Make the most of milk
79% of us are pouring milk down the drain because it has gone off before we are able to use it. Find out how you can help to reduce the amount of milk we waste every day in the UK.
Did you know?
- The equivalent of over 6 million glasses of milk are thrown away each day in the UK just from our homes.
- We waste around 360,000 tonnes of milk a year, at a cost of £280 million.
- You can freeze whipped cream, cheese, milk, yoghurt and butter.
- There are over 2 million cows in Great Britain – that’s one cow for every 29 people!
Reducing wasted milk
Milk can be frozen! Make sure that you freeze it as soon as possible after buying it and store it in a larger container as it expands when frozen. Some milk, especially the higher fat varieties can separate, so make sure you mix it well before consuming. It is recommended that you freeze milk for a maximum of 2-3 months.
Using long life milk
Keeping a supply of long life milk is a great way to reduce the amount of milk that is wasted. By keeping a supply as a back up you can buy smaller amounts of fresh milk with the security of having some longer life in the cupboard.
Did you know that long life milk offers the same health benefits as chilled milk? Nothing extra is added or taken away from it and it is simply heated to a higher temperature in order to extend its life.
The journey of milk
The journey of milk involves quite a few components. The cows need to be milked and fed, the milk needs to be cooled, packaged and transported to the shops whilst being kept at the right temperature.
This journey requires a lot of energy, from the growing of the cows feed, to the power required to keep the milk at a constant temperature. When we throw milk away we are not only wasting the milk itself but all of the energy needed to get the milk to our table in the first place.
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