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National Survey: any particular brands of (cow) Milk that are especially tasty, rich and fresh

MarkG Aug 27, 2006 06:06 AM

or is supermarket milk all the same??

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    mrsry RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 01:32 PM

    Horizon Organic. I found it to be so good that I've been able to drink 1% instead of the 2% I always drank--and I NEVER drink any other brand's 1% because I consider it too watery. Come to think about it, I never bought any other brand of milk after the first time I tried this.

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      melly RE: mrsry Aug 28, 2006 04:47 AM

      I second that. And the 2% cottage cheese is the cheesiest!!

    2. Das Ubergeek RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 02:47 PM

      Broguiere's (Montebello, CA). Well worth having to pay the $1 deposit on the glass bottle... and their chocolate milk is ridiculously good.

      Mosier's Dairy (Marshalls Creek, PA): the best chocolate milk I've ever had, hands down -- and the whole milk is just the same thing minus the chocolate. Insanely good.

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        Dommy RE: Das Ubergeek Aug 28, 2006 04:21 AM

        We're a VERY happy Broguiere's Household! :)


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          Pei RE: Dommy Aug 28, 2006 04:53 PM

          Is it better than Straus? I was addicted to Straus in SF and would like to make the switch over to a more local product, but Broguiere's actually costs more!

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            Dommy RE: Pei Aug 28, 2006 05:53 PM

            I've never tried Straus... so I can't compare.... But really, we get the lower fat version and it's like drinking WHOLE milk. And when we get the whole milk, it's an ABSOLUTE treat...

            The cheapest place to get it is Whole Foods (I think they also have more of a turn around. We've gotten a couple of bottles go bad fast from Pavillions). And Bristol Farms sells it by the big size (I don't think it's a gallon, but if you are a BIG milk drinker, it's worth it... :))


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          OCAnn RE: Das Ubergeek Aug 28, 2006 05:05 PM

          I too like BROGUIERE'S. I also like PAMRALAT which I drank while in Europe.

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          Blueicus RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 02:49 PM

          I like Harmony Organic Milks, expensive so I rarely get it, but also has the best chocolate milk I've ever had... basically redescribing the comment about Mosier's Dairy.

          Referring specifically to the Ontario-based company and not the one in the states.


          1. Robert Lauriston RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 04:43 PM

            The milk I buy is only available locally. I imagine that's true for all the best milk.

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              ChowFun_derek RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 27, 2006 09:33 PM

              So... since I'm in YOUR neck of the woods...which milk do you prefer???...Strauss? Other?

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                Robert Lauriston RE: ChowFun_derek Aug 27, 2006 09:43 PM

                Straus. I mostly buy it from Trader Joe's, where it's not labeled as such. They have two organic brands; Straus is the "cream top" one. Not all stores have it.

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                  ChowFun_derek RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 28, 2006 01:11 AM

                  Really!...unlabelled!...does it come in the glass bottles? Do you recall how it is labeled?

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                    Cathy RE: ChowFun_derek Aug 28, 2006 02:12 AM

                    Its in a half gallon plastic container; red cap. (only half gallon size sold)

                    Trader Joes
                    Organic (lettering largest)
                    Cream top milk
                    (purple lettering)

                    Drawing of cows in field on label.

                    Its the only organic in the plastic bottle. All the other organics are in cartons.

                    I have only seen it in San Diego TJs

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: ChowFun_derek Aug 28, 2006 05:36 PM

                      I get it at the El Cerrito TJ's. The smaller Emeryville one doesn't stock it.

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                      ChowFun_derek RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 29, 2006 11:26 PM

                      Robert...thank you!!!
                      I just had my first glass of REAL milk, in a long LONG time!! With great taste and terrific creamy texture...I bought it as advertised at T.Joe's ..I shook it first to mix the cream into the milk and it resulted in the best milk and cookie combination...again thanks for the lead!

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                  fryrose RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 04:49 PM

                  I second the probability of local/regionally available product. In the Chicago area the product is Oberweis. I am near the original location and I am drinking milk that was grass a few days ago. It is so good that I drink the skim milk because it is richer than any 2% I have ever had. They also pay their milk producers extra not to use BHG. I have converted my whole family-my mom finds she can drink it but gets an upset stomach from other milks.

