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What is shelf stable milk?

Is that like powdered milk, or is it just a longer lasting regular milk? I'm asking because in the box for Angel Food Ministries it comes with 32 oz of " 2% shelf stable milk" at least for this month.


Asked by missanc at 5:02 PM on Jun. 3, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • It's liquid milk. It tastes the same, looks the same, and has the same nutritional values. It's been processed at a higher temp than "regular" milk. It will remain fresh on the shelf for months. Once opened, though, it has to be refrigerated.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 5:12 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • it's probably powdered milk.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 5:04 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Shelf stable is liquid, it doesn't have to be refrigerated. My understanding is that it's regular 2% milk, treated then sealed. Our troops sometimes get this in the field.

    Answer by Scuba at 5:07 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Think juice boxes. The juice is pasteurized and the containers are sealed to be "shelf-stable". They can package any kind of milk (whole, skim, 2%, whatever), or pretty much any liquid that way. If you ever buy rice milk, soy milk or almond milk it is sometimes packaged like this too.

    Answer by raybird1031 at 5:10 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • There is a brand called Parmelat and there are others like Soy Dream--that are all liquid "shelf store" milk or soy products that can last for several months before being opened. One opened, they need to be refrigerated and consumed relatively quickly--like you would do regular dairy products.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:15 PM on Jun. 3, 2010


    "Shelf Stable" milk is usually UHT milk. It's milk that has been pastuerized at extremely high temperatures(275 degrees farenheit) to kill any bacterial spores so that it can be preserved for longer periods of time and stored at room temperature. Typically 6-9 months. Once open though you have to refrigerate it as the exposure to the air does introduce your basic bacteria and spores. The refrigeration keeps them from multiplying, etc. Just like with regular milk

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:18 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

  • Agreeing with the other posts.
    I guess any of these would qualify as shelf stable milk:

    dry milk (powder)
    evaporated milk
    rice milk
    soy milk
    almond milk
    There's probably more that I'm leaving out.

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 6:58 PM on Jun. 3, 2010