Today I had to decide to quit buying the Great Value brand milk. Two weeks ago I bought a 1 gal. 1% Great Value milk, then when opening it for the first time, the entire top came off, not just the cap, but the entire top and the tamper-proof ring, which made it seem like the product was tampered with. I had to lug-around the 1 gal. milk again, and had to return it completely unused. Then this week a 1 gal. Great Value 1% milk tasted like plastic, right after arriving home, right after opening it, it was kept cold the whole time, it had a 2 week future exp. date, and it was brand new but tasted like plastic. I had to make another trip and return it. I'm switching back to the Hiland brand which is also carried by Walmart.
I've been buying the Great Value 1% milk for about 9 mo. and didn't have any problems until recently. Also in the long run I agree with the other posts about short expiration periods. The Great Value brand milk goes bad generally 6 days before the stamped exp. date even when kept cold, that's why in the past I usually freeze half of it after arriving home.
A note about freezing milk: don't do it unless you know what to do. You have to use a very clean container. I always use a previous half gal. jug, thoroughly washed then rinsed with filtered water. Place a freeze/date sticker on your container. You have to freeze the milk incrementally so it doesn't stress the container you're filling. Only fill/freeze 1/4 of the container's volume at a time then wait 3 hrs. Leave a big air space at the top, it serves a purpose for freezing and a purpose for thawing. When thawing, you have to plan ahead, thaw it in the regular fridge area, which takes about 30 hours, (don't thaw at room temperature). After thawing you have to shake the container to re-mix the milk. So, I hope this helps someone and be aware there IS a right and wrong way to freeze and thaw milk.
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