Dairy products such as milk are highly perishable because it is mainly composed of sugar, water, and protein, making a very good medium for microorganism growth. Here are tips to store milk and retain its quality longer:
- Get your milk last in the grocery: Complete all your grocery shopping, then get your milk/dairy products last before you head to the checkout counter. This way, the milk would still be cold upon reaching home and will be less likely to spoil easily.
- Store milk at the back portion of the refrigerator: The coldest parts of your refrigerator will help keep milk from spoiling longer. These parts are usually at the back portion of the refrigerator.
- Return the milk to the refrigerator right away: Don’t leave the milk sitting on your counter or kitchen table after using it. The warmer it gets the more susceptible it is for bacteria to grow.
- Transfer canned milk products after opening: After opening your evaporated milk, condensed milk or any canned product, transfer them to a clean and dry glass or plastic container since some cans’ inner coating leaks in the food once it has been exposed to air which can affect its taste. Tip: Put a label when it has been opened. The milk should be good for 3-7 days after opening.