Have you tried shelf safe milk by Milk Unleashed? Yes, you heard me: shelf safe milk. I never knew milk could not be stored in the refrigerator. The first time I head about shelf safe milk was last winter as a friend of mine had a 14 month old at the time and she gave her Natrel Baboo. This milk intended for toddlers 12 to 24 months old is kept on the shelf of the baby products isle at the Supermarket. I also have seen it in the dairy section. What a wonderful idea, but is this safe and how long can you keep it on the shelf?
Shelf safe milk requires no refrigeration until you open the package due to the ultra pasteurization and special Tetra Pak carton that preserve the goodness of the milk. It can be kept up to 6 months on the shelf, however always make sure you check the expiration date when purchasing it. Once open, you have to keep it refrigerated and it will last 7 to 10 days. Shelf safe milk has actually been around in the States since 1960! What took so long to get it in Canada?
What is the difference between pasteurized milk and shelf safe milk?
With pasteurization, milk is heated at 72-75 degrees Celsius for 15-20 seconds before it’s cooled.
With shelf safe milk, the milk is pasteurized at a higher temperature, but a shorter time: this is called Ultra High Temperature (UHT). With UHT, the milk is heated to 145-140 degrees Celsius for 3 seconds. Afterwards, the milk goes through heating and cooling stages in quick succession, and gets poured in the sterile Tetra Pak shelf safe carton. This process prevents the milk from being contaminated.
The shelf safe milk has:
- 8 grams of protein
- vitamins A, D and B12
After noticing the Baboo milk, I wondered if other companies were making this special milk for the whole family. One does, Grand Pré 2 % milk in 1 litre or 2oo ml portion pack. We always bring lots of food to eat on a trip in a cooler to keep our energy up and for healthy snacks, but I can’t keep the milk cold for days. We were planning a trip for my son’s hockey team and staying at a hotel not equipped with a small bar/refrigerator. Now with the shelf safe milk, we could eat cereals and drink milk with our bagels and peanut butter in the morning before my son would hit the ice. I thought this would be a good time to purchase the 1 litre milk from Grand Pré to try it out. We took some ice and placed it in the ice bucket with the milk while we were getting ready. When it was time to eat, the milk was cool to pour in our cereal. I could have drank it at room temperature, but I prefer it cool. It actually tastes the same as regular milk and has the same texture.
Now, I keep shelf safe milk at home in our pantry and it’s very convenient when we run out or are on the go! You can also bring it on camping trips, to the beach or to the park, and put it in your kids lunch boxes. Perfect for back to school! You can even get chocolate milk! It’s nice to know that where ever you are, you can get a nutritious drink for your family. I purchased the Grand Pré milk at Sobeys, but here is a list of grocery stores where you can buy shelf safe milk in your area.
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Disclosure:“This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Milk Unleashed blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.”