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Dec 24, 2010 07:55 AM

Help! My sour cream accidentally froze.....

I was going to make a spinach dip with it and when I pulled it out of the fridge it is frozen solid!

Can I still use it for my dip? I don't have anything else to bake at this point....

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  1. maybe run out to the store and buy a new one? otherwise try to defrost it in the fridge.

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    1. re: trolley

      LOL! No way I'm going to the a 1st hand report on how horrible it is out there....the police are directing traffic around the bakery!

      1. re: jenscats5

        I agree about defrosting in the refrigerator. If memory serves, it will separate into water and curds when thawed, but if you are beating it up and using mayo or cream cheese in your dip, you might just be okay.

    2. Generally speaking, frozen sour cream separates when frozen and thawed. It is possible to whisk it and reconstitute it to some degree but it will never have the same texture or flavor. However, greygarious makes a good point. In your circumstances, if you're using cheese as an added ingredient in your spinach dip, you might get away with it.
      On the other hand, if you're not ready for the possibility of failure, dump it and go get some fresh sour cream.

      1. I am definitely mixing with mayo & I have some Greek yogurt I can add as well.....thanks for all the tips!!

        1. Good news! It thawed out without curdling or separating at all......whew!

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          1. re: jenscats5

            Yay!!! I just got home and am staying put til tomorrow. We've had our first rain in two months and no one knows how to drive. Central Market was packed and out of some things I wanted, but I'll do without.

            Since I tasted good non-fat Greek yogurt I no longer use sour cream.

            1. re: Barbara76137

              I love non-fat Greek yogurt! I use it in place of sour cream in lots of things.....

              1. re: jenscats5

                me too, much superior to low fat sour cream.

                1. re: magiesmom

                  I used to whip it up with a fork and serve it in a bowl and the ex and his boys just thought it was sour cream for baked potatoes.

                  1. re: Barbara76137

                    I've mixed up plain Greek yogurt for everything sweet to savory......Love it with fruit and granola bits or cereal and mix in spices for a dip for veggies.....I do a quick chicken curry with yellow curry powder + the Greek yogurt.....very versatile product!!

          2. I have two suggestions for sour cream that was kept in back of the fridge and was accidently frozen. Blend it in a food processor and use it as a substitute for buttermilk in Southern Fried Chicken recipes that call for buttermilk seasoned with spices used as a pre-fry overnight marinade. Also, the blended previously frozen sour cream can be used as a substitute for plain yogurt when marinating chicken or lamb along with herbs and spices for many Indian Dishes. If your not planning on making any chicken dishes put the tub of semi-frozen sour cream in the freezer and date it with a note to be used later for Fried Chicken or Indian cuisine as a marinade.