Greek yogurt has a few benefits and it can be used for a wide variety of recipes.
Greek yogurt is one of those products that you can usually find for a special when it's near its expiry date. This is great, you can buy in bulk and save money. But you'll probably need to consume it all within a day...
Or you can freeze your greek yogurt for later use...
Can You Freeze Greek Yogurt?
Yes, greek yogurt can be frozen.
Greek yogurt can be frozen for a few months to extend the shelf life. Freezing greek yogurt is a great way of saving yogurt that’s near its expiry date.
The only bad thing about freezing greek yogurt is the effect it will have on the texture. This can change the taste which some people don’t like.
But it is safe to freeze greek yogurt.
Can You Freeze Greek Yogurt For Smoothies?
Yes, and it’s probably the best use for frozen greek yogurt.
Greek yogurt is a popular ingredient for smoothies. Freezing it specifically for smoothies is a smart way of saving yogurt you were about to through away.
If you don't like the taste of frozen greek yogurt but have some tubs that are near its expiry date, freeze it for smoothies. It won't affect the taste but will give you a thick, creamy and great tasting smoothie.
How Does Freezing Affect Greek Yogurt?
Freezing greek yogurt will have no effect on the nutritional value. It will still be just as healthy and beneficial as before you froze it.
If you’re concerned whether freezing greek yogurt will kill the cultures (probiotics) you would probably be glad to hear that it can survive the freezing temperatures.
Freezing greek yogurt will really only change the taste and texture.
The frozen greek yogurt can become watery and the taste can become pretty awful if you leave it in the fridge for a long time after you defrosted it.
How To Freeze Greek Yogurt?
There are a few different methods of freezing greek yogurt. How you freeze greek yogurt will mainly depend on how you plan to use it.
Just remember to freeze greek yogurt before the expiry date.
How to freeze greek yogurt if you plan on using it every day:
If you plan on using your frozen greek yogurt every day, it’s a good idea to divide the bigger tub into smaller tubs.
This will avoid the need to thaw and freeze the bigger tub every time you want yogurt.
Freezing Greek Yogurty For Everyday Use
- Divide into smaller serving size quantities
- Use containers that are air tight
- Label the individual containers with the date you froze the yogurt
How To Freeze Greek Yogurt For Smoothies
If you plan on using frozen greek yogurt for smoothies freeze it by using ice trays. It’s easy to freeze and easy to use.
Just follow these steps to freeze your greek yogurt for smoothies
- Grab an ice tray and scoop the yogurt into it.
- Put the ice trays into the freezer to freeze for a couple of hours
- As soon as the greek yogurt has frozen, take them out of the ice trays and put it in an airtight container or resealable bag. You can keep it in the ice cube tray if you want
How To Defrost Greek Yogurt?
The safest method of defrosting frozen greek yogurt is by thawing it.
If you plan on having yogurt on certain days you will need to remove it from the freezer and place it in the fridge the day before as thawing can take a couple of hours.
You should avoid defrosting greek yogurt with water or at room temperature. These methods of defrosting can cause food spoilage.
There can be some separation that has happened that can give you a watery yogurt. This can usually be fixed with a good stir.
Does Greek Yogurt Go Bad and How To Tell If It Has Gone Bad?
Yes, greek yogurt can go bad and it can be quite difficult to figure out when it has gone bad.
The only real indicator of greek yogurt gone bad other than the taste is by looking at it.
Greek yogurt that has gone bad will often have signs of mold or fungus. Other visual indicators of greek yogurt gone bad will be white, brown or green spots on the top surface.
If you see any of these indicators in your greek yogurt through it way.
Spoiled yogurt can be difficult to smell, but if it’s spoiled it should have a bad smell similar to sour milk.
If you have frozen your greek yogurt and you defrosted it and it has a watery texture don’t assume it’s spoiled. The freezing process has probably caused some separation.
How Long Does Greek Yogurt Last?
If you freeze a tub of yogurt while it’s still closed it can last for up to two months. If it was an opened tub that you froze you can keep it in the freezer for up to a month.
A closed tub of greek yogurt can last for another two weeks after its expiration date. An opened tub of greek yogurt can still last for a week past the expiration date.