A common kitchen conundrum: you have a big old tub of sour cream sitting in your fridge that you only used a tiny portion of for a recipe, and now you’re stuck with it! If you’re not sure what to do with the rest of this perfectly good food product before it expires, the solution is easy-freezy -- look no further than your freezer! That said, will your sour cream be exactly the same when thawed as it was before it was frozen? Not exactly! But whether or not that matters depends on how you intend to use the sour cream.
The good news is when you freeze sour cream, its flavor is not affected -- it will taste the same when you thaw it as before you ever froze it. The not-so-good news is, freezing sour cream does completely change its texture in a not-so-pleasant way. When frozen and thawed, the cream separates and takes on a clumpy cottage cheese-like consistency. It's perfectly fine to use, but sadly the texture you're expecting won’t be there anymore. It’s also important to bear in mind that the higher the fat content of the sour cream, the better it will freeze.
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