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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #30 on: July 22, 2015, 08:11:34 PM »
I realize this a little bit of a dead thread.
But are there any recommendations for lactose free milk for storing? DW is lactose intolerant, and I not a milk snob at all and can't taste the difference anymore any ways, so lactose free would be the only thing we're looking to store. We mostly use milk for cooking, very rarely for cereal.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #31 on: July 22, 2015, 10:50:47 PM »
Following.

DH has developed a sour stomach and can't hardly drink milk right now, but that man loves a pb&j sammich in the middle of the night with a glass of cold milk, right now I'm keeping a huge box of lactade on hand.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #32 on: July 22, 2015, 11:13:50 PM »
I realize this a little bit of a dead thread.
But are there any recommendations for lactose free milk for storing? DW is lactose intolerant, and I not a milk snob at all and can't taste the difference anymore any ways, so lactose free would be the only thing we're looking to store. We mostly use milk for cooking, very rarely for cereal.

Well, they make a dry soymilk powder, you could repackage that. It is supposed to be decent. In addition get a few cases of the aseptic paks of her favorite non-dairy milk, I used to drink the unsweetened soymilk from traders joes, but Costco aslo has a reasonably priced soymilk. I like a soymilk like this on cereal or for cooking much more than the "rice" or "almond" pre-made milks.

Another way to do it is to store soybeans and buy a soymilk maker and just make it yourself and then you wont run out

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #33 on: July 23, 2015, 06:30:23 AM »
Are you worried about long or LONG term storage? The last tetrapak coconut milk I bought had a 2017 best by date, so it should last much longer in proper storage.  Coconut milk in a metal can should last even longer.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #34 on: July 23, 2015, 07:06:30 AM »
Are you worried about long or LONG term storage? The last tetrapak coconut milk I bought had a 2017 best by date, so it should last much longer in proper storage.  Coconut milk in a metal can should last even longer.

The end of the world must be just a bump in the road for some people....tetrapak coconut milk is a great choice.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #35 on: July 23, 2015, 09:26:08 AM »
Great thread.  I'm glad it came back "from the dead" or I never would have seen it.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #36 on: July 23, 2015, 10:32:55 AM »
I'm more looking to have a few put away in case we run out/milk goes bad in fridge, so a year or two in storage is perfect. I'll look into these, thanks guys.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #37 on: November 05, 2015, 04:06:39 PM »
Hi.  I can recommend the little boxes of whipping cream that Trader Joe's sells.  They don't need to be refrigerated and they last for several years (literally) past their expiration dates.  Ask me how I know.  Anyway, even if expired by several years you just shake them a bit.  If necessary you can whisk them in a bowl.  I've used it in all kinds of ways whipped or not.  They will separate into a blob of butter and liquid as the years click by but just use the blob as butter or whisk it together.  Nice stuff.  Pretty cheap and good to have. 


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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #38 on: November 05, 2015, 04:09:27 PM »
Hi.  I can recommend the little boxes of whipping cream that Trader Joe's sells.  They don't need to be refrigerated and they last for several years (literally) past their expiration dates. 

 Nice stuff.  Pretty cheap and good to have. 

Thanks Gam!  Gave you your first "karma" point for sharing that.   :)

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Re: Preferred storable milk option and first karma point
« Reply #39 on: November 06, 2015, 12:13:24 PM »
Well, that felt good!  Thanks!

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #40 on: April 25, 2018, 06:33:48 PM »
Definitely an old thread... but I have to say I also still pick up the Trader Joe's little boxes of cream... I got hooked on buying UHT milk products when we lived in Germany way back when... still a good idea, I think.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2018, 06:32:18 AM »
Not a fan of powdered milk but it lasts longer.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #42 on: April 27, 2018, 08:54:37 AM »
I also keep nonfat powdered milk around. I rotate it through by using it for my own Hot Chocolate mix.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #43 on: April 27, 2018, 09:43:37 AM »
Not a fan of powdered milk but it lasts longer.

Peak, dried, canned whole milk, tastes better than that so called "fresh" 2% milk you buy at the supermarket. It lasts 2 years, unopened in the pantry. Each 400gm container is over a gallon of milk ( 17 cups), and they have a larger 900gm can also. This is milk that you can use without suffering, but you need to only have a small amount you can rotate out every 2 years. Not a problem for me ! I like it better than liquid store bought milk. I usually drink fresh goat milk, but when I mess up planning, or a pregnancy didnt take, I use the Peak milk until a doe freshens and I am not suffering, it is good.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2018, 11:32:08 AM »
 I use soy milk but I don't drink large quantities of it. I use it for putting on berries, cold cereal, mixing up some waffle mix.

