Can Sour Cream Be Frozen? The Best Ways To Keep It Fresh
If you are bored with the usual taste of your food, you can try adding a dollop of sour cream to it to add a sense of tanginess and creaminess that you would surely enjoy.
I really love sour cream, but the downside is that it doesn’t last long. Because of so, I found myself asking the question “Can Sour Cream Be Frozen?” in attempt to make it have a longer shelf life. If you want to know how to keep your sour cream fresh, read on to find out how to store sour cream the right way.
Different Ways to Use Sour Cream
Before we dive in to how to make your sour cream have a longer shelf-life, let me first tell you about a couple of reasons why you would want to make your sour cream last longer in the first place.
Sour cream has the soft and creamy texture of normal cream and the tanginess of fresh yogurt. It’s a great addition to all sorts of meals in the kitchen. I myself use a cool dollop of sour cream to balance out the hotness of freshly made burritos. Sometimes, I add it to salads, nachos, and even a thick slab of ribs.
What’s great about sour cream is that it has a versatile flavor that goes well even with the most unexpected types of food. Here are some ways you can use sour cream to add an extra flavor or texture to your foods.
May it be a cheesy potato salad, or a healthy romaine lettuce salad, sour cream makes for a great alternative to mayonnaise when it comes to making salad dressings. Sour cream has a richer and tangier taste and feel that can make all sorts of salads really hard to deny.
Sour cream on its own is a great dip, but you can also try adding in herbs and spices to make it more flavorful.
You can use sour cream to make yourself a cup or two of creamy sauce that goes well with all sorts of meats. It is a great alternative for heavy cream since it has a more acidic flavor that can add significant contrast to meat dishes.
You can add sour cream into your dough whenever you bake or fry calzones, dinner rolls, baguettes, crackers, and other food you can make out of dough. Adding sour cream to dough can make it end up being moist, tender, and flaky on the outsides.
You can use sour cream as an alternative to regular cream when it comes to making desserts to lessen the sometimes overbearing sweetness that comes with typical pastries. You can also use sour cream to make light cheesecakes, moist Bundt cakes, and even tangy frostings.
How Long Does Sour Cream Last
Why does something so good have to have a short shelf-life? Just like other dairy products and fermented goods, sour cream has a pretty short shelf life.
An unopened jar of normal and low fat sour cream can last for 1 to 2-weeks after its expiration date label, while sour cream dips can last for 2-weeks past their expiration date. Once you open the sour cream jar, it will have a shelf-life of 7-10 days.
How to Keep Sour Cream Fresh
Despite having a short shelf-life, there are ways to make your sour cream last long.
The key to keeping your sour cream fresh is keeping it in an airtight container and in a cool dry place. The ideal place to keep your sour cream is your fridge. One thing you can try to make your sour cream last longer is to place it on your fridge with its container upside down. Doing so will create a vacuum that can help prevent bacterial growth.
You should also avoid using used utensils when getting a spoonful of your sour cream to avoid bacteria build up. Another thing you should do is to keep your sour cream away from onions, garlic, and citrus fruits.
How to Tell if Sour Cream Has Gone Bad
Even if you store your sour cream properly, it will eventually lose its flavor and go bad. Here are some signs you should look out for to tell if your sour cream is no longer safe to eat:
- Dark molds
- Bright bacterial marks
- Watery liquid on the surface
- Bitter taste
How to Freeze Sour Cream
If you want to make your sour cream last longer, you can always try to freeze it. However, you must keep in mind that freezing sour cream can change its texture once it thaws. Here are a couple of steps you can follow to effectively freeze your sour cream:
- Step 1: Mix the sour cream thoroughly, to evenly distribute the cream’s moisture
- Step 2: Place sour cream in an airtight container
- Step 3: Place the container in the freezer (up to 6 months)
A Quick Recap
Sour cream is a great alternative to regular cream and mayonnaise. It can be used to add a creamy texture as well as a tangy flavor to all sorts of meals. To make your sour cream last long, you should put it in an airtight container and in a cool dry place, and don’t forget to look out for signs of spoilage before you add it to your food.
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