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Old 05-06-2008, 03:04 AM   #1
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Making milk last longer?

Lately, I've been noticing my milk doesn't last the 4-7 days past the exp. date on the carton.

Last week, I went to pour a glass of milk from a wax carton of milk that was only a 3 or 4 days past the exp.date. It poured out like runny yogurt.

First of all, the supermarket milk shelves aren't exactly that well chilled.
I try and buy milk last before checkout so that it's still chilled.

I've been doing this lately. When I get home, not a long ways from the supermarket, I put the milk carton in the freezer and let it chill down to just where it doesn't start freezing. Then I put it in the fridge.

Anyone do the same? It seems to make the milk last the 5-7 days past the exp. date (it's supposed to) without putting white spots on your glass or going really bad by then.

I don't know what it is, but milk in cartons used to last longer than they do now, at least 5-7 days past the exp date. And yes, I keep my fridge pretty cold too.

I think the reason is the supermarkets have lowered the temp of the area they keep milk, to save energy bills.


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Old 05-06-2008, 05:06 AM   #2
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I started buying milk in smaller quanities...1/2 Gallon....so by the time the expiration day rolls around it is usually gone, and has been replaced with a fresh container...You might try the same plan since you are not for from your market....HTH

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Old 05-06-2008, 05:59 AM   #3
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I'm lucky if I can get it to last two days past the sell by date without "the smell" arriving. I have a hard time buying the right size. If I get a qt, I run out. If I get a gal, I end up pouring some of it down the drain sometimes. I should really get in the habit of buying cream and using that for cooking and in my coffee. Then I could just buy a qt of regular milk. Cream seems to last longer if I remember right.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:45 AM   #4
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Yeah, cream is often ultra-pasteurized, so it lasts longer. Another strategy for milk is to take a cooler to the grocery store and put perishables in that for the ride home.
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I haven't had to throw away milk since before kids....
maybe I'll be lucky enough one day to be able to do that again. :)
Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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I usually buy the two gallons for the lower price, place one in the fridge and the other in my chest freezer. I usually finish it before the expiration date, and I keep my refrigerator set to a preety cold setting. Also, don't keep the milk jug in the door of the fridge. The constant opening and closing of the door will cause the milk to be warmer than if it was just sitting on the top shelf.
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Old 05-06-2008, 02:37 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by suziquzie View Post
I haven't had to throw away milk since before kids....
maybe I'll be lucky enough one day to be able to do that again. :)
I am in the same boat. It is amazing how much milk my daughter can drink if we let her.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:08 PM   #8
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I have this problem in the summer. Milk will only last a couple of days for me. If I turn the temp down in my fridge it freezes, but if I don't it spoils quickly. I'm about the place where I just won't buy milk in the summer.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:25 PM   #9
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Keep the refrigerator temperature below 40F (4C) and perhaps trying to keep only a few days worth of milk in the frig at one time, freezing the rest so it stays fresh until needed.
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Old 06-25-2008, 03:08 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Caslon View Post
Lately, I've been noticing my milk doesn't last the 4-7 days past the exp. date on the carton.
If you can't use up whatever milk you're buying in that time frame, you need to lessen the amount you buy.

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