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All the Information You Need to Know If You Want to Freeze Milk

How can you go about your day more efficiently? First, you’ll want to cut down on unnecessary tasks to give yourself more downtime. That’s why it might be worthwhile to consider a practice, like food storage, which includes freezing certain items. Take milk, for instance. You probably find yourself running to the supermarket multiple times a week for this one item. Instead, you should freeze milk to cut down on any extra trips to the grocery store. Check out everything you need to know about freezing milk and how to use it once it is thawed.

Freezing Milk

If you want to freeze milk – whether it’s dairy milk or plant-based – you'll first want to check the "sell-by" or expiration date on your carton. If the date hasn't passed yet, you're good to freeze. After that, you’ll want to determine what to store the milk in while freezing. Unlike water, milk expands when frozen. Consider pouring your milk into two or three freezer-safe plastic containers to make the thawing process easier.

Thawing Milk

An easy way to thaw milk is to simply move your milk from the freezer to the refrigerator and keep it there overnight. If time is of the essence, you can fill a large bowl with cold water and submerge the frozen container of milk inside — just be sure to replace the lukewarm water with the cold water as it warms up. Never thaw milk at room temperature, as that could ruin the milk immediately.

Using Thawed Milk

While frozen milk retains all of its original nutrients, fat separation can give the milk a "grainy" texture once thawed. Because of this, frozen milk is best used for baking, cooking, and smoothie making, as opposed to drinking. No matter how you choose to use it, frozen milk should be consumed within 2–3 days of thawing.

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