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Apr 18, 2012 08:48 AM

Looking for Sunnyside Dairy lactose-free whole milk

Does anyone know of a source for this, preferably in Marin or Berkeley/Oakland? The closest store I've found is Raley's in Petaluma. Thanks.

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  1. I"m not sure what brand, but Berkeley Bowl has some.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks...I think BB has Horizon and the usual suspects. Whole milk version is proving difficult to find.

    2. Nob Hill in Alameda has the same ownership as Raley's, you might check there.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        The Nob Hill in Alameda does carry Sunnyside dairy products, although I can't swear to that particular item.

        1. Buy some Lactaid and drink the regular whole milk along with a pill or two of it.

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          1. re: Euonymous

            Hahahahaha. Promise to sit next to me if I do that.

            1. re: Euonymous

              Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm just looking for a partcular brand and type of milk.

              1. re: Euonymous

                Just for general info: There isn't really any "lactose free" milk. The brands of milk that claim this actually just include the lactaise enzyme with the milk; so for all intents and purposes it really is the same as taking a lactaid pill with your glass of milk. Took be forever to figure this out, and it explained why food made with "lactose free" milk didn't always "work" for my stomach. Almost better off with goat milk. And to the OPer if you are looking for whole milk, goat milk's rich consistency might suit the purpose....

                1. re: kairo

                  Kairo, I'm not sure I get your point. Lactose-free milk has simply been treated with the lactase enzyme to remove what is effectively 100% of the lactose content. I'm not sure why it's use in foods would have a different effect for you than taking a Lactaid pill. Also, as artemis refers to in his earlier post, the pills aren't as effective for some people at removing lactose from any given food or beverage.

                  LF whole milk has a slightly more natural (or less sweet) taste than LF fat-free or low-fat milk, simply because of the mouthfeel of the higher fat content and because it has a slightly lower naturally-occurring lactose content, requiring less of the lactase enzyme. IMO Sunnyside Dairy does the best job making LF milk that tastes like 'real' milk. Too bad it's not organic, but I'm not aware of any organic full-fat product in this country.

                  Unfortunately, goat's milk is not a good substitute in baking, and it's not possible to give a Lactaid pill to lactose-intolerant infants.

                  Looks like I will be making a trip to Petaluma!

                  1. re: TerriL

                    Interesting. Do you think that the lactase treatment of the milk is a more fool-proof method than simply taking the pill? I think I just assumed it was roughly the same concept.
                    I just know that the pills only seem to work 70% of the time for me. Also it seems that when I've had food, for example mashed potatoes, made with lactaid milk, that I've still had lactose related issues.
                    That is good to know about the Sunnyside whole milk.

                    1. re: kairo

                      For me, pre-treated dairy works better than taking a pill. Is it possible that there is something else in food made with LF-free milk that could be a problem for you? High-fat foods containing no lactose can be the culprit for some folks (and mashed potatoes often have a lot of butter, etc.). Just FYI the Organic Valley website has a good description of how their milk is treated to remove the lactose.

                      Thanks Ruth for checking Nob Hill. I think Raley's/Nob Hill carry what I'm looking for, but none of the store are particularly convenient. I did send an email to the company last week about any other locations, but haven't heard back.

                      1. re: TerriL

                        Thanks for the tip. And yes, the copious amounts of butter surely aren't helping anything digestively speaking.

                        1. re: TerriL

                          If you're in the East Bay, Alameda is a lot more convenient than Petaluma!

                                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                  See above . . . Marin or Berkeley/Oakland! ;)

                        2. re: TerriL

                          Did you check Nob Hill in Alameda? If they don't already stock it, they might get it for you on request.

                          Edited to add: I believe they do have it -- it's on the list of products I could select to make an online order.

                    2. Just to close the loop . . . I found Sunnyside lactose-free whole milk at the Lucky's in Larkspur.