If you don’t use the whole can of coconut cream when you are cooking, then it may last about a couple of days in your fridge. If you don’t use it before its expiration date, you must simply throw it out. An opened can of coconut cream cannot last too long in the fridge. That’s why the best option is to freeze it. If coconut cream is frozen, it will last for a longer period of time.
Before we tell you how to freeze coconut cream, you will find out some important things about the coconut cream and its preparation.
We will also tell you what is the difference between coconut cream and coconut milk. You have probably heard of both products, but you may not be able to distinguish them.
If you use coconut cream in cooking, then you will probably like this article. It will be useful for you and you will finally find out how to make your coconut cream last longer. If you haven’t tried to freeze coconut cream yet, we are sure that you will do it after reading this article. So, let’s start and see what coconut cream actually is and how it is prepared.
What is Coconut Cream?
You have probably heard of coconut cream, but you may not know what is the difference between coconut cream and coconut milk. In the first place, you should know that coconut milk is liquid, while coconut cream is thicker than coconut milk. As you can see, the only difference is in their consistency. Coconut cream is like a paste and it is usually used in cooking because of its mild taste.
Now you may be wondering what actually coconut cream is. If you want to prepare coconut cream, you need to mix four parts of shredded coconut and one part of milk or water. This mixture should be boiled and then you should strain it. The liquid that you get is coconut milk and you can use it on many ways. The thick paste which you can see on top of coconut milk is coconut cream. It is important to know that coconut cream is not a liquid, but a thick part that you can see on top of coconut milk.
As you can see, the main ingredient in coconut cream is coconut milk. You can use coconut cream for preparing coconut cream pie or cake.
There is also a cream of coconut and you can prepare it when you add a lot of sugar to coconut cream. A cream of coconut is usually used for preparing different desserts and beverages.
Can You Freeze Coconut Cream?
If you didn’t use the whole can of coconut cream that you have bought, then you should not throw it out immediately. If you keep an opened can of coconut cream in the fridge, it will last about a week or two, but you should not use a metal can. You should always keep coconut cream in plastic or glass container after you open it.
However, you should know that your coconut cream will not last too long in the fridge, so if you want to extend the expiration date of coconut cream, it is best to freeze it.
It is known that it is easy to freeze coconut milk and it is the best way to make it last for a longer period of time. But, many people are not sure if it is possible to freeze coconut cream as well.
As you have already seen above, it is possible to freeze coconut cream. This cream may change in texture, but the flavor will remain almost the same. Of course, it is much better than throwing the coconut cream out. If you have already bought a carton of coconut cream, for example, and if it is impossible to use it before the expiration date, we recommend you to freeze it.
Also, if you have opened a can of coconut cream and you will not use the whole can in the next couple of days, then it is best to freeze your coconut cream. This way the coconut cream will last much longer and you will be able to use it even after a few months. You just need to freeze it properly. Below you will see how to freeze coconut cream.
How to Freeze Coconut Cream?
Many people are freezing coconut cream, in order to extend its expiration date. If you have also decided to freeze coconut cream, you should know a few things. It is not recommended to freeze coconut cream in the jar because it will take a long time to thaw later when you decide to use it.
There is another option that is much better. We recommend you to freeze coconut cream using ice cube trays. It is the best way to keep your coconut cream frozen. Also, you can freeze coconut cream in covered airtight containers or in special freezer bags.
Now you may be worried about the adverse effects of freezing coconut cream. The only thing that may happen is that your coconut cream lose its consistency but it will not be too much. So, when you use it for preparing a curry or a yam, you will not notice any difference. If you freeze coconut cream in ice cube trays, then it will be much easier to thaw it. When you decide to use coconut cream in cooking after it has been frozen, you may need to add a little bit of water.
Now you have seen that you can freeze coconut cream and this process will not have any adverse effects. But, you may not know that you can also freeze a curry that contains coconut cream. Many people have tried it and they were very satisfied with the results. If coconut cream is used in curry, then the curry will certainly freeze well. In this case we recommend you to use airtight containers, in order to prevent any odors to come in contact with curry.
We hope this article has been interesting and useful for you. Now you know how to save the leftovers of your coconut cream.
As you have seen, freezing is the best way to extend the expiration date of this cream. If you decide to freeze coconut cream, you should use ice cube trays or airtight containers.
It is possible that the texture may change a little, but the taste will be the same, which is most important. We hope you will try to freeze coconut cream and use it for another cooking. This way you will save money because you will not have to buy new coconut cream again and again.