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Freezing Yogurt


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I have heard you get a pretty good and yummy consistency of yogurt if you lightly freeze it (~1 hour), but does it destroy the great nutritional value yogurt has with its bacteria and live cultures and stuff like that?

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Not sure! but I just finished eating my lightly frozen yogurt with PB stirred in...and it was yummy (whether it was as nutritious or not!) =)
Original Post by deflepfan16:

Not sure! but I just finished eating my lightly frozen yogurt with PB stirred in...and it was yummy (whether it was as nutritious or not!) =)

Ooh, thank you for the idea of stirring some peanut butter in. I have some almonds on hand and maybe I might make some almond butter ;]. Thank you though. :]!

Ooo that sounds yummy!  I would have done that but I don't have almond butter =\

But yeah it's yummy to stir in different stuff!  Blueberries and strawberries are really good too!

Edit: Hehe I totally forgot to post the reason I checked up again =P I found this on the Stonyfield yogurt website:

Does freezing yogurt destroy or alter the effectiveness of the live cultures?
You can freeze a cup of yogurt. A cup of yogurt that has been frozen and thawed will have a different look and texture than fresh yogurt. The cultures become dormant when frozen, but once thawed either in the refrigerator or by your body heat when ingested; they will become live and active once again. There will be a few cultures that do die, but there are so many billions in our products, that it is truly insignificant.
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does it make a difference if you "lightly" freeze it or if you completely freeze it?  The reason I ask, is in this hot weather, I'd love to have the occational popsicle, but I don't want to make them out of juice or buy the high-suger ones.  I've been thinking of freezing fruit and yogurt in popsicle trays.....has anyone tried this?  Did they turn out well?

 

Edit: The other reason I'm thinking of doing this is I have a container of yogurt that is just past it's expiry date.  It seems like it's still fine, but I don't want it to sit for too many more days.  I'm assuming if I freeze it, it'll keep, right?

Well that other thing says you can freeze it, not just lightly..I'm no expert but I would hope they would be ;)

I have eaten yogurt a few days after it expired and it was still fine.  I have had stuff expire before that date, and far after...so I don't think that date is the definite date to use it by!  If it seems ok it probably is.  And, I would think freezing it would keep it but again, I'm not a yogurt expert! =)
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Yeah, I'm assuming it's fine right now, just not sure if I can eat it all before it goes, so that's why I'm thinking of freezing it.

Guess I can just try it and see how it turns out.  If it doesn't work, well it would have gone bad before I ate it all anyway lol.

True story...haha =P

Let me know how it turns out!  I'll be interested to give it a try if it works well!

so, you can freeze yogurt for an entire day (say, while at work) and then let it thaw out and it'll still be yum-tastic..? :)

Certain brands you will find will freeze better than others.  I find that some of the fat free varieties freeze more icy than others and some will freeze with a more creamy consistency than others.  I like them completely frozen like a Popsicle or 1/2 thawed more like ice cream consistency....it all just depends on my mood of the moment.

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When I was a kid me and my sister would freeze those GoGurt yogurt tube things and eat them.  You can just cut the end off and slide them up like a push-up.  =)  I've never frozen yogurt in a tub, but I assume it would be just as delicious!

I don't know if any of you have had Pinkberry frozen yogurt or any of its clones, but I've been obsessed lately with making green tea frozen yogurt. I bought an electric ice cream maker on ebay and matcha (powdered green tea) at an Asian market. I'm still working on a recipe that is the perfect blend of tangy (because of the real yogurt) and sweet (splenda and/or sugar). But it's great and healthy. I've been using both non-fat Greek yogurt and non-fat yogurt that comes in the big containers. It's also a good source of protein for vegetarians out there (esp. if you use greek yogurt).


I haven't tried just freezing regular yogurt in the small cups, but I had to share my obsession. :-)


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i have really bad luck when it comes to freezing yogurt; i've tried so many different brands and the same thing has happened everytime.

it freezes like glass, and then when i go to thaw it it turns to gross mush. :(

If you stir it a few times while it's freezing it turns out creamier!  I use fat free plain and stir in either PB, blueberries, or strawberries.

I check on it every...once in a while haha like, 20-30 minutes and scrape down the sides of the container and  stir the yogurt.  If you keep doing that until it freezes as much as you'd like it'll be creamier!

Sadly last night I was gone while it was freezing so it ended up being like a big hunk of ice =( (Still pretty tasty though!)

oh, you aren't supposed to leave it like, overnight?

haha that's what i've been doing :|

Yeah I did that at first too!  You can do that it just won't be as creamy that way!  Unless you get up and stir it throughout the night but I don't think that'd be worth it =P

When I freeze the yogurt I also make sure to take it out of its original container and put it in a tupperware storage thing (so you can open it, stir it, and close it back up!)
Original Post by kukua:

does it make a difference if you "lightly" freeze it or if you completely freeze it? The reason I ask, is in this hot weather, I'd love to have the occational popsicle, but I don't want to make them out of juice or buy the high-suger ones. I've been thinking of freezing fruit and yogurt in popsicle trays.....has anyone tried this? Did they turn out well?

Edit: The other reason I'm thinking of doing this is I have a container of yogurt that is just past it's expiry date. It seems like it's still fine, but I don't want it to sit for too many more days. I'm assuming if I freeze it, it'll keep, right?

i don't know about the cultures or anything like that, but i've made homemade yogurt-sicles-yumm-O!

also, my vegan friend suggested blending in some soft(flavoured or non-flavoured) tofu to make  a creamier texture

i love the PB idea!

So I tried it - plain yogurt and strawberries into popscicle molds and let they freeze solid.  They. are. SO. YUMMY!

Great snack on a warm day, and my molds are fairly small so only 25 cals per popscicle. :)

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