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Beverages

Can you freeze almond milk?

Can you freeze almond milk? Almond milk is one of the delicious and often used lactose free milk alternatives. It’s often used by people suffering from lactose intolerance, but also by some vegetarians and vegans. So, what should you do if you’ve got a half full container of almond milk and you can’t find a way to use it within the next couple of days? Or there’s a big sale in a store near your home and you’re thinking about buying a few containers to save some money?

Freezing almond milk seems to be the only solution to both of the mentioned issues. Just to be clear – you can freeze this lactose-free beverage but most manufacturers don’t recommend freezing their products. The good news is – many people freeze almond milk on a regular basis and they are satisfied with the results they get. Let’s discuss the effect that freezing has on this liquid.

How freezing affects almond milk

As I’ve mentioned earlier, freezing almond milk isn’t recommended by manufacturers of brands such as Silk Pure Almond or Almond Breeze®. The big question is – why? Producers state that the texture and consistency of almond milk is affected by freezing and thawing. The changes are noticeable – almond milk separates irregularly which both reduces visual quality and changes the texture. Freezing doesn’t have an effect on safety or nutritional value of almond milk.

Just almond milk
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Despite manufacturer’s recommendations, many people freeze almond milk (both homemade and store-bought) with success. If you plan to use your almond milk leftovers for cooking or baking purposes, freezing this dairy free milk alternative is definitely worth a try. If you plan to freeze it for drinking purposes, it might not be the best idea. Fresh almond milk tastes better than frozen and defrosted one. All in all, it’s a matter of personal preferences.

If you want to know whether freezing this beverage for drinking purposes works for you, you need to run a little trial. Also, it’s good to know that almond milk of some brands freezes better than almond milk of other brands. So, if your favorite brand’s milk doesn’t taste good after thawing, freezing milk of other brand might be a good idea. One more tip, frozen and thawed almond milk might go bad faster than a fresh one, so it’s good to use it within a day or two after thawing.

Tips regarding freezing almond milk

Container in which you freeze almond milk should be airtight. That will prevent the liquid from absorbing any odors from the freezer. You can freeze it in its original packaging, but make sure to pour a little almond milk before freezing. Almond milk consists mostly of water so it’ll expand while freezing. If you plan to use only a part of the frozen almond milk at a time, it’s a good idea to freeze it in smaller freezer-safe plastic containers, or even use ice-cube trays. To use the ice-cube trays you just need to pour the liquid into the trays, freeze them, remove almond ice-cubes from trays, put them in a container or a bag and put it into the freezer. This way you can easily defrost only as much almond milk as you need at a time. Please remember that you shouldn’t thaw almond milk and then freeze it again.

Summary

Almond milk is a widely used non dairy milk alternative. Manufacturers recommend that it shouldn’t be frozen, but many people do so and those people are satisfied by the results they get.

Beverages

Can you freeze coconut milk?

Can you freeze coconut milk? Coconut milk is one of the popular milk alternatives. Some people use it for drinking purposes, others as a flavoring in recipes. People using coconut milk for cooking or baking purposes often choose to buy it in cans while drinkers often buy it in cardboard containers. Most recipes don’t use a whole can (or a whole container) of the product so you’ll be left with some leftover coconut milk after preparing the dish.

You can drink the rest of the milk or use it in another recipe. Unfortunately the amount of coconut milk you’re left with almost never matches the quantity that other recipes call for. But if you can’t find a way to use the coconut milk leftovers, the liquid will go bad within a few days. So, the only way to preserve this lactose free milk alternative is to freeze it. The good news is – you can freeze coconut milk, it freezes pretty fine. Let’s discuss this process in some details.

How freezing affects coconut milk

Similarly to cow’s milk, you can freeze coconut milk. Probably the most important thing about freezing coconut milk is that it separates easily. Because of that, you need to stir it or mix it after defrosting. If it resists coming back together you can try warming it up a little. That should help.

