by J Rowe
Shelved milk sold in Santiago, Chile
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The shelf stored room temperature ultra high pasteurized whole milk was perfect. No difference from fresh milk.
-----Response from Vicki:
Thanks for sharing. In some locations, milk (either whole or skim) is not sold in refrigerated cases as Americans are used to.
The photo shown on this page shows shelved "whole milk" ("leche entera") sold in Santiago, Chile. Once the containers are opened, they should be refrigerated. We
have it on good authority from Americans who have visited that city that the shelved whole milk sold there tastes the same as refrigerated pasteurized whole milk sold in the USA.
Now, there is the question about the benefits of pasteurized milk as opposed to raw milk. I have taken the liberty of researching two of our favorite alternative news websites for information on the conflict between pasteurized vs. raw milk:
We must add the disclaimer that we have never had raw milk. Perhaps one day we will. Unfortunately, in spite of the benefits, there are lawmakers who want to outlaw raw milk.
It is hard enough for professional truck drivers to obtain reasonably priced milk on the road no matter how it is packaged. We have never seen shelf-stored milk sold in the USA apart from dry skim milk (which must be rehydrated). We can imagine that it is even harder for drivers to find raw milk.
Update: See the comment on "shelved milk" below to know that we have now seen it in the USA.
You may wish to read information about the Dairy food group on ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Thanks again for sharing.
We wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.