Milk with No Refrigeration

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

If your boat doesn't have refrigeration, milk for cereal gets "interesting."  Here are a couple of options!

If your boat doesn’t have refrigeration, milk for cereal gets “interesting.”  For baking and cooking, you can get great powdered milk (read my article about how to find the good stuff).  And if you have somewhere cold to keep it after it’s open, boxed milk is a great choice (read about it).

But if you don’t have refrigeration, you really need to find some sort of single serving milk or you’ll be throwing a lot away.  I know.  I’ve used just a cooler on several trips, each lasting weeks to months.

Good news:  if you do some searching around most large supermarkets (and possibly asking some questions), you can find individual servings of boxed milk and soy milk.  These don’t have to be refrigerated before they’re opened, and designed to be used all at once.

Grocery stores don’t seem to stock these in one consistent place — even amonst different stores of the same chain.  I’ve found them in the cereal aisle, with juice, and even with baking supplies.

Both the milk boxes and soy milk are intended for kids to take in school lunches and often come in strawberry and chocolate as well as plain or vanilla.  I can live with vanilla on my corn flakes but chocolate just doesn’t interest me one bit.

Since they’re intended for kids, they come with a straw and a little foil place to stick the straw in.  Rather than piercing the foil and trying to pour the milk out of the raggedy hole, I’ve learned to find an edge of the foil and just peel the whole thing off.  Much, much easier to pour without it going everywhere (generally including my shorts or t-shirt).

At the store nearest us, they comes in 4-packs.  And while not cheap, it’s less expensive than throwing away three-quarters of the one-liter boxes.  Each box contains one cup — a generous amount for one bowl of cereal or two kind of skimpy bowls.  We generally allow one per person and just drink any that we don’t use on our cereal (if you take milk in your coffee, that’d be another good use for the extra).

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Comments

  1. We use box milk all the time at home,boat,RV and it is so great and life saver

  2. I am getting used to it now!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    If you have a Trader Joe’s, they have individual serving boxed milk in packages of four. The milk is good enough to drink plain and one box is enough for cereal for two days. It is also rich enough for coffee.

  4. Candy Ann Williams on Facebook says:

    I ALWAYS have Nido ‘entero’ on board now thanks to you!!

  5. Patricia Senese Rademacher on Facebook says:

    Great suggestion!! We use a very large 4 day cooler, and can’t wait to see how your suggestion of Reflectix works. We usually only stay away for 4 – 7 days at a time, with one re-icing, so it would work perfectly. Love your site, thanks for all the great suggestions.

  6. Laura Mushrush O'Shurak Werner on Facebook says:

    This is the only way I buy milk. Winn Dixie carries the one cup sizes in the baking section.

  7. Thanks for the info on where WD has them . . . it’s so hard when you’re traveling and have to go to a different chain. Most things are in the same general places, but some foods seem to move all over! 🙂

  8. I’m a cereal fanatic …. thanks for the info!

  9. I often find the cup sized boxes in the baby food aisle.

  10. You can buy individual servings by the case thru Amazon.

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