From Fresh to Frozen and Back Again

Healthy, versatile, delicious but perishable, dairy is a key ingredient not only in recipes, but in our day-to-day lives. But if you plan well and keep an eye on expiry dates, many dairy products freeze and thaw well. Here’s a list of what can be frozen and what can’t. Remember that all frozen products should be thawed in the refrigerator.

What to freeze and what not to freeze

It's important to keep your fridge and freezer at the correct temperature to ensure food safety. The guidelines below are provided by Health Canada. The recommended refrigeration times are for safety, the freezing times are for quality.
 
Product Refrigerator at 4°C (40°F) or lower Freezer at -18°C (0°F) or lower
Un-opened milk Best before date 6 weeks
Opened milk 3 days Don't freeze
Un-opened cottage cheese Best before date Doesn't freeze well
Opened cottage cheese 3 days Don't freeze
Un-opened yogurt Best before date 1-2 months
Opened yogurt 3 days Don't freeze
Soft cheese 1 week Doesn't freeze well
Semi-soft cheese 2-3 weeks 8 weeks
Firm cheese 5 weeks 3 months
Hard cheese 10 months 1 year
Processed cheese 5 months 3 months
Un-opened salted butter 8 weeks 1 year
Un-opened unsalted butter 8 weeks 3 months
Opened butter 3 weeks Don't freeze


For more information about safe food storage visit Health Canada.