Food Safety Resources
Why is my milk frozen?
We freeze milk well before its expiration date to optimize the amount of healthy product we can provide. Freezing milk helps prolong it’s shelf life so that you can enjoy it longer. You may keep it frozen until ready to use, so disregard the “sell by” date. Place the frozen milk in the refrigerator to thaw. Depending on the size of the container, it may take a day or longer to defrost.
Once it is thawed, you may safely use this milk for the number of days it would have been safe after its normal expiration date.
- For whole milk—it will be safe to drink for 5 days after thawing.
- For 2% milk—6 days after thawing.
- For 1% milk—7 days after thawing.
- For skim milk—10 days after thawing.
Do not refreeze milk after you have thawed it. If you receive milk unfrozen before its
expiration date, you may freeze it before the expiration date for use later. Freezing may cause the milk to separate. To restore some smoothness, you can stir, shake, or beat it with a hand mixer or immersion blender.
Why are my bananas brown?
We keep bananas in our cooler to slow down the ripening process. The skin may darken, but the bananas will be just right for several days. If your bananas get too ripe before you can eat them, don’t throw them away. Store them peeled in the freezer in a baggie to use in banana smoothies, banana bread, or puree them to make a creamy, one-ingredient banana ice cream!
Food Sorting Guidelines
Volunteers help inspect and sort food donations to get them ready for distribution to those in need. This includes checking expiration dates, making sure cans are not rusty or missing labels and boxing similar items together to put on our shelves for our partner organizations to stock their pantries. View our Food Sorting Guidelines video>>