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Freezing Milk

Freezing Milk

Milk prices fluctuate routinely, buying it on sale and freezing some can save you money. This is a guide about freezing milk.



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Tip: Freeze Milk Before It Goes Bad

To use up milk or cream when it is nearing the expiration date, I will freeze into ice cubes. I then will pop them out and place into a freezer bag for later use. When I have a recipe that calls for milk, I will pull out what I need and thaw in the microwave on defrost. Works like a charm! Approximate measurements: 1 cube = 3 Tablespoons, 3 cubes = 1/2 cup, 6 cubes = 1 cup, etc.

By Ashley from Ephrata, PA

Tip: Freezing Sour Milk

My kids eat a lot of dairy, but it does happen that we find that a bag of milk, cottage cheese, or yogurt will be sitting in our fridge past its expiration date. I have a few recipes ( e.g. pancakes, tuna casserole) that call for buttermilk or another type of fermented milk product. So instead of throwing out these sour products, I put them in the freezer to be defrosted when I have time to prepare the recipes. The end results taste delicious, and no one, except my pocket book, is the wiser.

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Here are questions related to Freezing Milk.

Question: Freezing Milk

Since 2% milk can be frozen; can it be frozen in a plastic container and for how long? Thank you.

By Roseann from GA

Most Recent Answer

By Coleen04/01/2011

When we freeze milk, we just put the unopened gallon jug of it in the freezer. We like to have that factory seal still sealed. I think it keeps better that way. I have never had a gallon of the milk expand to the point where it broke the seal or the plastic jug.

You can really save a lot by freezing milk. Especially if you buy it when it is on sale.


Question: Freezing Milk

How many months can you keep milk frozen?

By Josie

Question: Freezing Milk

I bought milk with 3 bags in one larger bag. I put one in my milk jug and froze the other 2 in the freezer. The bags are made of plastic. Is this OK or is it harmful to drink after the milk has been in the freezer?

By Nancy Maria

Most Recent Answer

By coville12302/14/2012

No it is not harmful I do it all the time.I just find it tastes more watery.

Question: Freezing UHT Milk

Can we freeze and refreeze UHT milk? If yes, how long can we keep it frozen?

By Ferdie from UK, Carmarthenshire

Most Recent Answer

By Anonymous07/11/2011

If you're talking about Ultra High Temperature (UHT) pasteurized milk you don't need to freeze it because it will stay fresh in a cabinet for up to nine months. Also, if you do freeze it the fluid is going to expand and if that ends up breaking a package seal (which it most likely will) there's no guarantee it will keep it's flavor quality and safety.


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Archive: Freezing Milk

Can you freeze milk?

LeaAnn from Mitchell, SD

RE: Freezing Milk

Yes, you can freeze milk. The fat will separate upon thawing, so a lot of shaking will be needed to get it to look normal. Another way to stretch the milk is to dilute it with nonfat dry milk (prepared with water). Cut the regular milk with 1/3 of this mix. Most people say the taste doesn't change much. Another tip is to have them drink water when they are thirsty, and save milk for other things. They don't need that much milk to be healthy.

I found this on MISERLY MOMS web page hope this helps you. They have some very good things on this site for fugal living and making things at home. Good Luck!! (08/01/2007)

By dpool from memphis

RE: Freezing Milk

Yes, milk can be frozen! My grandmother is on social security and does her grocery shopping once a month. She purchases all of her milk at the begininng of the month and freezes them. (08/02/2007)

By AngelLoveInOhio

RE: Freezing Milk

Absolutely! You might want to pour a bit out (and use it, of course!) as it tends to expand when it freezes. (08/02/2007)

By ImTrish

RE: Freezing Milk

Yes you can although like an above post you will have to adjust somewhat to the color and the cream separating if you use other than skim milk. I live in the country and keep at least 1/2 gallon frozen in case the winter weather gets too growly for me to get out to the store. Buying a months supply is very good idea. (08/02/2007)

By Eloise Gulick, Frankinville NY

RE: Freezing Milk

I have been freezing milk for quite some time. It freezes well. Just leave some room in the top of the container for expansion. It does take a long time to thaw. Sometimes as much as two days. (08/02/2007)

By Shirl

RE: Freezing Milk

I often freeze milk in 1 cup containers to use for baking later. (08/02/2007)

By Sharon from FL

RE: Freezing Milk

Yes you can freeze milk, I buy enough milk to last the whole week.. I buy HilO milk which is like skim milk, When you disfrost the milk just make sure you give it a good shake. My 3 kids love milk but it is becoming increasing expenisve in Australia due to the drought and the price of fuel. I make milo for them by mixing 2 teaspoons of milo powder with about 50 mls of hot water and then adding 250ml of milk. I also make them drink filtered tap water in between meals (08/02/2007)

By Rae

RE: Freezing Milk

I've found that all of the following freeze beautifully: whole milk, 2% milk, buttermilk, half and half, heavy whipping cream, and eggnog (a great way to save it as it's only available once a year). You can also freeze non-dairy liquid coffee creamers. These products expand when frozen so don't fill your containers all the way to the top. Thaw out in the refrigerator. Shake well before using (08/02/2007)

By perfume and powder

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By Gale

RE: Freezing Milk

Yes, you can freeze milk. It will have a yellow cast to it due to the separation of the butterfat but a little shaking and it tastes the same. To stretch milk I buy a gallon of whole milk, make a gallon of instant milk (Powdered milk) and mix the two. Tastes like 2%. (08/04/2007)

By Gentle1

Archive: Freezing Milk

Can whole milk be frozen if I leave some head space?

