Midwest Dairy Association

Keep Milk Cold

Kids love cold milk! Milk tastes best when it is served cold, between 35°F and 40°F. Temperature is a key component of the taste and appeal of milk for everyone, but especially kids. Keeping milk at the proper temperature also ensures its freshness and safety. When it comes to nutrition, all beverages are not created equal. So, help ensure that kids will choose milk by serving it the way it tastes best!

Here are some tools to help School Nutrition Directors Strive for 35°!



More About Food Safety

Food Service Equipment Purchasing Guide

This guide lists companies – in alphabetical order – that you may want to contact for equipment options. Several vendors are listed for your reference.

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Cold Milk Fact Sheet

Helpful tips on keeping milk cold during storage and service.

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Milk Quality Checklist

Ensure your milk handling procedures are at their best.

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Additional Resources

Ensuring Dairy Food Quality and Safety from Farm to Fridge

Milk and milk products are among the safest and highest quality foods in the U.S., in large part due to the strict food safety controls and vigilance at every stage of dairy production, processing, and distribution.

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Milk Temperature Training

A presentation to use with foodservice staff. Topics include receiving, storing, and serving milk cold, review of HACCP guidelines for safe handling of milk, and proper techniques to take and record milk temperatures.

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Milk Temperature Trivia

A fun and informative trivia quiz that can be used with the Milk Temperature Presentation or separately to reinforce HACCP principles.

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Milk Temperature Tips

Reviews the three critical control points for keeping milk cold and recaps the correct procedures for calibrating a thermometer and taking milk temperatures. A great follow-up handout for the Milk Temperature Presentation or it can be used separately to reinforce HACCP principles.

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Milk Temperature Survey

Evaluate the temperature of milk in your school by using this survey. Enter your results in the Online Milk Temperature Survey.

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