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#1 of 6 Old 09-05-2010, 12:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I got lots of organic whole milk on sale (for someone who decided not to take it) and am wondering if I can freeze some to make yogurt out of later, since it will expire before I need to make more. Has anyone frozen milk? How does it turn out when thawed? Any tips on freezing it? Thanks!!
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My mother used to freeze milk but it always tasted funny when it was thawed. It might be fine for making yogurt or cooking but not so great for drinking straight.
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I've considered this too - we get WIC and often have trouble using all of the milk. My first thoughts are, I would freeze it in glass jars, not plastic, and then thaw it in the refrigerator, similar to what you would do with a turkey before Thanksgiving. And like the PP, I would use it for cooking only.

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I had a friend who froze tons of milk. honestly, I couldn't taste a difference. But if you are worried about it, I am sure using it for yyogurt would be fine. Also, could you make the yogurt and then freexze that? I have no problems with freezing yogurt.
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We get frozen milk from our herdshare for the winter. There *is* a trick to freezing milk (at least, raw milk...) - its shaking it. And not letting it seperate as it freezes... We drank it all last winter and it was fine... the winter before they didn't shake it an it was awful... But thats it. Shaking it - every hour or two as it freezes till its frozen, so it never seperates.

ETA: Mind you, not shaking it, its fine for cooking... but the textures all wrong cause' the cream will never mix back into the milk fully and you'll have little chunks of cream in it. It *tastes* fine... it just has a funky texture. But if you warm it up, they melt an its fine.
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Thanks for the tip on shaking it. I'll have to try. Its not raw (if only I could get raw milk here) but isn't homogenized. I'll freeze it today. .
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