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Old 11.10.2007, 13:02
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How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

Tetrapak (UHT) milk is an oddity in the US. It can be found in some stores, but we're all about the fresh milk. I can handle it on my cereal but it just tastes odd when drunk alone. So, for those who grew up on fresh milk, were you ever able to acquire the taste for the Tetrapak stuff, and if so, how long?

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Old 11.10.2007, 13:12
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Tetrapak milk is an oddity in the US. It can be found in some stores, but we're all about the fresh milk. I can handle it on my cereal but it just tastes odd when drunk alone. So, for those who grew up on fresh milk, were you ever able to acquire the taste for the Tetrapak stuff, and if so, how long?
My first week over in Switzerland i was wondering why the hell was milk on a normal shelf in the coop stores and also why has it got a 2 month sell by date... I bought it and tried it and began to think that I would be screwed here. I can't stand the stuff....even on cereal!! Thankfully i got my head together a day or two later and realised the fresh milk was around the corner and in the fridges I couldn't do without fresh milk. I probably go through a litre and a half daily.

But long story short, No i never could and never will get used to the UHT tetrapacked Milk. Disguuussttiing!!!
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Old 11.10.2007, 13:17
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Tetrapak milk is an oddity in the US. It can be found in some stores, but we're all about the fresh milk. I can handle it on my cereal but it just tastes odd when drunk alone. So, for those who grew up on fresh milk, were you ever able to acquire the taste for the Tetrapak stuff, and if so, how long?
Why don't you just buy the fresh milk instead of UHT??? Migros and Coop sell it, okay it's in Tetrapaks, but it's fresh milk nonetheless. I can't stand UHT milk either so I don't buy it.

Does Tetrapak change the taste of milk? I thought the fresh milk I bought here tasted just like the stuff we got in supermarket cartons and glass bottles back in the UK.
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Old 11.10.2007, 13:20
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Why don't you just buy the fresh milk instead of UHT??? Migros and Coop sell it, okay it's in Tetrapaks, but it's fresh milk nonetheless. I can't stand UHT milk either so I don't buy it.

Does Tetrapak change the taste of milk? I thought the fresh milk I bought here tasted just like the stuff we got in supermarket cartons and glass bottles back in the UK.
I would have thought the same too. I assumed the OP was just talking about UHT crap. Tetrapaks don't change the taste at all!
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I would have thought the same too. I assumed the OP was just talking about UHT crap. Tetrapaks don't change the taste at all!
Best milk you can buy is at a farmhouse on the side of an Alp after a long hot walk. Usually it's just come straight from the cow with no artificial processes to mess up the taste or calories. Lovely! Leaves you with an impressive white moustache, too!

I read somewhere ages ago that this kind of milk is actually easier to digest because there's bacteria in it which aid the digestion process. This bacteria is usually destroyed during pasturisation. Can't remember where I read it so can't quote something clever or relevant on Wikipedia - sorry.
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Old 11.10.2007, 13:31
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I assumed the OP was just talking about UHT crap. Tetrapaks don't change the taste at all!
You're correct. I'm talking of UHT, not the Tetrapacking itself. I edited the OP, but don't think I can change the title.
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Old 11.10.2007, 14:05
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

I don't like UHT milk very much. But I don't think there's a grocery that sells only UHT milk. It's easy to spot the "real" milk: It is usually sold in dark-blue packages, while UHT milk and skimmed milk usually have light blue packaging.

I like pasteurised and somewhat-skimmed milk. Milk fresh from the cow tastes udderly funky to me (pardon the pun).
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Old 11.10.2007, 14:47
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

I normally drink the light blue (2.7% fat) UHT milk from Denner. Personally I cannot tell the difference between this and fresh milk. It certainly isn't as strongly flavoured as the UHT stuff we get in UK. I love the fact that you don't have to keep it in the fridge.
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Old 11.10.2007, 14:58
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

I've always had milk in tetrapaks so this wasn't an oddity to me. But here in Birr, I tried buying milk from a local farmer. I have to agree with bozo... fresh milk tastes so much better!
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

Migros definitively used to only sell UHT, but in the last few years most of their shops do pateurised too.

