Can you freeze milk?

Milk has a wide range of applications. It can be consumed or used as a component in cooking, baking, and smoothies.

Yes! Milk can be frozen for about 3-6 months in its original container as long as it is made of plastic. It applies to different types of milk like plant-based milk and dairy milk as well. Only airtight, freezer-safe containers should be used to store milk. 

You should remember that milk lasts longer in glass containers than in plastic or cardboard containers. Glass retains its coolness for longer than plastic or cardboard, allowing the milk to stay cold and fresh for longer.

Why is it bad to freeze milk?

Milk expands when frozen, and it frequently turns yellow. As a result, milk should never be stored in a glass container because it will crack. This increase can be accommodated by giving the carton more freezer space.

Because of the higher fat content, whole milk does not freeze as well as semi-skimmed. This is because fat requires a much lower temperature than the -18 degrees provided by a standard household freezer.

How long can you freeze milk and it still be good?

Milk can be frozen for up to 6 months and still be of good quality. However, it is preferable if you can use it within a month or two.

Mark the date with a marker when freezing milk, so you know how long you have until you drink it.

Does Freezing Milk Change the Taste?

After freezing and thawing, milk tastes slightly different. When milk is frozen, it separates. As a result, the fat and ordinary milk will separate, but the milk will not be ruined.

Because there is already additional room in your jug from before freezing, tighten the lid and shake vigorously to get the milk mixed back together, and your milk will be as good as new!

Can I freeze milk in plastic?

Yes, milk can be frozen in plastic containers. Plastic milk bottles are fine to freeze milk in after they’ve been opened, as long as they have a secure, airtight cover and aren’t full.

It is critical never to freeze a whole container of milk. When milk freezes, it expands, putting pressure on the container and causing it to burst. Frozen milk will most likely attach to other items in your freezer if this occurs, making cleanup a chore.

Allowing one to two inches of room at the top of your bottle or other container allows the milk to expand as it freezes.

You could alternatively decant milk into a new plastic bottle or other plastic containers. If you don’t have enough freezer space for full bottles, Ziploc bags work nicely for storing milk.

You may try freezing milk in an ice cube tray – having milk ice cubes rather than a solid block inside a bottle speeds up the defrosting process. Just remember not to fill the ice cube tray to the top to allow for liquid expansion!

Can you freeze milk without opening it?

No, it is not possible to freeze milk without first opening it. Because liquid expands when frozen, a fully opened container will certainly expand as well, splitting the seams and spewing milk all over the place.

Before freezing, pour out at least an inch of milk and replace the top.

Can you Freeze Non-Dairy Milk?

Yes, you can freeze non-dairy milk using the same methods as you would dairy milk. Remember that freezing and defrosting them will cause them to separate and become slightly gritty, so only use defrosted nondairy milk for smoothies or cooking.

Freezing Various Types of Milk

Dairy milk with lesser fat concentrations will perform better in the freezer. This is because fat can separate when milk is frozen, resulting in a gritty texture when thawed.

This, however, can be addressed by using an immersion blender or simply shaking the jar. Unfortunately, plant-based milk curdles and becomes grainier in texture when frozen.

Best Types of Milk for Freezing

  • Cow’s milk with no fat
  • Cow’s milk with reduced-fat (1 percent or 2 percent)
  • Lactose-free milk
  • Full-fat milk (some graininess may occur)
  • Goat’s milk

Worst Types of Milk for Freezing

Unfortunately, plant-based types of milk do not perform as well in the freezer as dairy milk. There is a lot of separation, although shaking or blending can assist in mitigating this.

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Soy milk
  • Oat milk
  • Flax milk
  • Cashew milk

Bottom Line

Milk can be frozen and still taste perfectly fine. However, you must mark your jar to keep tabs on how long you have until you drink it.

Even though milk can be frozen for up to 6 months, it is best to use it within a month or two.