Powdered milk is a type of milk that has been dehydrated and turned into a powder form. Unfortunately, powdered milk is something that is incredibly difficult to make at home, and the texture will be much different when compared to commercially powdered milk.
When stored properly, powdered milk can have a decently long shelf life, however it can be expensive. But for preppers who want their supplies to last for a very long time, the shelf life is pretty short in comparison.
Here are some general guidelines for how long powdered milk can be stored:
- Unopened powdered milk: Unopened powdered milk can be stored for up to 18 months, or even longer, in a cool, dry place. It is best to store it in an airtight container to prevent moisture and air from getting in.
- Opened powdered milk: Once the package has been opened, the powdered milk should be used within one month. After that, the quality and flavor may begin to deteriorate.
It’s important to note that the shelf life of powdered milk can vary depending on the quality of the milk, how it was processed and stored, and the conditions in which it is kept. If the powdered milk has an unusual odor, flavor, or appearance, it should not be consumed.
To extend the shelf life of powdered milk, it can be stored in the freezer, which can help prevent spoilage and maintain its quality. When using frozen powdered milk, it should be thawed slowly in the refrigerator before use to avoid clumping.
One thing you can do as a prepper is replace your powdered milk every year, with 6 months left before the original supply expires and donate the milk you are replacing to a food bank. This way it won’t go to waste and the food bank will make sure it goes to someone who can use the powdered milk.