There are many reasons why one would stock up on Ensure drinks. Some people drink ensure to make sure they are getting the nutrients they need. Some people need protein from it because they work out or don’t eat enough protein. Either way, some people end up with a lot of Ensure in their house.
Since Ensure does have a best-by date, some may want to know how to make it last longer. Ensure can be kept in both the fridge and the freezer. You can also freeze these drinks to consume frozen. Ensure is easy to freeze to keep longer.
To Drink Later
If you are freezing your Ensure to drink at a later date, you can keep the drink in the container. It is always best to label the day that you are putting it in the freezer, which can be done by writing directly on it or with a tab. Then, just place the drink in the freezer and come back at a later date.
To Consume Frozen
It is recommended to drain the Ensure bottle into a different container before freezing. You can put it into a popsicle mold, a paper cup with a spoon, any method that you want to use to eat it. Once you move the drink into a different container, just put it into the freezer. Remember that the drink will expand as it freezes.
If you want to drink your Ensure at a later date, you must thaw it first. Luckily, it is super easy to thaw Ensure.
The easiest way is to leave the Ensure in the fridge overnight. This allows a slow thawing that preserves the texture of the drink the best.
You can also microwave your ensure as long as it is in a microwave-safe container. It is not recommended to microwave right from the packaging. In the microwave, cook for 10-second increments and stir the drink after each increment.
Finally, you can place the container (but have it opened) in a hot water bath. This is quicker than the fridge but still preserves the texture.
If you thaw your Ensure in its packaging, give it a good shake before drinking. This recombines anything that might have separated in the drink and gives you a better texture. It’s like how chocolate milk containers always say to shake first.
How Long Does Ensure Last?
Once opened, Ensure drinks should be consumed within 4 hours. This is usually because of perishable ingredients, like milk. If not frozen, they are good until their best-by date.
In the Fridge
Opened Ensure drinks can be kept in the fridge for 2 days before going bad.
In the Freezer
Freezing Ensure drinks make it last a lot longer than in the fridge. In the freezer, Ensure lasts about a month or 2 as long as the drinks are covered. Don’t leave Ensure popsicles without a lid in the freezer for too long.
Ensure is an extremely important product to a lot of people. It is good to know that Ensure can be made to last much longer by putting it into the freezer. Whether you need to stock up or want to enjoy some Ensure popsicles, freezing Ensure is a very helpful method.
Ensure is made to be able to enjoy in various forms: cold, warm, and frozen. Just always remember to give your Ensure a good shake after thawing to recombine anything that could have separated.