FAQ about Real Milk
We frequently get the same questions over and over again so I thought I would address some of them. I know this may seem like common sense but sometimes a person gets so busy they may not stop to think about it how to care for their milk. This will offer you a chance to ask the questions you have been wondering or may bring up some you haven’t thought about. Now that milk freshness is on your mind I know you will enjoy fresh milk ever after. Please drop me a line if you have additional questions, I will to add them in.
How long will my real milk last?
The milk is vacuum sealed. You should hear a pop when you open it the first time. If you don’t you should be wary. It means it could be contaminated.
- Your raw milk will last about one week from the time you open it.
- If you open a jar that is fresh or a week old you still get about one week from the time you open it.
- Yogurt cultures last nearly two months.
- Buttermilk lasts for almost three!
- As milk ages it will culture (sour). Rather than using it for drinking or cereal it is good to utilize the acid for biscuits or pancakes. It will help it to rise.
What do I need to do to make sure it lasts?
First, keep it cold
- place it in the back of the refrigerator, never the door shelf
- pour and put back in refrigerator rather than leave on table during meals
- keep it cold during transport from the store or drop spot until you get home
Second, keep it clean
- don’t drink out of the jar
- don’t put the lid milk-side down on the table
Third, use the oldest jars first
- Use good judgement on older jars.
What about when it sours?
A little bit sour is fine with me. That would be cultured. Like sour cream, buttermilk, cream cheese or yogurt. However, you should always use discretion when using really old milk. I am not a risky person and live by the philosophies: “When in doubt, throw it out”. “Better safe than sorry”. Pets love it. Water the garden. It is a great source of microbial activity. Be sure to spread it around. There have been recent studies that show spraying on the leaves to be beneficial.
Can I freeze it?
Yes, but with a few caveats. First, know it will not work with glass containers. It doesn’t matter how small the jar or how much you take out. It may not break the first time but it will weaken it and shatter then it is not convenient. So PLEASE use plastic. Half gallon containers thaw faster than a gallon. A gallon Ziploc with half a gallon of milk thaws quickly and stacks nice. Be sure to put it in a container when it thaws though, sometimes they leak. Second, the cream will form globules that float on the top after thawing. You can learn to live with it or use the following ideas to avoid it. One way to avoid the cream freezing in chunks is to shake it every thirty minutes while it is freezing. Alternately, you can warm it back up to cow temp. 101 degrees. Then chill it again and use it. Too much hassle for my tastes but to each their own. Cream freezes nice in ice cube trays for your coffee.