 I also eat some tofu which is soy based but I am not any kind of radical vegetarian. I eat fish, some chicken, black beans, and seitan (meat substitute) but I have to say there is a Japanese restaurant around here where the teriyaki tofu tastes much better than most teriyaki salmon but that is a rarity to find though I wish it wasn't

 I'm not worried about storing milk for 10 years. I have a fair amount of freeze dried food and vacuum sealed stuff from years ago but no milk. If there is an emergency then there is no milk, tough luck.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #45 on: October 25, 2018, 11:57:12 PM »
While I still realy like Peak whole dried milk, I have been trying other options just to compare. Yes, it means still no home milked fresh goat milk at my house.  All of the milks listed below are for shorter term, rotated storage as they last one or two years on the shelf.

- UHT whole milk in the shelf stable boxes:   I had only seen 2% milk before in these boxes, tried if before and hated it ! 2% milk to me tastes like water, makes me understand why the kiddies want sugared cereal with it.  So I saw some whole milk and decided to try it. I bought this at dollar store as I was there to get my go bag prep of peanut butter pretzels.  SO, it was $1/quart.  The taste was good, obviously not the same as the fresh, raw local milk in glass jars I was buying at the health food store recently, but quite acceptable, better than evaporated milk.  Much better than the 2% I had tried before.  This can sit on the shelf in your pantry for a year, and then would need to be rotated in and used. but you can put it in your tea and cereal and other normal uses.  This is good if you think you dont need to carry it and it has the upside of being ready to use, so if your water is out or off, you have milk. Downsides would be too much weird packaging for everyday use, and I worry about animal welfare when the milk sells so cheap, but a good medium term storage, rotated milk for power outage preps, it is also USA origin milk, so some standards and good to support USA diaries/work.

- Organic, non-instant, dried whole milk powder:  I had never tried the non-instant powdered milks before. Yes, I do have a couple cans of nonfat, noninstant in my LTS, but have never used any to test out.  So, this milk cannot just have hot water added to it for cocoa like the instant Peak milk  I usually use or get stirred dry straight into hot tea.  But, it is realy not hard to mix.  I put about 2 cups of tap water in my pyrex 4 cup measurer, add 1 and 1/8 cup of the whole milk powder, and wisk it with a wire wisk, then stir in the other 1.75 cups of water.  Refrigerate. This milk is also good to drink straight, put on cereal, in my tea or for cocoa.  Yes, not quite the same as fresh, but good milk for power outage, stores closed, etc....  I bought this from Azure standard, since I only bought a small bag, it is about $2/quart.  It was repack in a plastic bag with a twist tie, so labeled to use within a year.  Other pluses are not much packaging waste; good farm source, USA too, so better assurance of animal welfare; distributer worker environment thru Azure is better than dollar store.  Downsides are less convenience for use. Another plus is takes up less room in storage than the boxed milk.

Previous milks I've used:

Milkman, instant dried, lowfat:  These come in premeasured pouches that each make a quart.  It can be easily mixed, even in hot water.  These pouches are shelf stable for around 2 years, they are light and dont take much room. Especially good for distributed places, like one in your car bag, and a couple in grab and go. The pouches are reasonably sturdy.  While not as creamy as the whole milk powders, it is a reasonablly tasty milk even on its own.

Peak, instant whole dried milk:   This is likely the same as Nido, just a different brand.  It is packaged in a can, so sturdy packagig. Usually dated so it can be stored for 2 years. Very good flavor, easy to use and mix, not premeasured. I think the can size I get is a bit over a gallon, so for me, best for on the pantry shelf.  Imported milk, but imported from Europe, so should be decent standards.
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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #46 on: October 26, 2018, 08:28:43 AM »
MM, we also use and store the dollar whole milk containers from Dollar tree.
Used mainly for cooking as we don't drink milk hardly ever anymore.
We've had some on the containers that show a 2 year exp

We'll buy a dozen or so at a time

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #47 on: October 26, 2018, 09:35:10 AM »
The best powdered milk by far has been from the LDS Home Storage Center (formerly known as the Cannery).
Non members are welcome to shop there.
My wife whisks it with cold water and it turns out great.
If you like it a little creamier just add more milk to taste.
It's $4.50 for a 28oz pouch with a 20 year storage life.

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Re: Preferred storable milk option
« Reply #48 on: October 26, 2018, 10:31:52 AM »
We stock up on the UHT (shelf stable) milks that are for kid's lunches.  We don't actually use a lot of milk, but like it in our coffee or tea, and cereal in the morning.  For any long-term sort of scenario we have some powder milk in #10 can.  The UHT mini milks are for short term power outages or the "oops I forgot to buy milk at the grocery store" scenarios.  If there was a major long term problem like an earthquake, that's when we'd open the powdered milk can.

We also store small containers of soy milk, because our kid is lactose intolerant and can't drink cow milk.  But we tend to rotate through those fairly quickly.