Can You Freeze Milk in the Carton? (Yes, It’s Easy!!)

March 23, 2020 | Crystal Paine

Ever wondered if you can freeze milk in the carton? I’ve been doing it for years, and these are my top tips!

{Freezing foods ahead of time is such an easy way to save money on groceries! Check out this list of 10 things you probably didn’t know you could freeze, plus don’t miss this list of 10 foods you should never freeze.}

how to freeze milk in a carton

Any tips on freezing milk in a paper carton? We buy organic milk in a half gallon paper carton. Can I freeze it in that carton or not? I’ve never done it before. Thanks! –Leisha

Can you freeze milk in the carton?

I freeze milk all the time. And honestly? I’ve never had a problem freezing it in a cardboard container. It will expand some when it freezes, so you might want to drink or use a half cup or so before freezing. But otherwise, just stick the milk in the freezer in the paper carton! It’s that simple.

freezing Horizon Organic milk in a carton

How do you thaw it out?

When you’re ready to your frozen milk, you can thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. Or, you can stick the carton in a sink full of cold water for 15 or 20 minutes.

I’m often able to find organic milk on clearance that’s close to the expiration date. We use what we can until the expiration date and then I freeze the rest. By buying it on clearance, we’re able to buy higher quality milk without spending a fortune to do so.

Can you drink frozen and thawed milk?

I don’t recommended using frozen and thawed milk for drinking. The consistency changes some and it just isn’t very appealing for drinking–at least our family doesn’t think so. 🙂

However, milk that has been frozen and then thawed works beautifully in pancakes, waffles, french toast, or other baked goods!

Chocolate Chip Pancake Batter

If you typically bake big batches of these items, you can just freeze the milk in the paper or plastic carton, thaw, and use. However, if you only make smaller batches, you’ll want to go ahead and divvy the milk up in one-cup or two-cup portions before freezing so that you can just pull out the exact amount of milk you need. You could use ziptop freezer bags or airtight plastic containers with lids.

Want to stretch your milk even further? Replace a fourth or a half of the milk called for in your pancake, waffle, or baked good recipe with water. You probably won’t even notice a difference!

Do you freeze milk? If so, what’s your favorite way to use it?

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