26 July 2014 @ 12:07 pm
freezing milk  
We freeze our milk since we use so much and can only shop twice a month.

I've just been putting the gallons in the freezer as is, but am getting tired of the cartons bursting and the milk going sour before we use it all.

Does anyone know of good, air tight containers that would hold up long term to constant freezing/thawing? I want something that I can just pour the milk into and freeze it, then thaw and use from the same container. So it would need to be no bigger than a gallon of milk that comes from the store.

Does anything like this exist?

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Kit_kit on July 26th, 2014 04:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe something from tupperware? I haven't tried freezing milk in their containers but I freeze everything else and they've held up well.
demiraks_worlddemiraks_world on July 26th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
Gallon freezer bags? Smooth the air out, freeze, pour in pitcher when you thaw?
HEFNERSBUNNY is nowtotheleft on July 26th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
This is my thought.
Wizard of Changes  -- ©cdozo 2004 to 2014cdozo on July 26th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
Horizon milk lasts a long time and tastes better than normal milk, but it's also more expensive. You could probably buy all you need and you won't have to freeze it to keep it fresh.

If you can afford it, the fact that no milk will be wasted, and that it tastes much better along with the much longer fridge-shelf-life might make up for the price difference.
mustangracermustangracer on July 26th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I started buying organic milk because of the extra time on the expiration dates. My household doesn't drink a lot of milk - takes us about 3 weeks to finish a half gallon and I was getting tired of throwing out conventional milk (no matter how cheap).
We are actually saving money by paying more for the half gallon and it staying good long enough for us to use all of it.
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 26th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
Any containers will do. The main thing is that you want to slightly underfill them. The reason gallon containers burst is because the milk expands as it freezes, similar to any other liquid. A possible solution would be pourable lock-n-lock containers, and keep a cup or so for immediate use for each gallon you freeze.
KBRgezellig_girl on July 26th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Exactly. If you're buying multiple gallons, I would pour a cup or two from each gallon into any Rubbermaid/Tupperware/whatever pitcher, THEN freeze the plastic jugs.
lavendersparklavenderspark on July 26th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
My concern with this is opening the carton. Will it spoil faster with the seal broken while thawing?
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on July 26th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
No, it should be fine I think, particularly if you use it relatively quickly.
piperki: Burningpiperki on July 27th, 2014 01:29 am (UTC)
It should be fine as long as you don't contaminate it by sticking something into the milk (like fingers, a utensil, etc.).
Kimberlyshiningstar on July 28th, 2014 01:25 am (UTC)
You can buy milk in tetrapaks which is shelf safe, so it does not need to be refrigerated

http://www.milkunleashed.com/where-to-buy/brands.html
You can't just give up on pulling up your pantsannieoakley999 on July 28th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
I also do this - I commonly get up to 6 gallons at a time at Costco since we got our deep freeze. Similar to what a few other people have suggested, I would just pour off a little bit from each gallon into a pitcher that you'll keep in the fridge for immediate use, and then freeze the original, less full milk jugs. This is what I used to do when I first started since I just assumed they would expand too much otherwise. After a while I started to wonder if that was really necessary or worth the effort - if they would really burst? So I started just freezing them as-is, and lo and behold, after relaxing my procedure and doing this for about 4 years now, I've only had about 2 or 3 ever crack/burst. (It just meant I had to wash the outside of the jug as soon as I noticed it was leaking in the sink, then sit it in a mixing bowl in the sink while it finished thawing and leaking, then transfer everything to a plastic jug.)

So for me, I save the trouble and just stick them in the freezer like you're currently doing. I'm not sure why yours are apparently cracking open a lot more frequently, but the pour-some-off-the-top-then-freeze method worked just fine for me. :)
kindmemorykindmemory on July 29th, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
My sis freezes water in plastic ex-juice bottles. She leaves the H2O in the bottles upright in the freezer overnight with the cap off, and when completely frozed, puts the caps on.

This eliminates the container cracking from expansion of air or water. This is half gallon bottles.

It might be that a whole gallon in a plastic jug would work just fine if frozen this way.

Also if you open the paper cartons a bit, make sure they won't spill, they would probably freeze fine. I guess maybe binder clips would keep them closed after they are completely frozen?
The neck that turns the headmrs_wills on July 30th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
I've used quart sized, wide mouth mason jars to freeze milk. The trick is to slightly underfill and freeze with the lids off. With glass jars, you want to find jars that don't taper to the mouth because the expansion of the frozen contents is more likely to break a jar that is tapered than one that is straight-edged.
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