When do you notice your milk spoiling these days? It seems as if it’s happening before the expiration date passes.
I poured myself a cup of coffee. I can’t drink coffee black; I think it needs all the help it can get. But since I’d run out of the creamer I typically use, I reached for the milk. I quickly noticed yet another example of milk spoiling before it was supposed to.
The expiration date on the gallon of regular milk I purchased showed the following day. But when I poured it into my coffee, I saw little white particles indicating curdled milk floating in the top of my coffee mug.
That’s no way to drink coffee.
Am I doing something wrong?
If you search “milk spoiling” on Google, you’ll find plenty of articles. I learned, for instance, that the refrigerator door is the worst place to store a gallon or half-gallon of milk. The jug may be a perfect fit for the shelves on the door, but the temperature can cause problems.
But I don’t store milk in my refrigerator door.
I also learned that the ideal place to store milk is on a medium or low shelf. You remember that warm air rises, right? That’s true even in a refrigerator.
But the refrigerator in my new place has a large shelf for things like milk slightly above the mid-way mark. There’s no shelf toward the bottom or middle where a gallon of milk can possibly fit.
I have a hard time believing that’s all it is.
It seems like something has changed in the last six months or so. I can’t pinpoint it. But I haven’t changed brands and I haven’t changed how I store milk in the fridge.
The only thing that seems to be different is how quickly I notice the milk spoiling — or at least beginning to spoil — after I open it.
Some suggest I should just go “organic.” Milk costs enough as it is. I’m more likely to buy it by the half-gallon so there’s less to pour out (and less money to waste) than to spend more to avoid a problem that shouldn’t exist to begin with.
As for other types of “milk,” I haven’t been able to embrace the idea of things like almond milk. I can’t even wrap my brain around the notion of trying to milk an almond!