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Old 06-14-2012, 01:24 PM
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I was shopping a little while back and noticed a display of unrefrigerated Horizon brand organic milk.

Curious, I took a closer look and noticed that some containers had an expiration date of 2013?!?!? I picked up a couple of small containers, but have yet to try it.

So, has anyone tried it yet? If so, what's your opinion? And, can it really sit unrefrigerated on a shelf for nearly a year?!?!
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Shelf stable milk is nothing new. Been around for years. It's the same aseptic box technology that they use for juice and other stuff. The milk tastes a little different because it has been heat processed, but it's better than powdered.

I don't know how long it will last past it's "best by" date, but I have tomatoes packaged in the same type of box that have lasted several years past the date.
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In Central and South America, this is the "norm".

But as MikeK said, this stuff tastes different. Not good or bad, just different.
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Is it heat-processed or irradiated?
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The ones I've seen are ultra pasteurized, which is heat.
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I was shopping a little while back and noticed a display of unrefrigerated Horizon brand organic milk.

Curious, I took a closer look and noticed that some containers had an expiration date of 2013?!?!? I picked up a couple of small containers, but have yet to try it.

So, has anyone tried it yet? If so, what's your opinion? And, can it really sit unrefrigerated on a shelf for nearly a year?!?!
I have tried it and it tasted just like normal milk to me, even the chocolate milk was pretty good. The Kroger's near my house had some on clearance ( it was near the expiration date) and I bought all they had (about 12 of the individual serving cartons, various flavors) and over the next few weeks I would drink one or two a day and never had any problems with taste or spoilage at all. I never refrigerated any of it and it was not in the cold section at the grocery store when I bought it. Although it does work with cereal, I really recommend chilling it before pouring it on your Cheerios.... warm milk on Cheerios is just wrong.... trust me.
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Soy milk comes the same way, but seems over-priced to me.

a related query;
I got some of the powdered stuff out of a bin last year, how long does that stuff last, normally?
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tastes fine, but not the healthiest option, in my opinion might as well buy powdered at that point has a longer shelf life
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If health is not of concern it may be OK.... A pygmy goat may be a better choice for long term milk source... Plus I cant think of anything healthier than a glass of fresh Raw Goats milk...
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+1 tastes OK you get used to eat get the chocolate. I used to get cases of it from the supply Sgt after we came back form the field when I was in the army and a poor private kids grew up on it .
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For a whole milk powder I like this brand, plus taste good as a powdered dairy substitute when camping for your coffee. Two year storage life on can but I have some opened past expiration and don't notice any deterioration.

Sams Club sells the low fat version but I order the whole milk version from Amazon. See the Amazon reviews as well. Little bit higher butterfat content 3.7%? for a powdered milk product but then maybe that's why it taste better.



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That is great milk - Horizon - though I stopped drinking it cause its about twice as much as regular milk.
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Is it really fresh if its a couple years old?
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Is it really fresh if its a couple years old?
I bought the three pack from Amazon and am on the last can which is 6 months past the 2 year expire date and it seems to taste fine. Use it mostly as a coffee creamer for now as we have home milk delivery.

It always taste better to me than the grocery store stocked powdered milks like Carnation and such. But then it is a whole milk product which in powdered form more difficult to find. Try splitting a 3 pack with someone to see if you like it.
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Sounds like some stuff we picked up in the Navy back in the late 70's while in Singapore. I didn't like the flavor of the white milk but the chocolate and strawberry was pretty good. It came in cartons similar to juice packs. It even came with that real thin plastic straw too.

I haven't had any since then but It's still sold in lots of 3rd world places that don't have refrigeration.


Nido is now my go to powdered milk for drinking milk. That and Mourning Moo. LDS non fat powdered milk for baked goods.

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I got some of the powdered stuff out of a bin last year, how long does that stuff last, normally?
LDS says powdered non fat powdered milk, stored in an O2 free environment is good for 10 years or more. The stuff with fats in it, like Nido has a much shorter shelf life. Maybe 2-3 years. 5 if you can't smell rancid fats very well.
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Ultra pasteurized milk lasts a long time. Irradiated milk lasts even longer.
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