Taking Care of Your Milk

Cleaning your jars well is very important. It is your responsibility to clean the jars before you come to the farm to get your milk. We have a sink in the silo, in case you need it, otherwise bring them cleaned. Dishwashers work great or you can clean them with hot water and soap. You can sanitize the jars with a teaspoon of vinegar if you desire. It is best to let the jars air dry before putting the caps on. Bacteria can survive in a few drops of water, but won't survive for very long if the surface is clean and dry.

Keeping the milk cold is very important. Cold milk extends shelf life. Warm milk shortens shelf life. We recommend transporting your milk in a cooler and adding ice packs during the warm or hot months. The jars are very sturdy, but a bumpy drive home can put the jars a risk for breaking. Placing a towel between the jars usually prevents this, or something to keep the jars from moving around.

During the spring and summer months we have lots of milk! If you know you won't be able to use all of your milk it is a good idea to freeze some of it for later. Freezing the milk when it's fresh is best, rather than waiting til the end of the week and freezing the left overs. You can either take the cream off first, to prevent a "grainy" texture, or you can leave the milk whole before freezing it. Using Ziplock Freezer Bags do well. You can even double bag them to prevent a leak.

We have bottle cleaning brushes for sale. They work great and cost $3 each.

 
Stan Pac bottles Wire milk jar carriers