The Benefits of Shelf-Stable Plant Milk


We all have our morning routines. For some, it’s rising at the crack of dawn for an intense morning workout. For others, it’s a time for peaceful relaxation while watching the sunrise. Maybe you follow your workout with a protein-packed smoothie, or you slowly ease into the morning with a delicious bowl of oatmeal. But is there anything worse than having this morning routine so rudely interrupted by opening the refrigerator door to find you are out of milk or it's gone sour?

When that happens, you have two options: start your day with a letdown, or risk being late to work by swinging through a drive-thru. Wouldn’t it be a dream to have an extra carton of milk stashed in the pantry for emergencies like this?

Well, this shelf-stable milk does exist, but we’re not talking about the overly processed and filled with additives kind. We’re talking about the delicious, nutritious, and convenient shelf-stable plant milk kind - made simply from blended nuts, grains or seeds, and water, which can be safely stored in your pantry for up to six months. From now on, you can skip the panic of dairy milk gone sour, and enjoy your pantry’s stock of shelf-stable plant milk.


Elmhurst’s delicious and nutritious plant milks enjoy a longer shelf-life than dairy alternatives because they’re packaged aseptically. The cartons are packed and sealed in a sterile and airless hermetically sealed environment, then superheated for two seconds at 280°F, long enough to destroy any bacteria but quick enough to not affect the flavor or natural nutrients. Because this quick process takes place in an airtight space sealed so tightly that no air can leave or enter, it prevents exposure to anything that might compromise the milk’s purity or shelf-life.

Aseptic packaging offers us a process that delivers fresh, consistent products far longer than other options can manage. Oftentimes, our competitors will trade pure products and natural health benefits to extend expiration dates by adding in all sorts of preservatives and stabilizers.

Without the need for any hidden ingredients, preservatives, or artificial flavors, and our unique HydroRelease™ Method, Elmhurst plant-based milks can last for up to 6 months in your pantry and will still taste as fresh as they did the day they were made when you are ready to use them. Just be sure to check the ‘Best By’ date stamped on the package so you know just how long you’ll have, as it will depend on when your particular batch was made.

Once you decide to break the seal on your plant milk, you have 7-10 days to enjoy the creamy goodness inside. You’ll need to refrigerate any carton that has been opened, just as you would if you were to make your own at home.


Have you ever been on a hike during a warm day and reached for your water bottle, only to find the water as warm as the outside air? You can still drink it; it just might not taste as great. The same goes for shelf-stable plant milks if they haven't been opened, which is part of the reason why you will often still find us refrigerated at your local store. They are best enjoyed chilled first, but if you don’t have storage space in your refrigerator before you open your carton, it’s not a big deal.

Thanks to the purity of ingredients and the aseptic packaging process we use, the quality of your delicious Elmhurst nut milk won’t be affected at room temperature so long as it hasn’t been opened. Up to six months from now, you’ll still be able to use it to make your favorite smoothies or add it to your morning cereal or coffee!


There’s no denying, pantry stable milk can’t be beaten in convenience -- but pantry-stable nut milk can’t be beaten in its combination of convenience and nutritional constitution. Why skip the good stuff and purchase ultra-pasteurized dairy, when you could be doing your body a favor by choosing plant milks instead? With the promise of delicious taste, up to six months of shelf life and freedom from preservatives, shelf-stable nut milk might be the best option for stocking the pantry shelves with long-lasting products. Wave goodbye to frantic mornings, and say hello to peace of mind and a healthy body.