How To Freeze Double Cream / Heavy Cream


Looking to learn how to freeze double cream?

Double cream is perfect for cooking but it does go off quickly. That said, you can preserve double cream for later use by freezing it.

When freezing double cream the molecules of fat stick together. As a result, the cream will taste different once defrosted, however, it’s still perfectly safe to cook with.

What Is Double Cream

Double cream is the British term for heavy or whipping cream (as it’s known in the US). The cream contains a minimum of 48% butterfat, double that of single cream (from which the cream got its name).

Milk (3:4) and butter (1:4) whisked together is often the best double cream alternative and will work in the majority of recipes.

Double cream is a very rich ingredient and is often used in curries, pasta, cakes, and ice-creams.

Best Time To Freeze Double Cream

You should aim to freeze your double cream as soon as you purchase it to minimize the chance of it going bad before you are able to freeze it.

This also helps to better preserve the taste, texture, and nutritional value of the cream too.

However, if you do end up freezing double cream on the day it’s due to expire that shouldn’t be a problem provided that since opening you have safely stored the food in an airtight container in the fridge.

I’d always suggest checking on your double cream prior to freezing to ensure you’re happy with its current state. Freezing any ingredient is not going to ‘revitalize’ it if it’s already gone bad.

Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food

These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.

Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!

Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.

So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.

Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.

Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.

The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.

Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.

Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.

Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.

They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.

If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!

How To Freeze Double Cream

Firstly, begin by removing the double cream from its original container. It’s unlikely that the container is safe, and as a result, it’ll burst in the freezer.

Side note: I often transfer my double cream into an airtight container after purchasing it. I found that those containers don’t fully protect the cream and can sometimes cause it to go off quicker.

Instead, pour the double cream into a freezer-safe container or bag. Try and minimize the amount of air inside the container and instead aim to get a 1:1 ratio between the cream and the container.

Be sure to label your container and put a date on it – trust me it’s easy to forget what an item is after it’s been in the freezer for a couple of weeks.

If you only have a small amount of double cream remaining and plan to use it in small portions then consider storing it in an ice cube tray instead. This way you can simply pop out a cube and defrost it as required (instead of having to defrost the entire container).

Double cream keeps in the freezer for up to one month.

How To Defrost Double Cream

When you’re ready to use the double cream you can defrost it by removing it from the freezer and putting it into the fridge.

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Leave the double cream in the fridge overnight (or for around 12 hours) to defrost naturally.

Once the double cream thaws out the moisture and the fat will clump together.

As a result, the double cream will look watery, you can stir together the two and they’ll work fine.

How To Tell If Your Double Cream Has Gone Bad

You can often tell if your double cream is safe to eat simply by how it looks and smells.

Dairy products produce a distinct roton odor when they have gone bad and double cream is no exception. If you need further verification look for any lumps and discoloration.

You may get food poisoning from eating double cream which has gone off, so if you’re unsure of the condition it’s better to bin it and replace (I speak from experience!)

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