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Mar 18, 2007 12:47 PM

strauss milk and dairy products

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.

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  1. Fiesta market in Sebastopol.

    1. I think Berkeley Bowl stocks everything.

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

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        1. re: rworange

          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

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

            1. re: foodseek

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

              1. re: farmersdaughter

                Nothing beats the Marianne's Old-Fashioned Vanilla.

                1. re: Atomica

                  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

                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

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

                  1. re: MarkG

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

                    1. re: MollyGee

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

                      1. re: MollyGee

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

                        1. re: maria lorraine

                          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.

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

                1. 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

                    i believe they DIScontinued the chocolate milk

                    1. re: MarkG

                      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.