How to freeze milk and eggs

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can you freeze milk and eggs

Can you freeze eggs?  Eggs can be frozen for up to one year. Don’t freeze eggs in the shell, remove them from the shells and mix them well before freezing. After mixing well pour them into an ice cube tray and cover with saran wrap. They can be placed in a freezer safe container after frozen. They should be thawed in the refrigerator the day before you plan to use them for best results.  Another great way to freeze eggs is in a ziploc bag.  Just lay flat to freeze.  This is a very handy way to thaw too! Just place the bag in you fridge to thaw and use the next day for scrambled eggs or baking (I like to do a dozen in a bag).

You can view that method step by step here.

Can you freeze milk?  Milk can be frozen however it may separate when thawed. Frozen milk is excellent for cooking and can be used for drinking but may need to be shaken first. Freeze milk by removing some of the milk (1 ½ cups) per gallon so when the jug expands it doesn’t overflow. It can be frozen for 1 month. For best results thaw in the refrigerator and shake well before using.  I also thaw milk in paper containers like picture above – there is no need to remove any milk before freezing.

I have tried to freeze Coconut Milk and Almond Milk with no luck.  It was separated after thawing and non-drinkable. I tried shaking it FOREVER with no luck.

UPDATE: A reader shared but I have not tried – place frozen almond milk in the blender and give it a whirl, pour it back into the container using a funnel, and ta-da!

These are two methods to stretch your family budget.

You may be interested in our other posts on how to freeze:

Cottage Cheese

Sour Cream

Cream Cheese

Cracker Crumbs

Cheese

Hummus

Banana

 

Comments

  1. I find the 1/2 gallon size of milk much easier to freeze. You don’t have to pour any off and it doesn’t take *forever* to thaw.

    Also….I put in my ‘frig to thaw. It helps keep the ‘frig cool and make it not work as hard…..

    I am going to try the eggs!

  2. Thanks Karen! I appreciate the tips on the milk! Let me know how the eggs work for you! I use them for scrambled eggs and in baking.

  3. OK….Here is a tip about the eggs (maybe you are already doing this…)
    I whisked mine with the Kitchen Aid mixer using the wire attachment. I found that one egg = 2 cubes.

    I can see where this might take some of the spontaniety out of making brownies, etc.
    :)

  4. Not too long ago my husband asked me why I shake the milk every time I take it out of the frig. Here’s my story: My mother did grocery shopping once a month so I grew up with frozen milk. We always had to shake the milk to get it to mix again. Even though the milk I buy is not frozen it’s simply something I do without even thinking about it. Sometimes I catch myself shaking the milk up and smile because it brings back memories of my mother.

    • I love that story Jeryl!

    • I CAN’T BELIEVE I READ THIS! I do the exact same thing(shake the milk jug.) My husband thinks I’m crazy and I had to have my mother’s help to convince him that you can freeze milk and that I’m not crazy!

    • I do the same thing. My son says to me, “don’t shake the milk Mom, I don’t like the little bubbles on the top”. =)

    • I have the same memory. Like you, I shake my milk out of habit as well. I have noticed that my daughter does as well, just from seeing me do it over the years, as I have never frozen milk in the jug. Funny how things just seem to flow over into the next generation for no known reason other than “Mom did it!”

      • We had to shake the milk growing up too, but for a different reason! We bought our milk from a farm around the corner, and had to shake the milk because the cream would seperate. I have store bought milk now, but find myself shaking it! Old habits die hard!

  5. Too funny Jeryl! I like freezing the 1/2 gallons best too Karen. They dethaw faster IMO. I even wash out old 1/2 gallon jugs and keep them on hand for easier freezing!

    I’ve found that I take the milk out of the freezer and let it sit overnight in the fridge, but it still will have some ice in it so I’ll put the jug in a pot of warm water and waa-laa it’s dethawed completely in minutes!

  6. I recently froze Smart Balance milk that I got super cheap. I poured it into Rubbermaid liquid storage containers (kind of like these only older – http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=Beverage&SubcatId=BeverageStorage&Prod_ID=RP091195), left the top open for air expansion, and put them into my refrigerator freezer. Then when frozen I sealed them up and placed into my deep freezer. Only took about a day or so to thaw in the fridge and was no different from when it was fresh.

  7. When I have a recipe that calls for only egg yolks, I will pop the whites in one of those tiny snack size zip baggies and toss in the freezer door. It’s great for all sorts of recipes or omlets.

  8. Wow , I had never thought of freezing Eggs. Thank you Much !!

  9. I love the idea of freezing eggs. I will be using this tip!

  10. sounds like another great use for the babyfood freezer trays too

  11. I love the idea of freezing eggs. Definitely will not run out anymore.

  12. If the milk reaches the expiration date while still frozen, how long do I have to use it once it thaws?

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says:

      After you freeze it you can 5 days.

      • thankyou, I have found so many fantastic tips on this informative
        blog, you ladies rock. I just love the idea of cooking and freezing the extra meals, I wish I would have done it this way many years ago when I worked 70 hours a week and still tried to be the super mom and wife with way to many balls in the air. Now I actually love being in the kitchen instead of feeling tired and miserable.
        I have more time to enjoy watching a good Buckeyes game

  13. Donna Sindle says:

    My grandmother always froze her milk before she would go visit my aunt every summer in Colorado. I still catch myself shaking milk!

