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MarkG Mar 18, 2007 12:47 PM

what is a good place to buy a complete range of their products including milk, yougurt and ice cream?? and a store where the turnover is high so they always have strauss at its freshest.

  1. Melanie Wong Mar 18, 2007 12:50 PM

    Fiesta market in Sebastopol.

    1. Robert Lauriston Mar 18, 2007 12:53 PM

      I think Berkeley Bowl stocks everything.

      1. rworange Mar 18, 2007 01:29 PM

        What city? Raley's / Nob Hill carries eveything I know about.

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          Ruth Lafler Mar 18, 2007 01:45 PM

          Yeah, with the reminder that they're in the separate "organic" section -- good because they're all (except the ice cream) together instead of in separate milk/yogurt/butter sections, but bad if you don't realize to look there!

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            foodseek Mar 19, 2007 03:08 PM

            Although I buy Strauss milk and butter, I have never tried their ice creams. Any flavors in particular you would recommend?

            1. re: foodseek
              farmersdaughter Mar 19, 2007 04:00 PM

              I have only had the vanilla but it is excellent. Very clean vanilla flavor.

              1. re: farmersdaughter
                Atomica Mar 20, 2007 08:44 PM

                Nothing beats the Marianne's Old-Fashioned Vanilla.

                1. re: Atomica
                  rworange Mar 20, 2007 08:47 PM

                  Had both. Strauss beats Marianne's for my own tastes. I'm more into Marianne's for the unique flavors ... especially the spumoni. IMO Marianne's is better than Mitchell's in that class of ice cream.

              2. re: foodseek
                MollyGee Mar 19, 2007 07:13 PM

                The vanilla ice cream is very nice, but the chocolate ice cream I tried a while back had something seriously wrong with it. It had a bizzar-o chewy/ grainy texture and weak chocolate flavor. It may have melted and been re-frozen or something, though I don't understand why the ice cream was *chewy*. I've saved the container of it in my freezer because I have been meaning to write a letter to Strauss when I can find five minutes to do so.

                1. re: MollyGee
                  MarkG Mar 20, 2007 09:07 AM

                  the chewy/graininess is an indication of ice crystals and that probably isnt strauss' fault.

                  1. re: MarkG
                    MollyGee Mar 20, 2007 04:44 PM

                    Nope. I know ice crystals and this was not ice crystals. It was....chewy, like sponge-y chewy, like marshmallow chewy.

                    1. re: MollyGee
                      Ruth Lafler Mar 20, 2007 06:39 PM

                      I think that's usually a sign that it was melted and refrozen.

                      1. re: MollyGee
                        maria lorraine Mar 26, 2007 05:33 PM

                        The chewiness/graininess is a classic error in ice cream manufacturing
                        and is due to lactose crystals. Look it up.

                        1. re: maria lorraine
                          MollyGee Mar 26, 2007 07:05 PM

                          Ah. It didn't seem to be an issue of having melted and re-frozen as someone else suggested. It would have looked odd if that had been the case and it *looked* like normal ice cream.

                  2. re: foodseek
                    susancinsf Mar 20, 2007 02:40 PM


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                Aaron Mar 18, 2007 11:23 PM

                Whole Foods...super fast turn-over...regardless of what your feelings are about the store.

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                  oaktowngirl Mar 19, 2007 07:22 AM

                  How about the glass pint bottles of chocolate milk? We had some from the store in Inverness (Marin County) but have not seen it again in a year of casually looking. Is it seasonal?

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                  1. re: oaktowngirl
                    MarkG Mar 19, 2007 07:40 AM

                    i believe they DIScontinued the chocolate milk

                    1. re: MarkG
                      Ruth Lafler Mar 19, 2007 10:48 AM

                      Yeah, I haven't seen the chocolate milk in a long time. I once bought a bottle that had gone bad (I returned it, of course), so they may have had some problems with it -- maybe adding sugar, etc. made it more susceptible to spoiling.

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                    recycleit Mar 19, 2007 10:12 AM

                    Diablo Foods in Lafayette on Mt. Diablo Blvd

                    1. farmersdaughter Mar 19, 2007 11:39 AM

                      Rainbow Grocery in SF.

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                        VirgoBlue Mar 19, 2007 02:48 PM

                        Gotta go with Whole Foods. They always reliably carry their products a their freshest. I've met with the owner himself before and they're a company with a lot of integrity. So kudos to you for supporting them!

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                          lmnopm Mar 19, 2007 04:37 PM

                          Monterey Market has yogurt, milk, and butter. I didn't see if they have ice cream in the freezer case.

                          1. Lori SF Mar 20, 2007 09:17 AM

                            Real Foods in my neighborhood has almost everything. We just tried the caramel ice cream, perfect caramel swooned into lovely buttery vanilla.

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                              Brandon Nelson Mar 20, 2007 10:03 AM

                              Most Delano's (I work at one) have the refrigerated products. If you ask for it someone should be able to get you the ice cream if it isn't already available.

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