Daily Archives: 13 January, 2013

Milk By Any Other Name

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Should still be milk, right?  But noooooo….. see, I can’t do a lot of dairy.  Without getting truly disgusting and providing way too much information,  dairy products don’t agree with me much.  It’s called being “Lactose Intolerant” – and you’d be amazed at the products that have milk in them.  But, there’s this fabulous thing called “lactose free milk” that has truly been a godsend for me and millions of others like me.  And those around us if we consume lactose-ed milk.

So, anyway, before I got here, TBG had been hunting for lactose-free milk for me…. Hadn’t found any and had laid in a store of those tablets you’re supposed to take BEFORE you consume dairy stuff.  Yes, even though I had explained to him that we’d tried those, multiple kinds and multiple times, with zero results.  So, when I got here, I was still hoping to find some, thinking that perhaps he’d simply overlooked it.

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Yes!  There’s some!!  Oh wait…. That’s rice milk.  And that lactose-free one right next to it?  Soymilk.  And almond milk.  And sesame milk.  Hazelnut milk, coconut milk, goats milk and camel milk.

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CAMEL MILK??  OK, my brain went a little haywire on that one – imagine the camel-milking dairy workers there…. “yeah honey, I had this tough old gal today, that camel didn’t want to give up any milk, but lemme tell you what…..”  so it has been a bit freaky inside my brain shopping for lactose-free milk here.

But guess what I finally found???  Yup, shelf-stable lactose free milk.  Definitely not low-or fat-free, but I can drink it, and it lasts about forever on the shelf!

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Oh wait – you can’t read that??  Silly me…. See, if you can’t read something here, just turn it around, chances are there’s another language on the other side.  <smile>

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Pretty cool, huh?  This is a square liter container… just a bit over a quart, if I remember my US/Metric conversions correctly.  But feel free to wonder right along with me at the closure here…….

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Hmmm…. Interesting looking.  The first one of these I encountered, I pushed, pulled, poked, slid, tried to pry up the white bar thing, snapped it right off.  So, I ended up pushing the blue tab dealie right down into the milk.

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Yeah, go ahead and laugh.  You *know* you have done the exact same thing with a wine-bottle cork before….. sheesh.  Anyhow, I took a closer look at it……..

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AAAAhhhhhhh……. Looky here!  It says “lift” right there, molded right into the plastic.  Guess what happens if you just lift that little tab up??

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Bingo!  Open milk.

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Ha!  Listen, I’ve yet to meet a milk container that can get the best of me!  But this one gave it a try!  For those interested in the costs of things here, this liter was AED 7 here, approximately $1.90 USD.  Just another odd thing I’ve found here…… carry on.