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Yes Virginia, You Can Freeze Milk - bottles of frozen and thawed milkA few years back, I house shared with a gal who froze milk. She would bring it in, uncap it and take a little out to allow for expansion. Then, recap and in the freezer it would go. I had never seen it and was dubious at best. It was a funky color and well, I doubted it would taste the same. I was young and foolish!

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Now, when I get my half and half or Silk Milk, I put it into 12 oz containers, filled to about 1/2 an inch from the top. I put the cap on ever so gently, just enough to keep it on, and put it in the door of the freezer where it can sit up.

Now, when I am almost out of one thawed one, I take another out, cap it tight, and let it thaw. There is absolutely no difference. The funky color goes away, and when you shake it up the next morning or whenever about 8 hours goes by, it's just like when you pour it in.

During these times when we want to put a little ahead, this has really saved me money and quality of product. The photo you are seeing is the before and after so you can see the difference.
Hope this helps!

Source: My ex room mate Jan

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April 25, 20200 found this helpful

My name is not Virginia and there is a distinct difference in the taste of frozen milk. To me, it tastes diluted and sweeter. Worth doing though for cereal and baking but not for having a big chilled glass of cow juice, IMHO.

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How do you keep the bottom of the container flat? If I fill a sturdy container, such as OJ comes in, only half full, the bottom becomes rounded and the container will not sit upright.

Same with coffee cans. I put an inch of water in the can and let it freeze, thinking if I fill it to near the top later on, the bottom wont bulge. It does anyway.

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April 25, 20200 found this helpful

Well Hi "Not Virginia".
If you have found there is a difference, don't freeze yours. Many can't tell the difference, and we don't have a big glass of cow juice.

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I only have half and half in coffee, tea and hot cereal. I sometimes put some in my potatoes to mash, and of course make ranch with milk and sour cream.

There is room for many forms of food preservation. I found in 2009 that you can freeze green olives and cottage cheese and they come out just as good, too.

In fact, there are whole websites dedicated to letting people know what they can freeze. This is from a website called www.laurengreutman.com/.../
This is the dairy section.
Butter
Cheese
Cottage cheese
Egg whites (must be raw)
Ice cream
Milk
Whipped cream (sweetened, in individual serving dollops)
Whole eggs (follow these extensive prep notes here)

So while you might not like to do this, others do. And since I did mention you should put your "rounded" bottom bottles in the door of the freezer, I think I pretty much covered all the bases.

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I hope that helps!!
Poor But Proud.

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April 27, 20200 found this helpful

So freezing your liquids in bottles in freezer door will prevent rounding of the bottle bottoms? Great.

And thanks for the link. I now know that among other things, I can freeze ice cream.

My sister was discussing the ages and birth dates of two of her great grandchildren. She noted that their birthdays use to be closer together. Shades of Gracie Allen. Then I remembered, our leading cosmologists tell us everything is moving farther apart, expanding, including time and space. Wow. My sister is intelligent in ways I never knew.

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April 27, 20200 found this helpful

No. The rounded bottom happens anyway. I put them in the door so they stay upright.

And yes, the "ice cream" in that list was kind of an "um okay..." moment for me, too.

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I have read your comment about your sister and the cosmopologist several times. If you were trying to be sarcastic, you nailed it.

Perhaps you can see this post in the form it was meant to be. I was trying to help.

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April 29, 20201 found this helpful

I was not trying to be sarcastic.There's no reason to assume sarcasm just because you didn't understand the comment. Apparently, I made a vain attempt at being funny.

You did help. At least I know I'm not alone with this bulging bottom issue. I freeze water in gallon milk jugs for when my freezer is not full. It helps keep the fridge from running so much.

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But then, the gallon jugs being larger, expand more on the bottom than smaller containers.

I froze a gallon of Kool-Aid. A few days later, I took it from the freezer and put it into the refrigerator.

The next day, all the Kool-Aid had leaked from a hole created by the bulging bottom. needless to say, I had one melluva hess to clean up.

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March 28, 20210 found this helpful

My daughter froze several gallons of milk after her weekly shopping. Se had four young children, and she did a lot of baking. They used about a gal. per day. Tasted good to us. It has to be fresh .

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March 28, 20210 found this helpful

Sandi/Poor But Proud. Thank you for this post. My mother, who raised four children alone, used to buy milk and freeze it this very same way. It was used for baking, cereal and daily cooking. I appreciate your efforts to help others.

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March 28, 20210 found this helpful

When I was raising my 3 sons I went shopping on Friday when I got paid and would buy 10 gallons of milk and put all but 3 in the freezer and by the weeks end we used all 10 gallons...when it would get down I would take another one out of the freezer....I always took about a 1/4 cup out before freezing....after it was thawed I would shake it really good and was just like new.....now the boys have their own home I don't have to do it any more....works good and taste good....

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March 28, 20210 found this helpful

When I was raising my 3 sons I would buy 10 gallons of milk every Friday pay day...3 would stay in frig and the rest went into the freezer....when one was gone another one came out of the freezer....I always took out about 1/4 cup of milk before freezing and when it was thawed I shook it really well....thank God the boys are all raised and don't have to buy that much milk any more....

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