Freezing milk is a great way to take advantage of a good deal and make sure none goes to waste. Freezing Milk Ice Cubes in convenient portion sizes makes it easy to grab just the right amount for your recipes.
We don’t go through a lot of milk at one time in our house so often we end up with a lot of milk leftover that needs to be used before it expires. Today I’m sharing some ways to use and freeze that milk so that none goes to waste!
The easiest way to use your leftover milk is to freeze it! Freezing milk is also a great way to take advantage of a great price on milk or store milk that has been given by a neighbor with some dairy cows.
Freezing Milk by the Gallon
One of the easiest ways to freeze milk is to freeze it in the container it came in. Yes, that’s right, you can freeze milk right in the gallon container it came in! Milk expands a lot while frozen so make sure you use (or pour off) a cup of milk before securing the lid tight and placing it in the freezer. Make sure it’s standing up and not laying over on its side to prevent leaking. (Once it’s frozen solid you could lay it on its side for space purposes but I don’t recommend it in case it was to thaw out for any reason- what a mess!)
Freezing Milk in Glass Jars
If you are freezing fresh, raw milk or if you prefer not to freeze your milk in plastic, you can also use freezer-safe glass containers. Make sure to leave an inch and a half to two inches of headspace in your jars to allow plenty of room for expansion.
–If you decide not to freeze your milk in the gallon, you can repurpose it into a Milk Jug Bird Feeder.
Thawing Frozen Milk
To thaw, set the frozen milk in the fridge overnight or a day in advance so that it will be completely thawed out before you need to use it.
When you freeze milk, it will usually separate, which can change the texture of it. Before using, you will want to shake it up really well so that it mixes back together completely. Depending on what you’ve frozen it in, this can be done in the same container and you won’t even notice a difference if you’re using your milk in a recipe.
You can also use an immersion blender to fully re-incorporate the milk fat so that you can have the same texture as before it was frozen. Depending on what you’ve frozen it in, this may require moving the thawed milk to another container but it may be worth it, especially if you are planning on using the milk for cereal or something similar.
Milk Ice Cubes
Another way to freeze milk came from an experiment in my ice cube trays. 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.
This has been one I should have thought about a long time ago. We used to buy milk only once every 2 weeks because we bought raw milk and get it straight from the farm. Even though we don’t currently get raw milk, this is still a great way to store milk in smaller quantities, no matter where you get it from.
Milk Ice Cubes are very easy to make. Just pour the milk into your ice cubes trays, freeze for a few hours and then pop them out and store them in a freezer bag. Each ice cube is the equivalent of 2 Tablespoons*. So for recipes, you need:
2 Milk Cubes = 1/4 cup milk
4 Milk Cubes = 1/2 cup milk
6 Milk Cubes = 3/4 cup milk
8 Milk Cubes = 1 cup milk
*Keep in mind…this is if you have a large, standard-sized ice cube tray and if you fill each section as full as it can go.
Frozen milk can pretty much be used the same as fresh milk in any recipe. To thaw milk ice cubes, I just put the cubes in a bowl in the fridge or put some in the microwave on defrost if I need to defrost them faster. (You would not want to do this to thaw larger portions of milk.)
–You can find all kinds of simple recipes on Little House Living to try with these Milk Cubes!
Looking for more ways to preserve food? Here are a few other freezer items you may enjoy:
- Freezing Green Beans
- How to Freeze Tomatoes
- Cook Ahead Freezer Rice
- Fresh Tomato BBQ Sauce & Freezing Tips
- Freezer Cooking in an Hour (Gluten Free & Real Food!)
- Freezing Make Ahead Meatballs
Have you frozen milk before? What’s your favorite recipe to use it in?
This post on Milk Ice Cubes was originally published on Little House Living in December 2012. It has been updated as of December 2019.