When you find milk on sale - or even better, on managers special - buy more than you need to freeze for a later time.
Milk is an essential item in our home, and at $3 a gallon I definitely stock up on it when it gets marked down to $1.99/gallon.
Here are some tips for you to use when freezing milk.
- If both the gallon and half gallons are on sale for the same price buy the half gallons. These freeze faster, fit better in the freezer and defrost quicker.
- Open each of the jugs and empty out a little more than an inch from the top to account for it expanding when frozen. On full gallons I empty 1 cup and put it in a half gallon milk container i have saved for that purpose.
- To defrost the milk you can either place it on the counter for a couple of hours, put it in a sink full of cold water or put it in the fridge to defrost.
- When the milk is defrosted you will need to shake it thoroughly before using.
- You will want to use the milk within a few days of defrosting it.
- The milk can remain frozen for a few months.
- Milk will turn yellow when frozen but don't worry when it thaws it will go back to being white.
- It takes about a day to a day and a half to thaw a full gallon.
- I suggest marking the date you pulled out the milk to thaw on the container because you have about 7 days until that milk will most likely go bad.
- You can repackage the milk and freeze it in smaller quantities.