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This is the short post I promised following my prior post-in-mourning the sale of our local Mallorie's Dairy. The 30-second animoto shows me pouring our last two glasses of milk from the last gallon of Mallorie's in our fridge. There is a shot of that last gallon sitting next to the first gallon we bought of the replacement milk selected by our local grocery store. We drink non-fat milk. Mallorie's non-fat milk was delicious, but the replacement didn't come close to the quality.
I researched dairies around Oregon and found one in another county that produces organic milk direct from its own cows and delivers to various stores and customers on a defined route. Unfortunately, Silverton is not on its route for home delivery. I made a special trip to the farm store 12 miles away that is the closest store in our area that sells this organic milk. It was charming to see that it uses glass bottles, for which they charge a $2 deposit. The non-fat organic milk was quite good, though not as creamy as Mallorie's, but the bottle was so small that it amounted to one dinner's worth for the two of us with enough remaining to pour over one bowl of cereal. The drive to purchase it is the main drawback. Case in point, I have yet to return the glass bottle. When I am going that direction I will take it back to the store and purchase another bottle, etc., but it won't be a regular thing.
We were drinking the milk that replaced Mallorie's, much to my discontent, until I discovered (only because I have been attuned to milk of all varieties lately) Silk Pure Almond milk on a shelf in our grocer's cooling case. I noticed there was an unsweetened type, along with flavored kinds, and I bought the unsweetened. That night at dinner I was a happy woman. This stuff is so delicious. I tried Blue Diamond Almond Breeze unsweetened almondmilk also, which is what is in the refrigerator right now. It may be my imagination only because Silk was my first taste of almond milk, but I think I prefer Silk to Blue Diamond. Oh, I thought I had solved my milk woes.....what's not to love?- tastes great, more calcium, fewer calories, no cholesterol.
Then, while working on this post, I read comments at this forum discussing carrageenan contained in almond milk and carrageenan's possible link to tumors. One comment in the forum mentions that Silk does not contain carrageenan but contains evaporated cane juice. I do not presently have a carton of Silk Pure Almond to confirm that, nor do I know about any dangers concerning evaporated cane juice. At the forum link someone gave the recipe for homemade almond milk, which of course would not contain carrageenan but I know that it is something I will not be doing (due to the cost of the almonds alone).
I will be doing more research while continuing to drink almond milk. I will definitely check for ingredients on a Silk almond milk container to see if it indeed does not contain carrageenan and if it does not I will stick with that brand because evaporated cane juice sounds like less a risk for me. And I will mooooove along to another topic in my next post.