Let’s look at how to freeze goats milk so you keep all the goodness and flavour.
Goats milk is milk that comes from a goat, commonly used to create cheese and is used in many parts of the world. You can buy goats milk in stores or produce it yourself.
To freeze goats milk, simply pour the liquid into an airtight freezer-safe container. Be sure not to fill the liquid to the top of the container as it will expand when frozen. Once you’ve poured in your liquid simply seal on the lid and move to the freezer.
Below is a thorough, step-by-step process which I use to freeze all kinds of different types of milk at home.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Goats Milk
No matter how you plan to store you goats milk, when it comes to freezing make sure it is in an airtight non drip container. If you have bought it from the store it will be in a carton.
When you freeze your goat’s milk make sure there is plenty of room around the carton as this will expand when frozen.
We suggest freezing goats milk as soon as possible. If you have too much, bought too much or even produced more than expected freeze it as soon as possible. That way you can be assured that the milk is in its best condition.
Try and avoid freezing the milk that has been open in the fridge for more than a couple of days or is close to its use-by date. If you freeze your milk near the use-by date it can separate in the freezer and be usable when defrosted.
If you wish to only freeze half or portions of your goats milk you will need to use smaller containers to create smaller batches to freeze.
The freezer and goats milk must stay at a temperate of -18 degrees to enable the goats milk to stay frozen and to enable best results when frozen.
Do not place any foods that are not frozen or lukewarm near the milk as this will alter the temperature and can cause the milk to defrost and separate.
If you are looking to freeze UHT goats milk then you don’t need to and shouldn’t. Goats milk UHT lasts for up to 6 months from opening and shouldn’t be frozen.
How To Defrost Goats Milk
Like many items such as vegetables and meats the best way to defrost goats milk is to leave it in the fridge overnight.
The similar temperatures from the freezer to the fridge give better results.
Make sure the carton is stood upright as to not cause a leak. Once the milk has full defrosted use within 3 days.
Another way to defrost goats milk is to let the milk naturally defrost at room temperature. This method isn’t as popular as milk requires a cold environment. Though it can be quicker if you are in a rush.