Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Truer words have not been spoken

I was browsing Rick Steves' travel tips and I came across this gem:

Cold milk is rare in most [European] countries. Avoid the "longlife" kind of milk, sold off the shelf, that needs no refrigeration. This milk will never go bad or taste good.

I can't stand that irradiated milk and I always pay more for my paltry liter of fresh milk. French people are amazed to learn that back home, we buy our fresh, cold milk and orange juice by the gallon, not the liter. 1 gallon = ~ 4L! (OK, if you insist, it is exactly 3.7854.) And it doesn't really so much amaze them as reaffirm their suspicions that Americans truly are fat pigs who need everything in XXL quantities.

In case you need a visual:

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Lisa said...

Although I agree that fresh milk is preferable, there's something very comforting about having a couple of liters of long-life milk sitting in the pantry. They come in handy when you want to make mac and cheese or rice pudding on the spur of the moment, and you forget to buy fresh milk.

negrito said...

bah, milk does not fit nicely with wine anyway, so who needs it ?

Etienne said...

lisa - true, I do usually keep one around for just in case. and negrito - also true, but don't forget it goes so well with Bailey's or Kahlua.

S. said...

I hate milk myself but what about the children? Don't people prefer to give kids fresh milk and not have to buy it daily?