Shelf Stable milk is premium grade 'A' fluid milk. It requires
no refrigeration until the package is opened.
Ordinary milk is heated to 161 degrees during pasteurization
and packaged in a carton or plastic container. After cooling,
bacteria begins to take a toll on the milk and refrigeration
is immediately required to slow spoilage.
Shelf Stable Milk (also known as U.H.T. milk) uses a different
process. The milk is heated to 282 degrees (thus the term
Ultra High Temperature or U.H.T.) during pasteurization eliminating
all bacteria in the process. Using Aseptic Technology* the
milk is packaged in a special container that seals out light
The taste is the same.
The texture is the same.
The color is the same.
The nutritional values are the same.
Only the process is different.
Because of the U.H.T. process and aseptic packaging, shelf
stable milk remains fresh for months, not days. Once the container
is opened it reacts like regular milk and must be refrigerated.