I’m going to apologize up front. This is going to be a rant. A Milk Rant. I love whole milk. It’s my favorite drink. I grew up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and whole milk. They were the main staple in my picky-eater diet. Milk is still my mainstay. Whole milk. It’s my go to food when I’m in a hurry. It’s my re-hydrater after a really hard work out. It’s my snack between meals, and my treat when I get home from work.
For a while there, when I was a child, we even had real, whole, un-homogenized milk straight from the dairy farm. That milk had a Lot of cream in it. It would rise to the top when the milk sat for a little bit. We would skim part of it off and put it into a quart jar and shake it for about 45 minutes and turn it into butter. Even after we did that, there was plenty of cream left in the milk to make it taste good. It was wonderful milk. And I never got fat on any of it. We just didn’t have the total caloric intake to make that happen. Not for any of the 13 of us (including step siblings). We weren’t starving, but we didn’t any of us get heavy.
The milk at the grocery store had to have at least 5% volume of cream left in it to qualify as whole milk. It tasted pretty good. Then they came up with 2% Milk. Yechchch! And then 1% milk. Bleh! And the final insult was the even worse skim milk, which had no taste of milk at all, just awfulness. Ptuie!!!!
So Ok, I bought 5% pasteurized homogenized milk my whole life. Until lately. What is this stuff? I bought a gallon of milk with the red cap on it, like it always had when it used to say it had 5% milk fat in it. My mouth was watering for it. I was all set to quench my thirst with that rich cool liquid food. I filled a mug with it and raised it to my lips, poured it over my tongue and swallowed. “What, I thought, is wrong with this?” I tried it again, savoring the liquid for a bit to sort out what was different. “It tastes like it doesn’t have enough fat in it”, I thought. I called my teenage daughter over and asked her to try it. She likes milk almost as much as I do. She raised the cup to her lips and tasted the milk. A puzzled expression came over her face. She tried it again. Yep. she said, it’s 2%.
We both looked at the labeling, in case we accidentally bought some that said 2% but had a red cap on it. Nope. There’s no indication at all of the percentage of total milk fat. They have changed the labeling. It doesn’t say what the cream percentage is anymore. It has a whole lot of percent daily value per serving going on in it, but nothing about the volume of cream in the milk. I compared the new jug of milk to an older jug that I bought from a different store. We had drunk that milk and then cleaned out the jug and put water in it for emergency storage. Surprise, it too had no indication of the total percent volume of milk fat in it. That gallon of milk, though, didn’t taste like 2%. It tasted normal.
So, what is the deal? Why the change in labeling? Are you trying to change over all the milk to a lower fat volume without us noticing it? It’s not going to work for those of us who are true milk lovers. I never liked the 2% milk. It’s barely recognizable as milk. It’s tolerable if it’s added to sugary cereal, or if you add chocolate to it, but otherwise I’d just as soon not drink it. By the way, adding 2% milk to sugary cereal doesn’t reduce your total caloric intake. It raises it. No fat, plus sugar does not equal a diet food. And who wants to drink a glass of reduced fat milk with a carrot or an apple anyway? No one. It’s wholly unsatisfying and therefore will not work.
Stop the nonsense and get back to real food. The milk fat levels for whole milk should remain at 5%. And put it back on the label!
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