How can you save money on milk purchases? For years we’ve frozen milk that we bought on sale in our deep freezer, and then defrosted it when we were ready to use it. Freezing milk is not that hard to do if you follow our tips. Learn how we freeze and thaw milk safely and quickly.
How do you thaw frozen milk?
Reader Question: I froze a gallon of 2 percent milk, it turned a yellowish color and it is taking forever to thaw. It’s been in the refrigerator for three days and it’s still frozen.
Answer: How to Safely Defrost Milk
In the winter, we pull the milk out the night before we need it and set it in the kitchen sink to defrost. In the summer, we do the same thing, but the process only takes a couple of hours.
If you’re nervous about spoilage, just shake up the gallon every half hour or so.
If we need to thaw it faster, we put it in the microwave for 5-7 minutes and then shake it and then put it in again until we have enough thawed out to use.
The milk doesn’t spoil because as it thaws it is cooled by the “ice” in the middle of the gallon. We’ve been doing this for at least 20 years and haven’t had any problems.
The Smart Way to Freeze A Gallon of Milk
An important thing to remember when freezing milk is to pour off about 1 cup / 8 ounces of milk from the gallon before freezing. This allows “head space,” room for the milk to expand when it freezes. If you don’t pour off a little, when the milk expands, it can work it’s way out, pushing the lid off and make a real mess in your freezer . . . we know, we’ve experienced it.
Is It Okay to Drink Yellow Milk?
Frozen milk is not the pure white color that you normally see, it turns a little yellow. We had one mom tell us that she threw the frozen milk away because it “went bad” (turned yellow). Don’t fret if when it changes color; when defrosted it returns to its normal color and taste.
Freezing milk allows you to stock up on sale priced milk and not be concerned about it going bad before you use it. Drink up!
How Long Is Frozen Milk Good For?
Frozen milk will last for years with out losing any quality. As long as you keep it frozen and keep the lid tightly sealed to keep air out, it will store indefinitely.
Some websites say you should only freeze milk for between 3 and 6 months because it could absorb flavors from the freezer and because it turns more yellow. This is totally untrue. If you use sturdy plastic or glass containers, the flavor of your milk will not change if you store it longer.
As for turning “more yellow,” we’ve never seen that. The photo above proves that frozen milk does turn yellow, but it’s never gotten more yellow over time.
Please don’t be some uninformed bloggers scare you away from using your freezer to stock up and store milk and other great food bargains in your freezer.
What about Soy and Almond Milk—doesn’t it get lumpy and grainy?
We freeze all kinds of milk: Cow’s milk, Soy, Almond, Rice, and others. One thing we’ve noticed is that some of these products don’t freeze well. While they do freeze solid when you defrost them the liquid isn’t smooth . . . it’s grainy.
The solution to grainy defrosted milk
But there is a simple solution. Simply pour the defrosted milk into a blender and blend for about 10 or 15 seconds. It will be completely reconstituted. Check out this video and see for yourself
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