Handling & Storage Tips

The Cold Facts


Milk & dairy products

Milk and dairy products should be the last items that you place in your shopping cart at the grocery store. Make sure to head straight home after your purchase and place the dairy items directly in the refrigerator. Refrigerator temperatures should be between 32°F and 38°F. The shelf life of milk and dairy products are shortened by a full 50% for every 5 degree rise in temperature over 38°F. Avoid heat shock, do not leave milk out of refrigeration for a prolonged peroid of time. Try to keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible, to keep the temperature steady. It is recommended that milk or dairy products be placed on refrigerator shelves and not on the door. Check the temperature of your refrigerator often.

Ice cream products

To maintain the highest level of quality Umpqua Ice Cream must be kept between -20°F and 0°F. If our ice cream is allowed to reach temperatures outside this range, then refrozen, the quality, taste and integrity of the ice cream is compromised. Much like dairy products, it is critical that ice cream be the last item in your shopping cart at the grocery store. Rush home and place ice cream in your freezer immediately. It is also desired that ice cream be placed on freezer shelves and not in the door. Check the temperature of your freezer often.

Proper care of your dairy and ice cream products means better quality, fresher products for you and your family.

Storing and freezing tips:

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