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9/24/14

Food Storage Hack: Shelf Stable UHT (Boxed) Milk

Shelf-stable milk? Bwaaaa?

They've had UHT pasteurized milk over in Europe for a looong while--like the 70s. In many countries, the majority of milk consumed is UHT milk.
 
I've had some in past during living stints in Switzerland, and then promptly forgot about it upon returning to the U.S., where it hasn't been readily available for sale until recently. Something about shelf stable milk weirding us Americans out.

Taste-wise, it's somewhere around skim. Dramatically better than powdered milk. You can't tell the difference pouring it over a bowl of cereal or using it in a recipe. It's even good enough to drink on its own.
 Thanks go out to SP1 for giving a shout out for this stuff a while back, which led me to keep an eye out for it. I've found it at local Target and Wal-Mart stores, which means it's probably in your local grocery/mega-marts, too. Prices are $2/quart, so more expensive than regular milk, but not highway robbery.
 Recommended shelf life is going to range from six months to a year, though as usual, your mileage may vary. We just bought some (September '14) that has a Best By date of April '15, so that's 8 months. Like most shelf life/best by dates, those are probably pretty conservative.

In terms of food storage, a year is a fairly short shelf life, so it'll need more frequent rotation. Unlike non-fat powdered milk, this isn't something you can throw in your basement and forget about for the next 20 years.

But, unlike powdered milk, this is one of those "store what you eat" things that is really easy to rotate.

Running low on milk? Crack open one of these to keep the family tided over 'till you can get to the store.

With three little ones in the house, we find ourselves in that situation pretty frequently. That's when this stuff rocks. Our kids have a Spidey-sense for when we've changed up something with their food, but they can't tell the difference with UHT milk.

Super convenient, super easy. Never again find yourself with a fresh batch of cookies/brownies and no milk.

After some trials and taste tests with the fam, this stuff has a thumbs up from me. I'm going to stock up on around a month's worth of milk for our family, and then rotate out regularly from there.

11 comments :

  1. i love this stuff we had it in iraq they sell it at the local px . its fairly decent stuff especially when thiers no milk to be had .

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  2. Is this found in the dairy (cold) section, or maybe the baking Isle?

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    1. It is usually by the powdered milk, which I believe is in the baking aisle.

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  3. We drink organic milk and recently the Organic Valley brand started showing up at the local co-op. It's marked at $17/12 one cup individual servings, but goes on sale for $10 fairly often, add a member discount to that and it just costs a little more than the $7/gal organic milk. As an added benefit the single serving boxes are just right to fix a meal or pour over cereal without needing to do something with what's left in the box.

    These things are a real blessing living out here as every time the wind blows we lose power for hours, if not days, at a time and they don't go bad when the fridge is off. They cost more, but they aren't regularly wasted by spoilage when the power company ranks us as their lowest priority during an outage.

    I know most people will want to stock up as cheaply as possible and think me mad for buying this at $10 per case, but I suspect there's at least one other person on here who would appreciate knowing about an organic option.

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  4. wow, I didn't realize till now, that UHT milk was not/not readily available in the US. Over here in Germany that milk makes up probably 90% of the milk that is used. Fresh milk is the exception. Therefore the price is rediculously cheap. Even the organic stuff only costs 1,20€ per Liter. At any given time we have at least 24L of milk stored away and it doesn't take up a lot of space. Most drinks can be had in these TetraPaks and have an average shelf life of 8-12 Month. Shelf life shouldn't be an issue anyway, cos if you use it daily(as for the Water it gets roated out and used for the plants), as we do, you would be hard pressed to find enough space to actually store enough for 6 Mo let alone 12. Now, I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket, so to speak and ONLY store Water/MIlk/Juice this way, but if you are tight on space and/or budget this works just fine.
    M.K.

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  5. The funny thing with Parmalat is that the company (and some say, the town of Parma) were heavily involved with the mafia. The company owner went to prison for money laundering. Not sure of the status of the company now.

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  6. I have found this at the dollar store also.

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  7. Theres two kinds of UHT milk...the Parmalat-type shelf-stable which uses UHT processing AND a special packaging system, and then theres 'regular' UHT milk which is in the refrigerator section of your grocery. The second kind will say 'ultra pasteurized' or some such and will keep in the fridge for several weeks, however once opened it must then be used within the same time frame as regular milk. I buy the UHT milk at my grocery in pints and ten leave a few in the fridge since Im not a big milk drinker...I only use it for cooking and breakfast cereal, so one pint is te most I'll need at one sitting. The shelf-stable versions are okay, but its hard to find whole milk versions of them.

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  8. Yes, I have been purchasing similar from the $1 store as well. It's called Gossner, out of Utah. Very good, long shelf life, etc. Thumbs up!

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  9. We always had parmalat in Puerto Rico. I would stock up for the hurricanes.

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  10. I lived in Germany for 15 years and married a German woman who would bring this milk home. I really enjoyed it and actually like it better than the milk in the US but everyone has different taste. Now that I'm back stateside I'd love to get this milk. I really miss the voll milch (whole milk) it was delicious!

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