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May 7, 2008 04:38 PM

Who knows about "organic milk?"

Friends today told me about organic milk (Stonybrook?) sold at Publix in Florida. Said it tastes better and lasts much longer. Anyone know anything about it or have an opinion?

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  1. It lasts much longer because it's ultrapasteurized, which means it's heated to a higher temperature than milk that's simply pasteurized (like most conventional milk). I can't venture an opinion on the taste of the particular brand of organic milk your friends recommended without first-hand knowledge, but personally, I don't care at all for the flavor of ultrapasteurized milk, and seek out (preferably local) organic milk that isn't.

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    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

      I buy only organic milk, generally the Whole Foods store brand because it's the best price. It definitely lasts longer (both in the sense that the sell by date is much further out than the sell by date for conventional milk and in the sense that it stays good for much longer once opened) and I had no idea why. Now I know. Thanks Caitlin. I don't drink it by the glass, only in cereal and never noticed a difference between that and conventional milk. My son drinks mostly organic milk. I know he thinks the milk they serve in school tastes funny and he won't touch it, but I have no idea if that's because of the difference in taste between organic and conventional or it's something else about the particular milk they buy in his school.

      I think you'll just have to buy a carton, see what you think of the taste and consider that and the price and whatever your thoughts are about organic vs. conventional dairy products and then decide.

    2. all I know is that it costs 2x to 3x as much as non-organic whole milk so I pass on it.

      We go through 3 gallons of milk a week with a 1-1/2 year old at home, other ways to spend that $$$, like coloring books, toys, and clothes for her.

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      1. re: swsidejim

        I drink a lot of milk and I always buy organic milk. I do think it taste better than non-organic milk in that it actually has a taste. I find even lowfat 1% milk that's organic tastes a lot creamier. Some people might not like it though because they think that if the milk has an odor at all its bad. There are other reasons to buy organic milk other than just taste and longevity but since this is chowhound and I'm not an expert on it, I'll just stick to the topic.

        1. re: heypielady

          I would definitely agree about organic milk tasting better. I don't know if that's a function of packaging--the organic milk I buy comes in a carton, but the conventional milk comes in a plastic jug.

          We don't drink enough milk for the price to be a big issue. I'd rather not be the guinea pig for industrial farm practices so as long as I can afford to, I'll buy organic.

          1. re: coney with everything

            Ditto on packaging. Milk in cartons and opaque/colored plastic containers lasts much longer than milk in transluscent/clear plastic or glass containers.