Surprisingly yes. You can, in fact, freeze chocolate milk and easily do so as well, just like any other type of milk.
I know how addictive chocolate milk really is. No matter how old I am, I simply can’t resist buying myself these large containers of chocolate milk that I usually come across in any supermarket!
It is a stable in my house. That’s why, I had to learn how to properly store it, so that I won’t have to throw away any of this amazing goodness, or, for instance, overdo my diet with sugar.
Don’t worry if you find your chocolate milk a bit watery and its color inconsistent. This happens when milk is frozen. A little mixing using a spoon will get it back to its original form.
How can I freeze chocolate milk?
The most important thing when it comes to freezing chocolate milk, or any type of milk generally, is its freshness. The fresher the milk, the better and fresher it is going to taste after defrosting. Freeze your milk before its use-by date.
- Pour your milk into a freezer-friendly container or a freezer bag. Don’t overfill the bag or the container as the milk has a high moisture content so it will expand upon freezing.
- Mix the chocolate milk well with a spoon to incorporate all the sugar and colors together before you seal the bag or the container well.
- Leave about two inches for the milk to expand.
- Seal the container or bag tightly. Label it with the date of freezing and its contents; so that you can distinguish the chocolate milk from all the other food in the freezer.
- Place the container in the freezer.
How long can chocolate milk stay in the freezer?
Chocolate milk can last in the freezer for up to 4 months just like normal milk. Despite the fact that it can probably stay for longer in the freezer, yet, I wouldn’t recommend that as the longer the milk stays in the freezer, the more ice crystals it develops which causes it to become more watery upon thawing.
How to defrost you frozen chocolate milk?
Avoid defrosting your chocolate milk on the counter. I prefer to move the container with the frozen chocolate milk from the freezer to the fridge and allow it to slowly defrost overnight. This is way safer and guarantees fresh thawed chocolate milk.
Make sure to give your defrosted chocolate milk a good stir before you pour it into a glass to ensure efficient incorporation of the milk and the chocolate, as well as the sugar together.
Any extra chocolate milk should either be discarded or refrigerated. Don’t attempt to refreeze it again.
Can I freeze milk?
Yes. Just like chocolate milk. All you need to do is just follow the same previously mentioned steps for freezing chocolate milk. But do it before its beyond-use date.
Tips for successful freezing of your chocolate milk:
To ensure a perfectly frozen chocolate milk and even better defrosted chocolate milk follow these three easy tips.
- Skimmed milk isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. However, it is worth the mention that skimmed milk freezes much better than whole milk. So whenever you have the chance to make homemade chocolate milk and you are willing to freeze it, then it is better to use skimmed milk.
- It is better to freeze your chocolate milk in plastic containers than in freezer bags as the results of any tear in the bag is quite drastic.
- Never overfill your container or else the milk will overflow or explode in the case of plastic bottles. Better be safe and leave room for expansion.
Frequently asked questions:
Now that you know everything you need to know about how to freeze your delicious chocolate milk. Time to share with you some of the related questions to the topic that I came across:
Can I refreeze chocolate milk?
Freezing and defrosting any type of milk lowers its quality significantly, so attempting to do this twice is not a good idea. That’s why, I like to freeze chocolate milk in serving-sized portions instead of one big batch.
Can I freeze a carton filled with chocolate milk?
Lucky for me, yes, you can absolutely freeze a sealed cartoon of chocolate milk. However, I would suggest you to consider this option only when you are certain that you will consume the whole carton. Let’s say at your kid’s birthday party. You can’t refreeze your chocolate milk once it defrosts.
Can I freeze my chocolate milk to make ice cream?
Well. Technically speaking, no, you can’t make ice cream from frozen chocolate milk. It will be icy and super cold. A proper ice cream would need other ingredients, as well as a lot of mixing and churning.
However, mixing condensed milk with the chocolate milk and freezing this mix can result into a fun and delicious food that resembles an ice cream.
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