How to Freeze Milk

Can milk be frozen? Yes, it can!

how to freeze milk

There are some food items and liquids you are just never quite sure if they can be frozen or not. Rest assured, milk can be frozen. There are a few things you need to know about freezing milk first. One is that milk expands when freezing. So when you are freezing your milk, make sure that you have space in your container for it to expand.

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The other thing you need to know about milk is that it will separate while frozen. The milk and fat will separate, but that will not ruin the milk. Just shake the milk when it is thawed, and it’s as good as new!

Milk is very simple to freeze. You can actually freeze it in its original plastic container if you want. There is no need to go buy a specific container to freeze your milk! Just make sure to remove some of the milk from the top. This works out great if you have a half-gallon of milk in the fridge and are just about to go on vacation or travel.

Knowing that the milk could go bad while you are gone might make you want to dump the milk. You no longer have to do that—you can freeze it instead. Freeze your milk so that when you get back from your vacation, you can just thaw it out and use it promptly.

With your milk, you can make some smoothies or homemade chocolate milk among many other things!

How to Freeze Milk
  • Milk, in either a plastic or glass freezer-safe container
  1. Place the milk in your freezer in its original plastic container or glass freezer-safe container.
  2. Make sure to leave room to allow the milk to expand, so remove some milk if needed.
  3. When you're ready to use the frozen milk, allow it to thaw in the fridge.
Milk can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Consume thawed milk within 3-4 days.



  1. Lisa Gray says

    I buy milk in regular cardboard-type half-gallon cartons. Can these go in the freezer if I remove some milk first, so they aren’t completely full? Or do I need to pour the milk into another container, like a Mason jar? Thanks!

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