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What is milk?

About the ingredient milk. Including 10,696 recipes with milk, nutrition data, photos, where it's found, and video.



Milk is a translucent white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals.

In cooking, unless otherwise specified milk as an ingredient is cow's milk.

Milk provides the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food.

The exact components of raw milk vary by species, but it contains significant amounts of saturated fat, protein and calcium as well as vitamin C.

Cow's milk has a pH ranging from 6.4 to 6.8, making it slightly acidic.

Poured milk

Grades of milk

In the United States, there are two grades of milk, with Grade A primarily used for direct sales and consumption in stores, and Grade B used for indirect consumption, such as in cheesemaking or other processing.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (244g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 122Calories from Fat 43
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.8g 7%
Saturated Fat 3.1g 15%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 19mg 7%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 11.4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 12.3
Protein 8.1g
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 29% Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Milk is usually found in the dairy section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Milk is a member of the Dairy and Egg Products US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much does milk weigh?

Measure Grams
1 cup 244
1 fl oz 30
1 quart 976

In Chinese:牛奶
British (UK) term: Milk
en français:lait
en español:leche

Recipes using milk

There are 10696 recipes that contain this ingredient.