Shelf safe milk? Yes! Milk is a HUGE part of my families diet. I have more than once joked about buying a cow so that we have a constant supply of milk. I may have discovered the next best thing to that option! Have you heard of shelf safe milk? An idea that admittedly at first weirded me out a little, but after a some research, I now consider shelf safe milk a perfect addition to my families grocery list.
What is shelf safe milk?
It is milk. No fancy additives or anything like that. Milk. The only difference is in the pasteurizing process. Shelf safe milk is pasteurized at a much higher temperature than normal (over 280 degrees Fahrenheit vs 180 for regular pasteurization) and is immediately packed in a special Tetra Pak eco-friendly carton. This process is also called UHT , for ultra high temperature of the pasteurization.
Europe has been a large consumer of shelf safe milk for decades. In the early 1970’s UHT milk had a market share of around 10% in Europe. Thanks to improved taste and quality, UHT milk’s European market share is still growing and today UHT is the largest milk type on the market in Europe.
Benefits to using shelf safe milk.
Shelf safe milk does not require refrigeration until the packaging is opened. Think about that for a moment. Milk can be safely stored for months in the pantry. I don’t know about you but I am running to the store constantly for milk. I can not count the number of times I have woken up later than the kiddos only to find the last of the milk was used for their cereal and not my coffee! I will be storing some shelf safe milk in the pantry from now on.
The tetra pack come in different sizes too. Perfect for kids lunches, camping coolers, smaller RV fridges, stocked at the cottage and even purses and diaper bags. The UHT process makes milk easy for on the go families!
We buy milk in bags here in Ontario (my Alberta friends thought bagged milk was an urban legend) and it takes up a lot of valuable space that could be used for fresh fruit and veggies. The tetra packaging of shelf safe milk is smaller and recyclable. Eliminating my need to purchase a cow to keep up with my families consumption of milk!
I am a bulk buyer. I like to have a stocked pantry, fridge and freezer. Having milk in the pantry, ready to be chilled when needed, is a new idea for me. One I have embraced! No more running to the store at night for milk that will be needed for breakfast, no more crowded bottom shelf with two bags of milk. For me it is a hassle-free way to enjoy milk. It’s milk, unleashed!
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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Milk Unleashed blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.