One of the truly strange things to this So Cal gals’ eyes is the way the Canadians package some of their milk. That’s right: milk. There are the “normal” 1/2 gallon cartons that I grew up with in So Cal. They do exist here on the grocery store shelves, but they tend to be the more expensive milk option. (And, milk is already pretty expensive up here.)
No, the more popular way milk is packaged here is like this:
How does one keep and pour milk from a bag? Well, they have these small little plastic milk pitchers here – one litre in size. For about a buck, you can purchase these in any grocery store. Then you just open one of the litre bags, slide it into the pitcher, and pour.
My husband and I have never purchased milk in a bag nor invested in the milk pitcher, because we don’t drink that much milk and the pitcher has no lid. While the argument for the milk in bags includes the fact that by only opening a litre at a time, you keep the milk fresher, we fear that the milk in the open pitcher will go bad before we have a chance to finish it!
I understand that bagged milk is an eastern Canadian phenomenon and that folks out in the west haven’t seen bagged milk in decades. But it seems that in Toronto, it is still all the rage. I wonder if we’ll ever try it?