Can You Freeze Milk?
Yes, the good news is you can freeze milk. Here’s what you need to know:
How To Freeze Milk
First things first, if you decide to freeze milk you need to do so before the expiration date.
Next, while you can leave it in the milk carton you can also transfer to another container before freezing. If you do transfer milk into a different container, leave a little space at the top (about an inch or so) because the milk, like other liquids, will expand when it freezes.
When you freeze milk you may notice the fat separates from the rest of the milk; don’t worry about it – it’s completely normal. That’s because the protein and minerals are the first to thaw; the water in the milk thaws later.
Once you’re ready to use the milk, let it thaw completely in the fridge. Milk fats can thaw separately than the water in milk, so if it’s not completely thawed, you may notice that it isn’t as smooth as usual – but a quick shake or stir can help. That said, it’s still safe to drink or use in recipes. While freezing suspends the spoilage process, it’s recommended that thawed milk be used as quickly as possible.
Some think that freezing milk changes its taste; if you plan on freezing milk to drink later, you may want to try a small batch first to see how you like it. If you’re freezing it to use in recipes, consider freezing it in ice cube trays that way you can add by the cube rather than defrosting all the milk at once.
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Top tips for freezing milk originally featured by our friends at DairyGood.org.