Dori An from Belvidere, NJ

RE: Freezing Milk

I have frozen milk for years. If you buy 2% or even 1% it tastes almost like whole when you thaw it out and shake well! I've never taken any out of the gallon jug -- just put in freezer from grocery store! (06/05/2008)

By HalfWhit

RE: Freezing Milk

Hello there,I live in hot Queensland, Australia, and a very long way from any shops. Don't have a cow, so have to buy my milk in bulk when I do a fortnight's shopping. Straight into the freezer when I get home. It freezes fine - de-frost it in fridge, and never run out of milk. (06/05/2008)

By Leah from Australia

RE: Freezing Milk

Sure can. I live alone, but buy it by the gallon because it is cheaper by the gallon. I then divide it into freezer-hardy containers leaving about 2 inches of head space for expansion during freezing. This way, I can thaw one of the containers over night and it will be ready in the morning. I've been doing this for as long as I can remember - and there is no difference in taste. (06/05/2008)

By north790

RE: Freezing Milk

I make milk ice-cubes! Great for cooling hot coffee and tea. (02/06/2009)

By Philip

RE: Freezing Milk

I remember my grandma getting a weeks worth and freezing it--from the milk truck coming through the countryside rural areas. BUT I also remember the taste of it too. I am a milk drinker ONLY MILK. There is a taste difference. If you only use it on cereal, coffee, cooking, it might not be a problem. BUT I drink it. About a half gal a day. Mine stays fresh.

I do buy butter milk and transfer it to plastic pint containers, then freeze. Most my recipes would use that amount. Do it when it is fresh and it stays good.

ALWAYS THAW PRODUCT in the fridge. With all the recalls, don't be the cause of a food borne illness. Listeria, bacteria doesn't need much help, but surely not being refrigerated can make it a big problem. (03/01/2009)

By T and T Grandma

Archive: Freezing Milk

When my kids were growing up, they drank a whale of a lot of milk. At times, I thought we should get their very own cow just to satisfy supply and demand. I was always hearing "Mom, we're out of milk".

Now, the kids are gone with their own families and I don't drink milk like I used to. Recently I realized that I just didn't need to buy quarts of milk that would eventually go sour, even the ultra pasteurized kind. These days, I buy milk in the small 16 oz. bottles. I buy 2 or 3 at a time and when I get home I put them in the freezer and open as needed for cereal, cooking, baking, etc.

To use, take out of freezer and thaw for 1 to 2 hours or so, then shake until ice crystals almost disappear.

Years ago, milk didn't freeze very well, but now with ultra pasteurization process, the cream is more thoroughly combined with the milk and does not separate easily, so frozen milk is no longer "grainy" as it used to be. You can also recycle the plastic container and save product and money at the same time.

By sue123 from Oroville, CA

Archive: Freezing Milk

Is milk freezable? If so, what can you freeze it in and how long does it last in the freezer?

By Molly from LA, CA

RE: Freezing Milk

If you freeze milk it separates. Makes it pretty nasty when it thaws. (05/06/2010)

By Suntydt

RE: Freezing Milk

Yes, milk freezes fine. I freeze milk all the time in its original plastic container. You will need to loosen the cap to the milk jug and remove some of the milk before freezing because it will expand once fully frozen and needs the air space. You don't want the milk plastic container to end up bulging once frozen.

When you are ready to thaw the milk, be sure to thaw it in the refrigerator. I always place a cookie sheet under the thawing milk to prevent condensation from gathering on the fridge shelf. Shake the milk once it has pretty well thawed and you will have no problems. I have frozen milk for about 6 wks. and it has tasted fine. I am unable to state how long milk should remain frozen, but 6 wks. has proven fine in my experience. You can always freeze milk in smaller plastic containers. This is a good idea and prevents having a single large container (gallon, half gallon) to defrost. (05/06/2010)

By lovetobake

RE: Freezing Milk

I hate the taste of frozen milk. If you can get fresh milk easily there is no reason to freeze it. Milk without growth hormones and antibiotics is available everywhere now and I strongly recommend everyone to be using it. (05/07/2010)

By Ann

RE: Freezing Milk

When my grandmother lived alone, she would buy the 1/2 gallon milk when it was on sale and then freeze all, but one. When she was ready for a new one, she would thaw it in the fridge and the shake it vigorously before opening and before each use. She had it on her cereal every day and with her meals. She had been raised on a farm so she knew the taste of fresh milk. The idea to freeze it was hers, and I never heard her complain. (05/07/2010)

By oldlinda

RE: Freezing Milk

Yes, you can and I do it all the time. If it has fat in it you will need to shake it like the others on here have said. I buy skim milk. I buy several gallons and I pour out part of each into a clean 1/2 gallon jug. Then I freeze all of them. I have never had a problem with the taste. Sure beats having to run to the store all the time! I really don't know how long it can remain frozen without a problem. So far I have had mine froze up to 2 months without a problem, and that is with it in my chest type freezer. (05/10/2010)

By kerly87

Archive: Freezing Milk

Can you freeze lactose free milk?


Archive: Freezing Milk

When my kids were younger, we went through a lot of milk. I started to buy extra gallons, so I wouldn't have to run to the store just for milk during the week, and freeze them. When we got to half a gallon, I would take a gallon out of the freezer and put in fridge.