How Long Can a Milkshake Sit Out? (complete guide for milkshake storage)

Regardless of the flavor, you like (I LOVE VANILLA), it is a proven truth that milkshakes are delectable (YES LORD).


Having said that, these delectable beverages are produced with a combination of ice cream, milk, and other yummy ingredients, which results in a distinct consistency that can be difficult to keep.


This leads us to the question: how long can a milkshake sit out? After doing the research, here’s what I uncovered…


Refrigerated items (including milkshakes) should never be left out at room temperature for more than two hours, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


After conducting more investigation, I discovered additional facts that you should be aware of, so please continue reading…



What is the best way to store a milkshake overnight?

The procedure of storing a milkshake overnight is pretty straightforward and is much the same as the process of storing milkshakes for several days or even several weeks at a time.


It is necessary to freeze a milkshake before storing it for longer periods of time. Placing it in the freezer away from the door will prevent temperature variations from affecting the consistency.


FYI: When you’re ready to drink it, you may take it out of the freezer and thaw it out in the refrigerator before serving it.


Is It Possible for Milkshakes to Go Bad?

A milkshake cannot go bad in the sense of causing a food-borne illness, because it does not contain any bacteria. However, depending on the milkshake, it may have a shelf life of a few days.


After a month or two in the freezer, homemade milkshakes might begin to lose their flavor.. The shelf life of a packaged milkshake or a milkshake purchased from a restaurant will be determined by the kind and quality of ingredients used in the preparation.


If the milkshake is packed, make sure to check the expiration date on the box and store it according to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.


While handmade milkshakes are not always spoiled, they can go sour if not stored properly. After it has been refrigerated, the consistency of the milkshake will deteriorate, but it will keep its quality for a few hours until the flavor becomes unidentifiable.


Milkshakes, on the other hand, that are not refrigerated in a refrigerator or freezer have the shortest shelf life. Because it degrades relatively fast, the milk in the milkshake provides an excellent surface for germs to thrive on.’


It spoils in two hours if left at room temperature for longer than that. If the temperature outdoors is 90°F (32°C) or higher, this time is reduced by half, or by one hour, respectively.


If you consume spoilt milk, you may get severe stomach and abdominal discomfort. Stomachaches, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea are just a few of the symptoms you could experience.


While it is simple to tell if plain milk has gone bad, it can be more difficult to tell whether milkshake milk has gone bad when the milk is mixed with other ingredients. It is recommended that a milkshake be drunk within one to two hours unless it has been stored in a chilly environment.



Is It Possible to Freeze and Thaw a Milkshake?

A milkshake is best kept frozen until you’re ready to drink it, which is the most convenient method of storing it. But does freezing change the consistency of the product in comparison to when it is fresh?


The ability to freeze and thaw a milkshake is the finest storage option available if you want to ensure that the consistency of your shake remains consistent.


Do not take the milkshake from the freezer until you are ready to consume it, and use cold thawing procedures to ensure that it is safely defrosted before drinking.


Aside from storing your milkshake away from the freezer door, you should also consider putting it in an airtight container before placing it in the freezer to prevent it from being frozen. A good rule of thumb is that the container should only be slightly larger than the milkshake cup.


For your information, using an airtight container guarantees that other items in your freezer do not contaminate or damage the flavor of your milkshake. Alternatively, you may wrap your milkshake in plastic wrap or place it in a zip-top plastic bag to keep it safe.


You want to minimize the chance of bacteria development as much as possible while thawing the milkshake, which is why the USDA suggests using cold thawing procedures whenever feasible.


The quickest and most convenient method of thawing your milkshake is to transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator.


Wait about 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator before tasting to ensure that the defrosted drink is of the consistency that you want. For your information, if the beverage was stored in a sealed container, place both the container and the beverage in the refrigerator.


Another option is to try thawing the drink in cold water, which entails soaking the drink in a bowl of cold water while it is still sealed in the airtight packaging.



What Should You Do If Your Milkshake Has Melted? (Can It Still Be Recovered?)

A melted milkshake is a depressing sight to see. Especially bad is when the milkshake is something you’ve been looking forward to for a long time.


The question of whether you can refreeze the milkshake in order to make it drinkable is understandable under such circumstances.


Since their water content refreezes into separate ice crystals, melted milkshakes cannot be rescued since the texture and flavor of the shake will be adversely affected. Instead of ice cream or fruit, you may use them to thicken the shake.


If you want to save your melting milkshake, you may thicken it with ice cream. Most milkshakes are made by adding more ice cream to the drink and blending the mixture together.


For a fruit milkshake, you may either top it with ice cream or, if you want to make things as healthy as possible, with even more of the frozen fruit in question. After you’ve blended the ingredients together, your milkshake should be thick once again.


Related Questions:

1. Is it possible to keep a milkshake in the fridge for longer than 24 hours?


As ice crystals begin to develop in the milkshake, the overall quality of the drink will deteriorate as time goes on. The milkshake should be consumed within 1 to 2 months of being frozen in order to maintain its optimal quality. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then, if still frozen, allow it remain at room temperature for 10 minutes while stirring with a spoon.


2. What to Do If Your Milkshake Has Melted?


Add a couple of handfuls of ice cubes and a squirt or two of U-Bet syrup to the melting mess in the blender and process until smooth. This will help to reintroduce some fresh air while still being delicious.


3. How can you determine if a milkshake is spoiled or not?


Test for Smell: In order to determine whether or not the milk has gone sour, the most basic and straightforward test is to smell it. In the case of fresh milk, there would be no strange smell emanating from the container. The smell of spoiled milk is one of its most distinguishing characteristics.

4. Is it possible to prepare milkshakes ahead of time?


Yes! Blend your milkshake and pour it into your glass, then place it back in the freezer for another few minutes. You just need to let it out for about 5 minutes before it becomes drinkable again.


5. Is it possible to become sick from drinking milk that has been left out?


Even if the milk does not smell, does not have curds, or shows no apparent evidence of contamination, milk left out for more than one hour might cause food poisoning. People who ingest tainted milk may have stomach discomfort, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and a high temperature.


Final Thoughts

So, what did we learn in class today? According to the US Food and Drug Administration, refrigerated foods (including milkshakes) should never be left out at room temperature for more than two hours (FDA).


A milkshake also cannot go bad in the sense of producing food poisoning since it contains no microorganisms. However, the shelf life of a milkshake might range from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the milkshake.


Homemade milkshakes may lose their flavor after a month or two in the freezer. The kind and quality of ingredients used in the preparation will impact the shelf life of a packaged milkshake or a milkshake purchased from a restaurant.


If the milkshake is pre-packaged, make sure to check the expiration date on the box and store it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to extend its shelf life.


While homemade milkshakes are not always spoilt, if they are not stored correctly, they can go sour. The consistency of the milkshake will decline after it has been chilled, but it will retain its quality for a few hours until the taste becomes unrecognizable.


Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others with kindness and respect. Until next time!

How Long Can a Milkshake Sit Out? (complete guide for milkshake storage)