Sunday, 28 November 2010

Bye bye milk bottle I knew you well

There was a time long long ago when Teapot was small when she used to go to the farm to collect the daily milk ration with her dad. They would come away with a jug full of the warm unpasteurised fluid just as nature made it and the cow delivered it. There were even horses and carts delivering milk to the door from a skillet in those far off days.

Wind forward a few years or so and here in the Tardis we had milk delivered by a cheery friendly milkman. Come rain shine hail or snow he faithfully delivered the goods. Rising prices did not deter us. I even coped with his early morning calls to collect his money. Sadly when Curly Al left the Tardis the milkie no longer worked for us when our need for pints was not so regular.

Off we went then to the supermarket like most other people to buy our plastic litres for the week and freeze those not immediately needed. But the waste in all those plastic containers!!

So I was certainly up for the new milk bags which have now been introduced by Sainsburys. You need to buy a special jug in which the bag sits but milk in the bag is cheaper than in the plastic bottle because of the huge saving in packaging. They do need a bit of accommodating. They don't stack in the fridge. And do not freeze in a wire rack. Piercing the top calls for a deft stab from the plastic connector in the jug. Otherwise expect a jug full of milk which will not pour as expected. And I am waiting for the first bag to burst all over the shopping trolley or in the shopping bag.

But hey if you have ever tried to get milk from an eopie on the planet Tatooine or seen the 3,000 metre high plastic milk bottle mountains on the moons of the Vong galaxy you would be rushing to buy your milk bags just like me!


1 comment:

  1. I remember going out to the bottom of East Street back street with a jug, to collect milk from Billy Harrison. The delivering milk with Mr. Pickles, the farmer, on his horse and cart. The horse knew where to stop without any human instruction! The top of the milk bottle was not green then... but it was raw, and such an amazing taste.. especially in a bottle taken home right after milking time.

    Wonderful days.