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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Conspiracy Theory

Boy oh boy, do I love shopping at Target.
Not only is there one right across the street from my neighborhood, but there is a beefed up brand-new Target just five minutes down the road. And by "beefed up," I mean: Not a SuperTarget, but almost. (Larger than a regular Target, better selection, and with an extended grocery section that is good enough for my pantry, fridge, and frozen items.)

Each week, I hit up the East Memphis Target (which my husband refers to as Poplar Target, because he thinks the Colonial Target should be East Memphis Target) and then supplement my produce needs at good ole' Easy Way Produce Store on the way home.

The only thing I do not like about this system is Target's Market Pantry (cheaper brand) milk.

Every time I buy Market Pantry 1% milk, it has a funny taste. And I mean, break the seal, pop off the cap, pour the first glass...funny taste. The milk tastes like it's been sitting in the fridge just a little too long...not bad, but just "off."

As a result, I began buying the more expensive (by $1) Archer Farms organic 1% milk. Oh my goodness, that milk is SO GOOD. It's so creamy I constantly think I bought the wrong percentage, and it tastes deliciously fresh. And I think it's a conspiracy.

Target, I would like to call you out for adding "Weird Taste" concentrate to your Market Pantry milk. It's just not fair that I have to shell out the big bucks for some delicious dairy.

What about you guys? What is your favorite brand of milk, and what is the brand you avoid at all costs?


Larissa Smith said...

Well, since you asked and since my answer will be oh-so-relevant to all your readers, here you go:

Danlac pasteurized and homogenized milk is our splurge brand. We pay about $1.20 per liter (basically a quart) whenever it is available (not often). It actually pretty much tastes like American milk, so it is a major treat. Seriously.

Otherwise, I buy the radiated milk in a plastic bag (yep!), brand Gloria, reduced fat. Yes, Laive's is preservative-free, but the aftertaste is way worse than Gloria. It still took me several months of Oreos and Gloria to be able to just drink a glass, but it's better than Laive. They cost about the same - $.80 per liter bag.

I DO NOT buy the milk in a big version of a juice-box that you can leave in the pantry until you open it. That just gives me the heebie jeebies.

brooke said...

Hey Jesse!! Wow...never had that problem with Target milk. Maybe I'm just so use to it now because we've been buying 1% from there for so long. Never tried the Archer Farms...maybe I need to. By the way....love your blog design. Zoe Pearn is so talented...just beautiful work! Also, I think that it is totally awesome that you are trying to adopt a baby from Ethiopia. I have so much respect for you wanting to do that and I wish you both the best of luck. God bless and I can't wait to hear how everything goes for ya'll!!

Anonymous said...

Just found this blog searching for weird market pantry milk taste. There is definitely something up with this milk! How do we get Target to address the issue? And how do more people not notice it? The milk is disgusting! It has a soapy chemical taste to it. This has been going on for years and is the reason I will not buy groceries at Target. I have tried all the % of milk there and they are all affected! Last night we bought whole milk after more than a year of avoiding Target milk and sure enough, disgusting right away!

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