By freezing milk, you can take advantage of milk sale prices and two-for-one deals and also stock up with an extra gallon or two in case of emergency.
(Updating to add in this current time of emergency: There is no need to go out and wipe the shelves clean of milk! We suggest buying only what you family can and will use in a reasonable amount of time. We're all in this together! Now back to our previously written post:)
Many households, like ours, can't use more than a gallon of milk before it expires. But, often milk is cheaper if you buy a two-gallon pack and at times stores will have special offers where you get a free gallon of milk when buying X number of boxes of cereal – so it's nice to take advantage of those deals.
Your freezer can come to the rescue in this situation! To freeze a gallon of milk, all you need to do is remove about one cup of milk from the gallon to allow for expansion and then store upright in your freezer.
Remove the milk from the freezer a couple of days before you need it, as it generally takes about 2 or 3 days to fully thaw in your refrigerator.
Before using, shake well as it will separate after freezing. Low fat and skim milk work best as there will be more separation in whole milk.
How long will milk last in the freezer?
3 months is recommended, but you can freeze milk for up to 6 months.
Can I freeze other sizes of milk?
Yes you can also store half gallons of milk, quarts or other sizes. Bottles or cartons with flexible sizes are the best options.
How long can I use milk after it defrosts?
Use opened milk within 5 days of opening.
Can I free milk that is already turning sour?
We recommend freezing milk that is still fresh. If your milk has just started to go sour. You can use it to make sour milk biscuits.
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