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Old 04-14-2016, 10:41 AM   #1
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Boil milk to increase shelf life?

This is a new one to me, someone I know told me that if you boil milk it will increase its shelf life.

I am not to sure about this because once you open the package, the milk is exposed to air which shortens the shelf life.

I could Google this, but I though it may be interesting as a general topic for others to be aware of.

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Old 04-14-2016, 11:41 AM   #2
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I have never done it.

I have read that it will extend the shelf life another week or so.

Years ago people would can milk to use when the family cow went dry.

canning milk

I think in my situation I would look for a recipe that would use up an extra quart or two of milk. You could also freeze it in meal size containers if you don't have time to use it before it spoils.
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:42 AM   #3
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This is a new one to me, someone I know told me that if you boil milk it will increase its shelf life.

I am not to sure about this because once you open the package, the milk is exposed to air which shortens the shelf life.

I could Google this, but I though it may be interesting as a general topic for others to be aware of.

Thoughts...comment?

Thanks,
Joe
It's actually microbes in the air, not air itself, that cause spoilage. Most milk is pasteurized, which means it has already been heated to kill the pathogens in it. If you were to boil it, you would also need to sterilize the pan you're boiling it in, and the container you store it in, each time you used some. This is not easy to do at home
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:55 AM   #4
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This is a new one to me, someone I know told me that if you boil milk it will increase its shelf life.

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100% true.

Question is why would you do that? Do you live in some rural area where milk is not available? Do you drink only special kind of milk that you can only get once in awhile? Do you drink only kosher milk that has to come on a slow boat from NY and sometimes it just doesn't happen?

Another thing to consider, milk changes it's taste when boiled. It tastes, ahhh... well, it tastes boiled.
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Old 04-14-2016, 02:50 PM   #5
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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.
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My suggestion: Either consume more milk in the time alotted by the USE BY (that is not an expiraiton) DATE plus 5 to 7 days, or buy your milk in smaller containers
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:27 PM   #7
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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.
I would share it myself since you get it for free. Do your friends have children also? I bet they'd love to be gifted with free milk. By the way, your baby is beautiful!

In the past I've frozen unopened milk containers and it thaws just fine.
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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.
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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.
Is it raw milk?

How about making yogourt, quark, cottage cheese, mozzarella & ricotta, or paneer?
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Good idea, TL. He said "dairy industry," so it's not likely to be raw. It doesn't have to be to make cheese, though.
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