Have you ever found an incredibly cheap price on milk when you were at the grocery store, but also had to consider that your family doesn’t drink it fast enough? If your family is like mine, there are weeks where you can’t seem to have enough of it, while others, that gallon of milk just sits there. If only there was some way that milk would keep for a longer period of time. Let’s talk about how to freeze milk! In case you missed this post Acidic Foods: What You Need to Know
How to Freeze Milk
Well, it turns out, there is. Maybe you’ve already tried to freeze milk in the past but it didn’t quite have the same taste as you would have liked? If that was the case, you may not have frozen it properly. Here’s the correct way(s) to freeze milk, along with everything else you need to know.
How to Freeze Milk in the Original Container
Many people choose not to break the seal on their gallon of milk so that the air doesn’t come into contact with it. This ensures that it stays fresh. Another reason not to open the cap is that you’ll notice the thawing process can cause a mess.
Also make sure that you shake your gallon of milk vigorously for at least a minute before you put it into the freezer. This will allow the fats in your milk to freeze better, especially if you’re drinking raw or whole milk.
It’s important to remember that milk, just like most other liquids, will expand once it’s been frozen, so leaving your milk in a glass or cardboard container isn’t a good idea. Not only will your milk be wasted, but you’ll have a big mess in your freezer.
Freeze in Smaller Portions
A gallon of milk can take up a lot of space in your freezer, and you may not have the room to spare. Freezing in smaller portions is an option. Many baking recipes tend to call for one cup of milk as one of the ingredients. So why not freeze your milk in cup-size increments?
Simply pour a single cup of milk into a Ziploc bag and lay it in a flat position. When it’s time to use it, simply plan accordingly by allowing it to thaw at room temperature ahead of time.
But what about recipes that are only calling for 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk? Some people will freeze small amounts of milk in ice trays and then place them in Ziploc baggies for quick and easy convenience. However you decide to freeze your milk, make sure that you place it in an air-tight container or baggie.
Cook and Then Freeze
It’s also safe to cook your milk and then freeze it afterward by placing it in smaller air-tight containers and then placing them in your freezer. This is not the most common method, but just so that you know that it’s perfectly okay to do.
How Long Does it Keep?
Frozen milk will last between 3 to 6 months in the freezer, though it’s better to enjoy it within a month or less. Don’t let it sit around once you thaw it out. You’ll want to use it up within 7 days. Most people can notice a difference in the texture of the milk after it’s been frozen, so instead of drinking it as is, it’s better suited for making smoothies, baking, or cooking with it.
When It’s Time to Thaw
When it’s time to take the milk out of the freezer, there are a few things for you to keep in mind. First, you may notice that your milk has a slightly yellow color to it instead of the normal white milk color that you’re used to.
This is totally fine, and once it’s been thawed, it will return to the white color that it once was. All you are seeing is the fats that have separated during the freezing process.
Many people out there will tell you that it’s okay to thaw your milk at room temperature, but that’s not the case. Using this method will risk the quality of your milk and may even allow the right conditions for bacteria to start to grow. Yuck! No, frozen milk should be thawed gently and slowly by moving it to your refrigerator.
It also helps if you take your milk out of your refrigerator every hour or so and give it a good shake for a minute each time. You’ll know it’s thawed when you’re no longer hearing or feeling any ice shaking around. You can even use a blender to help thoroughly mix it if you wish. Now it’s ready for you to drink and enjoy!
When you decide to freeze your gallon of milk, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that you’re not forfeiting any of its nutrients. The only thing that’s changed is the homogenization of it. (The process of distributing the fats more evenly.) Here are a few other milk freezing guidelines for you to look into.
If you’ve found success in freezing milk in the past, did you notice a difference in texture? In what ways did you use your frozen milk? Please stay well and keep prepping, we must. May God bless this world, Linda
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