Can You Freeze Chocolate Milk?
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Chocolate milk is both delicious and nutritious and is a popular after school treat for many children. If you’ve bought too much, you may be wondering if you can freeze chocolate milk before it goes out of date.
Can I Freeze Chocolate Milk?
Yes, you can freeze chocolate milk. Like most other dairy products, chocolate milk can be safely frozen and defrosted to use again later. Freezing chocolate milk that won’t get used is a great way to help prevent food waste.
Does Freezing Affect The Quality Of Chocolate Milk?
Yes, chocolate milk does tend to separate after it has been frozen.
How To Freeze Chocolate Milk
Before freezing, ensure the chocolate milk hasn’t been left out of the fridge for an extended period, then simply follow the steps below.
- Pour the chocolate milk into a freezer-safe container such as a plastic tub, glass jar or zip-loc bag. You may wish to split the milk into several smaller tubs if you have a lot of it to freeze. Bear in min that the larger the portion, the longer it will take to defrost when it’s needed.
- Allow some room, at least 1/2 an inch, around the top of the container or bag as the chocolate milk will expand a little when freezing.
- Label and date the milk so you know what it is and when it needs to be used up by.
How To Defrost Chocolate Milk
Chocolate milk should always be defrosted in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage from occurring from it being left at room temperature for too long.
Thawing times will vary depending on how large portion sizes were when freezing, but I would typically recommend removing it from the freezer the day before it is needed and then defrosting overnight.
Freezing Chocolate Milk – Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Chocolate Milk Last In The Freezer?
Chocolate milk can be frozen for around four months before the quality of the product will start to deteriorate.
It will remain safe to eat after this period though, it just won’t be at the optimum taste or texture and don’t forget that chocolate milk does tend to split when frozen.
Should I Keep Chocolate Milk In The Fridge?
Of course, chocolate milk should always be kept in the fridge, but you can prolong its shelf life by storing it on the shelves of the fridge, rather than in the door.
The door tends to be the warmest part of the fridge so isn’t the best place to keep dairy products, such as chocolate milk, that spoil easily.
While chocolate milk will usually have a use-by date on it, it should be fine for a few days after this, provided it has been stored correctly.
How Long Does Chocolate Milk Last In The Fridge?
Chocolate milk should last for at least one week in the fridge, if not longer, but it’s always best to check the use by day on the carton if you’re unsure.
Is Chocolate Milk Better Than White Milk?
Both chocolate milk and white milk contain the same nutrients. However, chocolate milk contains more sugar (around the same amount as a glass of unsweetened fruit juice) and a very small amount of caffeine from the cocoa.
How To Freeze Other Dairy Products
Do you have other dairy products you need to freeze? Take a look at the list below!