  14. Donna Sindle says:

    I have a tip that I have used when I splurged on junk food and would buy Little Debbie cakes, Twinkies, Pop-tarts, etc. Nobody NEEDS to eat 2 of any of those, so I always divided it up into the little snack-size Ziploc bags. Reuse the Ziploc bags! Good for your pocket-book AND your waist-line!

  15. Barietta Amber says:

    My kids hate it when the milk freezes in the fridge! Lol!

  16. Great ideas ladies. Never knew you could freeze eggs!!!
    Thanks for all the great information.

  17. camsmomrox says:

    If have onion left over that I don’t need anytime soon, I chop it up and freeze it in a bag….they’re not really good to use on burgers after they’re thawed because they aren’t crisp but they’re great to put in soups, chili and stews…..

  18. How do you thaw the eggs for cooking? How long does it take? And how, after mixing, do you know how many you have when, say, a recipe calls for 2 eggs? TIA.

  19. Thank you, Melissa. I’m adding this to my “things I need to stockpile” list.
    Blessings,
    Toni

  20. not to get off topic, but mentioning onions, my Grandmother told me that if you wrap half your onion up tight in tinfoil it lasts a LONG time and doesn’t give an odor in the fridge. Works super..

  21. I have frozen milk before but never eggs. With eggs so expensive now days this is something I will try when I see great deals on eggs.

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  24. Not only can you freeze milk and eggs, you can also freeze the liquid creamers so when you catch one on sale, stockpile and freeze.

    Also for eggs, get some olive oil and completely cover your egg’s shell with the oil, oil does not allow oxygen to permeate the shell and eggs will stay good for 7-9 months stored in a cool dry place.

    • I’m assuming this would be for farm fresh eggs, not bought-en eggs? Because wouldn’t bought eggs have to be refrigerated?

  25. Missy Schooley says:

    We freeze Almond Milk in the half gallon jug and have had great luck with it. When the Almond Breeze brand was on kroger mega w/ coupon and was so cheap we got 5 containers. We don’t drink it straight though, we use it for smoothies for breakfast. Just shake well before pouring and it was fine. I have frozen it up to 3months too. Hope this info helps. BTW~love your site!! :)

  26. Bobbi Kilbarger says:

    Seeing the onion comments above, we also freeze them a little differently. I love the flavor of onion, but don’t like the texture of it (sensory issues), so we buy bags of onions when they go on sale really cheap and puree them. I fill a snack ziplock baggy with the puree and freeze flat. I fill a gallon freezer bag with the smaller bags and they lay really nicely in the freezer.

    When I need onion for a recipe, I pull out one or two and run the bags under warm water to thaw, or just melt them in a frying pan (depending on how I’m cooking).

    We end up with one day of massive onion smell and watery eyes in the kitchen, but then nothing for a LONG time. We made enough last time that it lasted a year and the onion was still fresh tasting and smelling.

  27. I am single now and don’t use a whole gallon of milk before the experation date so I split it up (It’s cheaper to buy it by the gallon) and freeze it and it has been good for up to 2 months. I did not know about the eggs though. That one I will definitely use. I am tired of throwing away eggs.

  28. Bev Kennedy says:

    Since we don’t drink milk, I will freeze it in ice cube trays to use for cooking. Thank for these ideas.

  29. I DO freeze almond milk! just throw it in the freezer and when you want to use it let it thaw. Now, most of the time it does seperate quite a bit. All i do is throw it in the blender and give it a whirl, pour it back into the container using a funnel, and ta-da! Tastes like you just bought it. Great thing to do when stores have big sales.

  30. An ex-boyfriend of mine was a ccok in the navy, and he told me that they used to crack whole eggs into a container and freeze them solid. Then when they made breakfast, they would take the frozen egg block and swirl it around on the flat top and it would make scrambled eggs. I have never tried this – but it sounds cool…

  31. Hi!!! Love love love your site. I was passing this information over to friends and my one friend Madeline asked…………can you do this with soy milk? She has a baby that can only drink soy but it’s soooooooooooooooooo expensive.

  32. I often freeze milk. The only kind of cow’s milk I’ve found that does not freeze well is skim or non-fat milk. No matter how much you shake it, it never seems to go back to normal. Which seems very odd, as it contains no butterfat that could separate, so I don’t know what has separated out, but it’s unpleasant, so I only freeze lowfat or whole milk now.

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  35. Fantastic tips! I love price matching milk at Walmart when it’s on sale @ CVS or Walgreens…Freezing it gives me an opportunity to stock up & always have milk in the house :)

  36. Thanks for all the great tips and tricks! My question is how (or can) you freeze buttermilk? and what about half & half?

  37. Redbone7684 says:

    We also buy produce like carrots, bell peppers, celery, berries, peaches, bananas, and pineapple when it is really cheap or reduced for quick sale and prepare them and freeze in baggies. I use a lot of veggies in soups in the fall and winter and stock up in the summer when produce is cheaper. Peppers get diced and cut in strips for fajitas, fruits get cut in chunks for smoothies, ect. My freezer is always full of little baggies.

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