When it comes to milk, ensuring its safety and freshness is of the utmost importance, regardless of whether it comes in a box or a traditional container. Thankfully, both types of milk undergo pasteurization; but, once you open an aseptic milk carton, it’s essential to follow some guidelines to maintain its freshness and safety.
Aseptic milk has an impressive shelf life; but, once you open it, it’s crucial to refrigerate it immediately to maintain its freshness. Leaving the milk unrefrigerated can lead to spoilage, and every hour above 45 degrees Fahrenheit results in a loss of freshness by a day (via Dairy Discovery Zone). Store your milk in the coldest part of the fridge at around 33-40 degrees to keep it fresh and tasty (via the American Dairy Association North East). It will also taste better if you refrigerate it before serving.
For the best taste and quality, consuming the milk within seven days of opening is recommended. Also, be sure to store the milk away from strong-smelling foods, as milk can easily absorb odors from its surroundings (via Dairy Farmers of Canada). Following these simple guidelines allows you to enjoy the safe, fresh, and delicious flavor whenever you’re craving milk.