How To Freeze Milk

freezing milkI usually buy half gallons of milk when we need it. We use milk in coffee and here and there in a recipe, but that’s about it. I don’t put milk in cereal, although Pete does. So if we have a bunch of cereal in the house or if we’re having company stay for a few days, I’ll buy a gallon. But other than that, it’s a half gallon. If not, it’ll go bad.

But last month, a gallon of milk ended up being only a few cents more than a half gallon so I decided I would buy it and try to drink more milk. Bad timing, though, because we were set to leave for New York for two weeks and we would never finish a gallon before then.

“I think you can freeze milk,” I told Pete.

“I used to do that all the time,” he told me.

Well why I haven’t been doing this all my adult life, I don’t know. But I tried it, it worked, and I decided this has to be a blog post because who else doesn’t know about this?

How To Freeze Milk

Freezing milk is really simple and should be done as soon as you open the gallon to guarantee the milk is as fresh as possible.

Pour half the gallon into two 32-ounce Nalgene bottles, leaving about a half inch of air. The milk will expand when frozen, so you need to give it that room to do so.

I say use Nalgene bottles because they are BPA free and work great for both hot and cold beverages. It’s really well insulated, which is exactly what you need for this to work. Plus, when the milk expands, these bottles will not warp. A thinner container might do so.

Place the Nalgene bottles in the freezer.

Drink the opened milk and when you’re done, grab one of these Nalgene bottles out of the freezer and put it in the fridge.

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After the milk sits overnight, much of it will be still be solid and some will be liquid. When I was ready to use it, I poured it into a microwavable safe cup, ice chunks and all. I heated it up and made hot chocolate with it.

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Since hot chocolate needs warm milk anyway, it didn’t matter that it went in the microwave first. But what if you just need it for cereal? Just wait until day two. By the second day in the fridge, almost all of the milk was liquid. If you’re freezing milk, it’s because your milk isn’t being used quickly so you shouldn’t mind that it doesn’t defrost immediately.

Freezing milk is so much more economical. Ever since I figured this out, I’ve been buying a gallon and freezing half of it. It’s a nice little savings on our grocery bill too. Do you think you’ll try to freeze milk?

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  1. DebbieLB @ Kids, Cows and Grass

    January 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    GREAT idea! I had heard you could freeze milk, but I figured it might be sort of “yucky” after it thawed. We are now empty-nesters and trying to figure out how much milk we will consume in a week. Previously, I bought 6 gallons at a time and I did that twice a week! We have five kids…but I’m afraid to buy too much, because I only put it in my latte and a cup or so a day. Do you think it is best with a certain type of milk? 2%? 1%? Skim?

  2. Rebecca

    January 22, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Been doing this for years now and another tip, pull the milk out of the freezer when your down to a 1/4 of the milk in the fridge. So by the time you need it, it’ll be nice and defrosted. Hope this helps.

    1. drugstore diva lisa

      January 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      That’s a really smart idea Rebecca! Thank you!!!

  3. Lauralee Hensley

    January 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Been doing this many years. We use canning jars and only fill up 2/3 of the way to leave freezing expansion space. Like to stock up when milk is on sale. We also buy dry milk, which is like fat free milk. However there are differences in quality of dry milk. We prefer the Carnation instant nonfat dry milk or Lucerne (a Safeway store product) nonfat dry milk. Then you can make the amount you need, from a cup to a quart. Nonfat dry milk when added to the water is good for use in many things like pudding mixes. If you don’t like nonfat milk, you probably won’t like nonfat dry milk to make for drinking milk, hot chocolate or for cereal. If you do, it is a good option if you rarely use milk. Depending upon the brand of nonfat dry milk it usually has an expiration date of a year. Many emergency prepping companies have their own brands of freeze dried milks that you can reconstitute as well. Some are regular milk and some are whey milk.

    1. drugstore diva lisa

      January 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      Wow Lauralee. Thank you so much. I’ve never tried dry milk before so good to know about the difference in quality. I’m curious to try it, so I think I’ll have to look for some next time I’m in the store. I actually prefer nonfat milk, so I’m going to try that one. But wow, a one year expiration? Is that after you open or before?

  4. Dianna Thomas

    January 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Interesting– I guess this is going to be another thing I will be doing when milk goes on sale next month it sure would help in saving some money and time

  5. Pete's Dad

    March 9, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    You can freeze orange juice too. I usually shake container to mix up the pulp ( I like pulp) then place in freezer. It’s great way to take advantage when juice on sale. I don’t open container and break seal….never had problem with expansion breaking cardboard container. Don’t know about the clear plastic containers though.

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