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Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:00:08 PM »

Anyone remember the era of bad milk?

For a long time, starting around 1981, if you buyed milk at the grocery store, it would often be spoiled - even if it was well within the expiration date. It got progressively worse over the years. I stopped buying milk, because it got to the point where it was spoiled more often than not.

This problem reportedly stopped around 2009. So I started buying milk again, and it hasn't been a problem since.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2019, 10:01:12 PM »

No.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2019, 10:21:30 PM »

Um, no.  It must just be you, as our milk usually lasted a week after the expiry date.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2019, 10:21:52 PM »

Anyone remember the era of bad milk?
For a long time, starting around 1981, if you buyed milk at the grocery store, it would often be spoiled - even if it was well within the expiration date. It got progressively worse over the years. I stopped buying milk, because it got to the point where it was spoiled more often than not.
This problem reportedly stopped around 2009. So I started buying milk again, and it hasn't been a problem since.

How bad was it … did it ever make you blow groceries?
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 10:23:16 PM »

How bad was it … did it ever make you blow chunky?

I didn't throw up, but it tasted bad.

Toothpaste has a similar taste when it's a brand new tube.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2019, 12:46:03 AM »

I don't ever remember that being an issue. Something like that would have been all over the news around here.

The only milk issue I recall was the one over whether or not cows were treated with the rBGH hormone, and that hubbub only lasted a couple years in the 1990s.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2019, 08:06:33 AM »

I’ve never “buyed” anything. I’ve never bought bad milk, either.

The thing I find odd is that the organic milk, such as Horizon brand, which presumably isn’t supposed to have preservatives or other such things, often has an expiration date several weeks later than the non-organic store brand. I wonder why that is. Before I got married, I often bought Horizon because of that—I didn’t use the milk as quickly, so I wanted the one that lasted longer. I no longer do that because my wife likes to bake, so we go through the milk more quickly.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2019, 09:26:23 AM »

Nope.

I've occasionally bought (not "buyed") milk that stayed good after its expiration date, and bought milk that expired before its expiration date.  I'm also the person who will rummage through the milk cooler looking for a gallon with the latest expiration date.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2019, 10:10:59 AM »

What irritates me these days is that Kroger is often out of whole milk, but there's whole shelves full of skim milk staring us in the face. I have hypocobalaminemia, so I need whole milk. People actually buy the whole milk, not the skim milk. Yet Kroger will stock about 5 times as much skim milk, which just gathers dust.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2019, 10:55:29 AM »

What irritates me these days is that Kroger is often out of whole milk, but there's whole shelves full of skim milk staring us in the face. I have hypocobalaminemia, so I need whole milk. People actually buy the whole milk, not the skim milk. Yet Kroger will stock about 5 times as much skim milk, which just gathers dust.

I get my milk here at Aldi or Barum's.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2019, 11:04:54 AM »

What irritates me these days is that Kroger is often out of whole milk, but there's whole shelves full of skim milk staring us in the face. I have hypocobalaminemia, so I need whole milk. People actually buy the whole milk, not the skim milk. Yet Kroger will stock about 5 times as much skim milk, which just gathers dust.
That's weird; whenever I go to a grocery store or convenience store looking for 1% or, if absolutely necessary, 2%, all they have is whole milk.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2019, 11:09:50 AM »

I don't think United Dairy Farmers (a regional convenience store chain) carries whole milk at all anymore. Which is ridiculous, because it's United Dairy Farmers, not United Water Farmers.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2019, 11:29:51 AM »

I don't think United Dairy Farmers (a regional convenience store chain) carries whole milk at all anymore. Which is ridiculous, because it's United Dairy Farmers, not United Water Farmers.
Maybe they don't carry it any more because very few people drink whole milk.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2019, 11:31:17 AM »

I don't think United Dairy Farmers (a regional convenience store chain) carries whole milk at all anymore. Which is ridiculous, because it's United Dairy Farmers, not United Water Farmers.
Maybe they don't carry it any more because very few people drink whole milk.

