Is anyone stocking up? And some thoughts.

Amethyst

Angie ... †
I froze milk for years, after it thaws it's a good idea to shake it before serving, some separation may occur, I used whole milk. I am a milk lover and if the taste had been off, I wouldn't have drank it.
Thanks! I have read that you should pour a little bit out before freezing, so it has room to expand. But then another place said it wouldn't be good for drinking. And I have zero experience with it. I usually buy 2% but whole is fine.
But i have been seeing milk shortages.
 

JSTyler

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And if you live in row housing in a city (small or large)... all bets are off.
Been there, lived that. All you need to see to confirm the worst assumptions is the reaction of row home dwelling after a major snowstorm. Parking is always scarce and it always devolved to a survival of the nastiest and most aggressive scenario. I solved our problem by clearing all of the spaces in front of all thirteen homes on our street and I cleared the alley too. I had a big snow blower and a primal mindset...once I cleared them I made sure that everyone knew that ALL of the spots were mine, that they could use them, but they were all mine. The looks they'd give me. There's nothing like seeing appreciation mixed with equal parts apprehension and pent up pejoratives.

It all worked together to draw many of the folks together, though I never trusted any of them.
 

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
Does anyone have experience with freezing milk?
Was it good for drinking when you defrosted it later?

When the kids were younger I'd sometimes freeze gallons of milk (non-fat in our case). It was okay to drink later. The problem was occasionally the plastic gallon milk jug would develop a crack in it from the milk expanding as it froze. That happened enough times that I decided it wasn't worth it. We were drinking so much milk back then that I was just trying to save myself a few trips to the store.

I like reconstituted powdered milk, in fact, I love it as much as regular milk, but I'm alone in that regard in the family. I keep a box of powdered milk around just in case...
 

caligal

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Oh TT ewwwwwwww! When I was little 5 or 6 years old dad was transferred from Oahu to Guam. When we got to Guam they had no dairy and all the milk was reconstituted o_O and was sold in waxed milk cartons. Dad hadgone to the comm and bought milk and cereal and a bag of oranges. We little ones got up early and decided to have some cereal. When we first tasted it, it was awful!!!! we poured it out and tried another carton and it was bad too so we decided to just eat oranges, the whole bag. I have not been able to drink milk since then.
 

Jan51

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Thanks! I have read that you should pour a little bit out before freezing, so it has room to expand. But then another place said it wouldn't be good for drinking. And I have zero experience with it. I usually buy 2% but whole is fine.
But i have been seeing milk shortages.
I did pour one cup out of each gallon jug before freezing. Later after I quit freezing it, I read that it is not necessary, that the indentations in the jug expand to make room, but I never tried it. Also, don't freeze in cardboard cartons, you will get wax particles. Only use plastic jugs.
 

Ghoti Ichthus

Pray so they do not serve alone. Ephesians 6:10-20
Does anyone have experience with freezing milk?
Was it good for drinking when you defrosted it later?

There is ultra-pasturized, shelf-stable milk that doesn't have to be refrigerated. It's actually better to keep it in a cool, dry, dark place, and only refrigerate starting a few/several hours before opening (and obviously keep refrigerated after opening). Much, much better cold than room temp . . . shake each time before serving . . .

We had the Israeli version when I was in the ME, and it was really good. I never looked at the ingredients because I couldn't read Hebrew and I figured it was just milk.


This is a product that the expiration date/best by date is important :tappingfoot
 
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The Saint

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Does anyone have experience with freezing milk?
Was it good for drinking when you defrosted it later?
socialist countries can do two things.
1) feed their own people. and
2) keep the power on....Freezing may not be available.

Hate to say but powdered milk may be your only option. It doesn't taste the same but it is fine for baking.
There is ONE brand that tastes good. its expensive...but I cannot recall the name.
 

Lynn

Longing for Home
Also, don't freeze in cardboard cartons, you will get wax particles. Only use plastic jugs.
Yes, the original plastic jugs are fine, but it's even better to pour the milk into Ball canning jars (leaving room for expansion at the top). I label mine with type of milk and maybe brand name as well as the date it was put in freezer. I find the jars to be more convenient, because if only two cups of milk is needed a pint can be thawed in fridge instead of the entire gallon. You can lose the benefit of freezing milk, if you thaw out the whole gallon, unless you're actually planning to use that quantity of milk right away.
 

Jan51

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Yes, the original plastic jugs are fine, but it's even better to pour the milk into Ball canning jars (leaving room for expansion at the top). I label mine with type of milk and maybe brand name as well as the date it was put in freezer. I find the jars to be more convenient, because if only two cups of milk is needed a pint can be thawed in fridge instead of the entire gallon. You can lose the benefit of freezing milk, if you thaw out the whole gallon, unless you're actually planning to use that quantity of milk right away.
LOL, we used almost a gallon a day. And I drank half of that myself!
 

Amethyst

Angie ... †
. You can lose the benefit of freezing milk, if you thaw out the whole gallon, unless you're actually planning to use that quantity of milk right away.
it’s more about the prospect of possible milk shortages
And then thawing out the gallon as I finish the last one. Does thawed out frozen milk sour quicker than normal?
 

Lynn

Longing for Home
And then thawing out the gallon as I finish the last one. Does thawed out frozen milk sour quicker than normal?
I don't think so. As long as it's thawed out in the fridge and not on countertop, there shouldn't be any difference. One way to find out is to mark the date it's put in freezer with a Sharpie on container. Then, when it's put in fridge for thawing, mark that date on container as well. You'll be able to track the length of time since purchase as well as how long it's still good after you remove it from your freezer. :) For an obsessive compulsive person like me, that's good to know :heh
 

Jan51

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I don't think so. As long as it's thawed out in the fridge and not on countertop, there shouldn't be any difference. One way to find out is to mark the date it's put in freezer with a Sharpie on container. Then, when it's put in fridge for thawing, mark that date on container as well. You'll be able to track the length of time since purchase as well as how long it's still good after you remove it from your freezer. :) For an obsessive compulsive person like me, that's good to know :heh
Yeah, I don't know anything about how long it is good for. I did it because we lived out a ways, I didn't go to town very often, and we used a lot of milk, so it got used quickly.
 
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