Can you freeze half-and-half? This is a question that is asked of many. We may not have dealt with half-and-half that often, so a bunch of questions pop up in our minds, especially about the storage and freezing it. Unlike the case with cereals, which we always add milk, or coffee to which we add cream.
Half-and-half is more than just a dairy product, it has many special requirements for storage in order to last a long time. So, be careful if you store half and half product.
If for example you just received a half and half container, what would you do. Of course you can’t finish it in an instant, you have to keep it unless you are going to throw it away and it is not the best. Ok, of course you should save it. Can you freeze it for longer lasting, yes you can make it half-and-half and it will last up to 3 months. But don’t freeze it in carton. Use an airtight container or Ziploc bag that is safe for freezing, or you can also use an airtight container.
To find out more about half-and-half freezing, stay tuned for this article. We will explain to you how. Beforehand, let’s first know what is Half-and-Half?
What Is Half-and-Half?
If you have heard that half and half are dairy products, you may have guessed that these are milk and cream products. Half milk and half cream, that’s what half-and-half means.
However, we will explain in more detail about this product. Specifically, half and half are whole milk products and another light cream. Whole milk usually contains 3.4% milk fat and a light cream is 18-20% milk fat.
The milk fat in the half-and-half product is halfway between the two ingredients. This is about 10-12% of the brand. There are also half and half products that are fat free. This product has replaced the half-and-half ingredients with alternatives such as corn syrup, and has a similar taste to the original product.
Ok, since half-and-half can be frozen in storage, then how to freeze half-and-half. When you buy too much of these dairy products and creams, and you can’t finish them off right away, then of course you have to save the rest. The way to store these dairy products is to freeze them. This freezing process will be especially good and effective for future cooking uses.
For best results and ease of use later, you should freeze half-and-half by wrapping per serving. It will freeze perfectly and make it easier for you to pick it up according to your needs.
For example, to make ice cream you need 1/3 cup half-and-half, so freeze it to that size. If you need 1/4 cup later for your favorite sauce, then wrap it in that size for freezing.
Or maybe you use a half-and-half product in your coffee. Then you have to read on this article, because we will discuss it in more detail below.
So, how do you freeze half-and-half? If you have determined the portion you will freeze. Please follow the steps below.
- Transfer each portion you measured into a freezer-safe ziploc bag.
- After placing the half-and-half in the ziploc bag, now place it on a baking sheet and squeeze out as much air as possible. Make the bag free of air so that the product can freeze completely.
- Check carefully that the bag is tightly closed and well-sealed.
- Write down the date of the first day you froze it, so you know when you last used it.
- Next, put the pan in the freezer and never stir it for 1 hour or 2 hours.
- If the half-and-half has frozen well, you can now remove the bag of this product from the baking sheet and can now place the bag without the tray in the freezer, saving freezer space.
Can You Freeze Half-and-Half for Your Coffee?
That’s right, you can freeze half-and-half for your coffee. But before you use it in coffee, you have to defrost it first because half-and-half is only used liquid in coffee.
Here’s how to freeze the half-and-half you’ll use for your coffee in the future. Follow it step by step!
- Pour half-and-half into the ice cube container until it is only half filled
- A standard tray for freezing ice holds 1 ounce per cube, which is too much for one cup of coffee. If you fill it completely, it will likely make a half-and-half of a tablespoon.
- So, you can measure how much you need half-and-half for a cup of coffee, you can freeze so much per cup that you pick it up right away without messing with the other half-and-half cubes.
- Freeze the tray until the half-and-half are completely frozen
- Once frozen, transfer the cubes to Ziploc plastic as they are freezer safe.
- If you only drink a cup of coffee, so you can only take out as much as one cubes each time you want to brew coffee.
- Likewise in the morning, take one cubes half-and-half and thaw it, then add it to your cup of coffee.
- Remember, before you put it in the cup, don’t forget to thaw it first
Can You Freeze Fat-Free Half-and-Half?
A lean half-and-half won’t freeze completely. You can do this but it will not be optimal and it certainly will not last long.
We do not recommend to freeze it because you will lose part of your half-and-half product. So, if you buy in large portions, make sure to buy products with fat content that can freeze slightly well.
See also: Ghee Nutrition Facts and Benefits
Can You Freeze Half-and-Half In the Carton?
Whether you want to freeze half-and-half in cartons, don’t do it because the cardboard will break in the freezer.
Especially if you have opened the box. It is absolutely imperative that you move the half-and-half into an airtight container. After freezing it, if you’ve thawed half-and-half, then don’t freeze it a second time.
If you haven’t opened half-and-half since buying it, you can still freeze it, but don’t freeze it twice (once thawed).
The half-and-half will expand during freezing, so if you freeze it in a cardboard container, it is likely to damage the carton because it is unlikely to expand as much as this dairy product.
If you notice that your half-and-half container is cracked due to expansion, then remove it from the freezer immediately, repack it while it is still frozen. Place it as quickly as possible in the freezer if you still want to store it. You can also take the crack immediately and use it directly for coffee or for other things.
How Long Can You Freeze Half-and-Half?
Half-and-half freezes can last a certain duration of time. This depends on how you save it. If you store half-and-half in the refrigerator with varying temperature fluctuations, or as long as the freezer temperature is above 0 F, then your product will likely not last very long.
However, if you store or freeze half-and-half properly such as putting it in a freezer-resistant Ziploc bag, and the refrigerator temperature continues to be below 0 F, the products you freeze will last indefinitely. But while we don’t recommend it, a well-stored half-and-half you should use before passing the 3 month period of freezing.
How to Use Frozen Half-and-Half
When it comes to using the half-and-half that you have frozen, don’t forget to thaw it first. During freezing the fatty layer of the wood separates from the liquid. Then you have to dilute it when you are going to use it.
Once you thaw, the half and half will melt and change as before. But the change in taste and texture remains. It’s different if you use this product on baked goods, there will be no difference in taste between the old and the new product.
Nutrition Facts for Half-and-Half
A half-and-half serving is about 30 ml or about 2 tablespoons. The following half-and-half nutritional data are for the 30 ml size. The data contains:
- Fat as much as 3.2 grams (saturated fat)
- 40 calories
- 15 mg of cholesterol
- 1 gram of carbohydrate, which is sugar, not fiber
- 30 mg of sodium
- 2% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin A
- 45 mg of potassium
- 4% of your RDI for Vitamin C