Shelf Stable Milk - do we trust it and for how long?

Before I go “live” in the wild with this article, I wanted to drop it off here for your thoughts and input.

The short report, shelf stable milk, just one year over suggested use by date, is still good.

The longer story.
If you put food away for a rainy or TEOFWAWKI day, you need to be sure that you rotate it out. That means you need to eat and drink it. Any reputable site will tell you to be sure you can stand the taste of the food or drink way before an event occurs. You must also be able to digest it. MRS’s are notorious for plugging your up (constipation). You really shouldn’t plan on eating them exclusively for a week or two, unless you have stored fiber and take it daily.
Another thing is rotating your food supplies out. By eating your emergency long term storage food, you will have non “expired” or less expired food and drink.

While the MRE’s and powdered milk you bought in 2007 was way less expensive than the ones of today, they will do you no good if they are uneatable, have lost their nutrition et al.

Sometimes you will not be able to consume your food by the ‘best by’ or ‘expired’ date. You have a couple of options at this point. You can throw it out, give it to someone who claims they don’t care or trust those dates or test the food yourself.

Checking this unopened case of MRE’s at USA MRE BASICS: Date codes, date of packing, best by dates, freshness, reveals the fresh check (Time / Temperature) indicator showing this box has gone bad (Center dot is darker than outer ring). The date packed reveals it was made the 241st day (August 29th) of 2007. Way past time to replace this.

Testing food pas the approved date is not recommended. If you were going to do this, it would be best done when you are healthy and a crisis event is not occurring. That way if you need medical help (get sick) you can visit a medical facility. If the food or drink only makes you feel bad while things are stable, that is better than trying to survive and thrive after a hurricane has destroyed your home and you are trying to clean up and recover.

A while back I wanted to test out shelf stable milk so I purchased one container. I drank it by itself and while it was different than refrigerated milk it was about the same as farm fresh milk. I had no side affects or adverse reactions. I then made meals with it. The food tasted and cooked fine. Since all went well, I purchased some more for testing.

Side note: I am not healthy internally. I have had reflux and GURD my entire life, literally my entire life and in 2020 had a large section of my intestines removed due to constant infections. As a result, I really do have to watch what I eat and drink so testing of long-term food like MRS’s, freeze dried and even everyday fresh food is a necessity for me.

The second box I repeated by drinking and cooking with six weeks past the ‘best used by’ date. No problems or taste issues. This was July of 2022.
The 3rd box I let go, until now. On March 30th 2024 (one year and one week past “best use by” date), I opened it and drank some. The taste was the same. I used some for cooking (a frittata if you care), no issue there. I continued to consume the milk over the next couple of days as a drink and I have experienced no gut problems as of this writing (April 3rd).

While I am strongly not suggesting you consume expired long-term food. I am willing to pass along my personal experience with it just in case you are put in a position of needing to know one person’s experience. Actually, two peoples experience. My wife has participated in this too with no side effects and she has had more gut surgically removed than me.

Until we meet again, keep your booger hook off the bang switch until on target and ready to fire.


wow, never heard of such a thing.

Do I trust it?

I don’t do regular milk, never really had much of a taste for it but more due to some great documentaries on the dairy industry and milk itself.

There are a number of documentaries, largely the theme is the same, mega food industries provide us food that keep the mega pharma industries in business with the mega medical industry.

For example, we consume foods that cause inflammation, inflammation is responsible for a high percentage of diseases, then doctors prescribe medications to control your inflammation, surgery in some cases, and the entire time you keep consuming the same foods.

So, trust long term dairy storage? :laughing:


May I suggest you two take some time and watch these together, tip of the iceberg by the way.


I would replace this with inedible.


Think you mean MRE’s


Milk = :no_entry_sign:


I 1000% percent agree with every single word of your post I cant hardly believe I just said that :face_with_hand_over_mouth: :joy:


Some of you guys are weird. No phones, no milk…


huh, we got tested ok


I’m a peculiar person. Honestly to tell the truth about me and Milk. Lactose intolerance runs in my family Me and my Daughters none of us can handle dairy especially milk without taking lactaid. My Dad was lactose intolerate . Oddly enough my Grandfather and Great grandfather had a 20 cow dairy farm for years and years. My great grandfather was an accountant and Farmer and my Granfather became a life long farmer. Switched from dairy stock to beef stock. Good profession lived to be 89yrs. Old.