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April 2nd, 2009

Bags of Milk

A few years ago I started up a couple of friendships with people in Canada and, perhaps most importantly, became versed in some of the differences between Canada and the US. Oh sure, there’s the Metric system and I guess that’s a major difference. But the biggest one to me is that milk comes in bags there.

Really. It does.

The idea is not inherently bad. Instead of buying a big gallon (or 4L, in Canada’s case) jug of milk, you instead buy a reusable plastic pitcher. You then buy a big bag of milk that has smaller bags designed for said pitcher inside. When you want milk you just snip the corner of a bag, pop it into a pitcher, and you’re done. The biggest “pro” is that this uses a lot less plastic and the bag is fully recyclable.

The biggest downside? It’s weird as hell.

That said, it’s possible to get milk in jugs – The Way It Should Be – but just not nearly as easily. In any case I’ll consider this one of those little differences that I’d get used to over time if I ever moved to Canada which can also provide endless amusement to me while living in the US.

Posted in Everyday Life

Steve A April 3, 2009, 12:43 am

It wasn’t that hard to get used to, actually. Funny you bring this up. I’d forgotten all about it.


Dave Walls April 3, 2009, 6:08 pm

Sounds like a grown up version of the bags of milk we used to get as a part of school lunches.

My real question: Does the milk go sour faster in a pitcher than in a jug/carton?

Leland Witter April 3, 2009, 8:47 pm

These are not the bags of milk I was expecting

jk April 5, 2009, 2:36 am

Oh wow, there is a local dairy that sold milk like this until the late 1970s here!!! Now I know that they did not make up this concept. We kept the pitchers for years after they stopped selling the bagged milk.

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