Can you freeze milk and / or loaves of bread?

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by Asia-Off-Grid, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    @oldman11's "Crazy Freezer Idea" thread caused me to start thinking of things I should possibly try to freeze for a bit longer storage.

    I came from a large family. In our home, my parents had a full sized refrigerator / freezer. In our "freezer" room, which was outside and attached to our two-car carport, my parents also had two chest freezers and another upright refrigerator / freezer - an old steel "Frigidaire" in fact. Going out there in bare feet to get something from it would give you one heck of a shock.

    Anyway, I think I recall my dad freezing one, the other, or possibly both of these items, in the deep freezers. Am I correct, in that you can freeze a plastic bottle of milk, and bread, for a length of time?
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  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I have frozen bread in the past. One thing I found is that as it thaws, condensation forms and can make parts of it soggy.
    I have read of milk deliveries in frigid places like Siberia being frozen, so yes, milk can be frozen.
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  3. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Sure! We freeze bread all the time because there is only two of us and rather than it go bad we only take out half a loaf at a time to use. As far as freezing milk, my wife (a third-worlder) assures me that they use to do it all the time as a child because a neighbor had a cow so they use to get a lot in trade.
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  4. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Growing up, I was in a large! family with just Dad working. To stretch the budget, Mom would go to the "Day Old" bread store and purchase the even more discounted 'end of day' bread just before the store closed. We also ate a lot of rice, mac & cheese and a spread made from ground bologna W/ pickles added.

    Anyway, these loaves went into the large "Zero Freeze" box. They would be pulled and thawed out of wrapper. The bread was just fine, I think the freezing put a bit of moisture back into the loaf.

    Dunno about freezing milk, we drank dry (instant) milk for years. Mix on demand, no need to freeze.
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  5. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Is there a way around this? Here, and I don't know if it makes a difference - when you buy bread, it is not sliced.
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  6. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    I can't do canned or dry milk. Both taste horrible to me. I only drink fresh bottled milk.

    Did I mention I was the youngest in my family, and spoiled rotten?
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  7. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Yep, both bread and milk can be frozen. And yep, when you take the bread out of the freezer it will get right soggy, right fastly. UNLESS you put the still frozen bread in something like a rubbermaid container that will seal snugly and keep air exchange from happening. That said, occasional stickiness happens if the container is left open too long. I take just enough slices out of the freezer for a couple days at a time. (Unsliced bread? Got knife? :lol:)
  8. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    You can take the bread out as needed. Mrs 3M & I are doing keto, but every other weekend is "free" so we can get any carb lusting out of our system. I just pull out a slice or so as needed without taking out the entire loaf. In the past we would buy bread on sale and freeze most of it. Never had any moisture issues, but the bread we bought was double wrapped and we let it thaw before opening.
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  9. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Do don't buy the milk here, too damn $$$$

    So we get the 2% UHT stuff in the box from any of several Big Box stores and leave in the fridge. Mostly for cooking. Cost is about 24% less than store brand 'local' milk. (All milk here is imported from somewhere)
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  10. azrancher

    azrancher Monkey +++

    My mother would always freeze milk, bought at the commissary when my Dad would do his 2 weeks reserve duty every summer, I guess it was a whole lot cheaper, you have to shake it up after freezing, and it doesn't taste fresh, but it is milk. And we always freeze bread products, an 8 pack of hamburger buns for just 2 people will not last, so they get frozen, no soggyness here.

    Mom was a prepper, bought everything on sale and stored it away.... LOL

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  11. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Illini Warrior

    they have all kinds of shelf stable / ready to bake pastry stuff >>> that stuff is good to go for years in the freezer ...
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  12. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018


    I think it is pretty costly here, as well. I will have to ask Chan how much she pays for each 2 liters bottle.

    My main issue is, we live too far to buy more than I can consume over the few days it will remain good. This is why I made the post. Next time we go shopping, I'm gonna buy a lot more of it, and bread too!
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  13. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    We did offshore
    Don't think it lasts very long once thawed out
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  14. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Get a cow? Or a goat.
  15. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    @Asia-Off-Grid ya might wanna do a small scale test 1st before ya buy a lot of bread

    once ya freeze or refrigerate bread ya cannot go back, some types of bread will be all funky after ya get it out of the freezer, so if yer not used to it ya might have to throw it out .. that would not be gud ..

    [dunno] what Cambodian bread is like, different types of bread can react differently, so try a loaf or half a loaf n see how it goes before ya get a lot of it :)

    some sliced bread over here has preservatives in it n can last perhaps 3 weeks or so

    there are some specialty breads that will last longer, however some folks feel that stuff aint even edible, YMMV
  16. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Chan buys me large loaves, similar to Texas Toast, from a local American Christian NGO restaurant & bakery. We buy white, wheat, and more often, whole grain breads from them. They don't add preservatives, as far as I know. It is baked fresh, daily, as we have to order what we want, one day ahead. It is pretty costly though, something like $4 or $5 USD per loaf.

    Khmer bread is typical of SEA made small loaves, containing tons of sugar, and at a cost of something like $1.25 USD per loaf. (I will ask her when she wakes this morning, to confirm the prices.)

    Nasty French baguettes are found everywhere in this country.
  17. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    We have cows. Goats before the end of the year, I hope.
  18. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Or you could just bake your own bread?
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  19. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    bread that is baked fresh daily does not react too well to being frozen or refrigerated, make sure ya run a small scale test 1st :) :)
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  20. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Both bread, and milk may be kept in the freezer...oh and eggs (not in shells)....the combo has the makings of a bread pudding (add a little sugar, vanilla and some dried sultanas or raisins.
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