Freezing milk when it’s on sale is a common practice for budget savy shoppers. Where I live milk is about $5.50 a gallon and I haven’t seen it on sale ever.
Those of you in the US might be luckier, maybe even other parts of Canada, but my local grocery stores would rather sell out of milk than mark it down or put it on sale.
So knowing how much I use if I ever found a good sale I’d stock up as much as I had space for in my freezer. But, you probably want some answers before you start stocking the freezer shelves right? Lets get started.
Does freezing milk cause it to change?
The nutrients stay the same but when freezing milk the fat does separate, a process sometimes called reverse homogenization, thus the ‘mouth feel’ of the milk can be different. That is why some people don’t like it.
Shaking thawed milk before each use helps to blend the fat back into the milk. Even if you don’t like the ‘mouth feel’ frozen milk is still fine to use for cooking and baking.
Do not freeze milk after the ‘best before’ date. Ideally you should start freezing milk as soon as you get home from the grocery store.
Does frozen milk look different?
Is freezing milk in the plastic container it comes from the store in OK?
If your plastic milk container has indents in the sides that can push out when the milk freezes it should be fine. If the milk container is flat however you should open the milk and pour out about 1 cup then recap the milk and freeze immediately.
How long can I store frozen milk?
What temperature should I freeze milk at?
How can I thaw frozen milk?
Milk can be thawed in the sink in cold water to speed up the process. Do not use hot water, or any other source of heat unless the milk is going to be cooked immediately.
Many people thaw milk on the counter but I don’t recommend this. It’s too easy to leave it there too long and milk at room temperature spoils quickly.
How long is thawed milk good for?
Can I freeze Egg Nog?
Can Soy and Rice Milk be Frozen?
Your grocery store probably keeps rice and soy milk in the fridge so it is cold, the way people prefer to drink milk and because the fridge is a logical place for shoppers to look for milk type products.
If it doesn’t say it must be kept cold leave it in the pantry. After the container is opened however, if you can’t use it all before it goes bad, by all means, freeze it.
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