Is the milk that you drink stored properly?

Is the milk that you drink stored properly?

Is a glass of milk an everyday staple for everyone in your family?

Of course, it is a great habit; considering that, milk is one of the most nutritious foods available to us. But, what if someone told you that the rich and fresh glass of milk that you think you are drinking is possibly loaded with germs and other contaminants, simply because it was not stored the right way?

Did you know that the material of your storage container influences the milk quality significantly? Yes, that is true! However, before you put that glass of milk down, let us also tell you that it is possible to retain the purity and original quality of milk by simply changing the way you store it.

The ‘Care for Milk’ initiative by Jindal Steel offers a simple solution in the form of Stainless Steel Milk Cans, which ensure that the milk that you get matches up to the quality and safety standards prescribed by the Government.

To understand this better, let us understand what health issues result from consuming poor quality milk. It is time to reconsider existing options of milk storage, processing and consuming and also figure out the better alternatives to do the same. Read on to find out.

Watch this video to know the best way to store and care for milk!

Health Issues Caused By Poor Quality Milk

Poor quality milk leads to several health issues. When stored improperly, milk may become the breeding ground for bacteria like Salmonella, causing problems such as stomach cramps, fever, and vomiting.

In addition to this, there are several kinds of germs and microbes that breed in poor storage options, causing illnesses such as food poisoning, stomach upsets, diarrhea, and vomiting.

The milk, which has its quality compromised also does not offer the complete nourishment that you expect to get from your daily intake. Inadequate nutrition affects your overall health, day-by-day, bit-by-bit and compromises your immunity and bone health in the long run.

Improper storage of milk exposes it to rust or other metal compounds. This can lead to diseases that are also lethal in some cases.

Common Storage, Processing, or Consumption Options That Need Reconsideration

There are some common milk storage options, used by milk vendors, as well as, households besides stainless steel cans and bottles. Here are some that must be avoided at best; to ensure milk quality is not compromised:

  • Plastic: This is possibly the worst storage option for milk. Most containers used are not BPA free and are therefore, likely to cause several health issues. Plastic is not easy to sterilize and is difficult to clean and maintain. These containers normally develop a very unpleasant odor and can be breeding grounds for several microorganisms that can cause serious health issues when you consume the milk.
  • Glass: The first and most obvious issue with glass is that it is breakable. In addition to that, glass exposes milk to light very easily. This leads to the depletion of the nutrients in the milk. Also, milk stored in glass bottles has lesser shelf life and curdles much sooner if left out, as compared to when stored in any other storage options.
  • Mild/mixed steel containers: These containers are harder to sterilize, as they cannot withstand the temperatures. They are also very prone to corrosion, which makes the stored milk unsafe for you to consume.

Why Choose Steel And Stainless Steel Containers And Canisters To Store Milk?

Stainless steel has proven to be one of the best options to process, store, or consume milk. It offers several benefits such as:

#1. Easy Sterilization

The thermal conductivity of stainless steel allows it to be sterilized easily, even at high temperatures. This makes stainless steel canisters and containers an easy-to-maintain and clean option. These are also the most hygienic solution for milk storage.

#2. Keep the nutrients of milk intact

The milk stored in stainless steel cans are not exposed to light or temperature changes. As a result, all the nutrients remain intact, giving you maximum health benefits.

#3. Do not corrode easily

Unlike other metal storage options, stainless steel does not corrode as easily. This makes it a fool-proof storage option without the threat of any harmful metals or compounds being introduced into the milk that you consume.

#4. Less prone to the growth of bacteria

Since it is easy to sterilize you can get rid of any bacteria or microbes easily. In addition to that, it is harder for bacterial colonies to thrive on stainless steel storage options because they do not get the right temperature conditions to breed and multiply.

#5. Easy to handle

Stainless steel milk cans are lighter and are also long lasting. They can be used roughly without any possibility of damage. This makes them an economical option as well as a more feasible option even in the mainstream, milk production industry.

How Can You Make The Change?

Every change and every initiative for a better tomorrow or good health starts by spreading awareness. It is important that we spread the knowledge about safe processing and transportation methods that can be used in the milk industry.

If you are purchasing milk from a local milkman, make sure that you inform him about the benefits of using stainless steel to deliver milk. If they do not adhere to the standards of quality, you have the option of simply refusing to purchase from such a source.

Even at home, make it a practice to only use steel or stainless steel containers, taupes, bottles, and pans to store your milk. To retain the goodness, use stainless steel glasses to consume the milk. Safety begins at home and with these simple steps, you can ensure that your family gets the best from the foods that they are consuming.

The use of stainless steel in Indian homes to store milk has been seen across generations. Continuing this tradition and extending it to all the layers of producing and procuring milk is a great way to maintain the standards of safety that have been put in place.