Do you have a lot of raw milk left over and don’t know what to do with it? Or maybe you’re just curious if it’s even possible to freeze raw milk. If so, then you’re in the right place! This blog post will answer all your questions about freezing raw milk and give you some tips on how to do it successfully. So keep reading to learn more!
Yes, raw milk can be frozen. However, there may be some impact on the taste and texture of the milk. Additionally, frozen raw milk will only last for a limited time before it begins to spoil.
Can You Freeze Raw Milk?
If you have a cow or goat, you can probably get raw milk for free. However, before you drink it all up, should you freeze any leftovers? The answer is yes- but there are some things to consider first. Raw milk that has been frozen will have a different texture and taste than fresh milk. It will also not last as long in the freezer- about 2-3 months.
How To Freeze Raw Milk?
To freeze raw milk, start by pouring it into an ice cube tray. Then, place the ice cube tray in the freezer and let the milk freeze for at least 24 hours. Once the milk is frozen, you can transfer it to a freezer-safe container. Be sure to label the container with the date so you know how long it’s been frozen. When you’re ready to use the milk, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before using it.
Precautions to Take When Freezing Raw Milk
Raw milk should never be consumed without being pasteurized. Freezing it is one way to make it safe to consume, but there are some precautions you need to take. The first step is to make sure the milk is clean. Rinse off any dirt or debris with cold water. If the milk has been sitting for a while, you may also want to skim off any cream that has risen to the top.
Once the milk is clean, pour it into a freezer-safe container. Make sure to leave enough room for expansion, as raw milk will freeze solid. If you’re freezing a large quantity of milk, it’s best to break it up into smaller containers so that it freezes more quickly and evenly. Once the milk is frozen, make sure to label the container with the date so you know how long it’s been in the freezer.
How To Thaw Frozen Raw Milk
The best way to thaw frozen raw milk is by leaving it in the fridge overnight. If you need to thaw it more quickly, you can place it in a bowl of cold water for a few hours, but make sure to change the water every 30 minutes or so to keep it cold. Do not thaw raw milk on the counter or in hot water, as this will increase the risk of bacterial contamination.
How Long Does Raw Milk Last (Stays Fresh) Outside at Room Temperature?
Raw milk will last for about 3-5 days when stored at room temperature. The warmer the temperature, the shorter the shelf life will be. Raw milk should never be left out of a fridge for more than 2 hours. If you are unsure if your raw milk is still good, it is better to err on the side of caution and throw it out.
How Long Does Raw Milk Last (Stays Fresh) in the Fridge?
The shelf life of raw milk stored in the fridge is about two weeks. Raw milk contains natural bacteria that can cause food poisoning, so it’s important to make sure it’s properly refrigerated and consumed before the expiration date.
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Raw Milk?
Here are some ideas on how to use up extra raw milk:
-Drink it straight
-Add it to your morning coffee or tea
-Make smoothies or milkshakes
-Use it in baking recipes like cakes, cookies, and breads
-Make yogurt or cheese
-Add it to soups or stews
-Cook pasta or rice in it