Canned coconut milk
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Coconut milk after freezing and thawing should taste pretty much the same as fresh coconut milk does. Its texture, however, might be slightly different. Because of that, frozen and thawed coconut milk should be fine in recipes that don’t rely on the consistency of this dairy free milk alternative. If you mix it with other ingredients you shouldn’t be able to notice the mentioned difference in texture. If your dish depends on coconut milk’s consistency, the best thing you can do is to try the frozen and thawed coconut milk in that dish and decide whether you’re fond of the results. To preserve the best quality of coconut milk after thawing, you shouldn’t keep it in the freezer for more than 2-3 months. Let’s discuss some issues related to freezing this coconut beverage.

Tips concerning freezing coconut milk

Coconut milk should be frozen in an airtight container. If you’ve got your leftover coconut milk, you should pour it into another container or a heavy-duty freezer bag. If you would like to freeze it in its cardboard container, it’s a good idea to pour a little from the container, so the container won’t get damaged by expanding coconut liquid. Because coconut milk consists mostly of water, it expands while freezing.

If you plan to use only a part of the container at a time (e.g. for cooking purposes), it’s best for you to buy a few small plastic containers and freeze the milk in them. Using ice-cube trays is also a great idea. This way you can always thaw only as little coconut milk as you need. To do that just pour the liquid into the ice-cube trays and put them into the freezer. Once frozen, you should remove coconut milk ice-cubes from trays, put them into a freezer-safe bag and put the bag into the freezer. Labeling the container (or bag) with the date is also a good idea.

Thawing coconut milk

Coconut milk thaws very slowly. Slower than you’d expect. If you’d like to thaw it in the refrigerator, it’ll take a few days to thaw it entirely. To accelerate the process of thawing you can use a microwave set on defrost or put it in a pot (or sink) of cold water.

One more thing – many people find it more convenient to use powdered coconut milk in recipes that use only a small amount of this liquid. That’s of course a matter of personal preferences.

Summary

As you can see, this milk alternative can be easily frozen, but it takes some time to thaw coconut milk. You can freeze coconut milk, but you should remember that its texture might be a little different after thawing.

Dairy

Can you freeze milk?

Can you freeze milk? If you would like to know whether milk (cow’s milk) can be frozen or not, this article will give you the answers you need. Many people drink cow’s milk on a regular basis, some people drink even few glasses of milk a day. There are also some questions about milk that need answers. What should you do if you’ve got a half empty jug of milk and you can’t find a way to use the leftovers? Should you buy milk in bulk when there are some good deals available or you live a long drive from a good store?

Freezing milk seems to be the only solution to the given issues. A lot of people wonder whether they can freeze milk and the answer to that question is affirmative. You can freeze milk. There are, however, some facts regarding freezing this dairy beverage that you should be aware of.

When you should consider freezing milk?

The most important thing about freezing milk is that it’s not very beneficial to the drink. I’ll discuss this matter in more detail later. Because of that you should consider freezing milk only in some cases. If your milk is close to expiration date and you can’t use it within a couple of days, freezing it is probably the only option that allows you to preserve the beverage for future use. Another situation when freezing milk might be a good idea is when you buy milk in bulk because you need to drive an hour or so to the nearest store where milk is sold for a reasonable price. If that’s the case, you can also consider buying UHT (Ultra High Temperature) milk which is sold unrefrigerated and can be stored in the pantry for at least 6 months. If you don’t want to buy a UHT milk, you’d probably need to freeze most of your milk if you buy it in bulk.

Frozen milk
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Freezing and thawing milk – how it affects taste and texture

As I’ve mentioned earlier, freezing milk isn’t beneficial to this liquid. The thing is – milk tastes a little bit different after freezing and thawing it. Its consistency also changes. For some people the taste of this beverage after freezing and thawing might be not as appealing as fresh milk’s taste. It’s a matter of personal preference. Therefore, if you plan on using frozen and then thawed milk for drinking, you should run a little trial first. Freeze a half full container of milk, then unfreeze it and drink it. You will be sure whether freezing milk for drinking purposes works for you, or not. However, if you don’t like the flavor of thawed milk, nothing is lost yet. Frozen and thawed milk should be fine for any kind of baked goods like pancakes or french toast[1]. When it comes to freezing different kinds of milk, bear in mind that skim and low-fat milks should taste better than the full-fat ones because there is less separation.