                  1. zorra RE: MarkG Aug 27, 2006 08:19 PM

                    Promised Land is excellent, all-Jersey, no hormones, delicious. The dairy is in Floresville, TX (near San Antonio) but I see on their website (http://www.promisedlanddairy.com) that they now have distribution in several states.

                    1. Vexorg RE: MarkG Aug 28, 2006 07:14 AM

                      Up here in the Seattle area, I usually go with Darigold. Their 2% is much richer than any other 2% I've found in a store brand/generic milk. It does cost a bit more (then again, I'm usually buying it in half-gallon size since I find I don't usually use up a gallon jug before it expires) but it's a much better product overall.

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                        paulj RE: Vexorg Aug 29, 2006 04:08 PM

                        I wonder what makes one 2% 'richer' than another? Higher butterfat content? :-) Added milk solids? Price?

                        Are the nutritional labels the same?


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                          Dommy RE: paulj Aug 29, 2006 04:58 PM

                          I think it's the way milk is processed... I've heard some snarky slow food/raw food people call conventional grocery store milk "Milk flavored Drink", because it is so taken appart and put back together it doesn't even resemble milk as most know it. I think smaller producers don't go to such lenghts or have the advanced machinery to do this massive process and that is why they 'taste' richer.


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                        fatbob RE: MarkG Aug 29, 2006 02:55 PM

                        In North Carolina, Maola brand comes to mind. FOr some reason milk seems to have a longer date-stamped shelf life and the milk just tastes better.

                        1. missclaudy RE: MarkG Aug 29, 2006 04:09 PM

                          Here in Philadelphia, I get delicious raw milk delivered to my door from a local farmer who drops off a big order of farm foods at my food coop down the street, so he stops here too. The milk is in heavy glass bottles, the top is beautiful rich cream and I swear, every time I drink it, I have a vision of beautiful, healthy cows, chomping away on bright green grass, in a lovely field in Lancaster County,Pa. If anyone in the Philly area wants a source for this fabulous milk, let me know, you could be having visions too. I was afraid to trade in my lifelong skim milk for this much richness . I haven't gained an ounce since I changed over, several months ago.

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                            paulj RE: missclaudy Aug 29, 2006 07:04 PM

                            Part of the time, when I was a kid, we lived in the country, and got our milk directly from local farms, and pasturized it ourselves. I did not like to get the first glass from a bottle, because the cream floating on my milk made me gag (I also gagged on the skin that forms on hot cocoa).

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                              mrsry RE: missclaudy Sep 1, 2006 03:13 AM

                              Is this part of Lancaster Farm Fresh? We definitely don't drink enough milk in our household to justify doing this, but it sounds wonderful.

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                                missclaudy RE: mrsry Sep 1, 2006 12:42 PM

                                Yup.And there a a few other farms that supply raw milk.

                            2. LindaWhit RE: MarkG Aug 29, 2006 04:51 PM

                              I almost always get The Organic Cow. For whatever reason, it seems to last longer than the local Garelick or Hood's milk. Usually buy 1%, as it tastes creamier and very close to "regular" 2%.


                              I've tried Horizon; it's OK, but I much prefer The Organic Cow brand.

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                                wombat RE: MarkG Aug 30, 2006 01:48 AM

                                In my experience any organic milk is better than the regular supermarket milk. In particular, I agree that a big difference is that the 1% actually tastes like something, instead of seeming to be just a white-colored liquid. I think it's worth trying any brand of organic that you can get in your area.

                                1. Bob Brooks RE: MarkG Aug 31, 2006 10:37 PM

                                  I just tried the creamy top milk from T.J.'s in Sherman Oaks. This stuff is outstanding! Thanks for the tip.

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                                    ChowFun_derek RE: Bob Brooks Sep 1, 2006 02:07 AM

                                    I know..I haven't even finished my first half gallon, and went and bought another, just so I won't run out!!!

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                                      Cathy RE: ChowFun_derek Sep 1, 2006 02:59 AM

                                      Oh, its always there. Just remember to check the expiration date.

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                                        Das Ubergeek RE: Cathy Sep 1, 2006 05:09 PM

                                        I'm going to be very mad at you people if I get hooked on this stuff -- I'm buying some on Sunday!

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                                          Cathy RE: Das Ubergeek Sep 1, 2006 05:41 PM

                                          It started out as a New Years Resolution....to only drink organic milk...

                                          in 2003

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