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can you freeze milk

How to Freeze Milk

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: N/A


Wondering if you can freeze milk? Here’s what to know about how to prepare this ingredient for long term storage.


  • Milk (dairy or non-dairy)*


  1. Pour the milk into a storage container, leaving at least 1/2 inch of headspace in the container to allow for expansion during freezing. Or, you can freeze it into smaller portions in an ice cube tray or silicon freezer tray, then remove the cubes once frozen and place in a resealable plastic bag. (Keep in mind, 1 ice cube is typically 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce.)
  2. Seal the container or bag tightly and label it with a Use By date that is 3 months in the future. Place it in the freezer. Freeze for up to 1 month for best results, or up to 6 months.
  3. To defrost the milk, place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Freezing milk can change its texture: depending on the type and length of storage, it may become separated after thawing. Stir the milk to re-integrate the texture (or place it in a blender and blend until combined). Once thawed, use the milk within 3 days. 


*It’s best to start with milk that is as fresh as possible (don’t freeze milk that’s past its expiration date). This process works for most types of dairy milk, buttermilk and coconut milk. It is not recommended to freeze almond milk and oat milk because of the separation in texture. Keep in mind that higher fat milks can become grainy and separated in texture after freezing.

  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Frozen
  • Diet: Vegetarian