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Old 04-14-2016, 10:11 PM   #11
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Good points. We have a family member who works in the dairy industry who gives us lots of free milk, more than we can drink before the expiration date.
Yeah, that's what I figured, but I also thought there was a teensy chance that it is raw.
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:29 AM   #12
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Why does milk in wax cartons or jugs have an earlier expiration date than that of a small 16 oz. plastic milk container that has an expiration date at least a month ahead?
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Old 04-15-2016, 06:48 AM   #13
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Why does milk in wax cartons or jugs have an earlier expiration date than that of a small 16 oz. plastic milk container that has an expiration date at least a month ahead?
Check the label on that plastic container. My guess is that it's ULTRA pasteurized, meaning it's heated to a much higher temperature than that used for regular pasteurization. It has a longer shelf life, but I don't much care for the flavor myself.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:34 AM   #14
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I'd follow the suggestion of making cheese myself, maybe even try some cheeses that require aging if you have someplace cool (but not fridge) to store them. Plus you can use the leftover whey liquid to fertilize your garden if you have one. If you get cream, mascarpone is a good one to make.
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:45 AM   #15
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Check the label on that plastic container. My guess is that it's ULTRA pasteurized, meaning it's heated to a much higher temperature than that used for regular pasteurization. It has a longer shelf life, but I don't much care for the flavor myself.
Very interesting. My first thought to the question was 'because air can work it way through the cardboard container. And it can't when it is a plastic container.' But the ultra pasteurization makes more sense.

I have had raw milk and cream for my coffee. Pasteurizing really changes the taste of both. The Ultra kills even more of the fresh taste. You used to be able to buy raw milk products when I lived in Tacoma, Washington. But in the back of my mind I seem to recall that the Federal Govt. or USDA had a law passed that you can no longer buy raw milk. Too bad. Raw milk has such a rich flavor.
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Old 04-15-2016, 11:18 AM   #16
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I have had raw milk and cream for my coffee. Pasteurizing really changes the taste of both. The Ultra kills even more of the fresh taste. You used to be able to buy raw milk products when I lived in Tacoma, Washington. But in the back of my mind I seem to recall that the Federal Govt. or USDA had a law passed that you can no longer buy raw milk. Too bad. Raw milk has such a rich flavor.
So, this happened: After Legalizing Raw Milk, Legislators Fall Ill From Drinking Raw Milk

Darn that USDA, trying to keep people healthy. Who do they think they are??
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Old 04-15-2016, 12:52 PM   #17
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So, this happened: After Legalizing Raw Milk, Legislators Fall Ill From Drinking Raw Milk

Darn that USDA, trying to keep people healthy. Who do they think they are??
Amen to that GG. More than 20 years ago I was hospitalized and I nearly died after drinking raw milk. The flavor was fantastic, the results were not! This raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria.
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Old 04-15-2016, 04:18 PM   #18
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Good points. We have a family member who works in the dairy industry who gives us lots of free milk, more than we can drink before the expiration date.
Like I said that is a SELL BY date, not an expiration date. Depending on the temperature of your refrigerator, it can go as much as 10 days from that date, and you can still use the sour milk for cooking and baking. Waste not, want not!
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I've frozen milk just as it is and it's okay.

I would worry about boiling milk, but I'm no expert at all.

Honestly, I have no idea on this.
I tried freezing milk. It tends to separate when it thaws.
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I tried freezing milk. It tends to separate when it thaws.
That's easy, just shake it up.
I won't even taste milk after the sell by date ewww. Learned that the hard way.
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