Isn’t is annoying when you get up in the morning, a drowsy yawning mess, rubbing the sleep from your eyes, you get to your fridge and tear open your packet of milk and put it in your sufuria (boiling pan), looking forward to your daily dose of caffeine, only to find the milk has curdled, separated and the worst part, the smell wakes you up completely. You curse vehemently at the shop, supermarket, distributors, the dairy, the entire world when perhaps, maybe, just maybe, it was all your fault. How?
Well, there’s ways you could have avoided the morning mess of spoiled milk. Milk is usually one of the most sensitive things in your kitchen. How you handle and store it determines whether or not you get to enjoy that cup of white tea/coffee or that bowl of cereal in the morning. Here are some tips to avoid your milk going bad despite it being in the fridge.
- Pick the milk that is at the furthest corner of the supermarket cooler/refrigerator
- Always check the milk’s expiry date and ensure that you are getting fresh milk if possible
- Always check for any spilling. Sometimes due clumsy or hastened unpacking by attendants, milk starts spilling only for you to realize at the counter with a long queue behind you.
- Confirm if you are buying fresh milk, long life or any other type. Sometimes the branding might be confusing. Long life tends to be more expensive
- Try out different brands for flavour before settling on one as some milk brands tend to have a fuller milk taste while others taste like they were stripped of most nutrients during pasteurization.
- Always buy milk to last you more than 2 days. Milk can be stored in the deep freezer for over 2 weeks without going bad and in the normal fridge for atleast 5 days.
- Store the milk in the fridge immediately you get home. If you leave it out for long, it just might get spoilt unless it was frozen
- Do not remove the milk from the current storage to transfer to another container unless it has been washed thoroughly and rinsed. Milk is very sensitive and its better to use it from the packet/bottle you bought it from
- Do not place the milk on the fridge shelves if you do not plan on using it within 3 days at most unless you have set your fridge to mid or max cold temperature
- Most if not all milk sold in supermarkets is usually pasteurized unless you are buying it from the newly launched dispensers that are in various supermarkets in Kenya. If you are buying from brands like Daima or the others, read the packet to confirm that the milk is pasteurized. If it is, then you do not need to boil it further to kill germs. Pasteurization of milk is a more effective way of dealing with impurities and killing germs in milk thus boiling can be a waste of fuel.
- If you get milk straight from a farm like a lot of folks in the rural areas do, ensure that you boil it immediately and let it rise to confirm that it boiled well.
Milk is the most nutritious liquid that you can give your child and there are different ways in which you can incorporate milk into their diets apart from taking it plain and straight out of a cup/glass/bottle. Here are some ideas;
- Add it to their morning cereals
- Make them warm drinking chocolate for breakfast or late afternoon snack
- Yoghurt makes a great alternative to fresh milk, give them in the mid morning with a fruit(banana or apple)
- Make smoothies with their favourite fruits as well with those nutritious ones which aren’t necessarily their favourites like avocado. You can make the smoothies with fresh milk or yoghurt.
The consumption of milk has long been associated with good health making it the most consumed beverage in the world over for centuries now. Recent developments have it that although there’s no known cure for osteoporosis (a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.), a daily glass of milk has been proven to alleviate it’s symptoms by promoting bone health through copious depositing of calcium and vitamin D in the body. Milk also has a tonne of important minerals and enzymes that aid in muscle building, the prevention of depression, heart disease and colorectal cancer, among other things. There’s obviously no reason for you to be careless about your milk storage. Always do your best to keep it fresh and as milk is no longer as cheap as it used to be.
This article is the 2nd in a 2 part series of the Daima Milk, #DaimaFresh digital campaign. You can follow this campaign on various social media forums by using the hashtag #DaimaFresh. We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on this.