Can You Freeze Coconut Cream?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Coconut Cream?

Yes, you can freeze coconut cream successfully and with no hassles at all! Coconut cream freezes reasonably well, aside from the fact that, being as delicate as dairy cream itself, it might inevitably separate after freezing and being defrosted. However, the coconut cream can still be fixed back into its original consistency, so you have no worries ta all! You can keep your coconut cream in freezer storage for up to even 2 to 3 months!

This comprehensive, detailed step-by-step guide gives you everything you need to know about freezing coconut cream.

Taking from time-tested experience and hours’ worth of intensive research, this guide covers how to-s, dos and don’ts, and more so you can freeze coconut cream easily at the comfort of your home!

Let’s get right into it! Read on to know the different methods, which you can choose from as per your circumstances and convenience.

Outline

How to Freeze Unopened Coconut Cream

How to Freeze Unopened Coconut Cream

Instructions

    In case of an unopened jar of coconut cream, there is no need to transfer it into a separate container or anything. Simply put the whole unopened package into the freezer.

    The original packaging typically comes with enough resistance to freezer airs and moisture to preserve it.

    However, to be safe, you could always enquire at the store or check with the manufacturing information to confirm if the original packaging that the coconut cream came in is suitable to kept in the freezer.

    For example, in case of tinned coconut cream, the process gets slightly more complicated.

    Unopened or otherwise, it is unwise to freeze cream (or any other food for that matter) in a tin or any metal containers.

    Follow the instructions given in the following method to freeze your unopened coconut cream that comes in a tin.

Freezing Unopened Tinned Coconut Cream

Time Taken: 10-15 minutes

What You Need:

  • Appropriately sized, rigid, freezer-safe container with tight-fitting lid
  • Sturdy spoon
  • Airtight freezer bag (larger than the container)

This is also a very simple process that takes no time at all! All you need is a rigid, freezer-safe airtight container that you can spoon the tinned coconut cream into.

Open the tin carefully

If you are planning on using some right away, do the needful. But the rest needs to be transferred into a separate container before you freeze it.

Spoon the coconut cream into a rigid freezer-safe container

While the container cannot be too big such that there is too much space left in it even after the cream is inside, there also needs to be around an inch of headspace left for the cream to expand while freezing.

So, choose your container accordingly, and definitely make sure it is freezer-safe. Then, using a sturdy spoon, carefully spoon in the coconut cream from the tin and into the container.

Seal container tightly

The container must have a tight-fitting lid. Snap it on securely once all your coconut cream has been transferred inside.

Put container into airtight freezer bag

This added layer of protection is to make sure that your cream holds up in the freezer for up to 3 weeks against freezer burns. Again, make sure the bag is appropriately sized and of good quality.

Seal freezer bag carefully

Squeeze out all the air possible from the freezer bag, and seal it tightly and securely.

Label and freeze

Label the freezer bag. Your coconut cream is good to freeze!

Freezing Larger Portions of Coconut Cream Together

Time Taken: 10-15 minutes

What You Need:

  • Appropriately sized, rigid, freezer-safe container with tight-fitting lid
  • Large airtight resealable heavy-duty freezer bag

While this is not always the most recommended method if say you do not require or end up using the entire amount of coconut cream you have frozen.

In that case, you will have to thaw all of it, but the leftovers you don’t need will have to be discarded, as refreezing is not advised.

Transfer the coconut cream into the container

This is slightly tricky in the sense that you need to choose the perfect container for this.

Again, while it cannot be too big such that there is too much space left in it even after the cream is inside, there also needs to be around an inch of headspace left for the cream to expand while freezing.

So, choose your container accordingly, and definitely make sure it is freezer-safe.

Seal container tightly

The container must have a tight-fitting lid. Snap it on securely once all your coconut cream has been transferred inside.

Put container into airtight freezer bag

This added layer of protection is to make sure that your cream holds up in the freezer for up to 3 weeks against freezer burns. Again, make sure the bag is appropriately sized and of good quality.

Seal freezer bag carefully

Squeeze out all the air possible from the freezer bag, and seal it tightly and securely.

Label and freeze

Label the freezer bag. Your coconut cream is good to freeze!

Follow this to freeze your coconut cream only if you are absolutely sure that you will be using up all of it in a recipe in the future.

Freezing Coconut Cream in Silicone Molds

Time Taken: 15-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • A sturdy spoon
  • Silicone molds / small plastic freezer-safe cups
  • Cling wrap

This is a tried and tested method where you would need silicone popsicle molds, or even small plastic cups should do the trick.

This is a versatile method to freeze cream, allowing you to take them out and use them as you please.

Transfer coconut cream in portions into popsicle molds or little plastic cups

Do as instructed. Be careful not to fill the molds or cups to the brim; leave around half an inch of space for the cream to expand while freezing.

Insert sticks

Insert sticks into the cream.

