Can You Freeze Double Cream? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Double Cream?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze double cream at the ease and comfort of your home! However, do know that it does not always keep well in the freezer. Additionally, freezing will only extend the shelf life of double cream up to 3 weeks and no further. Hence, freeze double cream only when absolutely necessary, and be sure to follow these instructions and tips carefully.

This is a comprehensive guide on how to freeze double cream with ease.

I have put this together with the help of time-tested my personal experience and of others.

Read on!

Can You Freeze Double Cream in Portions?

Can You Freeze Double Cream in Portions?

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This method to freeze double cream in portions does not involve as much hassle as freezing them in ice cube trays. 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, which is strictly advised against.

Materials

  • Small airtight heavy-duty freezer bags

Tools

  • No special tools needed

Instructions

    1. Pour the double 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.
    2. Seal the freezer bags carefully – As soon as you are transferring the double cream portions into the freezer bags, seal them securely after squeezing out all the excess air from them.
    3. Double-bag all the bags – This is highly recommended as it helps give your double 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 double cream stays well in the freezer.
    4. 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 Larger Portions of Double 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 double 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.

That said, this is the easiest method. Follow this to freeze your double cream only if you are absolutely sure that you will be using up all of it in a recipe in the future.

Transfer the Double Cream into the Container

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

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 double 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 double cream is good to freeze!

Freezing Sweetened Double Cream

Time Taken: 15-30 minutes

What You Need:

  • Bowl
  • Whip
  • Sugar according to amount of double cream
  • Appropriately sized, rigid, freezer-safe container with tight-fitting lid
  • Large airtight resealable heavy-duty freezer bag

This method essentially involves, as the name suggests, sweetening your double cream before freezing it.

The advantage here is that the added sugar helps to preserve the cream significantly better in the freezer.

Additionally, the frozen sweetened double cream works perfectly in lot of different recipes, including in different baking recipes and a range of desserts.

Follow these instructions carefully to ensure your cream freezes in the best way possible!

Pour the Double Cream into a Bowl and Whip Until Stiff

Use a suitable bowl that isn’t too big. Whip the double cream lightly – just enough for it to get totally stiff. The advantage with using double cream is that it will not need too much whipping to get there.

Mix Through 1 Level Teaspoon of Sugar

For each 125 ml, or ¼ pint of cream, add another 1 level teaspoon of sugar.

Pour Sweetened Cream into Appropriate Container and Seal

Again, follow the instructions given above for the last method when it comes to choosing the right container.

Once your sweetened double cream is ready, carefully pour it into the container.

Seal the container carefully with the tight-fitting lid.

Put Container into Airtight Freezer Bag

Again, 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.

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 sweetened double cream is good to freeze!

Freezing Whipped Double Cream 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 cream very useful to be added to cupcakes, or small cake fillings, directly!

This method also ensures better preservation of the double cream in the freezer, thanks to the flash-freezing.

Whip the Double Cream in a Bowl

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

Use the Whip to Place Dollops of Double Cream 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 cream, 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 cream dollops are not exposed to any freezer airs.

Put it inside the freezer and allow the cream dollops to flash-freeze for at least six to seven hours.

To be safe, you can even leave them in the freezer overnight.

Transfer Frozen Dollops inside a Rigid Airtight Container

Once the cream dollops have frozen hard, pick them off the sheet and place 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 possible from the freezer bag, and seal it tightly and securely.

Label and Freeze

Label the freezer bag.

Your sweetened double cream dollops are good to freeze!

Freezing Double Cream in Ice Cube Trays

Time Taken: 7-8 hours

What You Need:

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

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

Divide the Double 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 double 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 double 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 double 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.

How to Freeze Buttercream

Time Taken: 15-20 minutes

What You Need:

  • Large, airtight, freezer friendly, preferably glass container
  • Sturdy spoon

Freezing buttercream is a fairly simple process that does not take too much time or effort.

All you require is a large, airtight, freezer friendly, preferably glass container that can be sealed off securely.

Put Buttercream Inside Container

Using a sturdy spoon or ladle, carefully transfer all of your buttercream frosting into the freezer container.

Seal Carefully

We really cannot understate the importance of sealing off the lid of the container tightly and securely.

Make sure the container is totally airtight and watertight.

Remember any exposure to air or moisture within your freezer can completely ruin your buttercream.

Label and Freeze

Once sealed properly, label your container with the date so that there are no mishaps when it comes to consuming the buttercream within the advised time period.

