Can you freeze cashew milk? Yes, whether purchased at the store or made at home you can freeze cashew milk.
Do you find yourself with left over cashew milk regularly? Made a batch at home and can’t use it up in a few days? This guide is here to help.
Cashew milk is a great substitute for cows milk. Cashew milk made at home is high in good fats, protein and certain vitamins and minerals, particularly magnesium. It is light and creamy and can be made to your preferred creaminess.
Fresh cashew milk will last about 4-6 days in the refrigerator, freezing your cashew milk will extend its shelf life by a few months with no nutrients lost in the process.
So, if you have been asking ‘can I freeze cashew milk?’ the answer is yes you can. In the guide I’ll run you through all you need to know about cashew milk, how to freeze and defrost cashew milk and what the effects of this may be.
What Is Cashew Milk?
Cashew milk is made from cashews and water. It is super simple to make at home and holds a heap of nutritional benefits. Cashew milk purchased from the store varies in nutritional value as it is usually only 3% cashews and fortified with numerous vitamins/minerals.
Cashew milk is a great alternative to cows milk for those with lactose intolerance and plant based diets. Cashew milk made at home is as simple as grabbing a 1:4 ratio of cashews to water and blending until it is smooth and milky. Unlike other nut milks, cashew milk requires no straining, making it extra simple.
Cashew milk is mildly nutty and creamy and is full of good unsaturated fats as compared with cows milk which is full of saturated fats. It may also be a good option for those looking to lose weight to switch out their regular cows milk.
There are a number of benefits to drinking cashew milk including increased heart health, lower cholesterol, better managed blood sugar, and it’s great for the hair and skin.
So can cashew milk be frozen? Yes, it can. We talk more about this below.
Can You Freeze Cashew Milk?
Yes, cashew milk can certainly be frozen. Cashew milk actually freezes quite well and it’s pretty simple to do so. Freezing your cashew milk is a great way to extend the shelf life from a few days to a couple of months. Cashew milk can be expensive so this is a great option if you don’t see yourself using all of it.
Commercial bought cashew milk will vary on how it freezes compared with homemade cashew milk. Store bought cashew milk will often separate after freezing and may require stirring to resolve this.
I have personally tested and researched freezing cashew milk and am going to take you through how to properly freeze and defrost your cashew milk below.
Freezing cashew milk can cause the texture to become slightly more grainy and enhance the taste slightly, however it isn’t overly obvious and should not be a problem if required for a recipe.
How To Freeze Cashew Milk
Freezing cashew milk is really quite simple, and it can be frozen in any container you wish to use. For cashew milk, ice cube trays are a great way to ensure you are able to defrost the exact amount of cashew milk you require. Frozen cashew milk in ice cubes are also a great addition to home made iced coffee.
Step 1: Pour The Cashew Milk Into Ice Cube Trays
You can use any container you wish for this step. You could potentially even use zip lock bags. Ensure your cashew milk is still fresh before pouring it into your container/ice cube trays.
Step 2: Put The Ice Cube Tray In The Freezer
Your cashew milk is now ready to freeze in the ice cube tray, place it in the freezer and leave it overnight to be sure it has fully solidified.
Step 3: Store The Cubes In A Freezer Bag
Remove the cubes from the ice cube tray and place them in a freezer bag. This way, it is super convenient to reach in and grab the exact amount you need.
How To Defrost Cashew Milk
There are a number of ways you can choose to defrost your cashew milk. Any way you choose to defrost it will work just the same. Here are some options below:
- Leave the cashew milk in the refrigerator to defrost: Put the amount of cashew milk you require into a bag/container in the fridge. This will take several hours to defrost.
- Put the cashew milk in cold water to defrost: Place the amount of cashew milk ice cubes you need in a bag or container and place in cold water. This will take an hour or so to defrost.
- Use the microwave to defrost: Using the microwave is the fastest way to defrost the cashew milk, although it can go from frozen to boiling fast so do it in short bursts.
- Use the cashew milk frozen: If you are making a hot recipe like soup, just throw the cubes in as it will defrost in the process of cooking anyway.
After you have defrosted your cashew milk, particularly if it is store bought, you may need to give it a good stir to fix any separating.
How Does Freezing Cashew Milk Impact Its Taste And Texture?
Freezing cashew milk does not have a huge effect on the overall taste and texture. There are, however, some differences.
Frozen cashew milk once defrosted becomes slightly darker/yellow in color and slightly more grainy in texture. The cashew milk I froze was also slightly thicker in texture after defrosting.
When comparing the taste of frozen, defrosted cashew milk to fresh cashew milk there really are no huge differences. The texture of the defrosted cashew milk is slightly grainier and the taste is slightly more nutty. However, after it is given a good mix, the differences are barely noticeable.
I recommend adding more water to your defrosted cashew milk if it is too thick or grainy.
Cashew milk is a healthy, delicious beverage that is super simple to make at home. Cashews can be quite expensive and throwing away unused cashew milk feels like an expensive waste. Particularly if you’ve gone to the effort to make it at home.
Freezing your unused cashew milk is a great way to extend its shelf life from a few days to a few months and will work in any recipe you’d typically use your fresh milk in.
I hope you have found this guide to freezing cashew milk helpful and are now more confident in freezing your cashew milk.
Learn what you can substitute cashew milk for here or find out how cashew milk compares to almond milk here. You can also find all our guides to cashew-based products here or how to freeze cashew cream here.