Did You Know – Milk Freezes

How many times do you have milk that will expire in a day or two and you know that you won’t use it? Did you know that you can freeze milk?

Milk can be frozen for several months, but it’s best used within a month of being frozen. After that, the texture of the milk starts to break down but it is still good.

The two components in milk (fat and water) may separate when frozen, which is totally fine, and all you need to do is shake the thawed milk and it will bring back some if not all of the original consistency.

Although milk freezes well, the more fat the milk contains, the more it will separate when thawed. So the types of milk that freeze the best are skim and low fat.

What is the best way to freeze milk? You can freeze it in the container it comes in as long as it is made of plastic. Just leave at least 1-1/2” space at the top of the container, before freezing, for expansion. Better yet, freeze the milk in ice cube trays to drop into your coffee, smoothies or for small amounts you may need in a recipe.

What is the best way to thaw milk? Never thaw milk on the counter. Instead, place it in the refrigerator overnight. If you need it sooner, place the container in cold water, replacing the cold water frequently until the milk is thawed.

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  1. I have been on the planet almost 52 years and I thought milk couldn’t be saved this way because I didn’t thaw it right the first time. LOL.

    Thank you. 🙂

  2. I didn’t realise you could freeze milk tbh. Like you say, better for the low fat milk if you do freeze it. Only time I’ve ever seen frozen milk was when I was a child, and the milk bottle left on the doorstep by the milkman froze in the snow one morning and one of the bottles broke. My mum wasn’t too pleased LOL!

  3. I did not know this, Diane! A good tip next time. I am thankful we get through milk usually but have the occasional moments when they expire then we have to pitch them. So this is a good money and milk saving tip!

  4. A fact I already knew! 😊 and interestingly I am just now using some milk I had frozen a few months ago. Its consistency changes but when you pour it into your hot tea and stir it you’d never know

    • I never heard of it until my client (mentally challenged) took a gallon out of the freezer. Her mom and dad went on vacation and they froze milk so she wouldn’t run out, brilliant!

  5. I often freeze milk. Berto is not very fond of milk, which means it’s really only me who drinks milk. And yes, I always have an ice cube container with milk in the freezer (for those times I forget to take the bottle out of the freezer the night before) 😉.

  6. That is helpful to know this Diane. As a single person living alone, as I get to the end of the bottom portion of the milk it is the “sniff test” before pouring each glass – now there is a better solution. 🙂

      • That’s funny – like he cannot detect it. I sniff too when it gets old … there’s nothing like taking a big swig of milk and it has turned sour. We had a woman at work years ago – she would go into the kitchen and smell the coffee pot to see if it was fresh. We had the glass pots/coffee service. It looked a little odd.

      • Terry doesn’t drink milk so he can’t tell. Lol Coffee tends to get that burnt smell when it isn’t fresh. At my house I use a large insulated glass and the almost half pot of coffee I make all goes into my glass.

      • That’s funny – my father used to drink buttermilk as he had an ulcer. I don’t even know if I see butterfmilk in the refrigerated section anymore. That’s enough coffee to keep you hummin’ all day!

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