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Originally published Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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Cooking Q&A | Milk can be frozen but leave room in the container for the liquid to expand

Milk can be frozen but be sure to leave sufficient room in the container for the liquid to expand during the freezing process. The quality of the milk might suffer some from freezing.

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Q: Can you freeze milk? If you can, what type of containers will work?

A: You can freeze milk, although the water will separate from it. You can shake it up to mix it again, but it may stay a little separated, and sometimes the thawed milk can have a grainy quality. Nonfat and low-fat milk freezes better than whole milk.

You can freeze the milk in the original plastic jug or carton. The trick is to make sure you leave enough space at the top for it to expand or the container may split. Most jugs need about 1 ½ inches of space at the top, so you might need to pour a little out first.

Defrost the milk in the refrigerator for 24 hours before you use it.

(c) 2009, The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.).

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