Has anyone tried freezing milk? Has anyone tried making cheese with previously frozen milk? Below is a notice I received from my raw milk supplier. As I can only get the raw Jersey milk once a week, without driving 80 miles, this would certainly be covenient----but I really have to question the final outcome----and I hate to experiment with such an expensive product.
Smart Milk Planning Tip: Did you know our raw milk freezes well? It does. Many smart Family Cow folks do it. The milk will keep fresh easily for 3-4 months when frozen. Freezing does not hurt the beneficial qualities of the raw either...it just puts the probiotics and enzymes to sleep...they wake up as soon as you bring the milk back up to refrigeration temp. And the wonderful taste remains basically unchanged too. The only down side is that after the milk has been frozen and thawed, you'll need to shake each jug harder and longer to get the cream to blend into the milk. Even then you may notice a few small unblended cream specks. It's ok. It's not spoiled...just speckled.
To Freeze and Thaw Raw Milk we Recommend:
First, pour off 8 to 16 oz of milk per jug so the jug doesn't split.
Replace cap and freeze.
To thaw: move the frozen jug to your fridge about 4-5 days ahead of when you need the milk. NOTE: Thawing at room temp is not recommended. It can be done in an emergency, but the quality may be a bit compromised.
Who Should Freeze up a Stock of Raw Milk? You....!
if you don't like to drive in snow, sleet, ice and winter weather in general and wish to insure your winter supply.
if you live at a distance and don't want to pick up milk more often than once a month or so.
if Family Cow raw milk is the only milk your children or your husband or, hey, for that matter, even you will drink and life gets real miserable at your house when you run out like some of you did over Thanksgiving.
Yeah, we heard about it!
if one or all of the above fit you plus you just want to save with a 10 gal volume purchase.
Go for it! GO!... RAW MILK!