Look what I found while shopping at Costco the other day?! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it!
WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT SHELF STABLE WHOLE MILK?
Did you know that one of my most commonly asked questions is what families with young children still drinking whole milk should store in their food storage since powdered milk is non-fat? This provides a great back up for those of us with toddlers and for who a high fat milk is important. (Did you know that the fat in milk is essential in brain development in young children?) Not to mention a nice back up for a snow storm or to prevent a late night trip to the store!
HOW WOULD I STORE SHELF STABLE MILK?
HERSHEY’S Shelf Stable Milk can withstand temperature variations wonderfully.
Putting the product on the shelf then in the refrigerator back and forth causes no harm to the product as long as it remains unopened.
The best temperature to store the milk is from 33° F to 80° F.
It can withstand higher temperatures but this will cause the milk to age quicker (leading to off flavor and a slight brown tinge).
The temperature the milk can be stored at is related to time. Storing the milk at 81° F to 108° F over the shelf life will simply cause the milk to age sooner but will not cause injury or illness. Storing the milk at 109° F for more than 10 days may cause the milk to sour or carton to swell but will not cause injury or illness. Storing the milk at 131° F for 5 days or more may cause the milk to sour or the carton to swell but will not cause injury or illness.
The milk should not be frozen as this will cause the appearance of the milk to be off.
We recommend serving the milk chilled.
After opening refrigerate the product and use within 14 days.
WHAT IS THE SHELF LIFE OF SHELF STABLE MILK-IN FOOD STORAGE TERMS?
It’s definitely not the same shelf life of powdered milk which is technically 30+ years. Shelf stable milk does have a use by date on the packaging which is usually with in a year or so.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE SHELF STABLE MILK?
Well, apparently you can purchase it at some Costcos. You can check availability of Hershey’s shelf stable milk by state by clicking HERE or you can even purchase Borden shelf stable milk through places like AMAZON by clicking HERE.
IS IT CHEAPER TO USE SHELF STABLE MILK V. FRESH MILK?
No, it isn’t. But it is a great option if you have family members in need of whole milk that you would like to be prepared for.
WHAT ELSE CAN I STORE IF I DON’T WANT TO STORE SHELF STABLE WHOLE MILK
If you have a family member that benefits from whole milk but you don’t want to store shelf stable whole milk you can store extra amounts of peanut butter (which contains healthy fat for brain development) or canned evaporated milk. Both of those options do not have the shelf life of regular powdered milk but serve as good alternatives.