Everyone I know drinks whole milk.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2019, 11:38:13 AM »

Most popular version of milk around here is 2% milk.

Milkfat must be like octane in gasoline, at least around here. In many stores skim milk is usually cheaper than 2%, and 2% is cheaper than whole milk.
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2019, 11:39:15 AM »

Most popular version of milk around here is 2% milk.

Milkfat must be like octane in gasoline, at least around here. In many stores skim milk is usually cheaper than 2%, and 2% is cheaper than whole milk.

That's because water is cheap.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2019, 11:39:50 AM »

I don't think United Dairy Farmers (a regional convenience store chain) carries whole milk at all anymore. Which is ridiculous, because it's United Dairy Farmers, not United Water Farmers.
Maybe they don't carry it any more because very few people drink whole milk.

Everyone I know drinks whole milk.
Not true around here.  Still, I think I read somewhere that there is some strange geographic patterns as to where people drink whole and where people drink skim.
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2019, 11:41:47 AM »

Not true around here.  Still, I think I read somewhere that there is some strange geographic patterns as to where people drink whole and where people drink skim.

I read that suburbs mostly drink skim, while very urban and very rural areas mostly drink whole.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2019, 01:38:49 PM »

Not true around here.  Still, I think I read somewhere that there is some strange geographic patterns as to where people drink whole and where people drink skim.

I read that suburbs mostly drink skim, while very urban and very rural areas mostly drink whole.

That sounds right to me.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2019, 05:48:18 PM »

Not true around here.  Still, I think I read somewhere that there is some strange geographic patterns as to where people drink whole and where people drink skim.

I read that suburbs mostly drink skim, while very urban and very rural areas mostly drink whole.

Obviously you don't visit many urban affluent areas.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2019, 07:15:09 PM »

Not true around here.  Still, I think I read somewhere that there is some strange geographic patterns as to where people drink whole and where people drink skim.
I read that suburbs mostly drink skim, while very urban and very rural areas mostly drink whole.
Obviously you don't visit many urban affluent areas.

I imagine those places probably drink garbage like almond "milk."
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2019, 07:05:08 AM »

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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2019, 09:01:43 AM »

When I worked at a Wawa convenience store for a short bit, the manager told me that in a cold case, where you can fit 4 jugs of milk across in a row, and where the door opens from the right, people will most often pick the milk from the right-center spot (if you go left to right, 1, 2, 3, 4, they're taking number 3).  And they'll even reach back to grab the next one in the 3 slot, instead of taking the front one from 1, 2 and 4.

And when you actually try to watch it happen, the observation is hilariously correct.  It's just one of those mind-boggling things that humans do. 

Now, for you perfectionists, no, not everyone does it.  But if you had the chance to observe that for a while...or even thing what you do in a store, it's a pattern that happens a higher percentage of time!

(Me, I look for the one with the furthest expiration date!)
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2019, 02:20:09 PM »

Not true around here.  Still, I think I read somewhere that there is some strange geographic patterns as to where people drink whole and where people drink skim.
I read that suburbs mostly drink skim, while very urban and very rural areas mostly drink whole.
That sounds right to me.

I would say urban drinks "healthy" non-milks like soy and almond, suburbs drink skim or 1%, rural drinks 2%.

I honestly don't know anyone who drinks whole milk besides babies/young kids. We live in the suburbs, and we usually have both skim and 2% in the house. Skim seems to be the biggest seller at the grocery stores in our area.
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Re: Bad milk in the 1980s/1990s/2000s
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2019, 02:25:13 PM »

On a semi-related note, I can't drink just a plain glass of milk. I used to, as a young kid, but I haven't in probably close to ten years.

Milk is great with cereal, or in a recipe, but the thought of drinking it plain makes me feel a bit queasy.
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