October 28, 2011 5:48pm CST
I buy organic whole milk because the dates on the carton suggest it stores longer than regular whole milk. Often times I find the expiration date on organic milk 30 or more days out, while regular milk rarely goes over 14 days. In fact I have never had to dispose of organic whole milk, but I have disposed of regular whole milk because it spoiled. Why do you think this is that organic has a longer shelf life than regular? Could it be that the Bovine Growth Hormone supplements that are given to some milk cows to increase milk production, also affect the life of the produced product?
29 Oct 11
I don't know. We buy organic milk because we think it's better for us, but we buy it by the gallon and use it in about 4 days, so it doesn't really make much of a difference to us when the expiry date is. I have had some organic milk go bad before the expiry date though.
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29 Oct 11
I don't really know why, but I've found it to be true, too. I buy raw milk now, but when I was buying organic milk from the store, I could get a half gallon and keep it a month or more. Since I don't use much milk, it was a real savings to me to not have to pour it out. I wonder if it has to do with the way it's handled. I have read that nonorganic milk has pus and stuff in it, then they pasteurize it and mix it all together so there's no danger (?!) but with organic milk they're not allowed to do that. A quality product will simply last longer, I'm thinking.