How To Freeze Milk
I 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.
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.
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?