This is where I buy my milk and dairy.
I’ve always been in love with the milk they use for the Cocoa Steamer at McCafé, and I so adore the milk at Starbucks that I desire to wrap myself in the steamed milk foam that crown its lattés. But it isn’t until I regularly start drinking coffee however, that I begin to dislike the milk I have at home.
I’ve gone through almost all the ultra heat pasteurized (UHT) and homogenized milk brands in the supermarket looking for a milk that will give me a coffee shop latté (or something close to it) ”“ but at home. After much tasting, I settle on Nestlé Premium, both Full Cream and Premium Low-Fat Milk but it doesn’t come close. With every homemade latté I make, I resent the distinct “cardboard-like” taste that penetrates through the liquid. Ick.
So I ditch the tetra packs and set my sights on the chillers where the more expensive and hopefully better-tasting brands lie: Country Fresh and Darigold. The latter also tastes like cardboard (albeit imported cardboard) but Country Fresh is promising, a local brand of a dairy cooperative, Katipunan ng mga Kooperatiba ng Manggagatas Inc. (KKMI) from the Calabarzon region. I can’t help but smile back at the cheery cow on its blue label; Country Fresh also has a fresher taste than all the other milk I try, but like everything else bought in an enclosed, air-conditioned area, it possesses that “supermarket taste” — if you know what I mean.
I’m beginning to believe that I’ll have to take my milk search out of the supermarket. And so I do. An afternoon spent researching local dairies has me convinced that I’ll need to make a weekly trip to Batangas milk farms to stock up on my dairy supply. Yikes! Daunting but doable … I think. Anything for good milk!
Then I stumble upon the website of Rizal Dairy Farms and a bell peals in my brain. I’ve come across these products before but never gave them more than a cursory once-over. Seeing that they have a branch at Market! Market! I hie over there…
… and find my holy grail of milk.
Upon opening the (plastic ”“ though I wish it were glass!) bottle, I smell the rich scent of cream – full yet delicate. There’s even a “creamline,” something not seen these days – the top cream layer that people back in the day used to judge milk’s richness by. And its taste! Devoid of unpronounceable ingredients and spared being processed to a fare-thee-well, the milk dazzles in its constellation of flavors: sweet,Â subtle, luscious … MILK.
Admittedly, drinking milk so pure requires a mental readjustment. After years of nonfat and skim milk in addition to being bombarded with information that “dairy is death!”, drinking whole milk once again is not only more natural, it feels more natural, akin to eating only when I’m hungry (whatever time it may be), and stopping when I’m full (even if my plate hasn’t been licked clean). And Rizal Dairy’s Low-Fat Milk is great too.
Rizal Dairy Farms
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