Cover the cups or molds with cling film

You can also use plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Cover the top of the molds or cups tightly, with the stick poking out from the center; making them airtight and watertight.

Flash-freeze for at least six to seven hours

To be safe, you can even let the coconut cream molds freeze overnight.

Transfer into airtight resealable freezer bags

Once they have frozen hard, transfer the coconut cream molds into an airtight resealable freezer bag. Make sure to do this fast so that the molds do not start thawing.

Seal carefully and label

Be sure to seal the bag really well and tightly. Squeeze out all the air possible from the bag, and then seal it tightly and securely. The coconut cream freezing well depends on how well you secure the bags. Label the bag with the storage date.

Freeze

Your coconut cream popsicles are ready to freeze! They can be kept in freezer storage for up to 4 to 6 weeks, and should ideally be consumed within a month or two of freezing.

Freezing Coconut Cream in Ice Cube Trays

Time Taken: 7-8 hours

What You Need:

  • Ice cube trays
  • Aluminum foil
  • Airtight resealable freezer bags

If your coconut cream is not too stiff or solid, it is a great idea to freeze it in ice cube trays. This is a very widely recommended method! It helps preserve your coconut cream really well, and also saves storage space; allows you to freeze and use in portions!

Divide the coconut cream into single-serving portions

This is important as it makes your storing process much easier and more hassle-free, as well as the later processes like thawing.

Pour the cream according to serving portions into the ice cube trays

Do this carefully, and be sure to not fill the cubes to the brim with the coconut cream as it will expand while freezing.

Cover the ice trays with aluminum foil and flash-freeze

Once the ice trays have been covered securely with aluminum foil, stick them in the freezer and let the coconut cream flash-freeze for at least 5 to 6 hours. To be safe, you can even flash freeze overnight.

Transfer the cubes to airtight freezer bags

Once they have frozen properly into cubes, take the trays out, pop out the cubes and transfer them into airtight freezer bags. Do this process quickly so that the frozen coconut cream cubes do not start to thaw.

Seal securely, label and freeze. Squeeze out as much excess air as possible from the freezer bags after putting the cream cubes inside. Once the bags are sealed securely and labeled, they are ready to freeze!

While freezing in ice cube trays is a great method to freeze cream in portions, it is not the only one. The next method is also preferred by many people.

Freezing Coconut Cream in Portions

Time Taken: 10-15 minutes

What You Need:

  • Small airtight heavy-duty freezer bags

This is the other, really good method to freeze coconut cream in portions that does not involve as much hassle as freezing them in ice cube trays.

Pour the coconut cream according to portions in small airtight freezer bags

You can also use a sturdy spoon if it helps make it easier. Remember to not fill the freezer bags to the brim. Leave around an inch of space as the cream will expand while freezing.

Seal the freezer bags carefully

As soon as you are transferring the coconut cream portions into the freezer bags, seal them securely after squeezing out all the excess air from them.

Coconut-bag all the bags

This is highly recommended as it helps give your coconut cream the added layer of protection it requires to survive the freezer burns in the freezer. Just be sure to make all the bags involved totally airtight.

This goes without saying, but using good quality, totally airtight and watertight freezer bags is central to making sure your coconut cream stays well in the freezer.

Label the bags and freeze

Label all the bags with the storage date, so that you do not end up forgetting to use them up in time and keeping them in the freezer indefinitely. They are good to freeze!

Freezing in portions is always recommended for freezing any foods, as this makes sure that you are able to only take and use as much as you need at a time without having to get into re-freezing them, which is strictly advised against.

How to Freeze Coconut Milk

Time Taken: 6-7 hours

What You Need:

  • Ice cube trays
  • Resealable airtight freezer bags

Coconut milk is one of the most versatile kinds of milk, which also freezes quite well!

The method I describe here is excellent if you do not have any set plans yet about what to do with the frozen coconut milk in the future.

Freezing in the form of cubes is always recommended as it saves time, space, effort and energy, and the hassle of re-freezing. While this method itself takes a little more effort, it is more versatile.

Pour the coconut milk into the ice cube trays

Be sure to do this very carefully. Do not fill the cubes to the brim as they milk may expand while freezing.

Transfer the trays into the freezer

Let the coconut milk cubes freeze for at least 5 to 6 hours. Keep in mind that the top of the cube may have frozen, but the entire cube may not have.

So be generous with the amount of time you designate to freeze. To be safe, you can even leave them overnight.

Transfer the cubes to airtight freezer bags

Once they have frozen, make sure to do this quickly so that the frozen coconut milk cubes do not start to thaw.

Seal securely, label and freeze

Once the bags are sealed securely and labelled, they are ready to freeze. Now you can just scoop and add a few cubes when you need, to your recipe, or scoop a couple out to thaw to make a smoothie.

How Long Can You Freeze Coconut Cream?

If frozen following the right method and technique with all the steps having been followed properly and if made sure that the bags or containers have been sealed carefully and made totally airtight and watertight, your coconut cream can freeze for 2 to 3 months.

