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Canned sweetened condensed milk for longterm storage

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Jfduece, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Jfduece

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    A while back I saw somehwere on the net that canned sweetened condensed milk would be a great prep food. It was also noted that since its canned that the shelf life should be "indefinite", as with most other canned foods, when properly canned and stored.

    I recently I tried using my google fu to confirm this, but alas it failed me this time.

    Does anyone else have thoughts on this for longterm storage? It should be like any other canned food right? maybe some breakdown in taste, color, texture, and nutritional value, but nothing unsafe about it?

    One 12 oz can has 1300 calories too!!!!!!!!!:wow:

    I know someone may pipe in with a powdered milk recomendation so I should go ahead and make this note now: In general I try to stay away from any food that requires water for rehydration. Water is a scarace resource where I live so I am counting on most of my stored water for drinking. I have mostly canned "wet" foods with the exception of some rice.

    Thanks for everyones help.

    PS: I am on the early part of my learning curve but i know most of the basics about food storage, so lets leave that for another thread (there are plenty out there and I've read lots of them).
     
  2. Bolster

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    According to Bradley's Handbook 2nd ed, canned condensed milk has a shelf life of 1 year, and powdered nonfat for 6 months. (page 47)

    According to Bradley's, your longest shelf-life basics are:
    Cocoa
    Corn Syrup
    Canned Fish
    Molasses
    Pasta
    White Rice
    Granulated Sugar

    The Urban Survival site lists “11 Foods That Last Forever”:

    Corn starch
    Corn syrup
    Hard liquor
    Hardtack
    Honey
    Salt
    Soy sauce
    Sugar
    Vanilla extract
    White Rice
    White Vinegar.
     

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  3. We keep a combo of condensed milk & powdered milk on hand. I've read that the condensed milk will eventually thicken and turn a caramel color, but that it is still ok to eat. The change is apparently due to a chemical reaction between the sugar and the protein in the milk.
     
  4. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    We store cases of evaporated milk.it stores well and has a ton of uses.'08.
     
  5. cowboy1964

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  6. Donn57

    Donn57 Just me

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    We also store evaporated milk. It does have lots of uses as it is essentially just milk with about half the water removed. I'm not sure what sweetened condensed milk is used for, but I know it has lots of sugar added to it which is why the calorie count is so high.
     
  7. R_W

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    The sweetened condensed SHOULD last longer--that was why they added the sugar in the first place, to preserve it like jelly (or honey). I found a couple cans in the corner of the pantry that missed rotation, they were fine long after the date-YMMV.
     
  8. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    I've said it before "dates" on cans are suggestions.I had a can of Lucks pintos and beans dated 04 tonight for dinner with polska kiebalsa.Good ta go.'08. :eat:
     
  9. G29Reload

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    NO.

    Not this time!

    Almost anything else, YES.

    But not evaporated milk.

    I will never buy canned evaporated milk again. Does spoil too easy.

    WAAAAAYYyyyyyyyyyyyyy much more success with powedered milk. Much easier to store, long LONG term. Less intense rotation demand, very satisfied.

    The canned stuff just doesnt cut the mustard for long term.

    Had too many cans spoil on me far earlier than expected. Problems, AVOID.

    Powdered milk mo betta. Really.

    And that comment above about canned lasting a year and powdered 6 months?

    Just the opposite. Only better, I had a +2 year date on powdered milk fresh off the supermarket shelf. I've had canned milk go nasty in less than a year.

    I think the powdered remains relatively inert as long as moisture doesn't get to it to activate it. I'd still turn it over, but a year or two no problem, I will use as backfill when I run short on fresh moo juice.
     
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  10. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    With respect,your wrong.I just used a can of evap milk from 89.Quality of storage is key.Cool and dry is the the mantra.Used it for coffee,had a few guests and no probs.We do stock powdered milk,it requires water.Canned milk don't.

    BTW folks,we got a deep 3 version well that provides all the water we need.Why the hell would we add an requirement ta stress it more.We use evap for baking/coffee/mac and cheese..'08.
     
  11. Jfduece

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    interesting mix of responses here. pretty much represents the cross section of what i found out on the net.

    a couple of key points. I am talking about sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated milk. there are key differences between the two products. also, i am talking about food safety, not taste.

    based on what I have read the minimum recommended shelf life seems to be 1-2 years. I am thinking I should be good to go for at least 5 years, maybe 10. I am not planning on enormous stockpiles or anything, so i guess i will give it a shot and check back in in 5 years!
     
  12. Jfduece

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    how did you know it spoiled? did you get sick? did it really spoil or did it just look different and taste a little different? I am really trying to distinguish between spoilage and other changes in the product so please let me know what you mean here.

    Also, the sugar in sweetened condensed milk should make the shelf life longer than evaporated milk. Just saying....
     
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  13. G29Reload

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    Nope. Practical experience. Several times. Done with it.

    First, if you 've got 3 deep wells that provide all you need, it doesnt sound like a can of water is gonna stress it too much.
    I mean, if an extra can of water is gonna "stress" your wells, you might have other problems.

    Storing wetpack anything is actually pretty inefficient. I keep it in for conventional use purposes and as a starting point. The real muscle in endurance should be my dry stores. powdered milk comports well with that.
     
  14. G29Reload

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    Nasty, putrid, almost vomit inducing like real spoiled milk.

    Not sure whether it was sweetened. Carnation brand, I believe.

    Powdered is so much easier to handle an also more space efficient. More of it, for longer.
     
  15. Ronaldo

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    G29, maybe it just a bit of lactose intelorance due to the richness? Even if the flavor is 'off' it can still be used for breadmaking and it other recipes.

    Ronaldo
     
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  16. smokeross

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    My experience with evaporated milk is similar to G29's. Don't buy it any longer.
     
  17. Bolster

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    "Nasty, putrid, and vomit inducing" seems to indicate we're a bit beyond lactose intolerance...that sounds like genuine spoilt milk to me.

    I'm still puzzled as to why dried nonfat milk gets an expiry date of 6 months...why? It's dry, what's to go bad? (I see it gets up to 2 yrs at shelflifeadvice, maybe the source is just wrong.)
     
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  18. We need to be very clear about if we're talking about condensed milk vs. sweetened evaporated milk. Two totally different things.
     
  19. R_W

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    Not stored oxygen-free.

    Even LDS pantry #10 cans don't have long life. Milk is the perfect growing medium, not quite perfect w/o the fat, but still really easy to grow bad stuff.
     
  20. kirgi08

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    I'll guess will havta agree ta disagree.'08.