Canning Milk

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Canning Milk
Someone asked me the other day if you can can milk Yes you can but it has to be pressure canned Do not water bath. I do need to mention that the USDA does not recommend it, I have been doing it some years now and never had a problem. It is more to use for cooking then drinking the canning process does change the taste a little kind of like canned milk in the store. You can can fresh milk (Make sure it is very clean) or store bought.

Use clean sterilized jars and be sure to boil you lids and rings.
Warm your milk just a little since I am putting into hot sterilized jars (don’t want to put cold milk into the hot jars).

Fill hot (and sterilized) quart jars with the milk leaving 1/2 inch of headspace

Wipe the rims and put on the hot lids and rings

Place into your canner with the correct amount of water I add about 2 quarts of warm water to mine. Put the lid on and process for 25 minutes for quarts or 20 minutes for pints, at the recommended pressure for where you live (Your canning book or owners manual can tell you this).

Place jars on a towel and let cool. After about 12 to 24 hours check your seals to make sure they have sealed, if not sealed put in the fridge and use right away

The color of the milk will be a little darker almost a caramel color this is OK and how they are suppose to look.
Store in a cool dark place. Use with in a year.

I look forward to your questions and comments so please feel free to leave a comment or question.

6 thoughts on “Canning Milk

  1. Darla Mae

    I never heard of this either! I have heard of freezing milk,but not canning. It is very interesting!I am going to check out your blog and see what else may be new to me.Thanks!

  2. Jamie

    This is excellent – thanks so much for posting it! We live an hour from the closest source of raw milk, and have been freezing it to try to keep some on hand but canning it would be so much easier! A friend recently gave me the instructions for canning pumpkin (which the USDA also says you can't), so now I'm all set! 🙂

  3. Connie

    @ Jamie,
    I love being able to can milk I don't have my milk cow doable yet so I try to buy milk when on sale then can it. So handy to have on hand. There is a lot of stuff I do that the USDA says not to but I figure my Mom and Grandma did them ( and nobody got sick or died) so I might as well to.