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Milk (Non-dairy)

Freeze? Yes
In season N/A
Store In the fridge
Most are fortified with calcium and vitamins
A glass of almond milk next to a handful of whole almonds

Non-dairy milk is becoming a more popular choice for those who want an alternative to dairy milk either for dietary or personal reasons. There is a wide range of options including almond, oat and soya milk. Most options are fortified with calcium and vitamins and this information can be found on the pack. You can use it in recipes that require milk such as pancakes, soups and white/cheese sauces.

How to store

How to store fresh non-dairy milk

Store fresh non-dairy milk in the fridge. Ambient or long life milk, once opened, should be stored in the fridge. Always follow on-pack guidance.

Freezing non-dairy milk

You can freeze most non-dairy milk for between 3 - 6 months.

Milk (Non-dairy) Top tips

How to freeze and defrost

To freeze: Freeze small quantities of non-dairy milk before the ‘use by’ date, if has one. Defrost in the fridge overnight and use within 24 hours. Alternatively, freeze milk in ice cube trays for popping straight into your hot drink! 

To defrost: When you take food/ drink out of the freezer, it’s important to defrost it safely. Don’t defrost at room temperature. Ideally, defrost fully in the fridge and use within 24 hours. Or, use a microwave on the defrost setting directly before use. Shake before use.

Be fabulous with leftovers

Leftover non-dairy milk

Add leftover non-dairy milk to a smoothie with strawberries, mango, bananas … or any fruit you like! Sauces, puddings, scones and custard are great ways to use up leftover non-dairy milk.


Buying tips

Buy the right size bottle/ container for your needs. Think about how long you have to use the product once the container has been opened. If you’re not going to use it all in time, freeze some for later.

Perfect portions

Use our portion calculator for a quick and simple way to check how much of this food to serve at mealtimes.

Valuing your Milk (Non-dairy) beyond the price tag

Goodness in food

Your food is more than its shape, colour and price. Your food has an important role to play to help keep you healthy and with enough energy to live your life how you wish to.

  • Many are fortified with calcium which helps to regulate muscle contractions, including your heartbeat.
  • Many are also fortified with vitamins, including B12 which helps the body to make red blood cells and keep the nervous system healthy.

Food story

By the time your food arrives in your home, it’s already been on quite a journey starting with how it’s made or grown and how your food reaches the supermarket. 

So please help our food to finish its story in the most sustainable way, ensuring the planet’s resources that’s already used are put to good use. Take care of your food when it’s in your home and ensure every edible morsel is eaten - and that your food doesn’t end up in the bin! 

Why not try these delicious recipes to use up Milk (Non-dairy)

If you want another idea for using up leftover cream, this one's quick and simple. If you don't have quite enough cream, then crème fraiche or whole milk can be used to top up to what you need.

a rich dish of cauliflower covered in a creamy cheese sauce

It's sweet and spicy, this pumpkin soup is an autumn favourite and perfect if you're making soup for the first time

a vibrant creamy orange soup topped with pumpkin seeds

This classic soup recipe was put together by our partner, Chefs @ School, to get pupils thinking about food and how to save it from the bin. Would you try it with your wee ones?

a creamy dish of thick leek and potato soup