Yes, You Can Totally Freeze Expiring Milk and Here’s How To Do It Safely

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Having expiring milk that you don't plan on using can be a real hassle.

It's a waste of money and resources to throw it away, but you also don't want to risk using it if it's gone bad.

Plus, it takes up valuable space in your fridge, making it even more frustrating.

You might feel pressured to use it quickly, leading to rushed meal planning or forcing yourself to consume more milk than you actually want!

Thankfully, you can totally freeze milk, even expiring milk!

If it's going to expire soon but you still have a lot left and don't plan on using it for a while, freezing it can help prevent waste.

How To Freeze Milk

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To freeze expiring milk safely, start by pouring it into a clean, airtight container, leaving some space at the top for expansion.

Seal the container tightly to prevent freezer burn and odor contamination.

Label the container with the date to keep track of how long it's been frozen.

How To Defrost Frozen Milk

When you're ready to use the milk, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.

Shake or stir it well before using to ensure it's evenly mixed. Avoid refreezing thawed milk to maintain its quality.

4 Crucial Things To Look Out For When Freezing Milk

Texture Changes: Freezing and thawing milk can cause changes in texture, such as separation or graininess. Make sure to stir or shake the milk well after thawing to redistribute any separated components.

Changes In Taste: Frozen milk might develop a slightly different taste compared to fresh milk due to the freezing process. If the taste bothers you, you can use frozen milk primarily for cooking and baking rather than drinking it fresh.

Packaging Issues: Improper packaging can lead to freezer burn or absorption of other odors in the freezer. I suggest you use airtight containers or freezer bags specifically designed for freezing liquids to prevent freezer burn and odor absorption.

Limited Shelf Life: Even when frozen, milk has a limited shelf life and should be used within a certain timeframe to avoid spoilage. Label the containers with the date and use them within three to six months for best quality. Rotate your frozen milk stock regularly to ensure you're using the oldest ones first.

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