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What's In Filtered Milk That Makes It Last So Much Longer?

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What's In Filtered Milk That Makes It Last So Much Longer?

Just wondering why is it that filtered milk seems to have an expiry date that's at least 2 weeks longer than "regular" milk.

So at Costco, a regular 4L bag probably expires in 1 week or 2. The filtered version, over a month away.

What's in it that's allowing this? Opinions on buying this stuff?

(You also pay $1 or more for filtered milk)
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@DaVibe, nothing is added. Bacteria is removed and better packaging.

Why does Natrel Fine-Filtered Milk taste so pure and stay fresh longer?

We do not just pasteurize our milk. We filter it to remove virtually all the bacteria that shorten its shelf life and give it a purer taste that stays fresh longer, naturally — without any preservatives. Our packaging with the "Fresh-seal packaging" stamp also helps preserve the delicious, fresh taste of this product.

From http://www.natrel.ca/en/products/fine-filtered-milks
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tk1000 wrote:
Feb 11th, 2018 7:07 pm
@DaVibe, nothing is added. Bacteria is removed and better packaging.

Why does Natrel Fine-Filtered Milk taste so pure and stay fresh longer?

We do not just pasteurize our milk. We filter it to remove virtually all the bacteria that shorten its shelf life and give it a purer taste that stays fresh longer, naturally — without any preservatives. Our packaging with the "Fresh-seal packaging" stamp also helps preserve the delicious, fresh taste of this product.

From http://www.natrel.ca/en/products/fine-filtered-milks
Interesting ... now one should ask, was this GOOD bacteria that they removed? Hmm ...

Well, I just don't want to be poisoning myself so, this is a nice relief :)
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I find that the longer shelf life does not result in a more reliably fresh product for the consumer if they keep it on the shelf longer. I have only had 2 cartons of bad milk in recent years and they were both the filtered type!

I just buy milk on price unless the low cost product has an early B-B date/
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DaVibe wrote:
Feb 11th, 2018 7:00 pm
(You also pay $1 or more for filtered milk)
I gather you mean as a regular retail price?
I am constantly seeing the filtered milk show up in grocery store flyers, rotating from store to store with a price of $4.99 for 4 litres.
Currently it's Metro maintaining that price for the week of February 8th-14th 2018. (regular milk averages $4.27 for 4 Litres)
Source: current Metro flyer, page 16 (last page)
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Feb 11th, 2018 8:21 pm
I find that the longer shelf life does not result in a more reliably fresh product for the consumer if they keep it on the shelf longer. I have only had 2 cartons of bad milk in recent years and they were both the filtered type!
Natrel says "Consume milk within 10 days after opening for maximum freshness"
from http://www.natrel.ca/en/products/fine-f ... -skim-milk

How long do you keep the opened cartons?
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That happens due to poor handling of the milk from the processor to the retailer, usually when it’s not kept refrigerated. No amount of microfiltering will make up for Jimmy the stockboy leaving crates of milk at room temperature for hours on end.
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playnicee1 wrote:
Feb 11th, 2018 10:14 pm
I gather you mean as a regular retail price?
I am constantly seeing the filtered milk show up in grocery store flyers, rotating from store to store with a price of $4.99 for 4 litres.
Currently it's Metro maintaining that price for the week of February 8th-14th 2018. (regular milk averages $4.27 for 4 Litres)
Source: current Metro flyer, page 16 (last page)
Yes, regular price. Was just making a point that there is a premium paid for filtered milk, like Natrel.

At Costco it's not quite a dollar so I go for it.
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Probably filtered out the dead bacteria that were killed during pasteurization.:)
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The whole point of "fine filtered" is there's no pasteurization.
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Feb 12th, 2018 1:07 pm
Probably filtered out the dead bacteria that were killed during pasteurization.:)
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shutterbug wrote:
Feb 12th, 2018 8:52 pm
The whole point of "fine filtered" is there's no pasteurization.
Not according to Natrel themselves:
tk1000 wrote:
Feb 11th, 2018 7:07 pm
Why does Natrel Fine-Filtered Milk taste so pure and stay fresh longer?

We do not just pasteurize our milk. We filter it to remove virtually all the bacteria that shorten its shelf life and give it a purer taste that stays fresh longer, naturally — without any preservatives. Our packaging with the "Fresh-seal packaging" stamp also helps preserve the delicious, fresh taste of this product.

From http://www.natrel.ca/en/products/fine-filtered-milks
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shutterbug wrote:
Feb 12th, 2018 8:52 pm
The whole point of "fine filtered" is there's no pasteurization.
All milk that goes onto the shelf to be sold in Canada must be pasteurized.
So filtration is in addition to, not in place of.

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