Useful information about freezing milk

When it comes to freezing milk, there are some things that you should be aware of. Firstly, if you would like to freeze milk, you need a properly sized container. You need some head space in the container after pouring milk in there. That’s because it will likely expand while freezing. Otherwise the container might get damaged and milk spilled in your freezer. If you want to freeze milk in its cardboard container, it’s a good idea to pour out a bit of the liquid before putting it in the freezer. You can thaw milk in the refrigerator (that takes a day or two, depending on how much milk is in the container) or in a sink of cold water (that’s a lot quicker). Another thing that you should bear in mind is that you should shake or stir the milk after thawing.

You can repackage the milk and freeze it in smaller or larger containers. It depends entirely on your needs. When storing milk in the freezer, remember that the liquid should be in an airtight container. It prevents the milk from absorbing other odors. If you’ve decided to freeze milk only a few days before the expiration date, it’s a good idea to use a marker and write on the container the number of days that are left until the expiration date. That will be useful after thawing the drink.

Summary

Cow’s milk is one of the most popular beverages. Many people drink it often and worship its taste and health benefits. You can freeze milk, but you need to know that it changes taste and texture after thawing, so you should check whether you like the taste of thawed milk.

Beverages

Can you freeze soy milk?

Can you freeze soy milk? If you would like to know whether soy milk can be frozen or not, this article will give you the answers you need. Many people drink soy milk, some of them very often. What should you do if you’ve got some leftovers of soy milk and you can’t really find a way to use them within a couple of days? What should you do when you’ve got a few unopened cartons of soy milk in the fridge and you need to leave your home for a couple of months or more? There are at least two solutions to the mentioned issues. The first one is obvious – throw away the soy milk, you can always buy another carton when you’ll be in need of soy milk. The second one is equally obvious – freeze the soy milk. The answer to the question of whether soy milk can be frozen is affirmative – you can freeze soy milk. There are, however, a few things about the process of freezing soy milk that you should be aware of.

When you should consider freezing soy milk?

The thing is – freezing soy milk isn’t beneficial to this liquid. I’ll discuss that issue in more detail later. Because of that, you should consider freezing this non-dairy milk only when you have no other option. I assume that throwing the milk away isn’t an option and you would like to drink your milk somewhere in the future.

A glass of soy milk
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So, when you should consider freezing this soy beverage? Freezing soy milk is a good idea when it’s close to the expiration date and you can’t find a way to utilise this lactose-free drink. Please bear in mind that unopened shelf stable soy milk stored in the pantry should be fine for about a year. If the package is already opened, the drink should be fine for about two weeks, maybe a little more, when stored in the refrigerator. Therefore, check the expiration date before putting the package into the freezer. If you buy soy milk in bulk and you’re aware of the fact that you won’t be able to drink all the milk before the expiration date, freezing some of it is a good idea.

Useful information about freezing soy milk

If you need to freeze this dairy-free beverage, there are some things that you need to know. In the previous paragraph I’ve mentioned that freezing isn’t very beneficial to soy milk. If fact, most soy milk producers state that freezing their products isn’t recommended. They say that soy milk often loses its texture and some of its flavor. Because of that, after freezing and thawing, consumers don’t find this soy beverage as tasty as it was before freezing.

There are some issues that you want to consider while freezing soy milk. Size of the soy milk’s package is the first one. The package should be noticeable larger than the volume of the beverage. Soy milk consists mostly of water and, as we all know, water changes its capacity while freezing. Because of that, the liquid should have some space to grow inside the container. Otherwise soy milk might destroy the container and spill in the freezer. You should consider storing the soy milk in an airtight container – this way your lactose-free drink won’t absorb any odors from the freezer. If you need to unfreeze your soy milk, you should thaw it in the fridge. After that, it needs to be shaken, stirred or mixed because water will be separated from other contents of the liquid. There is one more thing that you should bear in mind – try not to keep soy milk in the freezer for a prolonged time (like more than a few months past the expiration date). It might end up being spoiled after thawing.

Summary

Soy milk is one of the commonly used milk alternatives. Many people prefer to drink it simply because it’s a dairy-free and lactose-free drink. If you can’t utilise your soy beverage, you can freeze it freely. Please bear in mind that you can freeze soy milk, but it’s not recommended to do so. Do it only if you have to.