16 September 2009
What you see here is an absolutely miraculous product, milk that does not spoil without refrigeration. Or at least I have been unable to keep this product long enough to experience it spoiling without refrigeration.
I noticed these relatively small boxes of milk at the grocery just sitting out on the shelves. One liter. They are not displayed in coolers. That is what first caught my attention. I wondered whether it was some kind of powdered milk or concentrate or what the hell it was. I shook the container and studied the label. I could not discern anything unusual in the label's text. It says it is milk. As you can see, there is a picture of a cow on the label, thus eliminating other possible mammalian sources like skunk or beaver. You can never assume anything around here.
Per the instructions, I am simply to store it in a cool dry place. So I store it in the shade underneath the camper on the ground behind the tire and out of sight in a small, empty cooler so that the cats cannot get it. The camper gets pretty warm inside during the day. The inside of the truck attains temperatures sufficient to fire ceramics. This milk does not spoil or turn. It sits there unchanged awaiting my next bowl of generic cornflakes. I cannot afford Raisin Bran anymore.
You will recall my entry about the new budget wherein I resolved to renounce the hassle and expense of ice. I thought I was thereby renouncing milk at the same time. Not so. I have gone through three containers of this milk now.
Do we have this stuff in the United States? I have never seen it before. The only word on the label that might shed some light on its unusual nature is the word ultrapasteurizada. “Ultrapasteurized.” Could that have something to do with this?
I thought the word "pasteurized" is like the word "pregnant." There is no such thing as "kinda pregnant" as in, "Honey, I'm kinda pregnant." Women are either pregnant or not pregnant. Milk is either pasteurized, or it is not pasteurized. Have we now somehow improved on Louis's process whereby we can not only kill existing organisms in the milk but also prevent the future invasion of new organisms? Is this stuff loaded with chemicals that are slowly rendering me sterile? If so, then so be it. After having been married four times, I was not anxious to start a new family anyway.
In any event if we do have something like this in the United States, I wish someone would have told me about it sooner.