Storing milk

Here’s some advice on keeping milk in the best condition.

Keep milk refrigerated at 4°C in the original package as temperature fluctuations will shorten its shelf life.

  • The use-by date gives the expected shelf life (usually 10 days) when refrigerated at 4°C.
  • Milk containers should always be covered as milk will absorb other flavours and become tainted.
  • Milk exposed to extended sunlight can suffer from light oxidation which will change the flavour of the milk and destroy some of the vitamins. So ensure it is kept in a dark place.    
  • Milk can be frozen and then thawed overnight in the fridge. The milk may appear slightly grainy when thawed, but usually a good shake will fix this.  

Long-life milk
Unopened, it can be stored out of the fridge for up to six months. Store it as you would fresh milk once opened and use within seven days.

Unopened cans remain in peak condition for six months or more when stored at room temperatures. When opened, cans or product diluted by water should be well covered and stored as for fresh milk.

Unopened powdered milk will remain in peak condition for a year or more if stored in a cool dry place. Once opened, reseal as tightly as possible to avoid the build up of moisture.