I remember the first UHT in France about 30 years ago (apparently it was actually invented in 1963 in Sweden)... now that was really vile.

It's still pretty revolting today. I can always taste it. Most disappointing is if you go for a cappucino in the morning and the cheapskates in the cafe use it...

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Old 11.10.2007, 15:36
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

I'm between a rock and hard place now, just about to move from "Ignorance is bliss" to "Willful ignorance". I guess I never knew anything better than UHT milk (perhaps as a kid), so now I'm scared at the mere thought of ever trying this heavenly fresh milk. What's so great about it then ? Does it really taste soooo different ?
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Old 11.10.2007, 15:37
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

I have never liked anything with the "boiled milk" taste, ever since I was a kid.

UHT really stands for Ultra Horrible Tasting.

I go for the pasteurised stuff from Coop or Manor.

It does come in a Tetrapak, but one with a screw top, rather than the type you have to cut or tear open.
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Old 11.10.2007, 15:41
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

why can you only get skimmed milk here as UHT? in UK you could get full fat, semi skimmed and skimmed, I buy the Milch Drink pasturised in the light blue cartons, which I was told was similar to semi skimmed, I sometimes want to buy skimmed but its only in UHT - however I have been told that the UHT milk here is considerably better tasting than UK UHT milk, I notice starbucks for example use UHT milk.
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

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I'm between a rock and hard place now, just about to move from "Ignorance is bliss" to "Willful ignorance". I guess I never knew anything better than UHT milk (perhaps as a kid), so now I'm scared at the mere thought of ever trying this heavenly fresh milk. What's so great about it then ? Does it really taste soooo different ?

Fresh stuff.... my tip is:

Go to Darkest Appenzell and get the semi-skimmed chocolate flavoured stuff straight from the udder. Look out for farms with purple cows with white spots, they feed them on coco-pops. Mind you, you need to get there before the Milka lorry!

Its good for your tuberculosis too.

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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

I'm used to UHT milk now after 7 years. It's funny when I go back to the states, the milk there tastes like crap. Same goes with ice cream & jogurts. All those nasty chemicals.....
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Old 11.10.2007, 16:19
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

What is the point of this thread?

Why are you "getting used to" UHT milk if you don't like it. The fresh stuff is available here just as readily as in any other country I have ever visited.

A quick poll amoungst my Swiss collegues clarifies that it has always been available and that none of them would ever drink the UHT stuff unless the long shelf life was important to them.
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Fresh stuff.... my tip is:

Go to Darkest Appenzell and get the semi-skimmed chocolate flavoured stuff straight from the udder. Look out for farms with purple cows with white spots, they feed them on coco-pops. [...]
Thnx for the tip, Danny. Have you considered comedy as a career ? By the way (and completely off-topic), that reminds me of the "Alaska Grizzly Bear Notice". Hilarious.

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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

I find it easier to make Cappuchino with low-fat UHT milk instead of full-fat fresh milk. Just my CHF 0.02.
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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

It is much easier to make better steamed, or foamy milk (better in that it stays foamy) for lattes and capuccino with lower fat milk, so since I can't find fresh skimmed milk here (is that an act against nature?), I use the UHT stuff. I now have one of those little battery-operated whips that make "schaum" since we have an espresso maker, but no milk steamer. And it makes a great foam.

I'm also a fan of Vietnamese coffee - which is made with condensed, sweetened milk - so if you don't like UHT, I bet you wouldn't like that, either.

And, I drink soy milk on occasion, so I suppose the UHT is not nearly so vile for me.



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Re: How long to acquire taste for Tetrapaked Milk?

UHT? I love it. When I was young we used to get 1 pint of UHT delivered every day along with 3 pints of the regular.
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