posted on Aug, 18 2019 @ 01:06 AM
A number of months ago I couldn't figure out where a 1/2 gallon of milk I had bought had disappeared to. I figured I had left it at the store, so I
put it out of my mind. Well it had gotten wrapped up in a large blanket in the trunk of my car and has been there until today. It's been there
since beginning of March and the car has been VERY hot for weeks at a time, parked in the sun with the windows up, probably getting above 120F or more
when in the sun during the hottest days.
So I found it and was going to dump it out immediately but thought I'd take a wiff of it and noticed NO abnormal smell and it was about 75F at this
point. So I shook it up, smelled again, still fine, looked fine and I poured about an ounce and took a sip. Tasted like totally fresh, warm milk,
nothing different than any other warm milk I've ever tasted.
This is whole milk and lactose free store brand, so idk if that makes a difference b/c I think the lactose (removed) is what often ferments and causes
the alcohols and similar organics (ketones and more) to form. So I put it in the fridge and I'm waiting to see if the taste changes once it gets
colder but I doubt that it will.
I've had similar foods that say "sell by", "best if used by" and "expires by" and all the foods usually seem to be just fine WELL after the
expiration dates, even sell past those dates (by MAY months). Some things like meat can go bad not too far into the future but a lot of that is b/c
people have dirty hands when they handle it, either at home or at the deli -even dirty meat cutting machines can be a huge source bacterial
contamination. For meats itcomes down to they type, if it is smoked/preserved, if its ground, etc, and if frozen, well then it lasts a LOT longer
and doesn't really count, IMO.
So I'm wondering what this milk is going to be like in a couple days and how long it will keep in the fridge before it goes bad. I'm hesitant to
really drink any of this but would really like to see if this milk can be stored (unopened) like I had it for so long periods at room temp or even
higher. If this is the case then that really is a game changer in some places with little to no refrigeration!
Worst case I might try to make some kind of cheese which will be interesting pr put it in compost.
On another note, I also have some REAL 1/2 & 1/2 that went through the same thing, but I didn't try any of that. I'm planning on the same thing, but
this might make a lot more cheese if I decide to go that way since it has so much more fat (oh and it isn't lactose free, so if it is bad, maybe it
is the lactose)
Anyone else ever experience this or have any suggestions on what to do with the gallon of milk & 1/2 & 1/2?