Shipping charges for #10 cans have gone way up. So I'm leaning away from mail order. BJ's Wholesale club has a good deal on big cardboard box's of Carnation milk. So I'm thinking of repacking for maximum shelf life.
How should I pack dry milk for long term storage?
I was thinking. Maybe buy some long Mylar bags and use oxygen absorbers. Stand up several tubes of milk in a five gallon bucket.
Do you think the milks time in the cardboard box has degraded it's storage life?
SB, I'm not an expert at this, but here's what I do, and it works out okay, so your way should be GREAT!!! I buy the boxes of milk, double wrap them (the store bags don't completely cover the whole box, so I cover one end and tie it off, then slip another bag over from the other end) in the store bags. Then I stack the boxes either in a rubbermaid tub (if they're going out to the root cellar) or just in another cardboard box if they're staying in the house. This is probably not the expert's preferred method, but I've used powdered milk that was well over 2 years old and it was fine. I read on a Walton's Food page that if you pour your powdered milk into cold water, it should disolve from the top of the water within 30 seconds. I always check a new box when I open it, and they've always been just fine. Just think how long they could last if I put them in something airtight. But I think doing it your way would be great for long term.
We re-pack in glass cannisters, put seran wrap over the top and then the cap. So far, so good. In the original box its good for 16 mos., so I figure we at least double it by making it unable to absorb moisture.
Hi, Squeeksmom Thanks for the info on powdered milk. I also noticed you mentioned a root cellar in your post. We are just now planning to put one in at our place. Do you mind telling about yours? We want one close to the house, but we have no hillsides nearby, it would have to go on flat land. Is yours completely below ground? How does freezing/thawing affect it? Any info you care to share would be appreciated.If there's already a thread about root cellars just tell me where to look. Regards, Jo Jo