Milk Facts


Source: USDA

  • One quart of milk weighs 2.15 lbs.
  • One gallon of milk weighs 8.6 lbs.
  • 46.5 quarts of milk equals 100 lbs.
  • Specific gravity of milk at 60ºF is 1.032
To make one pound of: Requires*
Butter 21.2 lbs. whole milk
Whole Milk Cheese 10.0 lbs. whole milk
Evaporated Milk 2.1 lbs. whole milk
Condensed Milk 2.3 lbs. whole milk
Ice Cream (1 gal.) 12.0 lbs. whole milk
Cottage Cheese 6.25 lbs. skim milk
Nonfat Dry Milk 11.0 lbs. skim milk
Plain Yogurt 1 lb. whole milk
Whole Milk Powder 7.4 lbs. whole milk

*The quantity of milk used to produce one pound of each product depends primarily upon the milkfat content of the milk. Therefore, this table is only an approximation.


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