Wait, You Can Freeze Milk?
While you can turn what’s left of that gallon into ricotta, you also could—gasp—freeze it.
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j7n May 18, 2021
A plastic bottle is the best container because it can be compressed prior to freezing in order to allow it to expand along its entire surface. A good method for preserving fresh unpasteurized milk. The texture of thawed is good after shaking. But a bottle takes longer than 1 day to thaw in the fridge until there is no ice in the middle.
Bipasha B. April 4, 2020
I grew up in India where milk is sold in quart size pouches. We froze milk regularly and took out what we needed. Since milk is boiled for tea etc. at a regular basis, defrosting was not necessary. The whole packet was cut open and the frozen chunk of milk-ice melted, boiled, and simmered away!
Stormy873 April 4, 2020
Living in the country I have learned to be prepared. Right now I have 12 gallons of milk in the freezer along with 9 dozen eggs. My advice, always freeze 1/2 gallons of milk and no larger. It takes to long for bigger jugs to thaw.
Smaug April 3, 2020
My neighbors used to freeze milk when I was a kid and had no problems- they used the original package, which may have still been glass but I think was paper- no plastic containers in those days. Note that, while water (which of course is most of what milk is) expands when frozen that is NOT a general property of liquids. A gallon of milk is going to make a huge amount of ice cream, but milk does come in smaller quantities; the price escalates rapidly, though. If you only use milk occasionally for baking, your best bet would be powdered milk
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