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I am sold.  Shelf Safe Milk is the way to go.  I was one of those on the fence people that needed more information to see if it was really worth it.  I took this review really seriously, because I liked the idea of my kids having milk in their lunch every day, but was it worth the cost?  Did it taste the same? Was it really possible to be able to keep your milk on the shelf?  I was skeptical.  

It was really funny, when I received a box of shelf safe milk in the mail for review, my kids were so excited! For a box of milk! I received shelf safe milk for review.  All opinions are my own.  They pulled out each different kind and organized them by brand and flavor.  This is where I put the first “check” next to positives for shelf safe milk.  I had no clue you could get them in so many flavors! They quickly separated them up and planned out exactly which ones they were going to try.  I quickly snagged a chocolate milk and strawberry milk to try for myself.

I decided to sign my family up for the color run this year.  We haven’t ever done a 5K, but I thought this seemed like a great opportunity to make memories, have fun and get a little messy. Having four young kids, I wanted to make this run as stress-free as possible.  To help it be more stress-free I booked us a hotel a block away from the start of the race.  I thought this would be easy because we wouldn’t have to worry about traffic or parking and just have to walk out the door to get to the race.

When packing for the race I was trying to figure out what I would feed my kids for breakfast before the race.  It was an early morning so we wouldn’t have time to go get food.  The hotel also didn’t serve breakfast.  I had just received my shelf safe milk in the mail and figured that this would be the perfect time to try out the “convenience” factor of self safe milk.  Everyone says it is perfect for travel, so I wanted to see for myself.  I packed a box of cheerios, shelf safe milk, and paper goods. 

We woke up the morning of the race and had the easiest most convenient cereal breakfast.  Each kid had white milk in their cereal and a choice of flavored shelf-safe milk to drink.  It was easy and convenient.  I was able to feel good about what my kids were eating before the race.  

Lots of flavors… Check.
Easy… Check.
Convenient… Check.

There is no question about it. Shelf Safe Milk is kid approved.  But could it pass the parent test of approval?  Our biggest question was the taste. Honestly, I am not a huge white milk drinker but I love chocolate milk and strawberry milk.  I’m pretty picky to a good milk.  My husband on the other hand loves drinking white milk.  We got one of each for us to each try and we came to the conclusion that it tastes exactly the same!  It is just as good and conveneinet as the stuff you buy from the stores… Yeah, the stuff that goes bad in two weeks.  Not 6-9 months like Shelf Safe Milk.

Taste… Check.
Shelf Life… Check.

So how does it work?

Shelf Safe Milk Packaging Process:

  • Shelf safe milk has been pasteurized at an Ultra High Temperature (UHT) for a shorter time, to preserve taste and nutrition
    • Milk is exposed to intense heating to temperatures from 275-284°F for only three seconds  
    • Passes through heating and cooling stages in quick succession

Like I mentioned above, I am sold. I have already visited Costco to buy shelf safe milk in bulk so my kids can have it in their school lunch every day. They love having this option and I love that they are getting milk in their lunch every day! Shelf Safe Lunch is a perfect option for going back to school.

Just for fun, here are some fun facts for you:

  • Low-fat chocolate milk is a great beverage for post workouts. Keep one in the gym bag or take to kids’ sports events
  • Milk found in your grocery is called shelf stable milk and can sit on pantry shelves for up to several months with NO refrigeration or preservatives added!
  • Teen years are when bone growth is at its peak , so its critical teens eat calcium-rich foods and limit soda.
  • Milk contains 9 essential nutrients and vitamins: protein, vitamins A, D and B12, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, and magnesium!
  • In the US, June is recognized as National Dairy Month and encourages the inclusion of milk and dairy in our daily diets!
  • You can feel good about purchasing milk boxes. The packaging is recyclable and made mainly from paper, a renewable resource.
  • Women who eat at least 3 servings of dairy foods/day are 80% less likely to be obese than those who eat fewer servings.
  • The same milk can be found in 2 different areas: refrigerated and non-refrigerated.
  • Only 30% of teenage boys and 12% of teenage girls meet the recommended daily dairy requirements.
  • The average American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk a year. Thats 400 glasses!
  • You can visit to find out where to recycle milk boxes in your community.
  • Just one 8 oz milk box contributes nearly 44% to an adults recommended daily vitamins intake!
  • Drink your milk! Low calcium intake during childhood is associated with osteoporosis later in life.
  • A recent study found nearly half the US population is deficient in vitamin B-12. One solution? Eat fortified cereals and dairy products.
  • Tetra Pak milk boxes do more than protect the taste and nutritional content of milk– they’re helping preserve Earth’s resources for future generations, too.
  • The average cow produces 90 glasses of milk each day or about 200,000 glasses of milk during its lifetime.
  • Need a lunch tip? Add a single-serve milk box to your kids lunches. Find them in the grocery aisle.
  • Here’s a high-calcium meal tip: add low-fat or fat-free milk instead of water to creamed soups such as tomato.
  • Milk in boxes has the same great taste of milk found in the dairy case in other container types.
  • Studies show that dairy foods, when consumed with a healthy diet, can reduce the risk of osteoporosis and obesity.
  • Non-refrigerated milk is also known as milk in a box, very similar to the juice box.
  • Paper used in Tetra Pak milk boxes comes from growing forests.
  • Pregnant women should consume 3 to 4 calcium-rich foods per day, including low-fat milk products and green leafy vegetables.
  • Our bones continue to grow until age 30. Ensure your bones stay strong by eating dairy and other foods rich in calcium and vitamin D.
  • According to the Food Guide Pyramid children ages 9 to 18 need 3 servings of dairy products daily.
  • Ultra-pasteurized and packed into a special multi-layer box that seals out air and light, shelf stable milk contains no preservatives or additives.
  • Babies typically need 210 mg of calcium a day to develop healthy bones and teeth.
  • Homogenized milk was introduced in 1919.
  • Kids double in weight and height from ages 2 to 12. Start good eating habits early on. Add a milk box to their lunch.
  • 99% of all US households purchase milk.

Tips provided my Milk Unleashed.


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