How long will raw milk keep? We just purchased our first milk today.
Well, I keep saying this on here, but no one seems to either notice, or believe me. Not sure which.
My raw milk lasts 4 weeks (or more, because it is always gone by then).
The farmer we get milk from lives about an hour's drive away, so we take a large cooler, buy 4 gallons, put two bags of ice over the top, and drive an hour away. And it stays fresh (and I have no tolerance for yucky stuff) for a month. Maybe more, but I've never kept any around longer than that.
The secret? The farmer says to keep it COLD. Get a thermometer, he told us, and keep the milk in the coldest part of the fridge. Keep the fridge at no warmer than 38 degrees, and colder is better. I keep my fridge just above freezing so my eggs don't freeze.
I could never stand to drink store bought milk after about two days, because my nose is so sensitive, I could tell it was "off" long before anyone else in the family could.
But, I tell ya, if you want to keep your milk fresh, keep it cold.
Also, when you go to pour it, take it out, pour it, put it immediately back in the fridge, and close the door.
He said that every hour the milk spends above 38 degrees takes a full day off the life of it.
Ok, I promise I won't tell that story anymore. Sorry. But I love my raw milk!
thanks PeggyinNC for your post.
I recently started drinking raw milk and after reading on this forums on various threads I kept 1 gallon in the freezer as soon as I came home. My other 1 gal was in the fridge and I finished drinking with in a week.
Now, I think I made a huge mistake in keeping one gal in the freezer as now I'm thawing and drinking it just taste AWFUL. Well, it doesn't taste anything and top of that there are these little grains types of things...I just hate it.
Does anyone here have the same problem with the raw milk once it's been frozen? I'm just so dissapointed with the frozen one....next time no freezing for me. Now I'm using that gal in cooking and making desert.