How long can you store instant milk....any recommendations?

Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by neil-v1, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. neil-v1

    neil-v1 Old Member


    Does anyone have any idea what the longest time you can store nonfat instant milk and still have it be good is? Can anyone recommend a brand from experience? From most folk's, I am hearing only six months. That seems a little tight on the time frame to me??? I would be buying it just for emergency usage but I want to buy a brand that will last and not break the bank. Thanks for any help.
  2. TotallyReady

    TotallyReady Member

    The difference between powdered milk and instant powdered milk is the process by which it is made. The instant mixes more easily and is better for drinking and making puddings and smoothies. The powdered milk is cheaper and better for baking and cooking. The shelf life is the same if stored properly. Powdered milk of both varieties should be stored in air tight containers in a cool, dark, dry area. It is best if used within 2 years for drinking because of a taste change. If that is not a problem then the shelf life is 20 to 30 years.

  3. GroovyMike

    GroovyMike Well-Known Member

    I can tell you that the ultrapasteurized (Permalat brand) liquid milk does NOT last beyond it's expiration date. As it approaches the expiration date it forms solids inside teh container that no amount of shaking seems to break up.
  4. horseman09

    horseman09 Well-Known Member

    We repackage our intstant powdered milk and then throw in an O2 absorber. A little over 2 years now and it's good as new.

    I'll report back in another 2 yrs. :)
  5. neil-v1

    neil-v1 Old Member

    Are you using a brand name or generic product? Thanks.
  6. lotsoflead

    lotsoflead Well-Known Member

    these people say theirs is good for 20 yrs, so i'm thinking that mine vacuumed in mason jars out of the light should be just as good
    - Emergency Essentials
  7. horseman09

    horseman09 Well-Known Member

    Usually generic unless a brandname is on sale.
  8. Clarice

    Clarice Well-Known Member

    The best I have tried is KLIM from My Brands. It is whole milk. It's packed in #10 cans.
    The waiting list is about 6 weeks. I am also placing an order from Pleasant Hill Grains for canned butter from New Zeland. I use to live in Australia and used it then. It was great. Difficult times are so much easier when you have a few luxuries. After reading about the "wheat shortage" I am increasing my flour supply as well as cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Haven't baked bread in a long time but ready to see if I still can.