Dairy Safety, Storage & Tips

Get the most out of your dairy with these dairy safety, storage, and usage tips.
Tips on Storing Dairy Products & Other Perishable Foods
Milk Expiration Date

How long milk lasts past it’s expiration date:

  • All milk, once opened = 4-7 days
  • Unopened whole milk = 5-7 days
  • Unopened reduced fat & skim milk = 7 days
  • Unopened non-fat and lactose free milk = 7-10 days
Milk Safety

To keep your milk fresh and safe:

  • Store at 38-40º F
  • Store in the original container and keep the lid tightly closed to avoid possible contamination
  • Place at the back of the refrigerator, away from the door to keep cold
  • Do not leave unrefrigerated for more than two hours
Fridge Stocking Tips

Use tips in this infographic as a guide when stocking your refrigerator to help keep your food fresh the longest

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Freezing Milk

Tips to properly freeze and thaw milk for later use:

  • Pour some milk out of the container to make room for expansion when freezing
  • Separation of fat from the milk is normal during freezing, and thawing
  • Freeze for up to three months
  • Thaw in the refrigerator, shake to mix the fat and milk together
  • Use within five days of thawing
Freezing Cheese

Freezing cheese can be a little tricky:

  • Soft cheeses like mozzarella are best frozen when shredded
  • Hard cheeses like aged Cheddar become crumbly when frozen, so are best used as toppings when thawed
  • For large blocks of cheese, cut into smaller sections and wrap in plastic wrap or place in freezer bags
  • Thaw cheese for 24-48 hours in the refrigerator to allow the moisture to settle back into the cheese
  • Use thawed cheese as quickly as possible
Freezing Butter

Tips on freezing butter:

  • Maintain taste and freshness by keeping butter in its original wrapper, or wrapping in foil or plastic and placing in a sealed container
  • Unsalted butter may be frozen for up to five months, salted butter up to nine months
  • Thaw in the refrigerator, or grate the butter for quick thawing
  • Use as quickly as possible

Keep Your Dairy Fresh

Download the above PDF to learn how to keep your dairy fresh and learn about 20 ways to use your dairy.

Make the Most of Your Dairy

From uneaten leftovers to spoiled food, 30-40% of food goes uneaten in the U.S. each year. Learn what you can do to reduce your dairy food waste. 

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