Each household needs to store 24 pounds per person to complete its year’s supply. It is a good idea to get fortified milk as the vitamins A and D help with proper nutrient absorption. For storage purposes, #10 cans, mylar pouches or superpails are the best alternatives for long term storage. #10 cans hold 4 pounds, so acquire 6 cans per person for a year’s supply. A Superpail holds 29 pounds so one pail would cover one person’s year’s supply. A Superpail is probably better for large families who can use the milk fairly soon after the pail is opened.
HOW MUCH MILK DOES YOUR FAMILY NEED TO STORE?
Number of people in your home: ___________ x 24 pounds/person = __________ pounds
The optimal shelf life of properly stored powdered milk is 3-5 years. After that, while the flavor begins to deteriorate, it retains much of its nutritional value and is still usable for 10+ years, depending on the storage environment. Storage temperature is critical for long-term storage of powdered milk. The cooler the storage space, the longer it will keep the flavor. Once a container is opened, or if the milk isn’t properly stored, or if it is packaged in cardboard boxes or paper envelopes, use it within a few months. Older milk, or milk that might have an off-taste, can still be used for cooking. Milk that has spoiled is a good addition to the compost pile.