While we should always be careful to avoid wasting food, the current pandemic reminds us all of the value of making use of the food we have available to us. So I thought this was a good opportunity to share a couple of tips for using our freezers to extend the life of dairy products such as milk and eggs.
Did you know you can freeze eggs and milk for future use?
First, it is important to know that milk and eggs last quite a while after the “expiration” or “sell by” date. For example,
The FDA says you should use eggs within 3 weeks.
Milk typically lasts at least 2-3 days past the “expiration” or “sell by” date. Some would say that it lasts 5-7 days (whole or reduced fat milk) or 7-10 days (fat free or nonfat milk).
However, if you are running up against the deadline and want to save your eggs or milk for later, just freeze them.
Freezing eggs is easy. You can use a muffin tin. Just break one egg into each compartment. However, if you may want the egg whites separated from the egg yolks, then do that before you freeze them. A mini muffin tin works great for this.
Yolks go on one side and egg whites go on the other side. That keeps the egg whites from running into the yolk compartments! I also set my muffin tin on a large cookie sheet so it was easy to carry to the freezer and caught any drips. J
ust freeze the eggs until set. Then you can pop them out and put them into freezer bags and take them out as needed. If you have trouble popping them out, just add a little warm water to the cookie sheet and set the muffin tin into the warm water. The eggs will pop out almost instantly with the press of a finger on top of each one.
Milk can be frozen, too. The texture may not be perfect when it thaws, but the milk will still be drinkable and will work great for cooking. I froze my milk in quart size containers so that I can take out just a little at a time.
The milk expands as it freezes, so be sure to leave at least an inch at the top of the container so that the container will not overflow or break as the milk freezes.
Take care and also take this opportunity get creative with your meals. It is time to use up those pantry items at the back of the cabinets.
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