Shelf Stable Milk

On March 19, 2011, in Food, Planning, Preparedness, Prepper, Tips, by Securityguy

What is it and why even bring up the subject? It’s milk that doesn’t need to be refrigerated until after its opened. This is accomplished by using a different process than regular pasteurized milk. Apparently, the milk is heated to 282 degrees Fahrenheit for several seconds and then cooled rapidly to 70 degrees; at this point the milk is packaged aseptically in a container called a Tetra Pak. Chances are you have already seen Tetra Pak’s in the supermarkets, but its beef broth or chicken broth in the packaging and not milk.
I came across shelf stable milk approximately 2 years ago while working in Afghanistan. I had never seen it before and to be honest I was kind of weirded out by milk that had been literally setting un-refrigerated in Afghanistan for months. Herein lies the problem why Shelf Stable Milk hasn’t really been accepted well in the States. Where as in other parts of the world it’s quite popular. I think part of the problem has been extremely poor marketing on the part of the manufacturer. Folks in the U. S. have a paradigm that milk has to be in cartons or jugs and must be kept in the refrigerator section of the grocery store…period! If you can’t break that thought process, then you won’t be successful and that’s exactly what has occurred with Shelf Stable Milk.

Personally, I think it makes a great addition to your food storage for several reasons:
1. Doesn’t require refrigeration
2. It won’t cost you any of your water like powdered milk does
3. Will last for months or years when stored at room temp
4. Taste exactly the same as milk, cause it is milk!

Finding Shelf Stable Milk can be a challenge and it’s not really cheap especially online when you factor in shipping. I did find that Alpine Food Storage out of Utah has a pretty good selection; I’m not affiliated with the company and don’t know anything about them. If you have had any dealing with the company, please leave a comment.

In closing, I find that Preppers are a unique breed of people and are probably a little more open minded than the general public. If you’re in that category and up for an adventure, I think Shelf Stable Milk is probably a product that might interest you and provide some diversity to your food stores.

Security Guy

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9 Responses to “Shelf Stable Milk”

  1. Morghan says:

    They sell shelf stable milk at two different places in my town.

    I started picking them up because we were having a lot of power outages and the loss of milk, cheese, yogurt and frozen veggies was beginning to get expensive.

    So, with shelf stable milk and canned veggies, and buying meat only as it will be used, the only thing I lose is cheese and yogurt. Even though they’re more expensive it seems like a better deal to buy things that aren’t going to be lost thanks to weather or random chance and there is the added benefit of the items working even in a SHTF situation.

  2. We always use shelf stable milk in our trailer. We can use the entire quart at one sitting. You can also buy shelf stable milk in the small 6 oz. packages both in regular and chocolate milk flavor. It’s in our food storage plan in addition to the powdered milk. We get it at our regular grocery store and it costs about twice the price of milk in the refridgerated section. It tastes better than evaporated milk and is comparable in cost to that.

  3. I’ve seen the shelf stable milk but have been hesitant about trying it. Glad to hear they can be a good addition to the supplies-will pick some up next shopping trip. Thanks!

  4. Kdot says:

    Good luck with that, sh!t’s lined with BPA crap.

  5. Security Guy says:

    Thanks for the comment! I completely agree with you concerning Bisphenol A (BPA), the sooner we get away from from BPA the better off we will be. Currently, the problem is, epoxy resins containing Bisphenol A are used as coatings on the inside of “almost all” food and beverage cans. (1) Hopefully that will change in the future.

    1. Erickson, Britt E. (2 June 2008). “Bisphenol A under scrutiny”. Chemical and Engineering News (American Chemical Society) 86 (22): 36–39.

  6. Phyllis says:

    I like it. Where can I buy it in Nth. East Hio?

  7. Jack says:

    Interestingly, it goes pretty quickly off the shelves here in NJ. You can get it in regular milk flavor, chocolate, and strawberry… I have looked at it several times, and still opt for powdered. I guess the upside is that you do not need to reconstitute it with water if you needed to use it…

  8. I have the shelf stable milk argument with my wife and kids all the time… they think it’s ‘gross’ and ‘can’t imagine how it’s safe’ so we still end up buying and throwing out gallons and gallons of milk each month. The good news is that because they don’t drink it I can buy the little chocolate milk boxes and there’s always one waiting for me when I want it. We get ours at Costco or Sams Club (can’t remember which).

    Thanks for the article,


  9. Sharon Hertzig says:

    I used to live in Logan Utah, and the Gossners Cheese factory, sold all kinds of shelf stable milks. 1%, 2%, Half&Half, Whole Milk, individual servings and individual flavored milks (Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, Root Beer). It was just a part of our Food Storage here in Utah. So a readily acceptable item to keep in your household.

    Gossners will ship their milk to your door step but the caseload, and it is very reasonable too. We found that our Dollar Tree here sells Gossners 1% and 2% shelf milk so we store up on it. Nice to see that I can still get it here in Alabama. =)

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