Can You Freeze Crème Fraiche? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Crème fraîche

Yes, you can freeze crème fraîche very nicely for up to 3 to 4 months in a number of different ways, choosing as per your circumstances and convenience. Know, that like all dairy products and especially cream-based products, crème fraîche is bound to separate a little following the freezing and defrosting process; however, the consistency can be easily fixed with no issues at all. Freezing is an excellent method to store and preserve the tangy cream beyond its shelf life.

This comprehensive, detailed step-by-step guide has been put together to ensure you are armed with everything you need to know about freezing crème fraîche!

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 successfully freeze crème fraîche at home!

Let’s get right into it! For the first method, we will discuss freezing unopened crème fraîche in its original packing.

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How to Freeze Creme fraiche

How to Freeze Creme fraiche

Instructions

    In case of an unopened jar of creme fraiche, there is no need to transfer it into a separate container or anything of the sort. You can simply put the whole unopened package into the freezer.

    The original packaging typically comes with enough resistance to freezer airs and moisture to preserve your crème fraiche excellently in the freezer for a good three to four months and even beyond.

    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 creme fraiche came in is suitable to kept in the freezer. In case it isn’t, there is a different method you must follow.

    For example, in case of tinned creme fraiche, the process gets slightly more complicated. Unopened or otherwise, it is unwise to freeze crème fraiche (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 creme fraiche that comes in a tin.

Freezing Unopened Tinned Creme Fraiche

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 creme fraiche into. Remember, as mentioned, to never freeze crème fraîche, or any food at all, in tin or metal containers.

Open the tin carefully

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

Spoon the creme fraiche 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 crème fraîche is inside, there also needs to be around an inch of headspace left for the it 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 creme fraiche from the tin and into the container.

Seal container tightly

The container must have a tight-fitting lid. Snap it on tightly and securely once all your creme fraiche has been transferred inside.

Put container into airtight freezer bag

This added layer of protection is to make sure that your crème fraîche 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 creme fraiche is good to freeze!

Freezing Larger Portions of Creme Fraiche 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 creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche into the container

This is slightly tricky in the sense that you need to make sure that you 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 crème fraîche is inside, there also needs to be around an inch of headspace left for it to expand while freezing.

Seal container tightly

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

Put container into airtight freezer bag

This added layer of protection is to make sure that your fraîche 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 creme fraiche is good to freeze!

While this is not always the most recommended method, it is the easiest. Follow this to freeze your creme fraiche only if you are absolutely sure that you will be using up all of it in a recipe in the future.

Freezing Creme Fraiche 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 crème fraîche, allowing you to take them out and use them as you please.

Transfer creme fraiche 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 crème fraîche to expand while freezing.

Insert sticks

Insert sticks into the fraîche.

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 creme fraiche molds freeze overnight.

Transfer into airtight resealable freezer bags

Once they have frozen hard, transfer the creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche freezing well depends on how well you secure the bags. Label the bag.

Freeze

Your creme fraiche 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 Whipped Creme Fraiche Dollops

Time Taken: 7-8 hours

What You Need:

  • Baking sheet / baking tray
  • Parchment paper / wax paper
  • Bowl
  • Whip
  • Appropriately sized, rigid, freezer-safe container with tight-fitting lid
  • Large airtight resealable heavy-duty freezer bags

This method makes the crème fraîche very useful to be added to cupcakes, or small cake fillings, directly! The crème fraîche is whipped from beforehand, saving you time and energy later.

Whip the creme fraiche in a bowl

Again, you will not need to do too much of this as the creme fraiche is an advantage here. Just whip till it is stiff.

Use the whip to place dollops of creme fraiche on a baking sheet or tray

First, line the baking tray or sheet with some parchment or wax paper.

Then, as mentioned, use the whip to form dollops of crème fraîche, and place each dollop on the paper, leaving some distance between the dollops.

Cover the baking tray with a large airtight freezer bag, seal and flash-freeze

This is to make sure that your crème fraîche dollops are not exposed to any freezer airs.

Put it inside the freezer and allow the crème fraîche dollops to flash-freeze for at least six to seven hours. Or, leave them in the freezer overnight.

Transfer frozen dollops inside a rigid airtight container

Once the fraîche dollops have frozen hard, pick them off the sheet and place them inside a rigid airtight, freezer-safe container. Snap its lid on tightly and securely.

Put container into airtight freezer bag and seal carefully

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

Label and freeze

Label the freezer bag. Your creme fraiche dollops are good to freeze!

Freezing Creme Fraiche in Ice Cube Trays

Time Taken: 7-8 hours

What You Need:

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

If your creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche really well, and also saves storage space; allows you to freeze and use in portions!

