Whether you’re trying to stock up for emergencies, or simply bought too much at the grocery store, you’ll be happy to know that yes, you can freeze milk! Watch this video to see how it’s done, and then read the instructions below.
Freezing milk allows you to save money by buying milk in larger quantities than you need, extend its shelf life, and make fewer trips to the grocery store.
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How to Freeze It
Milk is one of the easiest things to freeze! You can do it straight in the jug you purchased it in, just be aware that milk expands when freezing.
To avoid your containers popping, simply open the lid and remove an inch or two of milk. This will give your milk plenty of room to expand without breaking or spilling.
How Long Does Frozen Milk Last?
Does freezing milk really help it last longer? Absolutely! Milk can be frozen for about 3-6 months which gives you a bit of extra shelf life for your trouble.
When freezing milk, use a sharpie to write the date that you are putting it in the freezer, so you know how long you have until you should drink it. This is especially useful if you’re freezing a few jugs of milk, and need to keep track of which one to use first.
Does Frozen Milk Taste Good?
This is a popular question, and the truth is freezing milk does change things!
Milk separates when frozen. So the fat and the regular milk will separate, but this doesn’t ruin the milk. Since you already have extra space in your jug from before freezing, tighten the lid and shake well to get the milk mixed back together and your milk will be as good as new!
Can You Freeze Cream?
Just like milk, you can also freeze half and half and cream. If you just want small amounts for mixing into your coffee, pour the cream into an ice cube tray and freeze it. Once the cubes are solid, you can pop them out and transfer them to a freezer bag. One cube equals about 2 tablespoons if you are using an average size tray.
You can also freeze cream in the container you purchased it in, but just like with your milk, be sure you use up a bit of the cream or half and half before freezing because it will also expand when it freezes.
How to Thaw Milk Safely
When you start thawing your milk, be sure that you do not set it out on a counter to thaw as this could make your milk go bad.
The best method is to thaw it in the fridge overnight. If you’re worried about condensation, fold up a small towel or a couple of paper towels under the milk jug to catch any spare water droplets that form as the milk thaws.
There are some food items and liquids you are just never quite sure if they can be frozen or not. If you are wondering how to freeze other food items check out this post.
How to Freeze Milk
Whether you’re trying to stock up for emergencies, or simply bought too much at the grocery store, you’ll be happy to know that yes, you can free milk!
- Freezer-safe containers or zip-bags
- Place the milk in your freezer in its original plastic container or glass freezer-safe container.
- Make sure to leave room to allow the milk to expand, so remove some milk if needed.
- 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.
More Freezer Tips You Should Know
How to Freeze Cheese – Stocked up on cheese? Check out how to make your cheese stash last longer in your freezer.
How to Freeze Yogurt – Will yogurt be the same after freezing? How long does it last? Those questions and more answered in this post.
How to Freeze Everything – Once a month shopping, cooking in bulk, and doubling up on recipes is no problem!