Q. I have recently been introduced to the wonder that is Vietnamese coffee. In case you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a sweet chilled coffee with a creamy texture. The sweet flavour and creamy texture are largely due to the use of condensed milk. I’ve taken to making Vietnamese-style coffee at home, but since I don’t drink it every day, I end up wasting a lot of condensed milk. I have to open a new can almost every time I make the coffee because the milk goes bad before I need it again. I only need a very small amount to make the coffee. I don’t want to keep throwing away so much food. Can you freeze condensed milk?
A. I do know about Vietnamese coffee. It’s one of my favourite treats! To answer your question, yes you can freeze condensed milk. However, because of the consistency, it doesn’t necessarily freeze as solid as some other liquids, and tends to remain a bit sticky. Still, the taste and texture are not affected by freezing, so go ahead and give it a try!
If you are freezing it for coffee, then I recommend freezing it in small, single serving sizes. An ice cube tray is great for this. Pour the condensed milk into a clean ice cube tray, and then place the tray in the freezer. Allow the condensed milk to freeze for a few hours, until the cubes are hard. Then, remove the ice cube tray from the freezer and pop out the condensed milk cubes. You may want to consider using a flexible silicone ice cube tray to make removal of the condensed milk cubes simpler.
Place the cubes into a freezer bag. You may want to wrap them individually in parchment paper first, but it’s fine if you don’t. The remove the excess air from the freezer bag. Seal the bag, then label and date it. Place the condensed milk cubes in the freezer until you need them. To use, simply remove the desired amount from the freezer and drop the cube into your coffee. You can always place the cube in a small container and allow it to thaw first if preferred, but it’s not necessary. One cube is about a tablespoon.
You can also freeze larger quantities by simply pouring the condensed milk into an airtight, freezer-safe container. Cover the top with a layer of plastic wrap, and then secure the lid of the container. Place in the freezer until needed.