Freezing Milk

by Merissa on December 5, 2012

in Featured, Simple Living

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I'm kind of obsessed with putting things in ice cube trays. Orange Juice, Chicken Broth, Cream.....I just love the handy little size of ice cubes and it helps me preserve certain foods longer to use them in the future instead of letting them go to waste in my fridge.

So my latest experiment in my ice cube trays has been one I should have thought about a long time ago. Milk! We buy milk only once every 2 weeks (because we buy raw milk and get it straight from the farm)

Milk is very easy to freeze. Just pour into your ice cubes trays, freeze for a few hours and then store in a freezer bag. Each ice cube is the equivalent of 2 Tablespoons. So for recipes you need:

2 Milk Cubes = 1/4 c. milk
4 Milk Cubes = 1/2 c. milk
6 Milk Cubes = 3/4 c. milk
8 Milk Cubes = 1 c. milk

Frozen milk can pretty much be used the same as fresh milk in any recipe.

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1 Mel Free December 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

I discovered that quite by accident, when my girl’s were small..We were going away for vacation & instead of throwing the milk away, I just popped it..container & all into the freezer. When we got back, I thawed it on the counter…it takes a while, but the milk was just as good & I didn’t have to run to the store right away to buy milk! If you have the room & find a good deal on milk, just pour out a little, to leave room for expansion & freeze the whole container. :)

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2 Charli Beyma December 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

I also use milk cubes in my daughter’s lunchbox. That way I can send a water-bottle of milk and it stays cold without getting watered down. Better for her than juice pouches. :)

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3 Jenny December 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

Charli has a wonderful idea! We have backslid on the organic/hormone free milk wagon once the kids entered school because it was counter-productive that they were getting “regular” milk at school anyway, Charli’s idea is a great way around that!

One time I got a great deal on organic half-gallons of skim milk in the paper containers. I bought 30. They were in paper cartons and the store let me take them home in the 6-to-a-box shipping boxes. I put them right in the freezer (in batches of 10 and then added more from my fridge once the first batch was frozen). I ran into two “leakers” in the whole batch. Once before it even got in the freezer and another with a stubbed corner. I never opened/emptied any milk, just froze them as is. (in a garbage bag on the freezer shelf in case there were explosions -there wasn’t). They took an overnight to thaw on the counter, placed on a towel or in a empty pan. They were great except for drinking in a glass – you could detect a bit of separation that way. I love freezing things in ice cube trays too!

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4 Sherry December 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I froze milk cubes and then put them in smoothies with fruit.

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5 Amy Irish December 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Thanks for the great idea! Just tonight I had a partial can of evaporated milk. The extra are now in ice cube trays in the freezer. You got me hooked on freezing things in ice cube trays.

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6 Arthur Ritter December 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I thought from when I was a kid the milk tasted watery.

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7 Merissa December 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I’m not a huge fan of drinking frozen milk either, but I like it for recipes because you can’t taste the difference!

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8 Kitty December 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

My parents always had frozen milk on hand in our big chest freezer. It was frozen in the container but first a small amount was removed to prevent cracking as the milk expanded during freezing – about 1 1/2″ from the top. Yes the taste is affected and milk does separate from freezing so it needs to be shaken after thawing but even then the flavor is diminished. However it is just fine for cooking, cereal or hot drinks.

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9 dutch margreet December 9, 2012 at 4:25 am

Born in the babyboom years right after WWII I am brought up in foodsaving ways. Though I do not need to be that frugal now I still have the habit bred-in. So, the carcass of a fried or grilled chicken and the bones (taken they are not chewed clean by familymembers) is used to make stock, with the not so appealing but otherwise edible parts of vegetables I store cut up in the freezer. Bones from porcmeat go the same way, I store them till I have enough. The very green parts of leeks can be a bit tough, but they make for the most lovely green colour in Dutch peasoup, a winter favourite. Did you know you can freeze soaked beans and peas too. Just thaw starting with tepid water adding more and more hot, then cook as usual. That takes one time soaking for two portions.

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10 Laura December 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Most of the time we go through milk too fast to freeze it here, but every now again I’ll have a little that is threatening to go bad. I’ve got to remember this. My ice cube trays are smaller, though. Each “cube” is only about 1 tablespoon. So make sure you measure your ice cube trays first. :-)

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11 Merissa December 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Great tip!

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12 SuperMommy December 30, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I love freezing things in those ice-cube trays as well. Usually it is the kid’s food and homemade chicken stock. Never tried milk. Will have to try it out. Thanks for the tip. :-)

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