There, your buttercream is ready to freeze! So simple, was it not?

For a visual guide, you can also go ahead and refer to:

How Long Can You Freeze Double Cream?

For best results, the frozen double cream should not be kept in freezer storage for beyond three to four weeks and should ideally consumed within that time frame.

Note that, with the second method, that is, freezing sweetened double cream, it might be possible to keep your double cream in the freezer for up to a month.

However, it is really not recommended to keep them in freezer storage beyond that.

This is also I always recommend freezing with the storage date labeled. This way, you do not end up keeping the double cream in the freezer for too long.

How to Store Frozen Double Cream?

As discussed, double cream can be kept in freezer storage in airtight containers with tight-fitting lids, whether sweetened first or directly, or also whole or in portions, or even in the form of cubes.

Whichever method you go with, the sealing and freezing needs to be done very carefully; good quality airtight and watertight freezer-safe containers need to be used, and it needs to be ensured that the cream is frozen at the same, consistent temperature in the freezer.

For all the processes and methods prescribed here, using heavy-duty, airtight, resealable, freezer-friendly bags and pouches to freeze the double cream in is a must.

If you are using containers instead, ensure that they are freezer-safe and have tight-fitting lids.

And they need to be sealed really well. A vacuum sealer is actually a great investment for this purpose, especially if you freeze food often. It would help get all the air out.

Remember that your double cream may not hold up well in the freezer even beyond a couple of weeks if the storage is not done properly, following all the instructions correctly and meticulously and making sure you use the best quality materials.

How to Defrost Frozen Double Cream?

The best way to defrost frozen double 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 double 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 double cream cubes.

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

In case of sweet double cream, you can first thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Then, consider combining it with some freshly whipped cream to complete the flavor well and make it most suitable to be added as filling to a dessert or baking recipe.

As for the whipped cream 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 cream, that has already been divided into usable portions.

In case of double 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 double cream a good whip to beat it back into shape as much as possible.

Know that once frozen, double 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 Double Cream?

It is not recommended to re-freeze frozen double 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.

Try your best to use up all of the double 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 suitable for consumption.

This is also the reason that I advise you to freeze double cream, or honestly any food for that matter, in serving portions, or together at once only if you are confident that you can use it all up at one go.

Refreezing is really not worth it.

Does Double Cream Freeze Well?

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

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

Therefore, frozen and thawed double cream can only be used in cooking or baking recipes.

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

Keeping it in the freezer for beyond that will not improve it in any way; consuming the double cream might even be dangerous to an extent.

FAQs

How can I freeze and use the frozen double cream best?

It is usually best to freeze double cream in whipped form. The grainy texture that we see in the cream is where the fat molecules have stuck together.

Homogenized double cream has fat molecules that are evenly distributed.

However, in the freezing process, the fat molecules often clump together, giving them a rather grainy appearance.

Ensure that you stir and whip the cream well before using it.

The cream should whip fine, but unfortunately it may not lose its graininess entirely.

Never re-freeze double cream after whipping.

You should however be able to use the cream in different cooking dishes as the heat usually helps the fat molecules break down.

Can I freeze clotted cream?

Clotted cream, despite having a higher fat content than double cream, does not freeze that well.

All the same, they can still be frozen safely, in the same ways as double cream.

Can I freeze double cream in its original, sealed pot?

Yes. Just make sure the cream is not filled to the brim of the pot, and before you put it inside a freezer, be sure to double-bag using two airtight resealable heavy-duty freezer bags.

Can double cream curdle when frozen?

Heavy cream, especially double cream, usually separates after being frozen and defrosted, which will make it look kind of curdled or clotted.

This is normal and nothing to be worried about. Just be sure to shake and whip well before use.

How long will double cream keep in the refrigerator after being thawed?

After having been thawed, double cream should ideally be consumed within a maximum of 15 minutes.

The freezing process significantly increases the number of bacteria in the double cream, so thawing it can result in it spoiling very fast.

Bottom Line

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

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

If you have any other tips and tricks, 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 Marie Thomas

Marie is a food enthusiast who has always wanted to have her own food blog. She loves cooking and experimenting with new recipes, and she can't wait to share them with the world when she finally launches her blog! When Marie isn't in the kitchen cooking up something delicious or writing about her adventures at home or on vacation, you might find Marie taking care of her family and enjoying time with friends.

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