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  •  Organic milk (4+ / 0-)
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    Urizen, lulu57, Lashe, ilyana

    Next time you are in a grocery store take a look at organic milk. I started buying it exclusively since I compared due dates with non-organic milk. The organic milk dates are often weeks longer.

    Whatever becomes added to non-organic milk that makes it go bad quicker is something that I don't need a study to tell me that I don't need any more of it.

    Simply tastes better and with the longer due date, I actually use it all. Same situation with quite a few other organic products I've started to buy, which is certainly a measurable benefit to me.

    The perfect plan, Is not the man Who tells you, You are wrong

    by dss on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 08:12:28 AM PST

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    •  I've only bought organic (3+ / 0-)
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      lulu57, CSI Bentonville, Lashe

      (or raw if possible) milk for years.  I got spoiled when I lived/worked on a farm and we traded our lamb with a dairy farmer for an unlimited supply of his raw milk.  Every now and then circumstances force me to buy non-organic milk.  It tastes so horrible I can even taste it through very strong coffee.

      The same thing applies to all food groups (including meat).  If you're in doubt, eat organically for a month and then go back and try what you were eating before and think if maybe your body (through your taste buds) isn't trying to tell you something.

    •  I wonder... (1+ / 0-)
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      the organic milk that we buy is ultra-pasturized, while most of the conventional milk is just pasturized. Does the ultra-pasturization make it last longer? I have also noticed that the organic lasts as long as I need it to...sometimes two weeks, which means a lot less waste for me. But a lot of the ultra-pasturized dairy products taste a bit "boiled" to me, so I don't use them in delicate recipes (for those I get pasturized organic).

    •  Ultra Pasteurized (1+ / 0-)
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      CSI Bentonville
      The longer dates are because organic producers, especially large scale ones, tend to ultra pasteurize their products for longer shelf life.

      Regular pasteurized organic milk has a date similar to conventional milk.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 10:47:59 AM PST

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      •  So I'm not supposed to buy raw certified milk (0+ / 0-)

        or does such a thing even exist outside Los Angeles County?

        •  I'm surprised if you can buy it in LA (2+ / 0-)
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          CSI Bentonville, ticket punch
          California in general, and LA in particular, have fought raw milk left and right. Alta-Dena dairy fought and lost a very public battle. In fact, a new scheme has come up where people who want raw milk have been buying a share of a cow, and then the dairy boards it and produces the milk and delivers it. Last I heard the local regulatory boards were trying to crack down on that.

          (I don't have an opinion; certainly there are hazards to raw milk, but I also think if someone is willing to buy a share in a cow, more power to them. Plus, what if you want to make your own cheese?)

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 11:12:57 AM PST

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          •  I'm guessing ultrapasteurization came later (0+ / 0-)

            because I can remember when "organic" and "raw certified" were close cousins if not twins when it came to milk.

            I feel more comfortable with pasteurization, and I definitely like the idea of longer shelf life.

            "Share of a cow" is an interesting concept; could it be characterized as community-supported dairy?

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