Milk: Bright Lights, Bad Flavor

Milk: Bright Lights, Bad Flavor

Chris Phillips
May 11, 2007

Fluorescent lights make milk taste bad reports Reuters. "Milk stored within a few inches of fluorescent light in translucent containers usually has a detectable oxidized flavor within two to four hours and a distinct off-flavor within 12 hours," says Robert Marshall, a University of Missouri food science professor.

People digging to the back of the milk in the supermarket aren't just reaching for the latest epiration date then. They're also getting milk that hasn't had as much exposure to the flourescents.

Have to admit that I have a serious addiction to Ronnybrook Farms milk, sold in returnable glass bottles at the green market. There's a crisp fresh flavor without those "cooked", cardboard or plastic flavors from most grocery store milks.

Yeah, dragging the bottles back and forth on Saturday morning is a bit of a bother, but taste farm fresh milk side by side with the grocery milk and you might make the switch too.

Where do you buy milk? In paper, cardboard, plastic?

(Photo: Robert Marshall testing milk, from MU)

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