Posted Mon Feb 24, 2014, 6:10pm Subject: Re: Best milk or cream taste wise.
In Los Angeles (since most milk in the USA is semi-regional) I like Trader Joe's Whole Milk. Sweet, rich, creamy and very satisfying. I use this for everything in the house including steamed milk for espresso. Far better flavor than the normal supermarket brands.
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Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 1:55pm Subject: Re: Best milk or cream taste wise.
Lane Even if you could get every milk product sold in the U.S. anyplace in the U.S. with the same quality everywhere, there would still be no BEST as taste is a personal thing and no 2 people taste things exactly the same. So what may be my personal preference will most likely be different than what Jason likes and both of ours will most likely be different than what you like.
Best is a hard thing to pick with any topic, it can only be best for you and your circumstances regardless of the item being considered, there are too many variables and each persons needs are different.
I suppose unless you live in a rigidly controlled by the government country and there is only ONE choice to choose from, then as it is the ONLY choice, it will be the best choice :D
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Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 2:10pm Subject: Re: Best milk or cream taste wise.
Honestly I just use Publix Whole Milk for steaming or when I make my morning iced espresso, I go through a lot of milk between coffee and protein shakes with gym and Publix generic stuff is high quality for the $. Has anyone seen Milk prices lately? They've shot up in the last few weeks, my gallone went from 3.70 to 4.25, the last few years I always paid 3.50-3.70 or so, others like McArthur or other organic etuff etc is over $6 now and their expecting milk prices to rocket higher through and after this summer. Though for some reason if I'm out and get drip I do like a little half/half better than just milk.
I buy my wife almond or soy milk as that's what she likes, I can't stand that stuff, makes me gag lol. So it's all personal preference, there is no best, each person will be different.
I bought skim milk by accident when I was rushing other day, think it's a scam haha. Looks like milk, but taste more like water that's had white food coloring added lol, even 2% is far better tasting for not a big fat difference.
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Posted Wed Aug 20, 2014, 9:38pm Subject: Re: Best milk or cream taste wise.
I do have a favorite milk for coffee and pretty much everything I use milk for--Organic Valley, which may be a New York State-only regional brand, or at least it claims to use milk from local New York State farmers. (Each half-gallon comes with the signature of a local farmer who supplies the milk they use.) (Well, 'signature' as in PRINTED signature, of course.) It runs around $5/half gallon where I get it.
The reason I like it has to do with ultra-pasteurization; the particular way this outfit ultra-pasteurizes their milk gives it a sort of a 'creamy' taste that I really love. It's still 4% butterfat, as all 'whole' milk is, it's just the way they handle their ultra-pasteurization. I get positively cranky now when I have to use plain old whole milk, even when it's organic.
Having said that, it's a FAKE 'creamy' taste, and some people don't like it--really good cooks, I'm told, much prefer cream that hasn't been ultra-pasteurized, exactly because the process adds that 'creamy' or 'cooked' flavor rather than simple, honest cream flavor. Makes sense to me, but I'm afraid I'm an addict--the 'cream' flavor may be fake, but I like it.
It absolutely does add 'something' to a brewed cup of coffee, too--how to characterize it, I'm not quite sure. I think it makes the coffee taste a little sweeter, a little friendlier to the palate. (With just regular 4% milk in the coffee, you'd be getting a clearer and more honest coffee taste, perhaps, but again, I'm addicted.)
I taste my milk pretty carefully now, no matter where I get it--some tastes grassier, some (especially quarts from the deli around the corner) taste of cardboard and the damp refrigerator they were stored in. Milk in plastic containers invariably tastes plasticky (they must do some pasteurization IN the jug?) and cartons that don't have screwtops start tasting refrigeratory after a day or two, no matter how careful you are with closure.
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Posted Wed Aug 20, 2014, 10:30pm Subject: Re: Best milk or cream taste wise.
I have found the exact same thing about the ultra-pasturized milk labelled for Horizon Dairy (organic). Some other local farms like Iwig have really great flavored milk, but it doesn't steam worth a darned in my experience (all the bubbles just merge together), however they use the old-school lower temp vat pasturization technique to retain better milk flavor, and the texture is nearly on par with the ultra-pasturized stuff. My steaming technique wasn't nearly as good as it is now, maybe I should give it another shot.
I think most of the national organic chains like Organic Valley, available here in Kansas too, source from local dairies for shelf life and other obvious reasons like shipping costs.
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Posted Thu Aug 21, 2014, 2:07pm Subject: Re: Best milk or cream taste wise.
Krogers has whole cream. I just bought some. Its labeled as heavy cream whipping cream. It typically has a small amount of carrageenan added and, for some bizarre reason skim milk. I wish it didn't but it's darn near impossible to find cream without that stuff these days. Anyhow, it's label says it's 50 calories per serving - all from fat.
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