Yes, that’s milk!

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:

That’s right.  That is milk in a bag.  Actually, that is milk in 4 individual litre sized bags, put together into one big bag.  If you’ve never seen this before, isn’t it strange?

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?

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About iammonicasue

I'm just gal who was born and raised in So Cal, who has lived my whole life in California... until now. I moved to Toronto in August 2010 and this is my blog about the differences I'm discovering between the home I came from and the home I'm getting to know.
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5 Responses to Yes, that’s milk!

  1. Carolann Duffin says:

    In Russia they store & sell milk on a shelf…unrefrigerated! I still can’t understand that one! I never asked but wondered if perhaps they put something in the milk to prevent spoiling…

  2. Doug says:

    @ Carolann There’s a form of ultrapasturized milk that makes it so sterile that they don’t have to keep it cool. You’ll see it in some of the warmer European countries, and especially places like Venice (imagine keeping milk cold for delivery on a gondola!). It’s disgusting.

  3. Betsy says:

    I don’t know… we had milk in bags up in Hay River in the territories – and that’s pretty far west.
    I think it is a good idea, overall.

  4. Theresa says:

    Put the bag of milk into the pitcher and ensure you tap the pitcher on the counter (or your thigh) to get it as low in the pitcher as you can before cutting the corner of the bag!

  5. Drew says:

    When you finish the milk, you can use the milk bags to store leftovers. The large outer milk bag can be used again as well…as a lunch bag, or to line your kitchen organics bin!

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