Browsing through the organic aisle of our big-box grocery store the other day, we did a double take. Something seemed out of place. We scanned again, then found it: a familiar milk carton on a shelf. What was milk doing out of the dairy case? Organic Valley is a familiar brand of organic, hormone-free milk. They're often the only choice for this type of milk in the corporate grocery stores where we shop. We had never seen the shelf-stable variety of their milk.
What is shelf-stable milk? It's specially pasteurized and packaged in an airtight container so that it doesn't need to be refrigerated. Organic Valley suggests using it on camping trips or buying some for the pantry "for an emergency." (The recent power outages and disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Ike come to mind.)
An unopened package of the milk will last for several months, but after it's opened it needs to be refrigerated like normal milk and used within five days.
We're curious though. We don't much like the taste of reconstituted powdered milk and the other forms of preserved milk that we've tried. Has anyone tried this shelf-stable milk, and if so, what did you think? Would you buy this and keep it around?
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