October 8, 2009

Freezing Yogurt

One habit that has continued long after S has given up eating purees is freezing yogurt.  It is more economical to buy yogurt in a large tub, but we could never make it through the whole tub within the recommended 7 days after opening (and I hate waste).  In case you're worried about freezing yogurt, this is from the Stonyfield website:

Can I freeze yogurt?
Yes. Just keep in mind that yogurt that has been frozen and thawed will have a different look and texture than fresh yogurt. Freezing can also destroy some of the beneficial cultures in our yogurt, but there are billions so they’ll still be plenty to give you added health benefits. The cultures become dormant when frozen, but once thawed, either in the refrigerator or in the body once consumed, will become live and active once again. If you choose to freeze our yogurt, we still recommend that you use the product by the use-by-date stamped on the container.

I buy plain or vanilla yogurt and spoon it into two icecube trays and let it freeze overnight.  The next day, I transfer the cubes into a freezer bag and label with the date.  When I want yogurt for S, I defrost 3-4 cubes in the fridge and then add defrosted frozen blueberries, canned pumpkin (pure not a "mix"), fresh peaches or bananas, or other fresh mashable fruits to it.

One other benefit of freezing yogurt is that you can reuse the tubs to hold crayons, art supplies, Legos...

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