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Oct 19, 2008 06:11 AM

Cream Cheese Frosting: Can I freeze it?


I made far too much cream cheese frosting for my carrot cake and don't want to throw it out.

Do you think the frosting would still be viable if I freeze, then defrost it in the fridge when I'll need it again?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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  1. Since it has such a high fat content, it should freeze well. As you say, use a slow defrost... Or just eat it like a rich creamsicle <grin>

    1. Freezes perfectly - I've done it many times. You may want to re-whip just before using (after defrosting, of course).

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      1. re: Nyleve

        How long would it stay in freezer till it goes bad?

        1. re: drewb123

          Depends on how airtight you contain it. A month at the very least. More like 2 or 3.

          1. re: drewb123

            I will not publically admit here how long I have kept things frozen before using. Let's just say, much longer than you'll probably need to worry about. Frosting is a stable substance and, if very well wrapped, it won't go bad for a long long time. In fact, the only thing that could happen is that, over time, the frosting will absorb off-flavours or odours from the freezer. But this would be minimized if kept airtight. I usually use yogurt or sour cream tubs, filled almost to the top. And if I'm feeling especially careful, I'll even put the tubs into a heavy ziplock bag for extra protection.

            1. re: Nyleve

              Amen, Nyleve! Aside from canning jars, not too many foods these days come in large, metal-lid glass jars, but these are the best at keeping out freezer flavors/odors. I keep whole wheat flour in a prized, large jar. Since I put it right back in the freezer as soon as I remove some flour, it stays cold - my hope is that it is less likely to crack that way. I learned the hard way that putting a frozen glass jar containing liquid on the counter to thaw is inviting the bottom to fall off.

              1. re: greygarious

                I just bought some Ball pint size wide mouth jars that are ok for freezer -- says so on the case. #66000. Ace Hardware had the ones I bought, only about $10 for a case of 12.

                1. re: greygarious

                  Right. Like walker says, the Ball (or whatever brand) mason jars are fine in the freezer. In fact, I make strawberry freezer jam and usually freeze it in small canning jars. Thaw gently in the fridge.

                  1. re: Nyleve

                    Maybe not all are freezer safe; that's why I put the number: 66000.

                    1. re: walker

                      As mentioned in my post, I do know about - and use - canning jars. The flour jar is a half-gallon one with a mouth large enough to put my fist in - twice the size of the largest canning jars. If somebody made big, freezer-hardy metal lidded glass storage containers (better yet, rectangular ones) I'd be first in line to buy some! I think many people are not aware how permeable plastics really are - I once had an unfortunate situation involving ether, which ruined all the refrigerator contents save for that in metal-lid glass jars.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        I'm not sure I really want to know more details about the ether situation...

                        1. re: Nyleve

                          HI, new here. I am going to try the Food Saver vacuum bags to freeze my cream cheese frosting. I always bake a full oven. example: 2 9x13 brownies or cakes and at least 2 loaves of some type of bread and maybe 4 loaves of bread. So as you can see, I have a lot to freeze. I do not work but my husband and I are very busy with many activities but we also like our sweets. I cook with whole wheat flour and canola oil (type 1 diabetic) and everything I have substituted with whole wheat flour has come out great. I will let you know how the Food Saver vacuum bags keep the cream cheese frosting.

          2. would it be ok to freeze cream cheese in freezer bags

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            1. re: margaretpreston

              yes. just squeeze out as much air as you possibly can.