Kitchen Hack: Freeze Soon-to-Expire Yogurt in Ice Trays

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Ever buy a bunch of yogurt and then a few weeks later find yourself tossing that same bunch of yogurt? This doesn’t have to happen. Save your yogurt, your money and time with this kitchen hack.

  1. Start with an ice tray and some soon-to-expire yogurt. Plain or flavored, Greek or regular… whatever you have in the fridge and don’t want to waste.
  2. Empty the yogurt into a clean sandwich or snack bag. Snip the tip.
  3. Squeeze the yogurt into the ice tray.
  4. Tap the tray on the counter a few times to settle the yogurt.
  5. Freeze it. [Note: Once frozen, put the cubes into a freezer-safe bag or container. This will help prevent the yogurt from absorbing any odors or flavors from the freezer.]
  6. When you’re ready to eat, blend the frozen yogurt cubes into a smoothie with your favorite fruit for a quick and nutritious breakfast or snack. No ice needed!

Now go ahead. Buy the big yogurt – you have a plan. You’re all set to stock up at the yogurt sale without fear of waste. Plus, you have a shortcut to a protein- and calcium-rich smoothie.

More tips:

  • You can store the frozen yogurt cubes one to two months in the freezer. Use freezer labels to mark the date.
  • Using a smaller ice cube tray produces smaller cubes, which are ideal for blending.
  • To be safe, don’t refreeze frozen yogurt cubes that have been allowed to thaw.

For more tips on ways to reduce food waste, check out this infographic. Do you know any creative ways to reduce food waste?

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