How to Successfully Freeze Heavy Cream

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How to Freeze Heavy Cream. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

If a recipe leaves you with a partial container of heavy cream, freeze the extras until you need them. Here's how.

For Small Amounts of Heavy Cream ...

Pour the heavy cream into an ice cube tray, and freeze. Once the cubes are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag. Each cube is usually equal to two tablespoons of heavy cream. Measure your ice cube tray, to see how much it holds.

Here are some conversions to help you figure out how many cubes to pull for a recipe:

2 cubes = 1/4 cup
4 cubes = 1/2 cup
6 cubes = 3/4 cup
8 cubes = 1 cup

Want Bigger Cubes? Use a 2-inch ice cube tray. Each cube will hold 1/2 cup of heavy cream.

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When you're not using your ice cube trays to freeze cream, they can also be used to freeze leftover broth, buttermilk and wine (though I'm told there's no such thing as leftover wine).

For Large Amounts of Heavy Cream ...

Simply freeze the cream in the carton it came in. If the container is full, pour out an inch of the cream to allow room for expansion when it freezes.

To Use Frozen Heavy Cream

Thaw your cream in the fridge. Then, give it a good shake (or stir) to redistribute the butterfat. Frozen heavy cream will still whip and do everything else that you want it to. In fact, cold cream actually whips better.

Planning to use your heavy cream in a hot dish? Just add it directly to the recipe. There's no need to thaw it out first.

An Alternative to Fresh Heavy Cream

If you never seem to have heavy cream on hand when you need it, or it always goes bad before you get to use it, consider switching to powdered heavy cream. It's shelf stable, and allows you to mix up heavy cream as you need it. You aren't likely to find it in your local grocery store, but it's readily available online.

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