Over the next few weeks I’m sharing a series about Family Food Savings, something that all of us moms can never hear enough about. Today I’m sharing how to freeze milk–an easy way to keep yourself out of the store!
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With a growing family of seven, and a heart for many more, I’m forever on-the-hunt for creative ways to stretch our grocery dollar. On average I spend $400 per month feeding our family. As I’ve mentioned before, one of the ways I help my family cut cost is by cutting out extra shopping trips. To do so, we buy our milk once-a-month, when we do our shopping, and freeze it for later use.
I’ve received emails and off-blog questions about how I freeze milk. Here’s the milk freezing questions I receive most often:
- Do I need to put my milk in a separate container? No, you freeze it in the plastic gallon jug it comes in–simple!
- Can I really freeze milk? Yes, it’s easy and saves those runs to the store just for milk.
- Why did my milk turn yellow once it was frozen? No need to worry, it’s the fat content. We drink “fat-free” milk, however there are still traces of fat. Our milk has a yellow tint to it. It returns to normal color once it’s completely thawed.
- How long does it take to defrost? This of course varies as to the temperature of your house, time of year, etc. I usually set out a fresh gallon the night before. I place the frozen gallon on a plate, inside the refrigerator. In the morning, I give the gallon a good shake. It’s common in our house to see someone having a turn, shaking up a gallon of milk. In my experience it takes at least 8 hours to have defrosted milk. Times will vary.
After our recent shopping trip I took pictures of our milk freezing process. In their book the Economineds suggest pouring out a small portion of the milk to allow for expansion, then freezing. I’ve done it that way. More often than not though, I freeze entire gallons without pouring any milk out. It’s worked well for me.
You can see that our frozen milk does have a yellow tinge while frozen. The discoloration will go away. Depending on our household temps, I may also let the frozen gallon set on the counter a few hours. Try a gallon both ways and see which approach works best for you!
What grocery savings tips do you have? What creative freezing do you do?