’t need to be refrigerated and can last for a few months in the pantry, you don’t need to worry about freezing them.
How To Freeze Coffee Creamers
Before I tell you how to freeze liquid creamers, you should know that although you’re technically able to freeze these products, many manufacturers don’t recommend it. This is because freezing liquid creamers changes their consistency and will cause separation. If you’re OK with this, read on.
Freeze The Whole Container
Freezing dairy-derived and non-dairy liquid creamers are as easy as putting the entire container in the freezer. If you are going to freeze the creamer in its original container, don't worry about pouring out a little bit of liquid first. You can keep the creamer in the freezer for up to four to six months.
It would be safe to label containers if they don't already have dates on them. When the time comes that you want to use it, pop the creamer into the fridge where it can thaw gradually. Once thawed, give it a good shake and use it within a few days.
Freeze Smaller Batches
Those who don’t use a lot of creamer at a time may want to freeze smaller batches of creamer. You can, for instance, pour the creamer into mason jars and freeze them like that.
Another clever idea is to pour the creamer into ice trays, cover them with foil, and place them in the freezer. After about two to three hours, you can remove the cubes from the trays and place them in freezer bags. This is a very efficient way of freezing your creamer since you can use cubes as you need them instead of having to thaw a whole container of creamer.