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.