Note that it works best if the coconut cream you are freezing is totally fresh, otherwise it won’t freeze well at all.

In addition, make sure you seal the containers or freezer bags really well before putting them in the freezer. A vacuum sealer or straw could help with that significantly.

How to Store Frozen Coconut Cream?

Coconut cream can be kept in freezer storage in airtight freezer bags in a number of different ways, as has been discussed earlier. They can be frozen into cubes, in silicone molds, as dollops, or simply in portions, or even all together.

Whichever method you go with, the sealing and freezing needs to be done very carefully; good quality airtight and watertight freezer bags or containers need to be used.

It needs to be ensured that the coconut cream is frozen at the same consistent temperature while in the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Coconut Cream?

The best way to defrost frozen coconut cream is to transfer it to the refrigerator from the freezer and let it thaw overnight. In case of texture changes, giving the cream a good whip helps. There are specific methods for defrosting, based on your method of freezing.

In case of just the coconut cream itself, you can thaw in the fridge, or even in some cases, add the cream directly into cooking dishes such as soups, curries or stews, and let the heat melt it into the dish.

Do know, however, that the cream will most possibly be a little runny afterwards. The same applies for coconut cream cubes.

Each cube should hold roughly one teaspoon of coconut cream, so you can use them accordingly to add directly into cooking recipes that require small amounts of coconut cream. The heat will melt them into the dish anyway.

In case of coconut cream that has separated during the process of freezing or thawing, don’t worry! It can be fixed.

Jiggle and lightly shake the cream while still inside the container and with the lid still on. This helps reconstitute the ingredients significantly.

Otherwise, you can simply give the frozen and thawed coconut cream a good whip to beat it back into shape as much as possible.

Know that once frozen, coconut cream will not whip up the same way that fresh cream does. However, it can still be used in a multitude of recipes.

Can You Re-freeze Frozen Coconut Cream?

It is not recommended to re-freeze frozen coconut cream, as, to freeze and thaw it once would already take a toll on its consistency, texture, and even flavor. But to repeat that whole process once more might render the cream ruined beyond salvation.

This is the reason that I advise you to freeze coconut cream, or honestly any food for that matter, in serving portions.

Try your best to use up all of the coconut cream the first time around that it is thawed. In the case of leftovers, it is best to discard them as chances are that they are no longer safe or suitable for consumption.

Does Coconut Cream Freeze Well?

Strictly speaking, coconut cream does not freeze well at all. People actually recommend avoiding it entirely until absolutely necessary, and my advice to you is the same.

While you can freeze coconut cream safely, it does not really freeze well in the sense that the texture can change considerably.

Frozen coconut cream will never have the same consistency or be able to be whipped up the way we can do with fresh coconut cream.

Also remember that you must use up the coconut cream mandatorily within a maximum of three to four months of freezing.

FAQs

How long would coconut cream last in the refrigerator?

Coconut cream has a shelf life of around 3 to 7 days when kept in the refrigerator.

So, if you can use it up by then, by all means! Use freezing only as a last resort, like if you would absolutely have to store the coconut cream for longer. Freezing, in that case, is your best bet.

How is coconut cream different from coconut milk?

The main difference between coconut milk and coconut cream is that, in terms of the concentration of coconut flesh, coconut cream is thicker and richer than coconut milk.

Additionally, it is rich in colours and fat with 50 calories and 5.2g of fat per tbsp whereas coconut milk has 35 calories and 3.6g of fat.

Can I defrost coconut cream at room temperature, on the kitchen counter?

Absolutely not, avoid doing that at all costs. There is a very high risk that this will change the flavor and texture of the coconut cream. Even worse, it may very possibly also go rancid.

What recipes can I use frozen and thawed coconut milk in?

After being defrosted carefully and whisked back together, you can use coconut milk in pretty much any recipe as a substitute for other milk!

A few dessert recipes that use up less than a can of coconut milk include mousse cakes and ice creams!

Can I use defrosted coconut cream in cooking recipes?

Absolutely! Coconut cream is known to add flavor to soups and curries while enriching them with needed vitamins and minerals.

In fact, most recipes for Thai curry paste use coconut cream as its base, showing how versatile it is.

Bottom Line

We hope this comprehensive, step-by-step guide covering the best methods to freeze coconut cream successfully at the safety and ease of your home has helped you!

For any further questions you may have regarding freezing coconut cream, please do reach out to us!

If you have any other tips and tricks that you have discovered and would like to share, feel free to reach out and let us know; we will add them to this guide so they can help more people!

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About Judy Taylor

Judy has been fascinated with food and drinks since her teenage years. She loves experimenting with various cuisines, her favorite being pairing food with wine and drinks. She travels 7-8 months a year across the globe, exploring local food and culture. Her dream is to open a small Mexican outlet on a beach someday.

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