Suggestions for using curdled milk

Because the cheapest way to buy milk is in a 2 litre/4 pint bottle, I often end up freezing half of it.  Yesterday, I put a 1L bottle of frozen milk in the fridge to defrost.  A few moments ago, when I went to make my mid-morning cuppa, I took a look at it and realised that the milk had curdled! 

It's still partially frozen, but what has defrosted is definitely curdled, with the whey on top and the milk solids at the bottom of the bottle.

Any suggestions what I can do with a litre of curdled, skimmed milk?

TIA.

- Pip
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  • Slinky
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    edited 20 November 2023 at 10:50AM
    It's probably fine. I find when I defrost frozen milk it needs a shake to remix it. It tends to separate out and defrost inconsistently. The quickest way to defrost it is to stand it in a bowl of tapwater. I never bother defrosting in the fridge, our fridge is very efficient and it takes way too long to thaw.
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  • PipneyJane
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    Slinky said:
    It's probably fine. I find when I defrost frozen milk it needs a shake to remix it. It tends to separate out and defrost inconsistently. The quickest way to defrost it is to stand it in a bowl of tapwater. I never bother defrosting in the fridge, our fridge is very efficient and it takes way too long to thaw.
    Hi @Slinky.  No.  It is definitely curdled.  Like you, I defrost milk frozen milk regularly, both skimmed - my milk of choice - and semi-skimmed (which DH brings home from work regularly).  I gave it a good shake and there were visible solids, which did not blend.

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  • Siebrie
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    Maybe you can mix it with a mixer? Or try it for pancakes? I use slightly off (only slightly-off though, never really off!) milk and you can't taste it and it doesn't have ill effects. Maybe it works for curdled milk, too?
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  • London_1
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    My late Father always used slightly off milk to make soda scones or pancakes .As he was a chemist by profession I suppose he knew it wouldn't kill us.

    His soda scones made on my late Grannies cast iron girdle on the stove were gorgeous Always made on Sunday morning and had at tea time late afternoon and any left would be toasted on Monday morning for breakfast. 

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  • PipneyJane
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    Siebrie said:
    Maybe you can mix it with a mixer? Or try it for pancakes? I use slightly off (only slightly-off though, never really off!) milk and you can't taste it and it doesn't have ill effects. Maybe it works for curdled milk, too?
    It's an idea, @Siebrie, thank you and @London_1 for suggesting it.  I've used regular-level sour milk for pancakes and scones in the past.  Sadly, this milk is seriously curdled.  Curds-and-whey level curdled.  Last time it happened, I tried straining the curds to make "ricotta".  Got about a tablespoon's worth - definitely not worth the effort - hence  this thread.

    - Pip




    PS:  One thing I have learned is that, if you are re-using a plastic milk bottle as a freezer container, make sure it smells fresh before you decant the new milk into it.  If there is any hint of sourness in the smell, it will definitely curdle.
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  • Siebrie
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    Thank you for sharing the life lesson :smiley:
    I'm pretty sure I've read somewhere that you can use the whey in baking.

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  • bouicca21
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    I discovered filtered milk several months ago.  I thought it was a bit of a con but it really does keep for longer.  The 2 litre bottle of semi skimmed I bought this morning has a use by date of 12 December which is more or less when I will have used it up.
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