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I am partial to whole milk, however I’ve heard and read all the same artery clogging articles you have. I’ve trained myself to drink 2%, but I don’t enjoy milk the way I used to. Mostly I cook with it or add it to my oatmeal. Occasionally I will drink it, but generally when I absolutely have to have a glass of milk, I buy a quart of whole milk.

My Uncle has a farm. When I was a kid, milk did not come in a wax covered, cardboard carton. Milk came from the barn in large pails. It was strained through cheese cloth into glass jars, and it arrived in our home with a thick layer of cream on top. The cream provided butter and other yummies.

I love all dairy products, but I have had to cut back recently. I am losing weight. I’ve been doing so –19.5 pounds worth — by just using common sense and cutting down on portion size, fat (dairy products) and sugar. I quit drinking pop and don’t buy chips, cookies, ice cream, etc. for my home. If it isn’t there, it is much easier to resist.

I also purchased — for the first time ever — skim milk. I poured 4 ounces into a glass, and I drank it. I won’t be doing that again soon. Two swallows and I knew that the “fat removed” label is pure crap. You know how they make skim milk? They pour whole milk into — and then out of — a container. Said container is then coated in a lovely, white milk film. They add tap water to the container, swish it around, and viola! Skim milk.

Blech. Some calories aren’t worth eliminating.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I cannot drink skim milk, yeck

    I can drink 2% and now if I drink whole milk I find it too rich. My Uncle had a farm and I can remember seeing the milk with the cream on top. One time he gave my mum a bottle of cream so she could cook with it and I gave it to the cats. The cats loved the lovely treat but Mum didn’t appreciate me giving it to the cats.

  2. I don’t suppose you would like powdered milk. I don’t like skim milk either but now I know how they make it. I thought it was the washings from the milk pail.

  3. Amen! I was like that! I still will not do SKIM milk … but I have weened myself down to 1% — and I’m happy with that! I HAVE TO DRINK MILK! I can’t NOT drink it. I have to have milk in the morning and again with dinner. Water will not do it! Nor will tea, diet soda or any other concoction! I must have MILK! So I did learn. But I’m a butter snob! I will NOT use margarine or any of the fancy schmancy wannabe almost just like tastes like could nearly pass for butters! I want butter. Real butter. Soooooooooo… I just don’t use it except about once a week! I choose carefully. Veggies will NEVER see butter again! What a waste of calories! The two biggies are “Do I want toast this week? Or a bagel?”…. tough decision!

  4. I haven’t been able to drink milk, any form, for like thirty years. Some cheeses bother me too. Others don’t. And I do ice cream.

    Bowldlerizing foods in the name of dieting is a particularly American pastime. It’s also both disgusting and useless – otherwise there wouldn’t be so many studies showing that most people end up weighing considerably more after dieting.

    The French have long been famous for eating fatty foods and remaining skinny. The reasons are almost all cultural. The French almost never eat “fast”, or alone. The result is, the time Americans spend by themselves, cramming their faces full of food, is taken with talking, so their stomachs catch up with their mouths and they eat less.

    As more and more Frenchmen have become accustomed to McDonald’s, more and more Frenchmen have become fat. The problem is not so much the caloric content of the food as the portions served, and the learned American habit of eating alone, and fast.

    We’re told that American families don’t have time to sit down to a meal together anymore. And that obesity rates are at an all-time high. Hmmm …

  5. Bill — Cream is a treat. The cats loved you. I’m sure.

    Dr. John — I’m convinced that’s what it is?

    Melli — I am not the Curves diet and it says, SKIM. I am going to cheat already — week one. No skim.

    OC — I always eat alone — usually right here at my computer. I usually eat as quickly as possible because I have other things to do with my time. However, in the last few months I have been forcing myself to eat slower, and eat less in a meal, but whatever I wish. It was working just fine. Don’t ask me why I decided to change it.

  6. I detest milk. No intolerance, just don’t like the stuff. I even eat my cereal dry. Always have. But when I have to use it for cooking, I always use skim. One sip from the bucket at my grandpa’s farm was enough to convince me that stuff wasn’t meant for humans (which is technically true).

  7. Wow, you are really taking tredmill/weightloss to a whole new height. Wonderful.
    I hate milk, I always have…teh only time I encounter it is in my coffee, and I now use the low-fat milk powder.

    I love cheese though 🙂

  8. I always said I would never drink what I call ‘blue milk’ (fat free), and have passed up cereal at friends’ if that was all they had. The joke was on me – I got gall bladder disease and couldn’t handle fat in ANY form. Now I use only fat free milk for my cereal! I also eat fat free cottage cheese now, but I’ve learned how – bury it under fruit!

  9. Jackie mentioned “blue milk”. Once upon a time, when skim milk was fairly new, they were giving out samples in the supermarket. I distinctly remember my niece, as a toddler, exclaim very loudly, “Mummy, that milk is BLUE!”

    I swore then, as a young teen, never to touch the stuff. Full-cream milk for me all the way. My vice is 5 tablespoons of Milo ( in full-cream milk at lunch time every day. And sometimes twice a day. Yummmmmmmm!

  10. We compromised with 2%, it isn’t the same as whole, but a whole lot better tasting than nonfat. I will just do without if I have to drink that blue watered down Non fat. I love my milk, but I am dieting also, so I have cut way down on everything, including milk. I realized lately that 50% of my life was eating, I have a lot of free time on my hands now. haha

  11. Mumma — I prefer whole milk, too, but unfortunately, it prefers my hips!

    Nea — LOL — soon you will be able to garden again — and sit on the porch and sip coffee (sans cookies).

  12. Quilly, I truly believe the research that says milk helps promote weightloss and keeps us at a lower body fat level. Ever since moving to Holland milk (melk) has played a big roll in my normal eating habits and the results have been great.

    Alas, for those who don’t like your milk, I wish you could try the stuff they have here. It doesn’t keep fresh nearly as long, but straight from the store, wow! Like milk is supposed to taste.

  13. Boy, you sure touched some buttons with this one, Dear. When all’s said and done, though, blue water does not qualify as milk. I love milk. MILK.

  14. Soooooo true!

    A friend of mine who seems to have an unlimited store of trivia says that the farmers he knows who provide milk to supermarkets don’t even call skimmed milk ‘milk’, it’s known as ‘white water’.

  15. Morgan — as a rule whole milk, straight from the cow, stays fresh longer than the processed, homogenized stuff. I wonder what they’ve done to yours to make it taste fresh but spoil faster?

    Gawpo — yep. Milk. Bring me the cow. I’ll get my own.

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