Don't let food go to waste – freeze it. You can also save time and money this way. Read on to learn how to freeze milk and some handy recipes to try with it.


Get the lowdown on other foods you can freeze to make life easier in the kitchen, then browse our best freezable recipes. We've also got lots of expert product advice in this review of the best fridge freezers.

How to freeze milk

  1. Milk can be frozen in plastic bottles or cartons, but not in glass bottles as these may crack.
  2. Liquids expand as they freeze and, on occasion, a carton will split, so you may want to pour a little liquid out of the top of each receptacle before freezing. Or, try decanting the milk into clean, spill-proof freezer bags which can be frozen flat, taking up less room in your freezer.
  3. Defrost thoroughly before using the milk as normal.

Frozen milk will keep for 3-6 months in the freezer. Whole milk may separate when you defrost it, but you can skim any fat off the top.

Thinking of exploring alternative milks such as almond, soy and oat? With so many options out there, check out our guide to find out which milk is right for you.

Want to try your hand at barista skills, or just want to master the perfect cuppa? Learn how to steam milk for coffee and test out our favourite coffee recipes.

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