Q: It’s that time of year again! My neighborhood grocery store is finally stocked with all my favorite holiday-themed creamer flavors — things like eggnog, gingerbread and pumpkin spice! There’s something about holiday creamer that really makes the season come alive for me. I know, I know — I’m superficial and perhaps a bit crazy. But every year, I savor the last few drops of my Peppermint Mocha coffee come January time, and I was thinking — maybe there’s a way for me to enjoy the holidays all year long! (At least when it comes to my coffee, that is….). So my question is this: Can you freeze coffee creamer? Will it still taste just as good in May as it does in December?
A: Great question. I’ve often wondered that myself as I sip my gingerbread latte in my red-and-white flannel PJs on a frigid December morning. Fortunately for both of us, the answer is a resounding yes! Most creamers will have a “Do Not Freeze” warning on them, and I have to be honest — I’m not sure why. Maybe because they always want you to buy fresh creamer, whether it’s on sale or not. And as any coffee devotee knows, creamer is essential at any price.
But there is nothing wrong with freezing creamer. I have done it myself and didn’t notice one bit of a difference in quality or taste.
Actually, many people I know freeze milk to avoid the problem of running out at the last moment (nothing worse than filling a bowl of Fruity Pebbles and opening the fridge, only to realize that the half gallon that was full yesterday is nowhere to be found). Some suggest pouring out a cup or so before you freeze it to avoid the milk exploding in the freezer (that’s because liquid expands when it freezes). However, I have frozen milkwithout pouring anything off first and haven’t had any explosions. It should also be noted that milk often changes to a yellowish color when it’s frozen, but fear not — it’ll be white again as soon as it defrosts.
Something else that you can freeze that I bet you didn’t know about: Eggs, but not in their shells. Just mix together a dozen eggs, then pour the mixture into individual ice cube trays. Not sure why you would want to do this, but it can be done.
In our house, we like to buy in bulk and then freeze all sorts of things. Our favorites are cheese — both sliced and shredded and any kind of meat. You can even freeze deli meat.
One thing I like to do to save time is make my son’s peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in advance and individually freeze them. I know this seems like it doesn’t save much time, but when you’re trying to run out the door in the morning with two toddlers, one baby and actually make it to school before lunchtime — every second counts!
So rest easy — and go ahead and buy all the holiday-themed creamer you want! Come the spring, you’ll be enjoying your pumpkin spice latte while your neighbor over there has to suffer with plain ol’ hazelnut. Happy holidays!