Is It Safe to Freeze Milk?
Milk is undoubtedly one of the most versatile drinks out there. You can drink it plainly, incorporate it into your breakfast, or even use it as an ingredient in your dinner dish.
So, it makes sense for a lot of us to stockpile milk. And when you have a freezer, it only makes sense to store your milk in there.
But is it safe to freeze milk? Does it affect its freshness?
Well, we are going to answer these and a host of other related questions in this post.
Is milk good after freezing?
While most milk can safely be frozen, doing so can have some harmless side effects like separation and slight changes in taste/color/consistency. For instance, animal milk may experience some slight separation while plant-based milk may experience more large-scale separation. However, there are ways you can deal with this – you can blend the milk.
What is the best way to freeze milk?
When it comes to freezing milk, what you should do depends on the amount of milk you plan to store and what you’re planning to use it for.
For instance, if you have small amounts of milk that you want to add to your smoothies, pouring them into an ice cube tray before freezing is the best way to go. This way, you can easily pop in some milk ice cubes into your blender as you make your smoothie.
But if you’re planning to store large amounts of milk, you’re better off using containers.
What kind of containers can I freeze milk in?
While it may be tempting to freeze milk in its original carton or glass, it’s not advisable to do so. Since milk expands when frozen, it can destroy these containers and create a mess – you’re better off with plastic containers. Just ensure that you leave one to two inches at the top of the containers and ensure you freeze the milk before its expiration date.
Alternatively, you can use Ziploc bags. They are usually made of thick material and are resistant to both oxygen and moisture – this makes them great for freezing milk.
How long does it take for the milk to freeze?
While it takes 3 to 4 hours to make milk ice cubes, it can take up to 24 hours to freeze a whole container of milk. Ultimately, the freezing speed depends on the amount of milk you’re freezing, the type of freezer you’re using, and the freezer’s size.
How long does frozen milk last after thawed?
Once you thaw your frozen milk, it is best to use it within 3 days. At most, it can last 7 days. Never thaw your milk at room temperature though – move it from your freezer to the fridge instead.
Why does frozen milk turn yellow?
During freezing, the water in the milk (95%) separates from the protein and fat, forming chunky ice crystals. Since the protein and fat are then concentrated in the middle alone, the milk starts looking yellow. That’s why 2% milk freezes better – since it has less fat, it appears less grainy and yellow when frozen/thawed.
Go easy on the milk!
While freezing milk is highly effective, it should not be overdone – don’t waste time freezing milk that you’ll never need. Just buy what you’re sure you’ll use within the next few months.