Can I Freeze Dairy Products? (Video)

Can I Freeze Dairy Products

Some dairy products freeze well and others will curdle and separate. Here’s the rundown of which ones make good freezer candidates:

• DO NOT freeze half-and-half, sour cream, cottage cheese, and buttermilk. They have a tendency to separate, become watery, and sometimes curdle.

• Milk – 1 month. Make sure you take 1 cup per gallon of milk out of the container since it will expand when frozen. Milk should be consumed in a week once thawed.  Whole milk and 2% freeze better than skim milk.  If your family goes through multiple gallons of milk per week, stocking up when it goes on sale and freezing it could save you a bundle!

• Cheese – Up to 6 months.  Yes, you can freeze cheese! The National Dairy Counsel suggests freezing cheese for six months or less. Freezing can change the texture of some cheeses, making them crumbly once thawed, and the firmer varieties (cheddar, Gouda, and Swiss) seem to hold up best. As I like to say, “The firmer the cheese, the better it will freeze!”  Stock up on shredded cheeses that you’ll be using for cooking and freeze – you won’t notice a difference in taste or texture in your recipes. You can even freeze cheese slices!

• Butter – up to 12 months. I frequently stock up on sticks of butter when it goes on sale in November and December during the holiday baking season. Spreadable butters also freeze very well, too. I pop them directly in the freezer, no need for a freezer bag or container!


  1. Rebecca Bryant says:

    We freeze milk often but I didn’t know about cheese. I will remember this next time it goes on sale adn I have coupons.

  2. Tonya C says:

    I had no idea you can freeze butter! I always wish I could stock up on these when they go on sale as they hardly ever do and they tend to be expensive otherwise!

  3. Melisa says:

    This is a great post. I was surprised to learn recently that people don’t routinely know you an freeze cheese. It’s a must for us. My husband would think he was dying if we didn’t have cheese in the house, so I keep some in the freezer just in case.

  4. Keikilani says:

    I LOVE my freezer! It saves me a lot of money freezing products like milk and butter. Stock up when it’s cheap!

  5. I freeze yogurt and it tastes great! Thank you for the great post!

  6. Amanda Love says:

    This is good to know. We however go through most of these things so quickly, especially milk that we never have the time to freeze anything. :)

  7. Carol Bryant says:

    WOW I learned a lot here. I need to keep in mind the butter tip. We spend a lot on dairy.

  8. Dawn says:

    It’s often a chance of luck as to whether a dairy product will freeze well or not. We have frozen butter and it did well, but we never have good luck with freezing milk.

  9. Rosey says:

    I have frozen milk before and it was okay. I haven’t frozen cheese and didn’t even know that you could!! :) never mind me if this is a duplicate comment, I had too many windows open and they all froze. ;)