Can You Freeze Milk? A to Z Guide

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Milk? 

Yes, you can freeze milk, and it can last in the freezer for 3 to 6 months. It is best to freeze them in freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags, with a little space at the top to accommodate any expansion upon freezing. 

If you are wondering whether milk will do well in the freezer, this comprehensive guide has got you covered. 

I have found these methods to work like a charm. So, let’s get right into it. 

How to Freeze Milk?

How to Freeze Milk?

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Whether you plan to freeze the milk in its can or transfer it into another freezer-safe container, keeping these steps in mind can help freeze the milk for a long. 

Materials

  • Milk

Tools

  • Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container

Instructions

    1. Portion the Milk: If you are not sure that you will be able to use up all the milk in one go, portion it into measures that you would normally use at a time or for a recipe.

    2. Pack and Seal: Pour the portioned milk into freezer-safe air-tight containers, leaving at least an inch of space at the top to accommodate any expansion upon freezing. Then seal the container.

    3. Label and Freeze: Add a label on the container with the best before date and the quantity of milk in it. Then you are all set to freeze the milk.

      Check out this video by “Jerry James Stone” on YouTube -

Freezing Milk in Ziploc Bags

Time Taken: 5 minutes

What you will need: 

  • Milk 
  • Ziploc Bags

This is a great way to freeze milk if you want to deal with small portions or if you are pressed for freezer space. 

Portion and Pour

Measure out the quantity of milk you would use in one go or for one recipe. Then pour them into Ziploc bags.

Seal the Bag

After squeezing out as much of the excess air as you can, seal the Ziploc bag.

Label and Freeze

Add a label on the bag with the date and measure, and you can leave it in the freezer till you need milk next.

Here is a video guide by “MOMables Laura Fuentes” to show you how it is done –

Freezing Milk in Ice Cubes

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Milk 
  • Ice Cube Tray 
  • Ziploc Bag

If you want to freeze tiny splashes of milk for certain recipes, you can use this nifty method. 

Pour and Fill

Pour the milk into an ice cube tray. Make sure to leave some space at the top so that the milk can easily expand once it freezes.

Flash Freeze

Leave the tray of milk in the freezer for a couple of hours and let it freeze solid. Make sure that there isn’t anything with a strong odor in the fridge as the milk can absorb that odor.

Pack and Seal

Transfer the frozen milk cubes into a Ziploc bag and then seal them in. Try and remove all air from the bag before sealing. You can use a straw to make this process easier.

How Long Can You Freeze Milk? 

You can freeze milk for up to 6 months. But they are best used within a 3-month mark. The longer the milk stays in the freezer, the more yellow it turns.

Although it is perfectly safe to drink it at this point, it is best advised to use it up sooner rather than later. 

The freezer life of milk also depends on how fresh it was before you froze it. If it had been opened and kept in the fridge for a while before freezing, then it might not have as long a freezer life as you expect.

It is advised to freeze milk as fresh as you can for best results later on. 

How to Store Frozen Milk? 

You can store frozen milk in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. You could also freeze it in the plastic can that it came in.

But always make sure that there is at least an inch or two of space at the top of the container so that the milk can expand without making a mess. 

Do not freeze milk in a carton or glass container. When the milk expands upon freezing the carton will rupture of the glass container can crack.

The contents will then leak and spoil so, transfer them into freezer-safe containers to avoid any such mess. 

How to Defrost Milk? 

The best way to thaw milk is to leave the portion you need in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw gradually.

Give the milk a good shake before you use it so that all the separated components mix back together.

You could also thaw the milk by submerging the bag or container of milk in cold water for a couple of hours.

Never thaw the milk using hot water or boil the frozen milk, as it can change the texture of the milk drastically making it unappealing.

Once it thaws, you can put the milk in the fridge for a day or two before you have to use it up completely.

Can You Refreeze Milk? 

No, it is best advised not to refreeze milk. Once it freezes and thaws, it changes in texture, and repeated freezing will only worsen this.

Moreover, if you had left the milk out for a while before refreezing, there are high chances of bacterial buildup. 

So, to avoid having to refreeze or waste milk once it thaws, you can freeze them after portioning them into easy-to-manage quantities. 

Does Milk Freeze Well? 

Yes, milk freezes well and can last in the freezer for quite a while without losing any of its nutritional value. 

Of the different types of milk, the milk with the least amount of fat content will freeze the best. Because it separates the least once frozen and is more or less the same before and after freezing and thawing.

Though milk freezes well, it will not be the same as fresh milk. Especially if it has been in the freezer for a long period. It can turn yellow and slightly grainy, but it is perfectly safe to consume. 

FAQs

Can you freeze full-fat milk? 

Yes, you can freeze full-fat milk, but it does not freeze as well as low-fat milk. It may change a lot in texture once it thaws.

You can fix this issue by giving it a good shake and straining out the grainy parts. But it is perfectly safe to freeze full-fat milk, using any of the methods listed above.

Bottom Line 

I hope this article helped you freeze and store milk. 

If you have any queries or would like to share some freezing tips and tricks of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with all your dairy-loving family and friends. 

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About Pooja Jain

Pooja is a foodie who likes experimenting with different cuisines every day. Cooking for Pooja is not just about following recipes, but also adding something of herself into it making each dish unique as well as delicious!

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