So you have found the perfect brand of coffee, after years of ‘research’, of buying new types on a whim, being disappointed or pleasantly surprised. Maybe you’ve also found the perfect creamer to add something extra.
Nothing gives a cup of coffee another dimension than a generous helping of coffee creamer. But you may wonder if you can freeze it.
After all, most coffee creamers are dairy-based, and some dairy is a lot easier to freeze than others.
The good news is that you can freeze coffee creamer, whether that’s the liquid kind, or the powdered kind.
The shelf life of a liquid creamer is comparatively much shorter than the powdered, non-dairy creamer, as the dairy can shorten the shelf life.
When it comes to freezing powdered food products, there’s usually a problem in which the powder tends to become claggy, and it will clump together.
Because of the way powder creamer is designed to dissolve into hot liquid, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Powdered creamer which remains unopened will keep very well in a cool cupboard or a pantry for a number of weeks with no problems.
When it starts to near its expiration date, you can save it for a later date by freezing it. Any type of coffee creamer will last for about 6 months.
Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about freezing coffee creamer.
How Do You Freeze Coffee Creamer?
The easiest way to freeze any kind of coffee creamer is to use ice cube trays, as these provide an easy way to freeze the creamer in single portions, making it much easier when it comes to defrosting it.
It roughly works out as the amount you’d need for one normal-sized coffee. Divide the creamer (either powdered or liquid) between the ice cube trays, cover the trays with foil to stop freezer burn, and transfer it into the freezer.
Leave the tray in the freezer for a maximum of 3 hours. Once solid, decant the cubes into a heavy-duty, resealable freezer bag.
Make sure to get rid of any excess air, seal and label the bag. Put it in the freezer, and you’re done!
If you’d prefer to freeze a whole coffee creamer carton, you can do that too. You will need to decant the creamer into an airtight container, preferably a leak-proof freezer bag.
Remember to leave at least an inch of headroom at the top of the bag, which will allow the creamer to expand as it freezes. Seal the bag. Make sure to label it with the freezing date, and put it in the freezer.
Don’t forget, freezing the whole container will mean that you’ll need to use all the coffee creamer within a couple of days of defrosting it, to stop it from spoiling.
How Do You Thaw Coffee Creamer?
The best way to defrost coffee creamer is to transfer it straight into the fridge. It will take a few hours to defrost, but it entirely depends on your preference whether you want to wait or not.
If you don’t wait, the texture may be noticeably different from if you leave it to defrost. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it straight away.
Make your coffee as you normally would, and drop the whole cube (powdered or liquid) into the cup. Make sure to stir it constantly as the creamer dissolves.
If you’re particular about the temperature of your coffee, it’s worth mentioning that dropping frozen creamer into it will lower it significantly, so if this is a problem, simply defrost the creamer before you add it.
Adding coffee creamer to coffee is a must for a lot of coffee lovers.
If your frugal nature got the better of you, and you stocked up on more coffee creamer than you’ll reasonably use, you don’t have to worry.
Freezing it will save any spoilage, and it also saves you a lot of money in the long run.
If you divide it into single portions, this makes the whole process even easier, as you don’t have to defrost the creamer when you want it. Simply take it out of the freezer, and put it into your coffee.