Divide the creme fraiche 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 crème fraiche 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 creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche 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 crème fraîche 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 crème fraîche in portions, it is not the only one.

Freezing Creme Fraiche 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 creme fraiche in portions that does not involve as much hassle as freezing them in ice cube trays. 

Pour the creme fraiche 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 crème fraîche will expand while freezing.

Seal the freezer bags carefully

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

Clotted-bag all the bags

This is highly recommended as it helps give your creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche 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 touch or thaw the rest or get into re-freezing them.

How to Freeze Crème Brûlée

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Large ramekin
  • Cling wrap or tin foil
  • Rubber bands / tape
  • Airtight freezer-safe container

If you are making the dessert from scratch and would like to freeze, I have some advice for you.

First of all, I do not recommend that you freeze the entire dessert, fully assembled with the caramel crust and everything. All you need to do is freeze the base properly for now.

This will, of course, not be an option for when you are freezing leftover or store-bought crème Brûlée, in which case, worry not, we will get to those soon.

Also, just in case you require a quick refresher on preparing some delicious homemade crème Brûlée, you can refer to this guide!

Prepare your Creme Brûlée base as per recipe

Once prepared, pour your base into a large ramekin, and then bake it. Make sure you wait for it to cool down completely once you have baked it. It is very important to cool down freshly prepared foods before freezing them.

Cover the ramekin with tin foil or cling wrap

Once cooled down completely, use cling film or tin foil to cover the ramekin tightly and securely. You may want to use rubber bands and/or tape to make sure the wrapping is totally secure and stays so when put inside the freezer.

Place ramekin inside an airtight freezer-safe container and seal carefully

You can also use a freezer-friendly airtight bag or pouch if it is more convenient with regard to freezer space and size of your ramekin.

Seal carefully, label and freeze

Make sure the container or freezer bag is sealed very tightly and securely. Label the crème Brûlée with the storage date. It is ready to freeze!

How Long Can You Freeze Crème Fraîche?

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 creme fraiche can freeze for 3 to 4 months.

Note that it works best if the creme fraiche 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 this a lot.

How to Store Frozen Crème Fraîche?

Creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche is frozen at the same consistent temperature while in the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Crème Fraîche?

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

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

Do know, however, that the crème fraîche will most possibly be a little runny afterwards. The same applies for creme fraiche cubes.

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

As for the whipped fraîche dollops, you can thaw them on the kitchen counter for around 10 minutes and they will be good to use for cupcakes and small cake fillings.

The dollops are to basically act like whipped crème fraîche, that has already been divided into usable portions. In case of creme fraiche that has separated during the process of freezing or thawing, don’t worry! It can be fixed.

Jiggle and lightly shake the crème fraîche 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 creme fraiche a good whip to beat it back into shape as much as possible.

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

Can You Re-freeze Frozen Creme Fraîche ?

It is not recommended to re-freeze frozen creme fraiche, 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 crème fraîche ruined beyond salvation.

Try your best to use up all of the creme fraiche 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.

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

Does Creme Fraiche Freeze Well?

Strictly speaking, creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche safely, it does not really freeze well in the sense that the texture can change considerably.

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

Also, remember that you must use up the creme fraiche mandatorily within a maximum of three to four months of freezing.

FAQ

Can I freeze my crème fraîche in a sauce?

Yes, you can, but there are very high chances of the texture and consistency of your crème fraîche getting slightly off during the whole freezing and thawing process.

I would actually highly recommend freezing the two products separately. Either way, just be sure to whip it back into shape and proper consistency after freezing and thawing.

Can I freeze leftover crème fraiche?

Yes, you can, but I would not advise it too highly. Try your best to freeze crème fraîche as soon as possible from opening; the fresher the creme fraiche is, the better it will freeze.

By when should I consume frozen and thawed creme fraiche?

After being thawed, your creme fraiche will be good to consume for at least three to four days. That said, do try to finish it up by the earliest, as defrosted creme fraiche tends to get dry and crumbly, and even develop a yellowish tint along with an acidic odor.

Discard your creme fraiche the minute that it shows these signs of spoilage.

How long will creme fraiche stay in the refrigerator?

Creme fraiche has a respectable shelf life when kept in the fridge, it should stay good for around 2 to 3 weeks. 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 fraîche for longer.

Can I defrost creme fraiche 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 creme fraiche. Even worse, it may very possibly also go rancid.

Bottom Line

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

For any further questions you may have regarding freezing crème fraîche, please do let us know by reaching out to us!

If you have any other tips and tricks you have discovered about freezing crème fraîche that you 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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