Food Dairy Question

guccimamma

guccimamma
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Why can I buy half/half and it doesn't expire for 6 weeks.....but my milk expires in 10 days???

Always wondered!
 

bagaholic85

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i think it has to do with the amount that its processed...but im not sure. i kno organic milk has a longer shelf life as well
 

guccimamma

guccimamma
Aug 8, 2006
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just going by the expiration date...i don't think i have ever kept half&half until the actual sell-by date. although i am always pushing the limit with our gallons of milk.
 

claireZk

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Jun 18, 2007
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I learned about this in a food safety course, but now I can't remember exactly what they said... Certain brands of dairy have a much longer shelf life than others. I think it had to do with the way they process and pasteurize it versus other methods. It can also have to do with the way it's packaged, maybe :confused1:
 

twinkle.tink

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Sep 19, 2006
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Might have to do with the higher butter fat content. :shrugs: buttermilk and cream have a longer shelf life as well, so that makes sense.

I wish I had the problem of milk hanging around long enough to worry about it expiring. We go through 6-8 gallons a week (2 boys and DH LOVE milk...guess I should be glad), but even with a refrigerator in the garage, it seems I am always running to the store for more milk.