Can I Freeze Milk?

 

One of the most common questions we are asked is "Can I freeze milk?" Yes, it's ok to freeze milk! If the sell-by date on your milk is approaching, it's fine to freeze it for later use but read on for more advice and other options for using up your milk. 

Milk will expand when it's frozen, so be sure to leave room in the container so it won't burst!

After you have frozen your milk, it can be thawed in the refrigerator or in cold water and is safe for consumption. However, be aware that the flavor and texture of the milk may be affected. 

If milk is approaching its sell-by date, you can always plan some different ways of using it to make your meals more nutritious. 

Just Add Milk!

If milk is near or just past its sell-by date, plan a few meals to use up your milk in cooking:

  • Replace water with milk in soups for a creamier and more nutritious meal.
  • Cook your morning oatmeal in milk instead of water for more protein, calcium + vitamin D
  • Make a milky treat like rice pudding. Simply bring 3/4 cup long-grain rice to a boil, drain, add 5 to 6 cups of milk, 1 cup of sugar, 1 split vanilla bean and a large pinch of salt and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally. After an hour, add a cup more milk, allow it to absorb, and serve. Instant pudding from a box mix is even quicker and uses 2-4 cups of milk. 
  • Find more recipes using milk.

If you find yourself frequently stuck with out-of-date milk, buy smaller containers of it or try shelf-stable milk. Advances in processing and packaging have led to new milk products with extended lives that don't need refrigeration until after they're opened.

Click here for more tips on safely storing and handling yogurt and cheese.