Tips to Freeze and Thaw milk

Tips for freezing and thawing milk.

Question: How do you thaw frozen milk?

I froze a gallon of 2 percent milk but 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 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.

It’s 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!

What about Soy and Almond Milk—doesn’t it get lumpy and grainy?

We freeze all kinds of milk: Soy, Almond, Rice and others. One thing we’ve noticed is that these types of products don’t freeze well. While they do freeze solid, when you defrost them the liquid isn’t smooth . . . it’s grainy. 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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2 thoughts on “Tips to Freeze and Thaw milk

  1. Whitney

    How long is the milk good for after you have thawed it? How long have you frozen milk for and then used it? Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Steve Economides

      Whitney, you have asked some GREAT questions about freezing and defrosting milk. While we’ve never really tracked the dates, we can tell you that we have successfully frozen milk for several months. When it comes to defrosting, its “shelf life” is the same as fresh milk – somewhere around a week if kept in the fridge at 40 degrees. We recommend not storing milk on the door of a refrigerator as it is one of the warmer spots due to opening and closing. If your milk does go sour after a week, don’t throw it out, just use it for sour milk pancakes – get the recipe here:Delicious Chocolate Chip Sour Milk Pancakes


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