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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

MILK, CHOCOLATE OR FLAVORED, PASTEURIZED, SOLD REFRIGERATED — UNOPENED OR OPENED

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1 week after "sell by" date on package
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3 months
Tips
  • Keep refrigerated.
  • Milk that has been continuously refrigerated will usually remain drinkable for about one week after the "sell by" date on the package.
  • Do not store milk in the refrigerator door, as the temperature is too warm — milk will keep much better when stored in the main body of the refrigerator.
  • Freeze in airtight container and leave at least 1/2 inch headspace at the top, as milk will expand when frozen; thaw in refrigerator.
  • Freezer time shown is for best quality only— foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.

Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here.

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