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where to find *unrefrigerated* cartons of milk in LA??

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santamonica811 Feb 19, 2010 03:40 PM

When I visited my girlfriend in Germany, all supermarkets had these cartons. They came in different varieties (eg, skim, whole, etc), and were about 1/2 litre, as I recall. What I loved was that they were designed to be kept unrefrigerated, on any shelf till opened, and would keep (unopened) for several months. Perfect for a cook who limits his use of milk, but does have an occasional call for it. I've hunted in a dozen mainstream markets, as well as at Surfas and Sur La Table. No luck.

Anyone seen this product out there? My other option would be to put different types of milk into ice trays, and make a bunch of cubes, which I could bag and freeze for later use. That's my fall-back position, and I'd love to be able to find these small 'boxes that are used in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. (Note: I have seen these cartons for *soy* milk at 99 Ranch Markets, but not for regular cow's milk, which is what I want/need.)

  1. trolley Feb 21, 2010 07:01 PM

    whole foods carries the organic valley brand of the cartons.

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      Layne Murphy Feb 21, 2010 06:26 PM

      Paramalat packaged shelf stable milk is available in 8 oz. boxes at Fresh and Easy. Too bad TJs stopped carrying it.

      1. OCAnn Feb 21, 2010 02:12 PM

        Parmalat, when available, is usually found near the evaporated & condensed milk. I've seen them at Ralph's and Stater Brothers locations in OC, so perhaps they'll have them in LA as well. They have all the milk flavour w/o the fat...pretty tasty milk!

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        1. re: OCAnn
          Mr. Roboto Feb 21, 2010 04:46 PM

          Parmalat found at Albertson's in Montebello, $2.59 for a liter.

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          bad nono Feb 19, 2010 09:48 PM

          I've bought some Organic Valley at the Ralphs on Wilshire & Hauser somewhat recently. I think it was near the condensed milk. They contain about 1 quart/1 liter and unlike European UHT milk they weren't cheap. But super dependable stuff to have in your pantry.
          I've never found Parmalat in LA, but in NYC yes.
          It's funny because growing up in Normandy we either had "brick" UHT milk or raw milk, but American style just pasteurized milk wasn't really available until relatively recently.

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          1. re: bad nono
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            kerosundae Feb 20, 2010 10:43 PM

            yea! even now, in the smaller towns or smaller supermarkets in the bigger towns, they still don't have American style pasteurized milk.

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            kerosundae Feb 19, 2010 08:47 PM

            I've seen it at Ralph's in the sales bin. The thing to look for is UHT (not brand, just the type of milk).
            When I saw your thread title, I suspected this would be what you were looking for,, and thought "ugh gross! I spent all my time trying to avoid it in Europe and here a European is looking for it!"
            but if you use it for cooking, I guess you won't taste the nastiness as much.

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              heckonwheels Feb 21, 2010 08:11 AM

              That's what I thought too until I went to Europe and it was the only milk I could find. It tastes just as good as regular milk.

            2. yinyangdi Feb 19, 2010 05:50 PM

              Horizon and Organic Valley make shelf stable milk boxes (8 oz and 1 liter) that I’ve seen sold at Ralphs and WF, etc. BTW, they come in a couple different flavors: regular, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

              Organic Valley 1 liter
              http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/milk-and-cream/shelf-stable-milks/product/shelf-stable-whole-milk-1-liter/

              Organic Valley single serve 8 oz
              http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/milk-and-cream/single-serve/

              Horizon
              http://content.horizondairy.com/produ...

              hope that helps

              1. westsidegal Feb 19, 2010 04:43 PM

                i would try whole foods.
                i know for sure that they carry shelf stable soy milk and almond milk.
                would imagine that they would also carry shelf stable dairy milk.

                1. Mr Taster Feb 19, 2010 04:37 PM

                  Trader Joe's used to sell it, but that was several years ago. Interesting since TJ's is owned by the Aldi/Albrecht brothers... the German trail thickens. I wonder if the German market at Alpine Village in Torrance sells it?

                  1. greygarious Feb 19, 2010 04:24 PM

                    This should be on the LA Board. In New England the Parmalat brand (a Germany company so probably what you saw) is sold in all supermarkets alongside evaporated and powdered milk in the grocery aisles.

                    Alternatively, buy canned evaporated milk. Diluted 1:1 with water, it is reconstituted whole milk. Plain, it has a cooked taste, but that is undetectable when you cook/bake with it. The remains of an open can can be transferred to a freezer container, where it keeps well.

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                    1. re: greygarious
                      Joe Blowe Feb 19, 2010 09:35 PM

                      greygarious is right -- you can find UHT milk, right next to the canned and powdered milk, in almost any grocery chain in SoCal.

                      (Minor point of correction, Parmalat is an Italian company ;-)

                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UHT
                       

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