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NON-ultra-pasteurized milk in Boston area?

dikaryon Jan 6, 2007 06:01 PM

Hounds -

I'm looking to make some homemade mozz, and a quick trip to Harvest in Central Square (my neighborhood) for milk showed that plain old regular pasteurized milk is hard to come by these days. They had a few brands, but only one, Garelick, did not say it had been ultra-pasteurized (UHT). UHT milk does not curdle well, and cannot be used to make cheese. And just because a milk is not labeled as such does not mean it hasn't been ultra-pasteurized.

It seems like most milk producers in the area, organic or otherwise, sell both regular pasteurized and UHT milk, but not all stores carry both. Anyone know which brands I should look for, and where?


  1. gansu girl Jan 7, 2007 10:48 PM

    Another giveaway (usually) of UHT milk is that it has a much longer shelf-life . . . . I bet if you asked one of those nice WFM employees, they'd be able to tell you, for sure, which milk is UHT processed and which is not. Good luck!

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      alsaman Jan 6, 2007 10:05 PM

      Laws were changed somewhat recently so that manufacturers do not have to label ultra pasteurized milk as such. They can simply say pasteurized milk even though it has been ultra-pasteurized. So if your mozzarella or other cheese doesn't set properly, you may want to check the milk. Farm fresh milk is not UP'd so that should be safe for cheese making. A couple other places that sell farm fresh milk which is great for mozzarella is Russo's in Watertown and Wilson Farms in Arlington. Both are super busy and parking can be a pain sometimes but the produce selection (not to mention the deli case) at Russo's is well worth the trip.

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      1. re: alsaman
        Luther Jan 7, 2007 03:07 AM

        Really? That's awful. Remember, the way to tell UHT milk is that it smells kind of funky when you open it up, almost as if it's turned a bit, and kind of like boiled/scalded milk.

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        dikaryon Jan 6, 2007 08:43 PM

        Luther -

        You are right about that, and I should have mentioned it. Harvest has sucked for years, with crappy produce, lackadaisical service, and ridiculous prices. (The old Allston Harvest was a different story.) They DO carry rennet, which is the one and only reason I was there today. Thanks for the heads up about TJs and WF.


        1. Luther Jan 6, 2007 06:36 PM

          Another reason why Harvest sucks big time. Try your local regular supermarket for regular pasteurized milk (e.g. Hood, Shaw's brand).

          Trader Joe's and Whole Foods both sell non-UHT organic milk, but most regular supermarkets don't anymore. Both of these stores have fair prices on good-tasting organic milk.

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