A gallon or carton of milk is a common item in the refrigerator in American homes. If you got gallons of milk from a sale at the store or for the sake of stocking up, you’ll agree with me that the fridge isn’t your best bet for that. So, can you freeze the extra gallon of milk?
Freezing milk is a good way to preserve it for a long period. However, only if you do it correctly. But freezing a whole gallon of milk is not advisable.
Continue reading to see reasons why you should not freeze a gallon of milk. Also, you’ll get to know how to freeze milk correctly.
Can You Freeze Gallon of Milk?
You can freeze milk in the gallon as long as you’re not freezing a full gallon of milk. Yes, do not freeze a full gallon of milk. As milk freezes, it expands, and in a full gallon, it will expand and most likely split the gallon.
This will result in waste and a mess in your freezer. If you want to freeze milk in the gallon, you should reduce the milk by a cup or two to allow room for expansion.
Can You Freeze an Unopened Gallon of Milk?
Sometimes you want to freeze an unopened gallon of milk, especially when you’re stocking from a sale. While you may freeze the gallon of milk without opening it, it is not advisable. If you will freeze the gallon without opening it, you have to keep an eye on the milk.
You have to ensure that the milk does not become frozen enough to expand the container and rupture it. However, if you’re storing the gallon of milk for a long time, you should open it and reduce it by a cup or two to create a headspace for expansion.
Why Should You Freeze Gallon of Milk?
You should freeze gallons of milk to preserve the milk over a long period. Using the gallon the milk came in for freezing allows you to save room in your freezer. This is because you’ll be using one container to store so much milk. Therefore, you should consume it within this period.
How to Freeze Gallon of Milk
You can either freeze a gallon of milk in its original container or in smaller containers.
If you’re freezing the milk in the original gallon, reduce about a cup of milk to allow room for expansion. Be careful not to leave too much air in the gallon. Otherwise, you risk quick spoilage and waste.
After reducing the milk, seal the gallon tightly and shake gently. Then, you can freeze it.
You can freeze milk in small quantities using plastic bottles or freezer bags. To do this, share the milk into portions you can use up at a time. Pour the milk into the bottle or bag and seal. If you’re using plastic bottles, remember ½ to 1-inch headspace. If it’s a freezer bag, it should be airtight with a little space for expansion.
Make milk ice cubes you can pop into beverages. Get an ice cube tray and fill each cube with milk but not to the brim. Allow the milk to freeze until you have solid milk ice cubes. Afterward, pop the cubes into a freezer bag and freeze. This way, you can easily take out as much milk as you need at a time.
How Long Should You Freeze Gallon of Milk?
You can freeze a gallon of milk for up to six months. Some will even stay longer, up to a year, if you freeze them properly. However, it is not recommended you freeze milk for that long. After three or four months, the quality of the milk reduces, even in the freezer.
Pros of Freezing Gallon of Milk
- When you freeze gallons of milk, you save money because you’ll most likely get two gallons or more at a discounted price.
- Moving milk from the refrigerator to the freezer will give you space to refrigerate other food items you’ll need frequently.
- Also, when you store a gallon of milk in the freezer, you save yourself the time and energy you’d spend taking a trip to the store.
- In addition, freezing milk helps to prevent waste.
- And if you freeze milk properly, it won’t affect the taste or texture.
Cons of Freezing Gallon of Milk
- If you don’t freeze milk in the gallon correctly, you may end up with wasted milk and a messed-up freezer. This usually happens when you freeze a full gallon of milk without leaving headspace.
- Sometimes, frozen milk will have a grainy texture, especially when it has been frozen for too long. But you can easily fix this with a blender or using the milk for smoothies, baking, and cooking.
- If you don’t monitor the milk or remember the freezing date, the milk may go past its printed date in the freezer. This will leave you with doubts about drinking the milk.
What are the best containers to freeze milk in?
The best containers to freeze milk are airtight ziplock bags, freezer bags, canning jars, and ice cube trays. These containers allow you to freeze milk in small portions and thaw only as much as you need at a time.
Can you refreeze thawed milk?
If frozen milk has thawed completely and has been left at room temperature for more than two hours, don’t refreeze it. But, if you notice that the milk still has ice crystals, you can refreeze it.
How long will frozen milk last after thawing?
You should not keep thawed milk for more than one week. Once milk thaws, use it up quickly to avoid loss in quality. Also, thawed milk is no longer as delicious as it used to be. This is why you should freeze milk in small portions.
Freezing milk in the gallon it came in isn’t so great an idea. It may sound like a good way to store a large quantity of milk in just one container. However, that’s not the case. In the gallon, milk expands as it freezes. Consequently, the container may break open and waste the milk.
Instead, make milk ice cubes and freeze the milk in small quantities using small plastic bottles. Most preferably, don’t freeze milk if you can avoid it. Milk rarely runs out anyway.
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