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Low Fat Milk That Tastes Less Low Fat

Jim Leff Apr 29, 2008 07:42 PM

There's a milk product that "tastes" like one notch up in fat (i.e. skim tastes like 1%, 1% tastes like 2%, etc). Not a real obscure weirdo product, it was something carried in mainstream stores. not sure I've seen it in a while. Anybody know what I'm talking about?

  1. LindaWhit Apr 29, 2008 07:45 PM

    Jim, I only buy Organic Cow 1% at my local Stop & Shop or Roche Bros. It has a fuller mouth feel and gives me the feeling of drinking fuller-fat milk.


    ETA: It also seems to last longer in the fridge after opening than "regular" milk (Garelick or Hood milk in my neck of New England).

    1. Miss Needle Apr 29, 2008 08:05 PM

      It's Skim Plus, skim milk or 1%, etc. with nonfatdried milk solids in it to make it seem creamier.

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      1. re: Miss Needle
        goodhealthgourmet Apr 30, 2008 12:59 PM

        you know, i remember we had a discussion about the added milk solids in skim plus once before. now that i'm back on the east coast i've been buying it again [yay!], and i looked at the carton - no mention of added milk solids anywhere, just "fat free milk with vitamin A palmitate & vitamin D3."


        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          Miss Needle Apr 30, 2008 01:04 PM

          Yeah, I remember our discussion. Hmmm... interesting about the labeling. I just checked the website again and it does mention the inclusion of milk solids. Guess they're technically not lying as the milk solids come from fat free milk (unlike all-natural Pinkberry which has artificial flavor in it).

          1. re: Miss Needle
            goodhealthgourmet Apr 30, 2008 01:14 PM

            i just saw it on their website too...it's not as though added solids & proteins are a bad thing, so why they've chosen not to disclose the information on the labels is beyond me.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              Miss Needle Apr 30, 2008 02:34 PM

              They're probably assuming that most consumers are not educated enough to discern that added milk solids is not necessarily a bad thing. There are a group of people who do think that added non-fat milk solids are bad (mostly Weston Price people), but that group is a very small minority of the folks out there.

              People are influenced by wording -- ie. Patagonian toothfish not selling until it was renamed Chilean sea bass. So I think it all comes down to marketing.

              GHG, how's your gluten-free business coming along? You can email me (in profile) if you'd like.

              1. re: Miss Needle
                goodhealthgourmet Apr 30, 2008 06:04 PM

                well, they'll never please everyone i guess.

                you're so sweet to ask about the business - i'll shoot you an e-mail.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  ccbweb May 1, 2008 01:33 PM

                  Would one of you link to the website you mention, I'm very curious to read about this stuff. Thanks!

                  1. re: ccbweb
                    goodhealthgourmet May 1, 2008 01:38 PM

                    it's just the farmland dairies website for skim plus products...


                    not all that much to read besides the product information and basics about milk, but knock yourself out!

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        small h Apr 30, 2008 06:08 AM

        I've seen "Skinny Cow" in the supermarket - which I think has the same ingredients as the product Miss Needle mentioned - but I've never tried it. I drink Stonyfield Farm Organic 1%. It isn't watery at all, and it keeps for weeks.

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        1. re: small h
          Jim Leff Apr 30, 2008 06:50 AM

          Yeah, thanks, Skim Plus and Skinny Cow are what I was thinking of. I have a whole milk friend who's being forced by " Laryngopharyngeal Reflux" to stick to skim, and I'm trying to ease her trauma.

          Organic Cow's fine milk, but it's just regular organic milk! :)

          1. re: Jim Leff
            danoots May 1, 2008 01:21 PM

            In the NYC area, Ronnybrook Farm sells organic low fat milk that has a much richer mouthfeel than traditional low fat milk. They also have skim milk which is still good. Very good products. Fresh Direct carries them.

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